August 29, 2012
By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer
There are more than 160 jobs available in Martinsville and Henry County, according to the area’s top economic development official.
In his monthly report to the Henry County Board of Supervisors, Mark Heath, president and CEO of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp., said there are 161 job listings “that we know of.”
Open positions soon will be listed at a new website that is being creating, Heath said.
Also, the agency has prepared a new brochure for the former MasterBrand Cabinets facility that is on 31.5 acres in the Patriot Centre industrial park, and includes a 173,200-square-foot building that was built in 1998.
MasterBrand recently closed its plant here, and Heath said the EDC is marketing the building that includes 8,000-square-feet of office space and is immediately available.
He also noted that the EDC is working with 18 projects, including six in the inquiry stage (those that have not visited the area), and 12 active projects (those which have visited).
Also Tuesday, the supervisors approved a resolution and commended Dr. Max Wingett, who recently retired, for his 34 years of service as president of Patrick Henry Community College.
County Administrator Tim Hall said Wingett helped lead the college to increased enrollment of more than 3,500 students. PHCC also became the first community college in Virginia to provide National Junior College Athletic Association sports programs under Wingett’s leadership, Hall said.
When presenting the plaque, Ridgeway District Supervisor H.G. Vaughn said, “I am older than I look, but I remember in the fall of 1965 when I first walked onto the campus” of PHCC. He added that the college touched not only his life, but those of his children and grandchildren as well.
“You left many footprints ... in the minds and hearts” of students, Vaughn told Wingett, and those footprints will be handed down from one generation to another.
Wingett, who was president of the college from 1978 to 2012, said he was honored to receive the plaque, and also appreciated the supervisors’ support during his tenure at the college.
Because of the county’s support, PHCC “is where it is today,” Wingett said, and quipped, “I enjoy retirement, by the way.
In other business at their afternoon meeting Tuesday, the supervisors:
• Approved a mutual aid agreement with Stokes County, N.C., contingent on similar action by the Stokes County Board of Commissioners. The document is part of the county’s efforts to have up-to-date agreements with all surrounding jurisdictions.
• Approved buying a mobile license plate reader for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office by using a $16,040 grant from the Department of Emergency Management. The board awarded the contract to PIPS Technology Federal Signal, Knoxville, Tenn.
• Awarded a $40,000 contract to Town Police Supply of Collinsville for protective personal body vests, tactical entry vests and stab vests that must be replaced after five years to comply with national standards.
Sheriff Lane Perry indicated his office expects to order about 130 vests as they need replacing, and the county has the option of negotiating the contract each of the next four years.
• Awarded a $241,443 contract to to Haley Ford–South, Richmond, to replace eight patrol cars and one animal control truck for the sheriff’s office.
• Accepted and appropriated a $19,296 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) to pay for overtime in areas which have significant increases in crimes.
• Appropriated $33,919.82 to buy a video visitation unit for inmates in the Henry County Jail from the $1.50 per day charged to inmates in the county jail. The funds will be combined with a previous appropriation of $71,754 earmarked to buy the video unit.
• Approved items of consent that included accounts payable and the minutes of a July 24 meeting; a joint meeting on Aug. 15 with the Industrial Development Authority; and a special meeting on Aug. 20.
• Formally appointed Tim Hall, the new county administrator, and Pastor David Towler, the new pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, to the South Street Rehabilitation Board. Towler replaces Pastor Isaac McDuffie, who retired in July.
• Approved a proclamation requested by the Martinsville Exchange Club to establish September 2012 as “Baby Safety Month” as part of the club’s national project of preventing child abuse.
• Heard a report on delinquent tax collection efforts by County Treasurer Scott Grindstaff, who noted that more than 97 percent of 2011 personal property taxes and more than 93 percent of 2011 real estate taxes, had been collected by July 31.
• Awarded a $1,099,208.60 contract to low bidder C W Cauley & Son Inc., Patrick Springs, for infrastructure improvements that are part of the South Street Rehabilitation Project.
Road improvements are slated to South Street and a portion of Pleasant Ridge to bring them into the Virginia Department of Transportation’s road system, and other improvements also will be made to South Street Extension, Pleasant Ridge and Elm Street. Water and sewer lines also will be replaced, as well as installing/improving the storm water drainage system as required by the project.
• Gave permission for a 1998 Volvo trash truck to be sold at an Oct. 13 county surplus auction. Because the minimum $8,000 bid on the truck exceeds $5,000, the board’s permission was needed.
• Appropriated $172,396 for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in Axton, Campbell Court, Carver, Collinsville Primary, Rich Acres, Sanville and Stanleytown elementary schools using funds from the Virginia Department of Education.
• In closed session, discussed appointees to the Fieldale Sanitary District Board and the Southern Virginia Recreation Facilities Authority; the acquisition and/or disposal of real estate; as-yet unannounced industries; and pending legal matters.
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