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; Dr. James L. Gates, Suzanne Jennings, Jane Hale, Mel Leaman, Mark
Warren, and Bill Weaver, Council Members; Town Manager John E. B. Clark, Jr.; Town
Engineer/Assistant Town Manager Cecil Hicks; Town Attorney Mark Fenyk;
Community & Economic Development Manager Ken Heath; Police Chief Michael
Roberts; Police Lt.
INVOCATION/PLEDGE TO THE FLAG: Mr. Warren rendered the invocation. Members of Boy Scout Troop 93 led the Pledge to the Flag.
Neville Mozingo, Rebecca Smith, Hannah
Bailey, Rebekah DeBruhl, Carol Parsons, William Fields, Gary Tickles, Andrew
Hagy, Ferris Ellis, Kyle Richardson, Roy Evans,
MINUTES: Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mrs. Hale and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, the minutes were approved as written and distributed. Dr. Gates, Mrs. Jennings, Mrs. Hale, Messrs Leaman, Weaver and Warren voted affirmatively.
RESOLUTION OF CONGRATULATIONS TO VICTORIA HALL ON THE OCCASION OF EARNING THE DESIGNATION OF REGIONAL FUTURE BUSINESS LEADER FOR 2009:
RESOLUTION OF CONGRATULATIONS
ON THE OCCASION OF EARNING THE DESIGNATION OF
REGIONAL FUTURE BUSINESS LEADER FOR 2009
WHEREAS, Victoria Hall is a member of the
Class of 2009, in
WHEREAS, Victoria Hall has recently earned the designation of Regional
Future Business Leader for 2009; and
WHEREAS, in earning this honor, Victoria Hall, has demonstrated the ability
to work toward future goals thru skills, testing, interview, and public
WHEREAS, Victoria Hall has participated in the MSHS Student Cooperative
Program under the guidance of Mrs. Lynn White and is employed by the
WHEREAS, Victoria Hall has exhibited excellent work ethic and developed a
wide variety of skills; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of
that Victoria Hall be congratulated for her accomplishments.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Council extend best wishes for continued
success to Victoria Hall.
RESOLVED, this 6th day of April 2009.
David P. Helms, Mayor
Mr. Helms read the Resolution. Miss Hall was accompanied by her mother,
Vicky Pruitt, High School representatives Mrs. Lynn White and Mrs. Angela
Davis, and Town Clerk Dixie Sheets. Miss
Hall was selected for this honor from several counties in this area, including
Carroll, Wythe, Smyth, Bland,
IN SUPPORT OF A
APPLICATION FOR THE
WHEREAS, pursuant to two (2) public hearings held March 2, 2009 and April 6, 2009, the Town of Marion wishes to apply for up to $1,000,000 of Community Development Block Grant Funds for the Pearl Avenue and Buchanan Street Housing Rehabilitation Project, and
WHEREAS, $36,000 of local match from the Town of
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor of Marion is hereby authorized to sign and to submit the appropriate documents for this Community Development Block Grant application.
ADOPTED this 6th day of April 2009.
Mr. Clark commended Mr. Scott Booth of Mount Rogers Planning District Commission for work on this project.
INTRODUCTION OF POLICE OFFICER: Chief Michael Roberts introduced Police
Officer Amber Eades as the newest police officer. Officer Eads is a Police Science graduate
RESOLUTION HONORING BLUE RIDGE JOB CORPS: Mayor Helms read the Resolution to honor Blue Ridge Job Corps being named “Best in the Nation”. Upon motion of Mr. Warren, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, the following Resolution was adopted.
A RESOLUTION IN
CONGRATULATIONS OF THE BLUE RIDGE JOB CORPS BEING NAMED
“BEST IN THE NATION”
WHEREAS, the Blue Ridge Job Corps is located in downtown
WHEREAS, the Blue Ridge Job Corps is one of 122 Job Corps centers around the nation and one of three in the Tri-Cities Region; and
WHEREAS, the Blue Ridge Job Corps is operated by the US Department of Labor as part of a national program started in 1964 under President Lyndon Johnson; and
WHEREAS, the Blue Ridge Job Corps focuses on health professions; and
WHEREAS, the Blue Ridge Job Corps continues to instill “real world” training, including employment-related “soft skills”, a high school education and job training for dedicated young men and women who begin the program between the ages of 16 and 24 and come to Marion from across the globe; and
WHEREAS, the Blue Ridge Job Corps has been recognized as #1 in American by the US Department of Labor.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Council of the Town of
RESOLVED, THIS 6TH day of April 2009.
