Botetourt County Board of Supervisors’ Blue Ridge representative Billy Martin presented another address last week updating the current state of the county.
Martin touched on his previous address that mentioned the Botetourt County Fire & EMS units working to provide citizens with COVID-19 vaccinations. He spoke about first responders recently distributing vaccines at Limestone Park in Buchanan to residents that couldn’t drive out to distribution sites. He urged citizens 16 and older to register online at Botetourt County’s COVID website at web.botetourtvirginia.gov/COVID19 or call 540-530-7077.
Martin was pleased to announce the re-opening of the Administrative Offices and libraries on June 1. While administrators work out the details, he mentioned that things would be different from before the pandemic. Martin stated that “safer alternatives” will be provided for citizens still uncomfortable entering a public space. He commended county employees on their creativity and ingenuity in coming up with comprehensive services during the pandemic.
He spoke about the hard work of county staff on the budget task force, constitutional officers, and the budget subcommittee to come up with a budget that contains zero tax increases. The board adopts the budget on June 22. Martin also mentions in the video that the board adopted the FY 21-22 school budget at last month’s board meeting.
In other news, Martin spoke about Business Appreciation Month and encouraged citizens to continue to support local businesses. He also highlighted the efforts of Board of Supervisors Amsterdam representative Steve Clinton for developing a historical marker for former boxer and Tuskegee Airman Norvel Lee of Eagle Rock.
Martin invited citizens to promote IRONMAN 70.3, “a fast-paced and grueling” triathlon that makes its way to the area on June 6.
To watch the video on demand, visit Botetourt County’s YouTube channel.