Minutes of a regular meeting of the Town Council of the Town
of Marion, Virginia held in the Council Chambers of the
PRESENT: Mayor David P. Helms; Dr. James Gates, Mel Leaman, Bill Weaver, Ken Heath (Excused early), Mark Warren, Jane Hale and Suzanne Jennings, Council Members; Town Manager John E. B. Clark, Jr.; Town Engineer/Assistant Town Manager Cecil Hicks; Police Chief Michael Roberts; Police Sgt. Wes Thomas; Town Attorney Mark Fenyk; Purchasing Agent B. J. Hamm; and Town Clerk/Director of Finance Dixie Sheets.
INVOCATION/PLEDGE TO THE FLAG: Mr. Bill Baldwin rendered the invocation. Eagle Scout Blake Richardson led the Pledge to the Flag.
VISITORS: Mr. and Mrs. A. V. O’Neal; Eagle Scout Blake Richardson, Mr. & Mrs. Rick Richardson, Emmett and Sylvia Richardson, Dr. Paul Brown, Tom Hower, Cecil Carter, Bill Baldwin, Herbert “Turk” Johnson, Bill Thompson, Ann Edmiston, Neil Castrodale, Ron Tomlinson, Bert Briggs, Kyle Richardson, Andrew Hagy and Chris Edmiston.
MINUTES: Mrs. Jennings stated that the word “congratulations” was misspelled. Upon confirmation of Webster’s New World Dictionary the word was spelled correctly. Upon motion, duly seconded and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, the minutes were approved as written and distributed with consideration of the spelling of “congratulations”. Dr. Gates, Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Jennings, Messrs Heath, Leaman, Warren, and Weaver voted affirmatively.
RESOLUTION: Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mr. Warren and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, the following Resolution was adopted:
RESOLUTION OF CONGRATULATIONS FOR
ON THE OCCASION OF HIS EARNING
THE RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT
WHEREAS, Blake V.
Richardson is a member of Boy Scout Troop 93, in
WHEREAS, Blake V. Richardson has recently earned the Rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank which may be obtained by a Scout; and
WHEREAS, in earning the rank of Eagle Scout, Blake V. Richardson has demonstrated the ability to work toward future goals, developed a wide variety of skills, and demonstrated a devotion to God and Country.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Town Council of Marion, Virginia, that Blake V. Richardson be congratulated for his accomplishments as a Boy Scout.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Council extends best wishes for continued success to Blake V. Richardson.
RESOLVED, this 20th day of January 2009.
David P. Helms
Mayor Town Clerk
RESOLUTION: Mr. Heath read the Resolution of Support for the Adolescent Unit at SWVMHI. Upon motion of Mr. Heath, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, the following Resolution was adopted.
A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF
WHEREAS, the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute Adolescent Unit provides the only source for inpatient services for children ages 13 – 17 west of the Roanoke area; and
WHEREAS, the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute Adolescent Unit allows those utilizing the service to remain closer to home, which further allows for family participation in therapy, reduced travel costs for families, and an overall better atmosphere for a more positive outcome from treatments; and
WHEREAS, the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute Adolescent Unit reduces the direct impact on locality’s budgets by reducing the ever-increasing demand put upon law enforcement officers for admissions and transportation by providing the only facility of its kind in Southwestern Virginia; and
the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health
Institute Adolescent Unit currently has
a total staffing level of 37 high-quality, permanent jobs, with an annual personnel budget of $1.4 million that
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Council of the Town of Marion in Regular Session assembled 20 January 2009, hereby officially expresses their appreciation for the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute Adolescent Unit, and strongly encourages the Commonwealth of Virginia to continue funding this program to serve our community and the southwestern end of the state with this vital service.
RESOLVED, this 20th day of January 2009.
PROPOSAL ON APPRAISAL ON
Dr. Gates stated that the Town had
previously voted to offer
SITUATION WITH PIPING AT
POLICE CARS: Chief Roberts reported that two (2) police cars have been received and are being prepared for the road. The cars are Dodge Chargers.
ACCOUNTS: Upon motion of Mr. Heath, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, the accounts were approved for payment in the amount of $874,573.95. Dr. Gates, Mrs. Jennings, Mrs. Hale, Messrs Leaman, Heath, Warren and Weaver voted affirmatively.
INVESTMENTS: No investment report.
