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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 10:47 am

Northumberland County’s Board of Supervisors organized itself for 2019 during its meeting in Heathsville Thursday evening.

The supervisors didn’t make any changes in their officers as they reelected Ronnie Jett and Richard Haynie as chairman and vice-chairman but they made a change in their meeting schedule. While the meetings will continue to be on the second Thursdays of each month starting in February they will begin at 5:30 p.m. rather than 5 and will not include an hour-long break between the early meeting and public hearings. The Supervisors will take a short break after finishing their early business and then move on to pubic hearings.

During Thursday’s meeting Steve McKeever of the Virginia Department of Transportation advised the Board that Courthouse Road (Route 201) will not be reopened before March. To carry the water beneath the highway the department has decided to put a “triple box” rather than a double box under it. Every state in the union buys the boxes from the same manufacturer and that ordered for Courthouse Road can’t be delivered until then, McKeever said.

McKeever said he and others on the VDOT staff had been trying to guess what if any snow Northumberland would get starting Friday. The forecasters were all over the place, he said, so no firm prediction could be made. “I just don’t know,” he said. “But, we’ll be ready to roll.”

“You’ll have a better idea Monday afternoon or Tuesday,” Jett teased McKeever.

The Supervisors approved several appropriations including one for $202,170 to buy an emergency vehicle (ambulance) for the county’s paid emergency response staff.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 1/16/19

Players from the Northumberland High School football team attended the Board of Supervisor’s meeting.