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Lee County gets clean audit but told to increase reserve

WALTER LITTRELL • Mar 22, 2007 at 12:48 PM

JONESVILLE - The Lee County Board of Supervisors was given an otherwise clean audit report Tuesday, but auditor Corbin Stone of Robinson, Farmer, Cox and Associates did warn the board that it needs to bring its reserve balance up.

In making his report on the audit findings, Stone said the county has just over $500,000 in its unrestricted fund balance, while the firm recommends that it contain nearly $4 million.

In a brief discussion of that finding, he recommended that the board either find a way to raise revenue so that part of it can be put in the fund balance or find a way to cut expenses and put those funds in reserve. Supervisors noted they have few, if any, places to cut the budget, and while Stone agreed, he still warned that the county needs to increase the fund balance.

After hearing a pitch from Matthew Young, director of the parks and recreation department, for starting a youth soccer league, supervisors approved his request to work with the Cedar Hill Country Club on a fund-raising golf tournament. Young said he has been working with former Lee High football coach Don Williams and Sheriff Gary Parsons to establish the league, and the group has already been discussing the possibility of a golf tournament with Cedar Hill officials.

Young added that the idea of a youth league has been well-received by the community, and he has already been getting some unsolicited donations with which to begin the league.

In other matters, supervisors conducted a public hearing then approved an amendment to the road naming ordinance that will provide penalties for damage to road name signs once they are installed for implementation of E-911 service.

After two other hearings, the board approved a rezoning request by Woliver Brothers Properties to change a parcel near the Hickory Flats community from agricultural to residential for the purpose of constructing triplex apartments and approved a zoning text amendment to allow auto body shops in residential zones by special-use permit.

Supervisors approved a resolution approving the Virginia Department of Transportation's six-year plan and construction budget for the county as recommended by Jonesville Residency Administrator James Parsons and gave its approval for VDOT to take the Wallen East subdivision streets into the state road system.

The board agreed to renew the grant application to continue the Victim/Witness Program and approved closeout items for the new Department of Social Services building.

Supervisors approved several documents required to further the Robins Chapel water project, accepted an Appalachian Juvenile Commission continuation grant, and approved the purchase of a used bulldozer for use at the landfill.

County Administrator Dane Poe was authorized to advertise for bids and to accept the low bid for repairs at county voting precinct sites, to advertise for applications for an animal control officer and for bids on roof repairs at the county extension office, and to negotiate for health insurance for county employees. Poe reported that the premium is expected to increase 6.8 percent.

The board approved relocating the commonwealth's attorney's office to space formerly occupied on the third floor of the courthouse by the Department of Social Services. Poe said renovating the space should take approximately six to eight weeks.

Finally, supervisors agreed to conduct a public hearing prior to the start of the April 17 meeting to take public input on increasing the income limit for tax relief for the elderly by $2,000.

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