Henry County Board rejects voluntary settlement agreement on Martinsville reversion

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HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Both Henry County and Martinsville officials are speaking up after the Henry County Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 against moving forward with the voluntary settlement agreement (VSA) on Martinsville’s reversion.

Henry County says Dr. J. David Martin of the Iriswood District made the motion, with a second from Joe Bryant of the Collinsville District, on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

However, Board Chairman Jim Adams of the Blackberry District and Tommy Slaughter of the Reed Creek District voted against the motion.

Adams issued the following statement on Wednesday, Dec. 15 on the VSA vote:

If 2021 showed us anything, it showed us that we as a community should be on the same page before we enact anything as consequential as reversion. Community members in both the City and County made it crystal clear to the Commission on Local Government that they would like to see the process involve more citizen engagement and more input from the two school systems.

With the Board of Supervisors voting not to move forward with the Voluntary Settlement Agreement, we are given another opportunity to do just that. We have the opportunity for every member of City Council and the Board of Supervisors to come to the table and negotiate on behalf of our constituents. We have the opportunity to bring our respective schools and constitutional officers to that same table. We can allow our communities time to truly understand the weight of this decision, the opportunity to get this right.

Let us be driven by the consent of those who we represent.

That is what Henry County resolves to do in 2022. We sincerely hope our partners in the City of Martinsville have also heard the concerns of the community and resolve to do the same.

Any further comment on the matter will come from Henry County’s spokesperson on reversion, County Attorney George Lyle.

Jim Adams, Chairman of the Henry County Board of Supervisors

The City of Martinsville says the letter pictured below was delivered on Wednesday to Henry County following the rejection of the VSA, which “the County had negotiated in good faith with Martinsville to settle the issue of reversion amicably.”

Martinsville city officials also posted a document about Henry County’s previous commitments to approving the VSA, which you can read by following this link.

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