The Botetourt Board of Supervisors meets today. There are several items of interest on the agenda.
A building in Botetourt County that's been empty for about five years, since it was built, could soon be home to a new doctor's office. The final vote is today. The county planning manager Wade Burkholder says the 8,000 square foot space of the Orchard Market Place would be a pediatrician's office operated by Carilion. Burkholder says studies show there's an absence of that type of service and many people have to go to Roanoke and Salem for appointments.
"It would be a good fit for this area" said Burkholder who says the area already has a medical concentration with a dentist's office nearby.
Also happening today, the Board of Supervisors will vote on $20,000 in grants to improve some county spaces. This is all part of the recreation incentive fund projects where they match up to half of the total approved project costs. Since 1998, we're told they've provided about $1.5 million in grants.
Director of parks, recreation and tourism Richard Peters says this year's projects include:
-$10,000 to build a playground in Buchannan at the carnival grounds along the James River
- $4100 dollars to build a Frisbee golf course at the Greenfield Recreation Park
- $1200 for an Eagle Scout project that would be a landscaped picnic area at the Fincastle courthouse square area
-$4,000 to the Blue Ridge booster club to replace scoreboard for softball field
-$600 for Troutville Elementary PTA to re-field a walking track
The Board of Supervisors will also be talking about building four soccer fields at Greenfield Recreation Park. The idea is it would bring more people into the area and mean more tourism dollars during tournaments much like the softball complex in Botetourt County.
Tuesday is the first night for volunteers enrolled in this fall's Citizen's Academy. Some choose to continue that training through the Citizens on Patrol Academy.