City Council Meeting Recap 5-10-2022

May 11, 2022

Martinsville City Council votes to allow motorized scooters in uptown Martinsville

Martinsville City council voted to adopt and amend ordinances to allow motorized scooters in uptown Martinsville. The new ordinance is highly restrictive on scooter parking in an effort to prevent scooters from blocking sidewalks, driveways, and entrances. Bird Scooters has expressed interest in operating in the Martinsville Uptown area and will be partnering with businesses to assist with scooter parking. The new ordinance will be effective May, 20, 2022.

Council votes to increase their contribution to the Blue Ridge Regional Library

Council voted increase funding to the Blue Ridge Regional Library by 2.5 percent. The library has requested a 5 percent increase in funding from the city, Henry County, and Patrick County. Martinsville is the first locality to approve an increase in funding. If the other localities vote to increase funding by 5 percent, the city would then match the other localities’ contributions.

FY22-23 budget

Council approved the FY22-23 budget on first reading and voted to schedule an additional budget work session on Wednesday, May 18th at 6 p.m.

Council recognized a Martinsville Middle School student for winning the Region 2 VML “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.

Martinsville City Council recognized Martinsville Middle School 7th grader, Jordin Hernandez Machuca, for winning the Virginia Municipal League’s Region 2 “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.