Board to review budget requests

Published 11:55 am Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Lunenburg Board of Supervisors is set to look over budget requests from area organizations, and accept a total $50,000 donation to various fire departments from Container First Services (CFS) during its meeting Thursday.

As the meeting will correspond with Central High School’s Student Government Day, the meeting will be held in the high school gymnasium, 10 a.m., at 131 K-V Road.

According to representatives of Meridian Waste, which owns CFS, the donation is set to go to fire departments and rescue squads in Lunenburg and surrounding counties.

Representatives of Victoria Fire & Rescue, Kenbridge Fire Department and Meherrin Volunteer Fire & Rescue are expected to be present to receive the donations. Each organization will receive donations that altogether total $50,000.

The donations, according to Meridian Waste representatives, are set to “go toward expenses and programs to keep the local communities they serve safe.”

More than 20 county and regional organizations have made budget requests to fund services, with a number of organizations requesting level funding.

The Kenbridge Fire Department made an approximately 20 percent increase in its budget request, from $25,000 to $30,000. The increase was attributed to unavoidable costs such as repairing equipment, according to the application submitted by fire department officials.

The Southside Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) requested an increase of $7,350, or 5 percent, to offset funds for three district employees, education material and travel. The Southside SWCD represents Lunenburg and Charlotte counties.

Piedmont Senior Resources (PSR) Area Agency on Aging requested an increase of $2,223, totaling $14,120. The application estimates that Lunenburg County receives approximately $150,000 in services from PSR.

Crossroads Community Services Board requested an increase of $3,000, from $53,000 to $56,000. The organization cited that the funding is set to be used to support a number of programs, including same day access for patients who need mental health treatment.