Brodnax council adopts purchasing policy

The Brodnax Town Council met on Wednesday night for a brief regular monthly meeting, covering mostly regular business.

The council adopted a purchasing policy as part of its town code. Mayor Don Dugger said there had been no problem with spending, however, currently the town code lacks such a policy.

Dugger said that the policy could be changed in the future if it was found to be too restrictive, although he didn’t think the policy would be.

Council unanimously passed the motion to add the policy.

Town Clerk Beth Moore presented the zoning report and said that a food truck, the Mobile Smoke Rolling Grill, had obtained a permit to set up in an old parking lot on Piney Pond Road. She said she checked on his other required permits and all was in order.

Town Manager Ben Spence offered his report, saying that the Virginia Department of Transportation had resurfaced and “leveled out” an area of roadway at the entrance to North Avenue.

Spence and council discussed three different water leaks within the town, and Spence informed council that he intended to fix the leaks as soon as possible.

Additionally, Spence informed council that a hot water heater had broken and needed to be replaced/repaired. The water heater is located in the church housed within the town hall building. The church rents the space from the town.

Council agreed the water heater should be replaced.

Police Chief Joe Carey presented the police report for the month of August in addition to offering information regarding the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Throughout August, Carey said he issued 84 traffic citations, 12 of which were for reckless driving. He said the motorists he ticketed for reckless driving were going over 66 miles per hour in the 35 mile per hour zone.

In addition, he issued two citations to motorists driving with no operator’s license.

Carey informed council that he worked a partial day each day over the Labor Day holiday weekend, Friday through Monday, and issued 32 traffic citations in that time.

Finally, Carey said the air conditioning on his police car had recently “gone out,” however the vehicle is still under warranty and the issue was repaired free of charge.

“It didn’t cost the town a dime,” he said.

Brodnax Assistant Fire Chief Greg Gauldin offered the fire department’s report, noting the department had responded to five calls for service over the last month, four motor vehicle crashes and one brush fire. He also said the Brodnax Volunteer Fire Department had offered mutual aid in Ebony, assisting in setting up medical helicopter landing zones.

Gauldin also invited council as well as the public to a 9-11 ceremony in which the fire department will participate which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the Sonny Wholey Memorial Park in Lawrenceville.