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Monday, December 09, 2019

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors would like to extend another offer for citizens to remove downed trees for firewood from a specific area in Progress Park. The trees in this area were previously cut down for construction of an AEP high voltage line.

This specific area will be open to the public from December 16 through December 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The downed trees are located on Kents Lane across from the AEP substation. The gate access where the trees can be removed is located ¼ mile southeast of the intersection of Gator Lane and Kents Lane along the Kents Lane road.

Please note that anyone interested in cutting firewood shall obtain and sign a hold harmless agreement and a site map from the County Administration Building located at 340 South 6th Street, Wytheville, Va. 24382.

Citizens must have a hold harmless agreement on file with the Wythe County Board of Supervisors and have a copy with them on site. Failure to do so will result in a request to leave.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Billy Bowers at 276-223-6119 or email him at wbbowers@wytheco.org.

Monday, December 09, 2019

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors recognized Rural Retreat Elementary School for being named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School.

Rural Retreat Elementary School Principal Alan Rouse said it is a great honor to be selected as a Blue Ribbon School.

“It’s a great honor for our school and our community,” Rouse said. “To be recognized nationally is a great honor. It’s a testament to the people that live in our community and it shows how much they value education. It couldn’t have happened to a better deserving group of students and faculty.”

Since 1982, more than 9,000 of America's schools have received this award that honors those who reflect the goals of high standards and accountability.

Black Lick District Supervisor Brian Vaught read the resolution at the Board of Supervisors November 26th meeting.

“It was an honor to present a resolution to Principal Rouse in recognition of their Blue Ribbon School award,” Vaught said. “The award itself is a testament to the hard work of Mr. Rouse, his faculty and staff, the students of Rural Retreat Elementary as well as the parents and guardians. Mr. Rouse has always emphasized a sense of excellence and community pride amongst everyone at Rural Retreat Elementary School and this award reflects that.”

The Blue Ribbon Schools were officially recognized at an awards ceremony November 14-15 in Washington D.C. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that demonstrate overall academic excellence or show success in closing achievement gaps.

The board recognized the school with a resolution that states:

Three hundred and twelve public schools were selected nationwide, out of more than 133,000 public schools in the nation, for the 2019 Blue Ribbon Schools award, which is one of the most prestigious education awards in the country. The Wythe County Board of Supervisors does hereby commend the faculty, staff, students, and parents of Rural Retreat Elementary School on achieving the status of a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School in 2019.

Rouse said he appreciates all the faculty and staff that work with the students at Rural Retreat Elementary School.

“Our school board gives us great support and our central office as well,” Rouse said. “We’ve got great support in our county.”

Friday, December 06, 2019

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors purchased a new Spartan Rescue Engine for the Barren Springs Volunteer Fire Department. Barren Springs Chief Josh Stitt said the truck is a much-needed resource for the department.

“It’s a relief to get the new fire truck,” Stitt said. “We’re very pleased with the truck. We’re very pleased with the quality and craftsmanship of the truck. It’s been a good process working with the manufacturer and the sales company. It has compartments specifically designed to carry the rescue tools and to fit more equipment for vehicle accidents or specialty rescue needs. It also carries all the hazardous material equipment that we need on it as well.”

Stitt said officials have been working towards replacing two trucks with this new truck for about four years.

“We bought some new tools and upgraded some equipment, that way when it’s in service everything is ready to go,” Stitt said. “We want to meet that need and continue to try and grow. Every time we do a project, we try to improve our ability to better serve our community.”

Stitt has been a firefighter since 2008. He has been chief at Barren Springs for four years.

“We have a tight knit family here at the fire department,” Stitt said. “It truly is a family. We do our best to take care of anyone in our community, any way that we can. We’re also always looking for new firefighters to help protect our community. Please let us know if you would like to join our team.”

The new truck will replace two older trucks in their existing fleet. One of the trucks is a 1994 fire engine that was expensive to maintain and operate and the other is a 1989 GMC equipment truck.

