With the backdrop of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s advisory opinion last week that does not allow local governments to substitute electronic or teleconference meetings for the traditional in-person, public meetings, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on the FY2021 proposed School Division and County budgets on Thursday, March 26 at 7p.m at the Pittsylvania County Community Center.
In this time of social distancing and COVID-19 health concerns, special accommodations have been made to ensure every citizen has a voice in the budget process. For those citizens not comfortable with attending the public hearing, Pittsylvania County has created three options to facilitate public input without the need to be present. The Board of Supervisors will accept written comments from citizens via email at email@example.com or postal mail to P.O. Box 426, Chatham, Virginia, 24531. Comments can also be phoned in prior to the meeting by calling 434-432-1987.
“Balancing the requirement for transparency with public safety required us to think of creative ways for our citizens to be heard. For those less inclined to attend the meeting, we feel confident that the three options we have created for public input allow important voices to still be heard,” David M. Smitherman, County Administrator.
The Pittsylvania County Community Center, located at 115 South Main Street in Chatham, will be home to all April 2020 Board of Supervisors meetings. This facility can accommodate meeting adjustments needed to ensure compliance with Governor Northam’s less than ten gathering limit as well as social distancing. To ensure the safety of citizens, staff and board members, additional sanitation measures for public meetings will continue to be a focus.