Human Services Committee
August 18, 2008
Committee Members Present:
David Laurrell, County Administrator
Mike Daly, Youth, Adult, & Community Services Director
Sherry Harding, Recreation Co-Director
Mary Pascale, Recreation Co-Director
Rick Verilla, Social Services Director
Charles Falwell, BOS – Timberlake District
J.D. Puckett, BOS – Brookneal District
Nan Carmack-Library Director
Rhonda Morgan- Substitute for Amy Clark, Administrative Support
//Mrs. Pascale called the meeting to order at 11:00 a.m., welcoming everyone.
Youth Adult and Community Services
//Mr. Daly began his report with a question as to whether CVCS could use the County’s
gas pumps. CVCS operates three vans, which require approximately 1000 gallons of
gasoline a year. Currently, the County’s gas pump has no available space for a new
department to be assigned. A new gas pump is scheduled to be installed next spring.
The question arose as to whether it was legal for the CVCS to use the County pumps.
The matter will be researched with answers reported back at a later meeting.
Mr. Daly reported on Central Virginia Community Services participating in the
VML/VACo Commercial Paper Finance Program to refinance several of its existing
loans. The original loan amount was $1,665,000.00 with a current balance of
The CVCS Board has adopted a resolution, which will be presented to the Board of
Supervisors at today’s meeting, to add $290,000 to the existing loan to acquire and
improve the Altavista Group Home. Each participating member within the jurisdiction
would need to adopt a similar resolution to meet the requirements of the program.
Mr. Robert Merryman, from the Historical Society, has written a letter to Clif Tweedy,
Assistant County Administrator, requesting more space. At this time, there is no
available space for the Society to occupy. This request will be discussed at the Board
retreat in October.
The County was contacted in February by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources
concerning our participation in a state survey and cost share grant program. The VDHR
is responsible for the identification, evaluation, and protection of historic resources
throughout the Commonwealth. In Campbell County, it has been over ten years since the
last survey was conducted. The cost share grant program would allow Campbell County
to do a more comprehensive survey at a nominal cost. The state provides the staff and
resources to complete the project and the County would have a minimal investment of
staff time as the project moves forward. Mr. Puckett and Mr. Falwell both are in favor of
participating in this program. Mr. Daly will be presenting this proposal today to the
Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Daly has been contacted concerning statewide plans for the Virginia
Sesquicentennial to commemorate the One Hundredth Fiftieth anniversary of the Civil
War; these activities would commence in 2011. Committee discussion addressed how to
approach this request for locality participation. Ms. Carmack suggested some educational
programs could be planned at the libraries. Mrs. Harding commented that there are
groups who are already involved in established reenactments in neighboring localities
(Appomattox County and Bedford County). She recommended that we help promote
those activities and send interested people to these neighboring locations. This
commemoration project has no available funds to help with expenses. It was agreed to
use the existing HS Committee as the planning group and to place this discussion on the
February agenda to review again.
During the month of September, a survey will be taken by the Citizens’ National Survey
group. This will serve as a tool to gather information for the Comprehensive Plan. This
survey will be discussed further in the Management Team Meeting on Wednesday,
August 20, 2008.
CSA legislation is requiring intensive care coordination for CSA cases where a child is
either in congregate care or is at risk of being placed in congregate care. There is no
additional funding associated with this action. Details have not been confirmed, however
more information should be available at the next HSC meeting.
//Rick Verilla passed out information concerning the Overview of the CORE (Council
Reform). The Overview details what services the state is providing to children at risk.
Health and Human Services is lead secretariat in educating the public of this program.
Mr. Verilla advised members there is no update concerning the Social Services pay plan.
//Ms. Carmack commented the library is very busy as many citizens are using the County
libraries for computer/electronic information access. The library is pleased to be meeting
this need; however it is stretching staff duties to help meet public demands. At present
the Library is planning evening hours for story time at both the Staunton River and
Patrick Henry branches to help those who work day shift hours.
Ms. Carmack passed out a copy of the September Project, “Connecting the World One
Library at a Time”. This is a series of events designed to highlight social issues,
citizenship, and library awareness.
Ms. Carmack reported that their public computers need updating, and additional
computers need to be purchased to meet the expanding informational needs of the public.
If wireless access was offered for citizens using personal laptops, the libraries could serve
far more people seeking internet and email capabilities. The Staunton River Library is
working with the public to teach citizens how to use the computers to acquire information
Ms. Carmack was asked to provide an estimate of computer use statistics by the next
//Mrs. Harding reported the Campbell County Pictorial, created by Anthony Adams and
Beth Worth, will be presented to the Board today at their meeting. Mrs. Harding
recommended that this book be updated every five years.
Mrs. Harding presented information concerning the re-classification of a Recreation
Administrative Aide as a result of the part-time Brookneal Senior Center coordinator’s
vacancy. This item will be submitted to the Board for consideration in September. In
January of this year, the part-time Brookneal Senior Center Coordinator, resigned. In
order to fill this position, a full Recreation Administrative Aide, offered to cover this
center each Wednesday and has served very well in this capacity since February. It was
recommended by the Recreation Co-Directors that this employee’s position be
reclassified from Administrative Aide I to Administrative Aide II (increasing from a
grade 10 to grade 12, approximately $2,500.00 yearly) as a result of her absorbing these
extra duties. Per Mr. Laurrell, this normally would have been done during the budget
process, therefore must come before the HSC committee prior to submittal to the Board.
Mr. Laurrell commented this would save County time and money without having to go
through the hiring process. Thus, with the added responsibilities, the change in grade is
justified. Mrs. Harding will draft a memo to the Board of Supervisors for their September
Mrs. Pascale reported on the Virginia Department of Transportation Access Grant for the
English Park. Recreation staff will be applying for this grant to obtain funding to
construct an access road into the English Park. The English Park Committee suggested
adding a bicycle path to the edge of the roadway. Mrs. Pascale will send the VDOT grant
resolution to the County’s Attorney, Kristin Wright, to review followed by submittal to
the Board of Supervisors for approval. Mr. Dandridge from VDOT informed Mrs.
Pascale that a copy will also need to be sent to Town of Altavista for approval.
Mrs. Pascale gave an update on the Evington Ruritan Club facility. The Evington Ruritan
Club has fields which could be modified for Little League teams to use. The Little
League teams are seeking someone to donate the time and needed equipment to grade the
fields. The Ruritan Club will handle the maintenance on the fields, such as mowing.
However, they are requesting Campbell County’s help to care for the fields in return for
usage. There are two usable fields, one for youth sports and one soccer field. Pat Knight,
a representative for the Ruritan Club, will present Mrs. Pascale with an estimated cost of
co-sponsoring these fields. Due to the development of the Troublesome Creek
subdivision in the area, more people for registering for County athletic programs. It was
discussed that the County needs long term agreements between co-sponsored activities
and projects. At this time, the County has other priorities which require attention and
resources, thus it could be some time before this item becomes a slated County project.
Mrs. Pascale reminded the members that Ron Reynolds’ contract expires in the spring of
2009. She will be requesting a full time project manager in next year’s budget. This will
be discussed at the Board retreat.
There were no items from the floor thus the meeting was adjourned at 12:30 p.m.