<img class=" wp-image-52198 alignright" src="https:\/\/theenterprise.net\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/23\/2021\/05\/agqrg3-300x174.jpg" alt="" width="353" height="205" \/>By Taylor Boyd\r\n\r\nA letter to members of the Patrick County Board of Supervisors was among the topics discussed at a recent meeting.\r\n\r\nIn the letter, the Rotary Club of Stuart requested supervisors to facilitate a presentation by RiverStreet Networks \u201cin a facility with high quality internet where all citizens, via Zoom or another similar platform, will be able to adequately hear the details and have the option to ask and get answers to their questions\u201d with optimal time.\r\n\r\nThe club also wrote that the presentation should be held sooner rather than later.\r\n\r\n\u201cPersonally, I don\u2019t have anything against that. I don\u2019t know if we\u2019re at the place to do that, but I did promise that I would bring this\u201d up at the meeting, Clyde DeLoach, of the Blue Ridge District, said.\r\n\r\nHe noted RiverStreet would need time to schedule and prepare for the presentation.\r\n\r\nCrystal Harris, chairman and of the Smith River District, said she took exception the letter and to comments that suggest supervisors are not doing anything to further the broadband project.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe have not taken a backseat to broadband, we are working diligently, and Mr. Bryce Simmons is a Rotary member. If they had questions, they certainly could have gotten the answers from him because he is the point-man for broadband,\u201d Harris said.\r\n\r\nNoting that supervisor meetings are open to the public, Harris also added that Clayton Kendrick serves as the board\u2019s liaison to the broadband committee.\r\n\r\nKendrick provided a broadband update at a meeting last month, Harris said, and added that there also are things that cannot be shared with the public at this time.\r\n\r\n\u201cHad it not been for Mrs. Hazelwood (county administrator) and Mr. Black (county attorney) we wouldn\u2019t have been as far because the letters (from the committee members) that were written had infuriated the landowner. (Hazelwood and Black) had to go and do a lot of negotiation to get it that far,\u201d Harris said.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re not sitting here on our thumbs doing nothing. I did take exception\u201d to the letter, \u201cand I said I would go and speak to Rotary on that subject to let them know that we are working, and we have been working,\u201d Harris said.\r\n\r\nNoting that she also invested her own money in the project, in addition to the money the county allocated for the projects, Harris said, \u201cwe all have put money in it (and) we\u2019ve put time. We\u2019ve served.\u201d\r\n\r\nHarris said she has worked to further broadband for about 20 years, and went to D.C. with Jonathan Large, who spoke before Congress on the matter.\r\n\r\n\u201cMaybe they\u2019ve all forgotten. Maybe they just moved here and don\u2019t know what we\u2019ve done. It did get stalled, but we have worked on\u201d broadband for a while, she said.\r\n\r\nHarris said she does not object to a presentation or update on the matter, \u201cbecause I\u2019d certainly tell them that we are working hard. We\u2019ve never put it on the back burner, and we aren\u2019t sitting on our behinds doing nothing,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\nHarris said the board had not previously received a request for a presentation.\r\n\r\n\u201cThey come to us. The tourism, the planning commission, all of them have committees too. We owe them as equal time as what we owe the broadband committee and the Rotarians,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\nThe board did not set a date for the proposed presentation.\r\n\r\n<strong>In other matters, the board:<\/strong>\r\n\r\n*Appointed Jane Carlson to the Piedmont Community Services Board of Directors.\r\n\r\n*Appointed Jennie Clark to the Tourism Advisory Council (TAC).\r\n\r\n*Approved a resolution for the Patrick County Mobile Healthcare Unit grant.