December 21, 2011 Accomack County Board of Supervisors Regular Monthly Meeting
Accomac Board Chambers, Accomac, Virginia
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Present: D. Hart (Chair), L. Gordy, Wanda Thornton, Ron Wolff, J. Gray, S. Mears, G. Chessor, R. Crockett, Ms Majors
County Attendees: Steve Miner, County Administrator, Mark Taylor, County Attorney, Mike Mason, Finance Department, and Stewart Hall
Audience: Report written remotely: unknown numbers
Chair D. Hart called the regular session to order at 5:00 PM.
Opening Comments: Mr. Hart discussed agenda and wished that meeting will be adjourned at 6:15 PM. Agenda requested to be modified. Agenda approved with modifications. Mr. Hart recognized two members in audience for their effort for county; Vernon and Kathy Bell. He read recognition for their efforts.
Dan Belicki of Wachapreague: Mr. Belicki is the mayor, and he discussed the shoaling of the waterways near Wachapreague. He also noted petition.
Mark Baumgarten (representing Atlantic Town Center): He noted the application for Atlantic for development. He commented that one third of county is on food stamps, and 20% are below poverty level. He noted that the town center is a private venture that could add significant jobs to area. He mentioned the sewer treatment facility, and the zoning changes that may preempt building of a facility. He is concern about the message being made about future sewer treatment facility. He would like to work with BOS to craft solutions in this area.
CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
Approved with corrections.
Budget Award: Mr. Miner discussed the award and its meaning in terms of transparency of information in county. Mr. Miner presented the award to Mr. Mason and his staff. Mr. Mason accepted the award and echoes Mr. Miner comments.
Resolution of Commendations: Motion made and approved.
Motion made and agenda approved.
Eastern Shore Tourism Commission: Ms. Thornton requested more time to review resolution and consider it carefully with respect to representation on the Tourism Commission. Mr. Miner clarified some items on commission and representation and funding involved.
REPORT OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS
School Board: Dr. Benson, Superintendent of Schools, discussed the graduation rate in county to the Board of Supervisors (BOS). He would like a detailed breakdown of information to assess the rate for various groups. Ms. Majors asked for information on drop outs, and is there an interviewing process. Dr. Benson commented that alternative paths may be adopted for these students who drop out.
Space Needs for Government: Mr. Stewart Hall discussed the needs and the various county offices. He gave presentation on repairs needed for parks and recreational office which included leaking areas. He noted that leaks have been stabilized and water is no longer getting into building. Ms. Thornton asked if county pays for replacing ceiling tiles and carpet. Mr. Hall stated that county paid for repair. Ms. Major noted concern about mold.
Accomack County Airport Commission (3-year term): Reappointed Nancy Duncan. Approved.
Eastern Shore Community Services Board (3-year term - by Magisterial District): Reappoint Sally Dukes. Approved.
Greenbackville Boat Harbor Committee (4-year term): Reappoint three members. Approved.
Harborton Public Facilities Committee (4-year term): Reappoint Ms. Ross. Approved.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (4-year term - by election district): Reappoint Mr. Wilson. Approved.
Planning Commission (4-Year Term): Appoint Brantley Olney. Approved.
Eastern Shore Resource Conservation and Development Council (4-year term): Appoint Mr. Chessor to replace Ms. Mears. Approved.
Ratify the members of the Accomack County Fire and Rescue Commission. Approved.
COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR REPORT
COUNTY ATTORNEY REPORT
Mr. Taylor mentioned item placed in packet for review
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS COMMENT
Ms. Major and Ms. Gordy gave Seasons Greetings
Ms. Thornton discussed in Bailer survey and discussing leasing. Suspension of rule; approved. Motion to obtain more information on this issue due the areas for shell fishing. Motion made to write letter to VNRC to comment on concern. Approve.
Mr. Crockett wishes Seasons Greetings and appreciation for effort of Ms. Mears.
Mr. Hart extends Merry Christmas to everyone.
Mr. Wolff extends Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all. He commented on the number of duck blinds on the water. Suspension of rule; approved. Motion made to send letter to VNRC about concerns on duck blinds. Mr. Chessor commented that Wildlife department is actual agency. Change was made and motion approved. Mr. Wolff stated his thanks to Ms. Mears.
Mr. Gray thanked Ms. Mears and wished Happy Holidays.
Mr. Chessor comment on Happy Kwanzaa and also thanked Ms, Mears for her help over the years.
Ms. Mears, who will not be on BOS next year, thanked everyone for their help. She has been on BOS for eight years.
Motion made to move to Closed Session for discussion of special award. Approved.
Adjournment approximately 6:00 PM
Notes by Tim Getek
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