The Northampton Board of Supervisors heard budget requests from outside agencies and Monday night’s work session.
The Eastern Shore Public Library requests $148,000 for general operating expenses of the Northampton Free Library in Nassawadox and the Cape Charles Memorial Library. There was also a $20,000 request for the Heritage Room in the Eastern Shore Regional Library in Parksley to store the Shore’s historical documents.
Shelley Strain with the Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence requested $10,000 for general operating funds to serve Northampton County residents and an additional $5,000 to purchase a generator for the emergency shelter.
Greg DeYoung of the Community Fire Company in Exmore and the Eastern Shore Fire Commission made several requests. First was to increase EMS personnel. Currently, there are two paid EMT for Northampton County 3 days a week, and one paid EMT the other days with the help of a volunteer. However, shortages of new recruits and the aging of current volunteers is putting a large strain on the ability to respond to calls. DeYoung requested funding a second full time EMT.
On the subject of recruitment of new volunteers, DeYoung requested the County’s help in facilitating a new grant. The Eastern Shore Fire Commission was awarded the SAFER(Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Grant for approximately $232,800. The funds will be spent over a two year period, and will be used to hire a part time Recruitment Coordinator, for a marketing campaign and to train and hire new recruits. The request was to utilize County resources in the hiring process.
Jeff Flournoy with the 911 Commission requested $108,754 for FY2019, and added an additional request of $44,380 for the following year. The Communications Sales and Use Tax, the main revenue driver for 911, has been steadily declining for years due to the diminishing number of landline phones in use. The funds will be used to upgrade equipment for 911.
Larry DiRe on behalf of Cape Charles requested a total of $47,000. $30,000 for the Cape Charles Library, $7,000 to fund the 4th of July Fireworks display and $10,000 to go towards the $30,000 spent annually on the maintenance of Cape Charles Beach, the only public beach in Northampton County.
Other agencies that made requests included the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission, the Eastern Shore Groundwater Committee, Star Transit, the Accomack-Northampton Transportation District Commission, the Small Business Developemnt Center, the Soil and Water Conservation District, the Accomack Northampton Planning District Commission and Housing Alliance, the Eastern Shore Community Services Board, the Eastern Shore Health Department, the Eastern Shore Community College, the Eastville Volunteer Fire Company, Northampton Fire and Rescue and the Eastern Shore Resource Conservation and Development Council.