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. James Gates, Jim Owens, Bill Weaver and Jim Barker, Council Members; Town Attorney Mark Fenyk; Assistant Town Manager/Town Engineer Cecil Hicks; Community and Economic Development Director Ken Heath; Police Chief Mike Roberts; Police Officer Steve Hagy; Town Clerk/Director of Finance Cindy Stanley. †
INVOCATION/PLEDGE TO THE FLAG:† Mr. Heath rendered the invocation. Mayor Helms led the Pledge to the Flag.
VISITORS: †Jeff Spickard, Charles Wassum, III, Frank Detweiler, Frances Detweiler, Dan Kegley, Ron Bales, Dennis Parnell, Dickie Jennings, and Fallon Hale.
MINUTES:† Upon motion of Mr. Weaver, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and a vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, the minutes of the meeting held June 20, 2011 were approved as written. Dr. Gates, Messrs Barker, Owens, Weaver, Ms. Spencer, Mrs. Jennings and Mrs. Hale voted affirmatively.
MINUTES:† Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mrs. Hale and a vote of 4 AYES, 0 NOES and 3 ABSTENTIONS, (Mr. Barker, Ms. Spencer and Dr. Gates) the minutes of the meeting held June 30, 2011 were approved as written. Messrs Owens, Weaver, Mrs. Jennings and Mrs. Hale voted affirmatively.
REPORT ON FARMERíS MARKET: Mr. Heath informed Council that there will be a minor reconfiguration on the curbing for the Farmerís Market, which will be safer and more attractive. Mr. Heath is inquiring, and believes this will be covered by the grant funds. Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mr. Weaver and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, this item was approved, pending grant approval. †
REAPPOINTMENT TO DISTRCIT III BOARD: Mrs. Hale stated she is willing to serve another term on this board. Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mr. Owens and vote of 6 AYES, 0 NOES and 1 ABSTENTION (Mrs. Hale), Mrs. Hale was reappointed to the District III Board. Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mr. Weaver and vote of 6 AYES, 0 NOES and 1 ABSTENTION (Mr. Barker), Mr. Barker was elected as the alternate.
NOTICE OF OPENING AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT: Chief Roberts noted that only one applicant was certified. Chief Roberts will administer the written test on July 14, interviews will be conducted on July 18, and the Academy starts on August 8, 2011.
REGISTRATION TO VML CONFERENCE AND HOTEL: Mayor Helms
instructed any Council Member interested in attending to notify
GOVERNORíS ANNOUNCEMENT OF FUNDING OF CDBG PROJECT INCLUDING MARION: Mayor Helms informed Council we have been awarded a $622,780 grant for Spruce/Matson Housing Rehab Project.
ADOPTION OF THE VIRGINIA CODE AS AMENDED JULY 1, 2011: Mr. Fenyk noted that the Town needs to adopt those changes. Upon motion of Mr. Barker, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, the Town adopted the Code of Virginia as amended July 1, 2011. †
PUBLIC PRESENTATION: Mr. Detweiler spoke in reference to the Holston Hills Country Club. He suggests we do everything possible to keep it operational.
Mr. Wassum wants to see documents
that give rights to the easement across
Fallon Hale asked permission to use the Amphitheatre for her church for Riverfest again this year on October 8, 2011. She stated her church is willing to assist with finishing the project.† Mr. Heath advised that it is the responsibility of the group using the facility to provide public restrooms. Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mr. Weaver, and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, this request was approved.
STREET AND FINANCE
Mrs. Hale stated right of way needs trimming again on
Mrs. Jennings stated the need for trash receptacles at
Mrs. Jennings also noted public recognition for the garbage
truck driver and assistants for going the extra mile to help citizens on
Mr. Weaver received lots of compliments on the Townís Fire Works Display.
Mayor Helms stated we may need some work to boost attendance next year for the Fire Works Display.
Heartwood will be open July 16-23, 2011. Senator Warner will be there for the Grand Opening on July 23, 2011.
Mr. Heath stated the Mountain Dew Heritage project is doing
an oral history recording for anyone that would like to share their stories. This
event will be at the Lincoln Theatre in September and anyone needing more information
contact Mr. Heath. He also stated the Chili Cookoff
will be July 15, 2011 on
CLOSED SESSION:† Pursuant to Code of Virginia, as amended, Section 2.2-3711 (A-7) and (A-3) upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mr. Weaver and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, Town Council entered into Closed Session for the purpose of consulting with legal counsel and briefings by staff members or consultants pertaining to actual or probable litigation and 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. Dr. Gates, Messrs Barker, Owens, Weaver, Mrs. Jennings, Mrs. Hale and Ms. Spencer voted affirmatively.
UPDATE ON REQUIRED PAYBACK ON 2001 DOWNTOWN HOUSING CDBG PROJECT: Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mrs. Hale and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, Mr. Heath is to talk with the effected property owners about their commitment with CDBG program, and to develop a proposal to present to Council at the next meeting.
POSSIBLE PURCHASE OF LARGE TRACT OF RECREATIONAL LAND BOTH IN AND OUT OF CORPORATE LIMITS: Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, Town staff is to work with Small Business Development on getting a business pro forma and Mr. Clark is to contact Virginia Tech to seek advice.
Upon motion, duly seconded and vote of 7 AYES and 0 NOES, the meeting was adjourned.