David P. Helms, Mayor
REQUEST TO SELL SURPLUS POLICE VEHICLES: Police Chief Michael Roberts stated that
with the receipt of two (2) 2009 Dodge Chargers, he suggested that the two (2)
surplus vehicles( 2000 & 2002 Ford Crown Victoria) be placed into surplus for other Town
department’s use or sale. Upon motion of
REQUEST FOR SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR USE AT 917 HENRY STREET: Mr. James Billings resides at
RESOLUTION APPROVING TOURISM ASSOCIATION BY-LAWS: A copy of the proposed By-Laws of the Smyth County Tourism Association had been provided to Town Council for their consideration. Mr. Fenyk had reviewed the document and requested two (2) changes. Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Dr. Gates and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, Town Council approved the changes proposed by Mr. Fenyk.
REQUEST FOR MEETING OF PERSONNEL COMMITTEE: Mr. Clark requested a meeting of the Personnel Committee to review select sections of the Personnel Manual.
Mr. Heath also requested that the Town of
SEASONAL ADVERTISEMENT-LEASE OF LOT ON NORTH MAIN STREET:
Advertisements for bids for temporary, seasonal and commercial lease of the
Town’s property located between
APPOINTMENT TO PLANNING COMMISSION: Upon motion of Mr. Leaman, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, Mr. Cameron Wolfe was reappointed to Marion Planning Commission for an additional four (4) year term.
APPOINTMENT TO RECREATION COMMISSION: Terms for two (2) members of the Recreation Committee have expired. Mr. Bobby Gilbert and Ms. Jill Robinson’s terms expired on 3/1/09. Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, this item was continued.
ORDINANCE COMMITTEE-TELEPHONE FRANCHISE: Town Council members had received a draft ordinance from the United Telephone Company-Southeast, Inc. D/B/A Embarq to provide telephone service within the Town of Marion, Virginia. Upon motion, duly seconded and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, the Ordinance was scheduled for Public Hearing on April 20, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
ORDINANCE COMMITTEE-REQUEST FROM SMYTH COUNTY TO DISCONTINUE
THE SALE OF TOWN DECALS FOR AUTOMOBILES AND MOTORCYCLES: A letter from the Smyth County Board of
Supervisors, received February 18, 2009, advised the Town that the Board of
Supervisors is considering the elimination of selling car decals and that the
incurred fee would be added to the personal property tax ticket. The letter stated that for the process to be
successful, all Town within the County would also need to adopt the same
procedure. Saltville and Chilhowie have
already elected to eliminate the decals, contingent that all Towns within the
STREET COMMITTEE ON 2008-09 PAVING SCHEDULE: Mr. Hicks presented the Spring Paving Schedule. The total cost, as presented, is $242,219. Mr. Hicks advised that the maximum allowance for paving this year is $150,000. He asked that Council members review the list and return any comments by April 13. These comments and recommendations will be reviewed and considered by the Street Committee.
RECOVERY ACT: Mr. Leaman advised that Congressman Rick
Boucher is planning 6 concurrent sessions at the
ARBOR DAY: Arbor Day will be celebrated in Wassona Circle on April 24.
MARCH OF DIMES WALK: The March of Dimes Walk will be held on May 2 at 10 a.m.
BONHAM HOUSE VOLUNTEER TRAINING FOR THE VISITOR’S CENTER: Mr. Ron Thomason provided a schedule of approximately 80 volunteers. Training will be provided as scheduled.
SPECIAL MEETING TO DISCUSS REDISTRIBUTION OF
CENSUS: Mr. Clark
advised that a meeting concerning the upcoming U. S. Census will be conducted
LEESBURG SUIT: Mr.
Helms advised that an outside water customer of
AUDIT: Mayor Helms noted that he had spoken with the auditors performing the FY 2007-2008 Audit. He stated that they spoke highly of the staff and the conditions of the Town’s books and records and availability of data as required.
BYRNE MEMORIAL GRANT:
Chief Roberts reminded Council that the MPD has been awarded the Byrne
Memorial Grant in the amount of $29,680.
One of the requirements of the Grant for the Department is to inform
Council of the award and the list of items to be submitted for approval by the
Grant. Police Lt.
FENCE AT POLICE DEPARTMENT: Chief Roberts reported that a fence at the Police Department has fallen and the cost of materials to replace the fence is estimated at $1,300 and the labor will be provided in-house. The Chief was to consult with the Director of Finance on the availability of funds.
CEMETERY VANDALISM: Chief Roberts advised that three (3) juveniles are being charged but service of the warrants may not have been delivered.
I-81 BRIDGE: Mr.
Hicks reported that VDOT has advised that the
FIRST FRUITS: Mr.
Heath and Mr. Clark met with the First Fruits Company.
GRAND OPENING: There will be two (2) Grand Openings this week. One will be held at Kim’s Klassy Kloset and one at Greystone Realty.
FARMER’S MARKET: Mr. Heath advised that the Farmer’s Market cannot accept vouchers. Individual vendors may be eligible to take the vouchers, if they are registered.
RESOLUTION FOR STUDENTS: Mr. Warren asked that a Resolution or some type of recognition be prepared for the students who assisted in the bus incident recently.
Upon motion, duly seconded and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, the meeting was adjourned.