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, Tricia Spencer, Suzanne Jennings, Dr. Jim Gates, Jim Owens,
Bill Weaver and Jim Barker, Council Members; Town Attorney Mark Fenyk; Town
Manager John E. B. Clark, Jr.; Assistant Town Manager/Town Engineer
INVOCATION/PLEDGE TO THE FLAG: Mr. Hicks rendered the invocation. Eagle Scout Zachery Woods and Girl Scout Danielle Brooke Widner led the Pledge to the Flag.
VISITORS: Jeff Spickard, Michael Robinson, Jeffrey Cassell, Charles Wassum, III, Lindy White, Samantha Archer, Scott Orsburn, Stacey Ely, Steve Widner, Lisa Widner, Brooke Widner, Betty Widner, Charles Woods, Missy Woods, Zachery Woods, David Thomas and Clarence Widner.
MINUTES: Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mrs. Hale and a vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, the minutes of the meeting held June 6, 2011 were approved as written. Dr. Gates, Messrs Barker, Owens, Weaver, Ms. Spencer, Mrs. Jennings and Mrs. Hale voted affirmatively.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF SCOUT AWARDS: Mr. Weaver made a motion to approve the resolutions for these awards, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, the resolutions were approved.
RESOLUTION ON ACHIEVING GIRL SCOUT GOLD WARD-DANIELLE BROOKE WIDNER AND BRITTNEY STEVENSON: Mayor Helms read the resolution and presented it to Girl Scout Danielle Brooke Widner. Brittney Stevenson was not present.
RESOLUTION ON ACHIEVING EAGLE SCOUT STATUS-ZACHERY WOODS: Mayor Helms read the resolution and presented it to Eagle Scout Zachery Woods.
UPDATE ON KITCHEN DRAINAGE WORK AT
ADOPTION OF 2011-2012 BUDGET: Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, the 2011-2012 Budget was adopted.
ACCOUNTS: Upon motion of Mr. Weaver, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, the accounts were approved for payment in the amount of $811,878.23. Messrs Barker, Weaver, Owens, Dr. Gates, Mrs. Jennings, Mrs. Hale and Ms. Spencer voted affirmatively.
INVESTMENTS: Mr. Weaver moved that the Investment Report be approved as presented. Mrs. Jennings seconded the motion. Council approved the same unanimously. Messrs Barker, Owens, Weaver, Dr. Gates, Mrs. Jennings, Mrs. Hale and Ms. Spencer voted affirmatively.
REQUEST FROM MS. LINDY WHITE CEO SMYTH COUNTY COMMUNITY
HOSPITAL: The hospital has requested in writing assistance from the Town of
Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mrs. Hale and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, this item was referred to the water and finance committees jointly.
RECOGNITION OF AWARD TO WATER TREATMENT PLANT: Mr. Tony
Edwards attended the Annual Water Is Life Conference in
REQUEST OF REIMBURSEMENT OF FIRE DEPARTMENT CELL PHONES: Fire Chief Hamm requested reimbursement of four cell phones in the amount of $468.00 each. This is a budgeted item. Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mr. Barker and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES this request was approved.
REAPPOINTMENT OF MR. LARRY CARTER TO THE
Mayor Helms stated there will be a Council meeting on June 30, 2011 at 5:15pm to close the fiscal year.
Mayor Helms stated the next regular scheduled Council meeting for July 4, 2011 has been rescheduled for July 5, 2011 at 5:30pm.
PUBLIC PRESENTATION: Mr. Wassum
spoke in reference to the hospital. Mr. Wassum wants
to see documents that give rights to the easement across
COMMITTEE REPORT REALIGNMENT OF STAGE STREET: Mr. Weaver stated that the committee is not ready to make a recommendation at this time. Mr. Hicks will research the cost to relocate Appalachian Power poles. Upon motion of Mr. Weaver, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES this item was continued.
BRUSH PILE: Mr. Weaver noted his concern with continuing to burn the brush pile once the new hospital is open. Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mr. Weaver and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, this item was referred to the Sanitation Committee.
SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER DECK: Mrs. Jennings stated that a second Project Crossroads team is working on the deck at the Senior Citizens Building.
MAINSTREET: Ms. Spencer has received favorable comments
CROSSWALK: Mr. Owens has received favorable comments on the new Downtown crosswalk at the Lincoln Theatre.
Mayor Helms noted the Town crew did a good job striping. He also stated the Hungry Mother Park Anniversary was very nice.
The Relay for Life Event will be held Friday night at the MSHS track field. The Free Clinic is having a fundraiser in honor of Mr. Leaman at this event.
CLOSED SESSION: Pursuant to Code of Virginia, as amended, Section 2.2-3711 (A-3) and upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mrs. Hale and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, Town Council entered into Closed Session for the purpose of discussing the acquisition of real property for a public purpose. Mrs. Jennings moved that Town Council returned to Open Session and identified it be known that only those matters legally exempted from Open Session and identified in the motion were discussed during Closed Session. The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver and carried by vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES. The Town Clerk polled the Council Members. Messrs Barker, Owens, Weaver, Dr. Gates, Mrs. Jennings, Mrs. Hale and Ms. Spencer voted affirmatively.
COUNTER OFFER ON PURCHASE OF LAND,
POSSIBLE PURCHASE OF LARGE TRACT LAND BOTH IN AND OUT OF WEST SIDE OF CORPORATE LIMITS: Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mr. Owens and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, Mr. Clark will research the ramifications on Purchase of Large Tract of Land in and out of West Side of Corporate Limits.
Upon motion, duly seconded and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, the meeting was adjourned.