By Nancy Lindsey\r\nThe Patrick County Board of Supervisors\u2019 application for $500,000 in revenue-sharing funds has been tentatively approved, according to Lisa Price Hughes, resident engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).\r\nHughes told the board at the Feb. 8 meeting that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) would make a final decision in June.\r\nThe board is planning to match the state funds on a 50-50 basis, using $500,000 from last year\u2019s school debt refinancing to provide $1 million to pave some of the county\u2019s dirt and gravel roads.\r\nHughes said the roads would be paved under the \u201crural rustic\u201d classification, which requires lower standards (such as the width of roads) than road-paving in the past.\r\nThe funds would pay for every project on the current six-year plan and would probably be completed by July of 2018, Hughes said.\r\nMayo River District Supervisor Lock Boyce asked how many miles $1 million would pave.\r\nHughes said it would cost about $200,000 per mile if hired contractors are used, making about five miles of roads that could be improved. The projects on the six-year plan are \u201cspread out countywide,\u201d she said.\r\n\u201cIs it too late to back out?\u201d Boyce asked.\r\nHughes said the board could decide not to use the money, but it should let her know soon so the funds would be available to other localities.\r\nDan River District Supervisor Roger Hayden, board chairman, said Boyce apparently thought county residents enjoy driving on unpaved roads.\r\n\u201cThat\u2019s ludicrous,\u201d Hayden said. \u201cMy district\u2019s got more dirt roads than any other district, and everyone deserves to have a hard-surfaced road.\u201d\r\nIt\u2019s part of the goal to strengthen the county\u2019s infrastructure, Hayden said.\r\n\u201cI think the majority of this board agrees with the vote we took,\u201d said Blue Ridge District Supervisor Karl Weiss.\r\nBoyce was not on the board when it voted to seek revenue-sharing funds to pave roads. He has said the $500,000 could be better used for other county needs or put into the contingency fund.\r\nIn another road issue, Hughes told the board that its application for House Bill 2 (HB2) funds to install new guardrails on Rt. 8 north (Floyd Mountain) was not approved.\r\nThat project, which would have cost about $1.5 million, scored low in the HB2 program in which economic development took priority over safety, Hughes said.\r\nShe said she was also told that the guardrail project \u201cwas considered a maintenance issue.\u201d\r\nSmith River District Supervisor Crystal Harris told Hughes that there have been three traffic accidents on Rt. 8 north when heavy rains caused erosion and dropoffs on the roadside.\r\nIn other matters at the Feb. 8 meeting:\r\n\u2022Deanna Cox and Scott Wickham of Robinson, Farmer and Cox reported on the annual audit, pointing out that the county earned an A by most criteria. They commended county staff members for their competence in preparing data for the audit.\r\nThe county\u2019s contingency fund is about 14% of its total budget, Cox said. Auditors recommend that the percentage range from 10% to 20%, she said.\r\n\u2022The board appropriated $6,000 to improve security for the commonwealth\u2019s attorney\u2019s office.\r\n\u2022The board agreed to have a second meeting in February to continue discussion of emergency medical services (EMS), the school budget and the county budget.\r\nThe meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 29, in the third-floor boardroom of the Patrick County Veterans\u2019 Memorial Building.