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
Helms; Jane Hale, Jim Owens, Suzanne
Jennings, Tricia Spencer, Bill Weaver and Jim Barker, Council Members; Town
Attorney Mark Fenyk; Town Manager John E. B. Clark, Jr.; Town Engineer
INVOCATION/PLEDGE TO THE FLAG: Mr.
VISITORS: Jeff Spickard, Billy Dungan, Scott Freeman, Sara Kegley
MINUTES: Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mr. Weaver and a vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, the minutes of the meeting held February 7, 2011 were approved as written. Messrs Owens, Barker, Weaver, Ms. Spencer, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Jennings voted affirmatively.
ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ISSUANCE AND
EAST CHILHOWIE STREET BRIDGE PROJECT: Mr. Hicks stated that VDOT approved converting
the bridge to a one-way bridge. The
bridge is ready to open. He explained
Mr. Clark informed Council that all agreements had been received from
the property owners concerning upgrade of signals at Lee, Main and Chatham Hill
Roads, Dabney and
REZONE PROPERTY AT 749 MATSON DRIVE AND ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL USE PERMIT-JOINT PUBLIC HEARING WITH MARION PLANNING COMMISSION: Upon motion of Mr. Barker, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, Joint Public Hearing is set for Monday, March 7, 2011.
ACCOUNTS: Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mrs. Hale and a vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, the accounts in the amount of $1,102,593.44 were approved for payment.
INVESTMENTS: Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mr. Weaver and a vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, the investment report was approved.
COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS: Mayor Helms stated that a copy of the new committee assignments was included in the Council packets.
FAIR HOUSING RESOLUTION: Upon motion of Mr. Owens, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, the Fair Housing Resolution was adopted.
NOTICE OF GOVERNOR’S VISIT IN CONJUCTION WITH HUNGRY MOTHER STATE PARK’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY: Mr. Heath stated that this will be on June 18th.
POTENTIAL GRANT FROM DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES FOR FARMERS MARKET: Mr. Heath stated that the Virginia Department of Social Services is soliciting applications from communities for a grant to provide equipment for their farmers markets to accept SNAP/EBT. This would allow citizens to exchange their “food stamps” for tokens that would purchase produce, fruits and eligible food products from the local vendors. The grant would provide the wireless device, the first installment of tokens, promotional items, technical assistance and inclusion to the statewide marketing program. The Town would have to commit to having a designated coordinator to oversee the operations, outreach, promotions and budget of the program. Upon motion of Mrs. Hale, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, Council approved Mr. Heath submitting the application.
RADIO HILL PUMP STATION PROJECT: Mr. Clark reported that staff had met with
Anderson and Associates concerning the Health Department Notice of Violation
because there would not be the twenty (20) pounds required pressure at the
meters of the house and business on
DOWNTOWN HANGING BASKETS-MARION GARDEN CLUB: Mayor Helms stated that the Garden Club would like to continue working in conjunction with the Town to hang and water the baskets in the downtown area. Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mrs. Hale and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, Council approved the Garden Club and the Town working in conjunction concerning the baskets.
CABLE TV-COMCAST: Mr.
Owens reported that Comcast will now pre-empt interests in this area to Channel
7. Three (3)
SENIOR CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Mrs. Jennings reported that the Advisory Committee had met and are currently polling area centers to acquire information on rental of the building to citizens.
NICEWONGER CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: Mrs. Jennings stated that she had toured the
hospital which is located in
COUNCIL MEETING TIME CHANGE: Mrs. Jennings suggested that Council meet at 5:30 pm instead of 7:00 pm. Mr. Fenyk advised that the Town Ordinance would have to be changed. Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mrs. Hale and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, this item was referred to the Ordinance Committee for review and recommendation.
VFW MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: Mayor Helms informed Council that the parade will be May 30th.
MARCH OF DIMES WALK A THON: Mayor Helms stated that the walk will be May 7th.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION: Mayor Helms informed Council that a program will be held Sunday, February 27th at 3:00 pm.
FIREWORKS: Mr. Heath informed Council that State regulations have stiffened concerning fireworks. State applications, certifications, licenses and fees must be obtained prior to presenting the fireworks display.
WELMONT FACILITY GRAND OPENING: Mr. Heath stated that the
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NETWORKING BREAKFAST: The breakfast will be March 23, 2011 at the
RELAY FOR LIFE: Mr. Heath stated that he will organize the Town’s participation in the event. This will be held June 24, 2011. Upon motion of Mr. Weaver, seconded by Mr. Barker and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, Town Council voted for the Town to participate in the events.
SENIOR CITIZENS DAY:
Senior Citizens Day is Friday, May 20, 2011 at the
HANDICAP PARKING STALLS AT
Upon motion, duly seconded and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, the meeting was adjourned.