Improvement Plans For Thomastown And Pinehurst Heights Are Moving Ahead

Warm Springs, VA – The plan to bring improvements to Thomastown and Pinehurst Heights in Bath County is moving ahead. At Tuesday night’s Bath Board of Supervisors meeting, the board approved filing a community improvement grant application and agreed to donate in kind contributions of about $22,000 in waived permit and construction waste fees. The county has been working with total action against poverty for more than two years to bring housing improvements to Thomastown and Pinehurst Heights. The grant project includes housing rehabilitation, drainage improvements, and a new sewage pump for the area. The application for Pinehurst heights will be submitted first and it totals over $900,000 for the improvements.

The planning commission presented the board with a five year capital improvement plan request on Tuesday night. For 2010-2011 the plan includes a new school bus, a new activity bus, high school locker room renovation and softball field relocation, abatement of asbestos in the old millboro school, a millboro flood study, heat pumps and vehicles for the sheriff’s department and a new animal shelter. After factoring in anticipated grants that may be received for some of these items, the total amount for 2010-11 is about $966,000. Supervisor Percy Nowlin said budget money is tight, but the board would do the best it could in considering the requests.

Also on Tuesday night the board approved Bath County’s participation in the Fish Virginia First tourism promotion. Thirty localities around Virginia are included in the group. Bath will pay $500 a year to be included on the website and in a brochure which will have 140,000 copies distributed nationwide. The chamber of commerce and parks and rec director Mark Nelson will be Bath’s representative’s with the group until a county tourism director is hired.

And finally, the board approved replacing the roof on the parks and recreation department building. The board accepted the bid of $16,700 on master rib metal roofing. The roof will be paid for from the the parks and rec department budget.

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