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Board of Supervisors Meeting 9/25/19 Recap

See the link to the audio from the meeting.

Post Date:09/26/2019 2:40 PM

A complete audio recording of the meeting can be found here.

Matters by the Public

Mr. Tracy Pyles expressed dissatisfaction with the almost $6 million spent on the courthouse project and stated that this is the single largest expenditure that the county has ever made and that this decision was not in keeping with what the voters asked for.

Mr. Steve Morris thanked Dr. Pattie for his no vote on the courthouse, asked Mr. Garber if the County had a paid lobbyists and what was the cost. Mr. Morris indicated that it was important for the county to have a lobbyist. Mr. Morris was informed that the county does have a lobbyist at a cost of$28,895.  Mr. Morris also asked the Board to consider replacing deputy vehicles at 100,000 miles.

Mr. Robert Colgen asked what the process is for changing the noise ordinance and expressed frustration over the length of time the process is taking and requested that the timeframe specified in the ordinance (from midnight – 6 am) be changed immediately.

On the Agenda

The Board approved the revised lease agreement for Verona Elementary School. The gymnasium will be used for the operation of a community sports facility, primarily for youth activities.

The Board approved the Transportation Alternative Program Resolution for the Verona pedestrian project funded through the Beverley Manor Infrastructure account for $222,787.22. 80% is funded by VDOT ($600,000) with a 20% match from Augusta County. The sidewalk starts near the northeast corner of the intersection of route 11 and Route 612 and extends down Route 612 to the park and ride area. The Verona Business Association is a strong supporter of the project and has offered $10,000 for signage.

The Board approved the resolution endorsing the recreational fishing access grant application for the Dupont-Waynesboro natural resource damage assessment and restoration settlement. The sites for proposed access will be Dooms Crossing and Crimora Park.

The Board approved the Legislative Liaison Services Contract renewal with Eldon James and Associates for $28,895 out of the annual operating budget.

The Board approved the contract to purchase property to increase the potential of an enlarged footprint for the courthouse. The contract is for a purchase price of $350,000, funding will come from the courthouse capital account. The contract has a contingency period of 120 days to secure necessary permits.

The Board had substantial conversation about the courthouse project and the decision to place this property under contract. The Board voted 5-2 in favor of the purchase with Mr. Shull and Dr. Pattie in opposition.

A citizen, Marion Ward, asked and was granted permission to speak to the Board. She is the previous owner of the building who sold it to the current owner. She completed an extensive award-winning renovation on the property. She stated that she held the right of first refusal and that there are restrictions on the building as a historical building in addition to building over waterways.

Staff worked with an agent for the property owner and the right of first refusal was not disclosed or written in the deed for the property. The Board instructed staff to review the right of first refusal to see if that impacts moving forward with the contract.

The Board approved a proposal for a conservation easement for David Lee or Patricia F. Simmons for property within ½ mile of Natural Chimneys Park. VDOT will have the right to purchase property for additional roadway widening if ever warranted.

The Board approved a short-term rental ordinance amendment which stipulates that the owner or a facility operator must reside at the property for rent.  

The Board approved funding for two Ridgeview Drive digital speed limit signs for an amount up to $10,000 which will come from the South River infrastructure account.

The Board approved funding in the amount of $4,000 from the South River Infrastructure account for the design and plans to install sun shades in Stuarts Draft Park.

Consent Agenda

Minutes were approved for:

  • Regular Meeting, Wednesday, June 26, 2019
  • Regular Meeting, Wednesday, July 24, 2019
  • Regular Meeting, Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Staff Briefing, Monday, August 26, 2019

Matters by the Board

Mr. Wells made a motion for the Board to approve Mr. Ernie Landes to the Parks and Rec commission for Beverley Manor. The Board approved.

Ms. Bragg reminded the Board about the upcoming Fishburne fieldhouse celebration.

Ms. Carter made a motion for the Board to approve Debbie Battle for the CAPSAW Board and for the Social Services Board. The Board approved.

Mr. Shull reported that the Greenville ballfields had to be watered because of drought and that a request for funding the costs above the monthly average will be forthcoming.

Mr. Garber invited all to come by Weyers Cave to his sunflower fields where one can cut any number of flowers with the stipulation that some must be given away.

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