By Debbie Hall
The Henry County Board of Supervisors will consider a waiver request to maintain split voting precincts, pending redistricting, at its meeting Tuesday.
The Virginia General Assembly recently passed legislation requiring each voting precinct to be wholly contained within a single congressional district, Senate District, House of Delegates district, and local districts.
However, a locality may request a waiver to delay this action pending redistricting.
Henry County has three split precincts in need of a waiver: #203 Horsepasture #2, which is split between House District 14 and 16; #304 Mount Olivet, which is split between Congressional District 5 and 9; and #505 Dyers Store, which Is split between Congressional District 5 and 9.
Henry County Registrar Dawn Stultz-Vaughn is asking the board to approve the waiver request until redistricting can be completed.
In other matters at its 3 p.m. meeting in the Summerlin Meeting Room of the Henry County Administration Building, supervisors will:
- Hear an update on a Broadband Planning Study that is being conducted by ECC Technologies, which is helping develop a broadband plan for the county. Christian Youngblood, Director of Information Services, will provide the progress update.
- Hear a report from Mark Heath, President and CEO of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.
- Hear an update from the Pittsylvania County Community Action Board from Everlena Ross, Executive Director of Pittsylvania County Community Action, Inc. (PPCA). The PCCA is the designated community action agency providing comprehensive services to low-income families in Pittsylvania County, Danville, Henry County, and Martinsville.
- County Treasurer Scott Grindstaff will present his monthly report on delinquent tax collection efforts.
- Consider a proclamation honoring the life of Elizabeth “Liz” Stone, who served as the county’s General Registrar from 1979 until the time of her death in 2020. Stone was the longest serving General Registrar in Virginia.
- Consider meeting in closed session to discuss appointees to Blue Ridge Regional Library Board, Parks and Recreation Board, Planning Commission, Community Policy and Management Team, Piedmont Regional Community Services Board, and Southside Community Action Board; pending legal matters; the acquisition/disposal of real estate; and to discuss as-yet unannounced industries.
The board also is slated to meet at 6 p.m. to hear matters presented by the public and general highway matters.
A public hearing on the Six-Year Secondary Road Plan will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room #1.