The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors when asked to vote on a budget Tuesday night for the Pittsylvania Pet Center made no motion. 

Pittsylvania County finance director Kim Van Der Hyde presented a budget to the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors Tuesday evening in the amount of $492,529.

According to county administrator David Smitherman, the pet center is functioning  without a sufficient budget currently until June 30, 2019. 

“The funds would be good through June 30, 2019,” Van Der Hyde told the supervisors before chairman Joe Davis opened the floor up for the board’s pleasure.

Van Der Hyde said after the meeting that most of the funds would have gone toward staffing and other needs in the shelter.

Before the county took the shelter over, the only financial responsibilities the county had were for building management and utilities.

Lynchburg Humane Society, the former shelter manager, covered all other expenses.

Van Der Hyde told the supervisors new pet center director James McLaughlin put the budget together. 

“Current funding of $74,300 exists in the Animal Services Budget that can be transferred to offset a portion of this cost. The remaining $418,229 can be transferred from the Children’s Services Act local pool program line item,” Van Der Hyde told the board. 

With no supervisors making a motion, Davis looked to the help of county attorney Vaden Hunt for what to do next.

“If no one makes a motion, the appropriation fails,” Hunt told Davis.

With the supervisors silent, Davis moved on to the next agenda item.

County officials said they are unsure what will come next, but it was suggested to hold an animal welfare committee meeting before the February supervisor’s meeting.

In other business, 2018 Chatham High School graduate Preston Turner was honored for a state record 9 touchdowns in the first game of the 2017 football season. 

Turner is currently attending Virginia Union University in Richmond.

An emergency purchase for a 2019 Mack Granite rolloff truck was approved unanimously. 

Assistant county administrator Richard Hicks told supervisors the county currently owns six rolloff trucks that are used at compactor sites and for rolloff boxes.

Hicks said two trucks are not operational, three stay in the shop constantly, and one is on order for arrival some time in the spring. 

The Mack Granite comes at a cost of $155,514. 

Three  Community Foundation grants were approved for various uses in the county by the supervisors.

One grant for $2,000 will be used for the Pittsylvania Pet Center’s spay and neuter program.

The second grant will be used for a resurfacing program in the Ringgold Rail Trail for $25,000.

The third grant will be used to purchase a respirator tester system for $9,100 for the county’s use.

Expenditure refunds in the amount of $195,809.72 were approved to be issued by the county. 

The refunds include $6,145 for the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Halloween event, $950.80 for an insurance claim at the Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services, $5,765.16 for two economic development prospect trips, $150,000 for funds to Amthor as part of an economic development announcement, and $32,948.76 for the sale of equipment at the county landfill.

A budget calendar for fiscal year 2020 was adopted by the supervisors Tuesday night.

According to Van Der Hyde, the listed dates are firm and more could be added.

The supervisors also voted to abandon a portion of Oak Hill Road in the event a major industry decided to move into the Southern Virginia Megasite on Berryhill Road. 

For appointments, the supervisors appointed Amy Edwards as parent representative to the Pittsylvania County Community Policy and Management Team and Monica Karavanic as private provider to CPMT, for terms effective Jan. 15, 2019 for one year from the date.

A conflict with supervisor Ben Farmer’s district not being in a Metropolitan Planning Organization boundary left an open spot with the MPO.

Davis appointed himself to the MPO. As supervisor for the Dan River District, the area lies within the MPO boundaries according to county officials.

Elton Blackstock and Ben Farmer were appointed to represent the county on the Staunton River Regional Industrial Facility Association. Dr. Charles Miller was appointed as an alternate member.

Miller, who has stepped down from the Pittsylvania County Planning Commission, recommended Colette Henderson to fill his unexpired term which ends Nov. 30, 2019. The appointment was approved unanimously.

The board approved Juanita Clark to fill the unexpired term of Dexter Miller until July 2021 on the county DSS board.

Jackie Satterfield was reappointed to the Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services Board until 2021.

Dennis Benhoff was appointed as a citizen representative to the Tri-County Lake Administrative Commission from Feb. 1, 2019 until June 2020. 

In attendance at the meeting Tuesday was Boy Scout Troop 372 out of Ringgold. 

Assistants David Perryman and Steve Adkins, scouts Jacob Thompson, Nicolas Barrett, Caleb Redd, and Aaron Chivvis, and scoutmaster Richard Chivvis attended the meeting.

“These scouts are working toward earning their citizenship in the community merit badge. This is one of the requirements for earning eagle scout honors,” Adkins said.

The next supervisors business meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Pittsylvania County General District Courtroom.

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