Monterey Town Council’s April Meeting

The Monterey Town Council held it’s monthly meeting April 7.

Highland Emergency Services Coordinator, Harley Gardner, attended the meeting.  He reported on plans to use the county’s portable generator to power the wells to supply water to the town in case of power loss in an emergency.  Manual transfer switches and electrical plugs are needed for hookups to the generator.  Gardner said estimates from The Power Connection on the equipment and installation are $10,662 for one well and $6,400 for another well, which is located near the Medical Center.  Gardner said hookups may not be needed at both wells.

This work is part of the project to upgrade the county’s emergency shelters.  Gardner said the grant received for the emergency shelters project has saved the county about $50,000 on electrical upgrades at the school.   Gardner said funding is still available and he is hoping to use money from the grant for these generator connections at the wells.   He will see if funds are available from the grant for this use, since it will supply water to the emergency shelters.   Gardner doesn’t know yet if the town will be required to pay any towards this project on the wells.  The emergency shelters in Highland are at the school, Word of Faith Church, the Blue Grass Ruritan Building and The Highland Center, which has it’s own generator.

Mayor Ronald Wimer reported on the progress of the water grant.  He said the build of equipment is beginning now.  Also, as part of the water project, he is considering use of a company that can provide communication through wireless services, on a contract at a set fee.

And Mayor Wimer also handed out copies of the proposed town budget for review by Town Council members.

Story By

Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

Current Weather