The Wythe County Board of Supervisors approved funding for the approximately $570,000 purchase out of the county’s general fund. “They agreed to make the purchase,” Stitt said. “They set aside the funds to do so. The purchase was about $570,000. We did add a few features after that, as we put a deck gun on it. The department paid for those additions.”

While the purchase of the truck was paid by Wythe County, the department looks for grants from local organizations and foundations, as well as donations, to assist with equipping the truck.

Supervisor Coy McRoberts stated “I think the new truck for Barren Springs Fire Department will be a great asset. These men and women work hard to keep their department at its best and Wythe County providing this truck will better enable them to perform their duties. Furthermore, I would like to express my appreciation for all that the Barren Springs Fire Department members do to keep our community safe.”

Monday, December 02, 2019

A proposed public hearing is to give the citizens served by the Wythe County public water system an opportunity to comment on the proposed rate change. In accordance with the Code of Virginia Section 15.2-2119, and subsequent revisions, the Wythe County Board of Supervisors proposes to change the rates charged for water services on January 1, 2020, as follows:

          Current Residential Rates                             Proposed Residential Rates
          $ 18.90  (0-1000 gallons)                                 $ 20.79  (0-1000 gallons)
          $   9.45  (per 1000 gallons after)                      $ 10.40  (per 1000 gallons after)

           Current Commercial Rates                            Proposed Commercial Rates
          $ 18.90  (0-1000 gallons)                                 $ 20.79  (0-1000 gallons)
          $   9.45  (per 1000 gallons after)                      $ 10.40  (per 1000 gallons after)

The public hearing will be conducted on December 10, 2019, beginning at or about 7:05 p.m. and may be continued if necessary. The public hearing will be held in the Board Room of the County Administration Building, 340 South Sixth Street, Wytheville, Virginia.

Monday, November 25, 2019

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Treasurer’s Office would like to remind residents that taxes are due on December 5, 2019.

Officials would also like to remind citizens that there is not a tax deadline extension in place this year.

The Treasurer’s office will have extended hours Monday Dec. 2, thru Thursday Dec. 5. Extended office hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Wythe County Treasurer Lori Guynn said the tax deadline includes real estate, personal property, mobile home, machine and tools, merchant’s capital, and public service corporation taxes.

The Treasurer’s office is located in the old courthouse building. The main entrance is located off of Spring Street and the disabled entrance is located off of South Sixth Street.

Tax payers that have questions about items being taxed, the assessment or need adjustments should contact the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office at 276-223-6015.

According to Guynn, there are several payment options available for residents to take advantage of when paying their taxes.

• 24-Hour Drop Box: Using the envelope enclosed with the tax bill, a check or money order may be placed in the 24 hour Treasurer’s Office drop box located beside the Circuit Court Building on South Sixth Street. *Do not put cash in the drop box. Payments are considered on time if deposited in the payment box by midnight on the due date.
• In Person: Residents may pay by cash, check, money order, credit/debit card (only MasterCard and Visa are accepted). Make payments payable to: Treasurer of Wythe County.
• By Mail: Using the envelope with the tax bill, mail check or money order to the Treasurer’s Office. Please make payments payable to: Treasurer of Wythe County. Please do not mail cash or credit card information. All mail postmarked on or before December 5 are considered timely payments by the Treasurer’s Office.
• By Phone: Call the Treasurer’s Office at 276-223-6070 Monday through Friday during business hours to pay by credit/debit card (Master and Visa only).• Online: Credit/debit card and e-check payments may be made online at www.webfeepay.com. A convenience fee of 2.75 percent of the transaction amount will be charged by the card provider. Your account number is required. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. Payments made by e-check will incur a $3 fee.

Penalties on late taxes are a one-time 5 percent penalty based on the amount due and interest begins to accrue at an annual rate of 10 percent. If taxpayers are unable to pay full amount by the due date payments may be made until the bill is paid in full.

Officials ask your patience when calling or coming into the office closer to the tax deadline as the office will be very busy.

Additionally, Wythe County offices will be closed for Thanksgiving from noon on November 27 through November 29, 2019.