Government Briefs

Ball Rockbridge Field

Work Funded

The Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 28 agreed to provide up to $8,000 for improvements to the baseball field at Rivermont School (formerly Rockbridge Middle School).

The Rockbridge Area Recreation Organization requested the funding for infield dirt and fencing to stop errant balls from the field and the batter box. The infield is worn down to a clay surface, presenting a hazard for players when they slide.

The lack of fencing has led to six spectators being hit by balls.

The field is used for youth baseball and softball games. In a letter to the supervisors requesting the funding, RARO noted that it returned $38,240 in surplus funds to the county in the last fiscal year.

Roof Contract

Awarded

AAR of North Carolina Inc. submitted the low bid of $124,000 for replacing the roof of the county administration building.

The Board of Supervisors on Oct. 28 awarded the contract to AAR, despite the low bid being $34,000 over the amount that had been budgeted for the project.

Five companies bid on the project, with the high bid coming in at $190,585. The extra $34,000 is to come from unassigned reserves from the county’s construction project fund.

County, Glasgow

Split Costs

Half of the cost overruns on the construction of Glasgow’s new pavilion are being covered by Rockbridge County. The Board of Supervisors on Oct. 28 agreed to pay a total of $18,067.58 for the project – $15,000 that was originally pledged and $3,067.58 toward the overage. The town of Glasgow is paying for the other half of the costs of what turned out to be a $36,135.70 project.

B&B Homestay

OK’d For Thorn Hill

A special exception permit was approved Oct. 28 by the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors for Alyson and Bennett Ross to operate a bed and breakfast homestay at the historic Thorn Hill property at 1196 Thornhill Road.

The main house and two outbuildings – the original kitchen and a guest cottage – were built in 1793. The kitchen building, connected to the main house through a breezeway and garage, and the guest cottage have been recently restored. These two outbuildings are to constitute the B&B homestay, which will have a total of three guest rooms.

Interest Payments

For Solar Energy

Rockbridge County is implementing an interest payment program for volunteer fire and rescue agencies who would like to purchase solar energy systems for their facilities. The Board of Supervisors on Oct. 28 authorized staff to develop guidelines for the program and communicate the offer to the agencies.

Fred Fevrier of the Walkers Creek Volunteer Fire Department suggested the county start the program. The WCVFD installed solar panels on the rooftop of its firehouse that are generating electricity for the department. Fevrier wants other fire departments and rescue squads to enjoy the same benefits of utilizing renewable energy and saving on energy costs.

The idea is to model the program after the county’s existing program in which the county makes interest payments when these volunteer agencies make apparatus purchases. The county budgets $50,000 annually for this program.

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