GATE CITY — The Scott County Board of Supervisors is planning ahead to ensure government meetings can continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During Wednesday’s meeting, the board held a public hearing to discuss extending the emergency ordinance for continuity of government that it approved last month. That ordinance was only in effect for 60 days, and a public hearing was needed to extend it beyond that point, County Attorney Sally Kegley said.
No members of the public spoke during the public hearing, and the board unanimously approved the extension. The ordinance allows the Board of Supervisors and other county boards to meet electronically, if deemed necessary, without the need for a quorum in the physical meeting place.
In other action, the board:
• Approved a $4 million line of credit for the county school system’s operating fund for the 2020-21 school year. Supervisor Danny Mann said this line of credit, which is brought before the BOS for approval each year, “gets them through until their funds start coming in.”
• Ratified a letter of support for the Lonesome Pine Industrial Facilities Authority grant for Project Intersection in the city of Norton. “Hopefully once everything is finalized, that’s going to be a revenue-sharing for Scott County and we’ll be able to get some income from that project,” said County Administrator Freda Starnes.
• Approved a mutual aid agreement between the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. Starnes said the agreement is similar to the one that’s already in place between Scott County and Lee, Washington and Russell counties.