LOW MOOR — The Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corp. has hired part-time consultants  to help market a potential business site in Low Moor.

Alleghany County Administrator Jon Lanford updated the board of supervisors Tuesday on the EDC, which has been functioning without an executive director since June.

Lanford said the EDC has identified an economic development site in the Alleghany Regional Commerce Center. The site will be developed in accordance with a revenue-sharing agreement that was ratified with Covington in August 2017.

The agreement calls for the county and city to equally invest in the development of economic sites and share revenues.

Lanford said consulting services to the EDC are being provided by the economic development branch of Hunton & Williams, a law firm based in Richmond.

Lanford said the county and city are planning to develop a pad-ready site that will make the Highlands more competitive in attracting a business or industry.

In another matter, Jackson River Enterprises will continue to provide recycling services to the county, even though Covington and Clifton Forge have reached contract agreements with a private firm from Roanoke.

In the county, recycling trailers are located at  the Sharon Firehouse, the Iron Gate Community Center, the Island Ford Transfer Station, Clifton Middle School and in Callaghan.  

Lanford said the county remains committed to JRE to help it provide employment to individuals with special needs.

In other  business Tuesday, supervisors:

— Discussed an Oct. 15 deadline for arranging payment plans on past-due water and sewer accounts.

Numerous accounts have become past-due during a moratorium that was enacted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The moratorium on cutoffs also waived late penalties and fees on past-due accounts. However, the accounts must be paid in full when the moratorium expires.  

Households that do not make payment arrangements by the deadline will have their water and sewer service cut off, Lanford said.

—  Agreed to apply for a $35,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water.

The grant will fund a leak detection survey on water systems in Intervale and Clearwater Park, Cliftondale, Sharon and Wilson Creek.

— Appointed Terry Paxton (Clifton Forge East District) to the Water and Sewer Commission. Paxton replaces John Zeek, who resigned from the commission.

— Recommended that Shawn Simmons (Falling Spring District) be reappointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals. The appointment will be made by a circuit court judge.   

— Approved a budget amendment of $10.8 million to reflect outstanding encumbrances and carry forwards.

— Approved a $64,260 bid from Architectural Products of Virginia in Ashland to install non-touch automatic doors at the Low Moor governmental complex. The project will be funded by CARES Act funding for responding to COVID-19.