Generator will allow second school to be available as emergency shelter

The Louisa County Board of Supervisors voted to use $615,500 in federal coronavirus relief to buy a generator for a second emergency shelter.

The generator will enable the county to open a shelter at Louisa County Middle School if it were needed. Currently, the county’s only shelter is Moss-Nuckols Elementary School, which has been used during emergencies in the past, such as when a part of the town of Louisa was evacuated in November 2018 due to a possible gas leak.

Louisa County Public Schools will be the entity that actually buys the generator. The supervisors’ vote was to transfer the $615,500 to the schools.

Board members also voted at their Oct. 19 meeting to buy two small properties in the Louisa Industrial Air Park to house part of the county’s growing general services department. Staff have worked for years out of the former volunteer fire department building on Woolfolk Avenue, but space is limited for employees and equipment.

The two properties, which total about 4.2 acres, formerly housed hangars associated with Louisa County Airport. 

Supervisor Tommy Barlow abstained from the vote to buy one of the lots because he is related to the owner, James Bell.

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