Board addresses insurance, construction and horses
Northumberland County’s board of supervisors had a short meeting Thursday that addressed several important county concerns.
During the early session, which began at 5 p.m., County Administrator Kenny Eades advised the board that health insurance costs for the county’s 72 insured employees will rise 9.8 per cent in the coming year. The county is part of a “pool” of insured counties, Eades noted and said, “If we hadn’t been pooled, the cost would’ve gone up 22 percent.”
The increase will take the monthly outlay for each covered employee to $561 and cost the county an additional $43,200 a year. The county pays all the employees’ cost but not the cost of their family coverage.
Assistant County Administrator Luttrell Tadlock delivered copies of proposed zoning ordinance changes developed by the Planning Commission to the Board and copies of the Planning Commission’s end of the year report.
The report which showed new construction valued at $20 million in 2012, the same level as 1995 through 1999. In the mid-2000s it reached a $100,000,000 level according to the report.
Eades noted that so far this year new construction values have reached 4.2 million dollars, about $67,000 more than at this time in 2012. At least, he said, “We’re going in a better direction.”
Todd VanLandingham reported that in anticipation of a forecast blizzard, the local Virginia Department of Transportation staff had been on duty for 24 straight hours starting Wednesday morning. The blizzard didn’t happen but a lot of rain did and the VDOT crews had been dealing with fallen trees and flooded sections of road.
Dr. Rebecca Gates said that she appreciated VDOT’s keeping her abreast of conditions so that she could close the schools early when rain causing the roads to become particularly hazardous.
During the evening session the Board voted 4 to 1 to grant A Wade and Angela W. Self’s request for a conditional use permit allowing them to keep up to 15 horses on an 18 acre property zoned R-2, residential waterfront, off Greenfield Road in Fairfields Magisterial District.
Supervisor Tom Tomlin voted against the request because in the past more acreage per horse has been required.