5K RACE/FULLER HOUSE: Neil Castrodale, representing The Fuller Center, requested permission to conduct the Annual 5K Run on May 9th at 9 am. Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, permission was granted and Mr. Castrodale was to coordinate the event with Marion Police Department.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: Mr. Bill Baldwin requested permission and
blessings, on behalf of VFW Post #4667, to conduct the Memorial Day Parade on
May 25, 2009 from 9:30 am until 11:00 am.
At noon, there will be a Memorial Service at the VFW Post Home on
VFW NATIONAL CONVENTION: Mr. Herbert “Turk” Johnson, Mr. Cecil Carter,
and Mr. Bill Baldwin were present to represent VFW Post #4667. Mr. Johnson stated that he had attended the
VFW National Convention in
UPDATE ON TOURISM CENTER-RON
THOMASON VOLUNTEER PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Ron
Thomason has been employed by the Smyth County Tourism Association to secure
volunteers so that the Tourism Center is open seven (7) days each week. He stated that he has been retired for four
years. He noted that when he first came
PROPOSAL FROM BILL THOMPSON ON
PROPOSED PAVILION AT
He proposed an open-air amphitheater
EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL GRANT: Chief Roberts stated that the Town’s share of
the communications grant for the
BIDDING OF SWEEPER TRUCK AND ONE COMPANY’S DEMONSTRATION ON JANUARY 29TH: Mr. Hamm advised that bids for the sweeper truck will be opened on February 5th. There will also be a demonstration on January 29th.
PERMISSION TO DESIGN
BOY SCOUTS: Tom Hower reported that scouts were in attendance from Troop 93 and are working on their Communications Merit Badge. The scouts were Bert Briggs, Kyle Richardson, Andrew Hagy and Chris Edmiston.
PERSONNEL COMMITTEE ON DOWNTOWN DIRECTOR TRANSITION: Personnel Committee Chairwoman Jennings requested Closed Session to discuss personnel.
FUND RAISER FOR THE CHRIS PASCHAL
FAMILY: A benefit fund raiser for the
family of Smyth County Deputy Chris Paschal will be held at the
BPOL ELIMINATION: Mr. Heath reported that the VML Action Call
is reporting that House Bill # 2205 calls for the elimination of BPOL. The bill would eliminate BPOL by July
2009. BPOL is essential to all
localities. The Town of
TREE BOARD APPOINTMENTS: Mayor Helms reported that Tree Board Chairman Charles Conner requested that the Town Council appoint Joe Beattie, Shirley Blackwell, Wythe Morris and Laura Sturgill to the Tree Board. Upon motion, duly seconded, and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, Council appointed the afore mentioned individuals to the Tree Board.
WOOLY MAMMOTH BREAKFAST: Mayor Helms reminded members of the Wooly Mammoth Breakfast in Saltville on January 31, 2009. He stated that this is a fun event!
ATKINS WATER TANK: On Sunday, January 18th, a huge leak was located at the former Virginia House factory. The line broke and emptied the tank within 1 ½ hours. Mr. Hicks reported that the line is very old and could be replaced with 800 feet of 1” line to service the area.
TOWN ENGINEER: Mr. Hicks noted several projects for
consideration to use the VDOT funds for widening
Mr. Heath was excused from the meeting.
PURSUANT TO CODE OF
ALLOCATION OF FUNDS FOR NEW POSITION: Mrs. Jennings stated that it is the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and so moved that funds, of up to $9,100, be allocated for the position of part-time Administrative Assistant to the Community Development Department, with limited benefits. Dr. Gates seconded the motion. Council approved the same by a vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES. Dr. Gates, Mrs. Jennings, Mrs. Hale, Messrs Leaman, Warren and Weaver voted affirmatively.
PUBLIC HEARING TO AMEND TOWN CODE OF ORDINANCES WITH REGARD TO SPECIAL SERVICE TAX DISTRICT: Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Dr. Gates and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, a public hearing was scheduled for February 17, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. to consider a amendments to Article VI – Downtown Service Tax District. Mr. Fenyk was instructed to prepare the amendment(s). Dr. Gates, Mrs. Jennings, Mrs. Hale, Messrs Leaman, Warren and Weaver voted affirmatively.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING: Mrs. Jennings moved that Council adopt the Memorandum
of Understanding to transition the staff of Marion Downtown Revitalization
Association to become employees of the Town of
Upon motion, duly seconded and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, the meeting was adjourned.
David P. Helms, Mayor