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Council to honor Ziglar at meeting

Monday, January 13, 2014

Martinsville City Council will honor Joan Ziglar, who spent 16 years as the city’s commonwealth’s attorney, when it meets Tuesday night.

In the Nov. 5 election, Ziglar lost her bid for a fifth term as chief prosecutor to Clay Gravely, who once was an assistant commonwealth’s attorney under her but most recently had a private law practice in Martinsville.

Ziglar will be recognized when the council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in its chambers at the municipal building on West Church Street uptown.

Other agenda items for the meeting will include:

• Hearing from Eric Deaton, market president for LifePoint Hospitals, which owns Memorial Hospital in Martinsville and Danville Regional Medical Center.

Deaton will discuss happenings at Memorial and LifePoint’s vision for the south central Virginia market, according to the agenda.

• Setting a public hearing for Feb. 11 on a request for a special use permit for 1006 Independence Drive. The permit would let Sharon Martin operate a home child care center there and care for up to 12 kids.

• Considering approving an updated prioritized list of projects for the 2014 Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Update.

• Hearing updates on activities of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp., West Piedmont Business Development Center and the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board.

• Considering a schedule for preparing a budget proposal for fiscal 2015, which will start July 1.

• Considering refunds to two local businesses for the overpayment of business license taxes.

• Considering routine-type budget amendments.

• Hearing business from the floor.

At 7 p.m., the council will meet in closed session to discuss an unannounced prospective business or industry, discuss a personnel matter, meet with legal counsel and consider potential board and commission appointments.

If after a half-hour they are not finished discussing those matters, council members likely will go back into closed session after the regular session.


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