The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors showed its support for a General Assembly bill that, if passed, would rename the Virginia 114 bridge as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge.
The bridge connects Montgomery and Pulaski counties along Peppers Ferry Road, and each locality would be responsible for paying for approximately $500 for each sign.
Board Chair Chris Tuck said that Del. Nick Rush R-Christiansburg, who will be introducing the bill, recently contacted the county to see if they would support the change.
Tuck said that upon returning from Vietnam, the veterans were not “particularly honored or treated very well at all,” and the cost of the sign was a small price to pay to show their gratitude to those who served in the war.
While the board’s approval was unanimous, supervisors Mary Biggs (District F) and April DeMotts (District G) wondered why the localities were responsible for paying for something that was coming from the state level.
“I don’t personally have a problem installing signage and paying for it, but I do think that it’s an interesting political conundrum,” DeMotts said.
Rush said that the bill would be voted on in the next few weeks.
The supervisors will host a joint meeting with the school board at 7 p.m. Monday at the Montgomery County Government Center (755 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg) to begin discussing the school system’s budget for fiscal year 2018.
The next regular meeting will be held at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13. The agenda can be found at www.montgomerycountyva.gov or http://tinyurl.com/zk7ycp4.