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County officials sit in chairs spaced at least six feet apart to comply with social distancing rules during the board of supervisors public budget hearings. 

The March 26 public hearings for the proposed FY2021 Pittsylvania County school board and government budgets saw additional measures taken to comply with the governor’s COVID-19 response. 

Inside the Pittsylvania County Community Center, the replacement venue for all public county government meetings for the month of April, chairs were placed six feet apart to comply with social distancing recommendations, and separate rooms were filled with chairs facing the ongoing livestream of the public hearings to comply with the ten person gathering limit. 

Those chairs sat largely empty that evening as no citizens appeared for either public hearing, which board chairman Bob Warren said is not uncommon to see in budgets where no tax increase is proposed. 

Warren also said that county citizens had earlier opportunities to voice opinions at public meetings held at two of the county’s high schools. 

The county had arranged for comments to be sent in either electronically, over the phone or by mail for three days before the public hearings. There was only one response sent in. It was read aloud to the board by county attorney Vaden Hunt. 

The comment was sent in by Earl Glass, a PE teacher at Dan River Middle School who, in his letter, requested additional funding for schoolteacher salaries. 

For the full story, see the April 1 edition of the Chatham Star-Tribune. 

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