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Board of Supervisors hears presentations from public

By CALVIN PYNN

calvin@southwestttimes.com

 

Monday night’s Pulaski County Board of Supervisors meeting included a few presentations from municipal and citizen oriented groups from around the area.

The meeting started out with an informative PowerPoint presentation from Maetta Crewe, the county’s circuit court clerk. Crewe presented the Board with the duties that she and her staff take care of on a daily basis, demonstrating the services they provide for the county.

Crewe’s presentation on behalf of the circuit court was the first of a new item that will be on the Board of Supervisor’s agenda for their monthly meetings. Each month, another department in the town will give a presentation educating the board on what they do at the start of the meeting.

Toward the end of the meeting, a “Skills Gap Analysis” presentation was given by Marty Holiday, the deputy director of the New River Valley Workforce. The purpose of the presentation was to identify problem areas that employees have.

Virginia Tech provided funding for this study, and the report concerned workers all over the region. The presentation before the Board, however, focused on Pulaski County.

According to Holiday, the study identified three different things: the economic industries that would make the region different, what skills the industries need to have in order to prosper, and what capacity is needed to meet those needs.

“This study is not the end, the study for us is actually the beginning of this process,” said Holiday. “It’s meant to pull together all of these workforce groups to determine how we are going to move forward with this information.”

Holiday named some specific organizations that the study would be working with such as K-12, community colleges, the Department of Social Services, local governments, businesses and industries, and her agencies in Workforce Development.

Whitney Bonham, an economic development specialist from Virginia Tech, also spoke about the study, giving executive summaries about the project and prompting time for feedback from the Board. The group will also bring their study before the Pulaski Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, March 11.

Dr. Bruce Farris, a physician in Dublin, also addressed the Board with his own presentation, related to the economic impacts of farming and forestry.

Earlier in the meeting, the Board discussed the possible transfer of the old Riverlawn Elementary schools building to the IDA, as presented by County Administrator Pete Huber.

The Board agreed to schedule a public hearing for input on that decision, approving a motion to include that public hearing with their budget session on Monday, March 10. That meeting could also possibly include a public hearing about the potential transfer of the Dublin Primary Head Start building to the IDA as well.

Other items covered during the meeting included Highway Matters, as well as petitions to rezone a few properties throughout the county, all of which were approved by the Board of Supervisors.

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