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; Jane Hale, Jim Owens, Mel Leaman, Suzanne Jennings, Bill Weaver, and Jim Barker, Council Members; Town Attorney Mark Fenyk; Town Manager John E. B. Clark, Jr.; Town Engineer/Assistant Town Manager Cecil Hicks; Police Chief Michael Roberts; Police Sergeant Wes Thomas; Community & Economic Development Director Ken Heath; Town Clerk/Director of Finance Susan Clark.
INVOCATION/PLEDGE TO THE FLAG: Mr. Hicks rendered the invocation. Mayor Helms led the Pledge to the Flag.
VISITORS: Jeff Spickard,
MINUTES: Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mrs. Hale and vote of 6 AYES, 0 NOES, the minutes of the meeting held July 19, 2010 were approved as written. Messrs Weaver, Leaman, Owens, Barker, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Jennings voted affirmatively.
PUBLIC HEARING-PROPOSAL TO DESIGNATE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE AS SURPLUS PROPERTY: Mayor Helms opened the Public Hearing. Mr. Heath explained that the next step of the million dollar grant is to find a new owner for the building with proposals to be taken for the best possible use of the building being the Appalachian School of Music. Mayor Helms closed the Public Hearing. Upon motion of Mrs. Jennings, seconded by Mr. Barker and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, the 1908 Schoolhouse property was declared surplus property by Town Council.
W W SCOTT SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER ADVISORY BOARD APPOINTMENTS: Mindy Dyer will give two (2) recommendations to Town Council before the next meeting as well as the four (4) recommendations from Mrs. Jennings, Mr. Barker and Mr. Owens on behalf of Town Council.
PARKING GARAGE UPDATE: Mr. Heath reported that discussion has begun with the County and he will keep Council apprised of the progress.
FARMERS MARKET RESOLUTION: Mr. Heath informed Council that he received a resolution from Governor McDonnell declaring August 1-7, 2010 as Farmer’s Market Week.
ERIC ALBANO YOUTH SOCCER FOUNDATION:
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ISSUES- TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEES: Upon motion of Mr. Leaman, seconded by Mrs. Hale, and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, this item was continued.
INSTALLATION OF INFLUENT PUMPS-SANITATION COMMITTEE: Mr. Clark informed Council that the total
projected construction cost for the Sewer Treatment Plant Upgrades is $591,315
and the project should begin in February or March, 2011 with completion
approximately a year later. This amount
does not include the cost of the three influent pumps and installation.
PROGRAM SUPPORT TECHNICIAN-PURCHASING DEPARTMENT-PERSONNEL COMMITTEE: Mrs. Jennings stated that the position is still considered full-time and staff will proceed with filling the position.
LUNCH TIME ON THE LAWN: Mayor Helms reported that there were no rain-outs this year and most events were well attended.
TOWN EMPLOYEE COOK-OUT:
Mayor Helms reminded Council Members to attend the Cook-out on Friday,
August 6th at noon at the
TRIBUTE TO EVELYN LAWRENCE:
Mayor Helms informed Council that Mrs. Lawrence is promoting community
heritage and has a dream of raising funds to complete the Mt. Pleasant Museum.
A program entitled “African Traditions in
TOWN AND COUNTRY BBQ: Mayor Helms stated that the Town and Country BBQ will be held, Thursday, August 19, 2010 at the W-L Hangar. Please let Mrs. Clark know if you plan to attend.
FARMERS MARKET GRANT: Mr. Heath stated that the grant has been approved and Phase II will begin.
PATRIOTS DAY CELEBRATION: Mr. Heath stated that plans are being made for the September 11th program and suggestions are welcomed.
Upon motion, duly seconded and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, the meeting was adjourned.