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, Dr. James Gates, and Jim Barker, Council
Members; Town Attorney Mark Fenyk; Town Manager John E. B. Clark, Jr.; Town
Engineer/Assistant Town Manager
INVOCATION/PLEDGE TO THE FLAG: Mr. Heath rendered the invocation. Mayor Helms led the Pledge to the Flag.
VISITORS: Officer Brian Sexton, Fred Widener
MINUTES: Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mrs. Hale and vote of 4 AYES, 0 NOES, the minutes of the meeting held September 7, 2010 were approved as written. Messrs Owens, Barker, Dr. Gates and Mrs. Hale voted affirmatively.
SAVED BY THE BELT AWARD: Officer Brian Sexton explained that the Virginia Chiefs Association awards the Saved by the Belt Award to a citizen that has been in an accident, but was wearing a seatbelt and it saved them from serious injury. Mr. Fred Widener was in such an accident and he was the recipient of this year’s award. Officer Sexton presented the Award to Mr. Widener.
AMERICAN ELECTRIC STUB POLE REMOVAL: Mr. Clark stated that he had spoken with a representative from American Electric Power and removal of the poles will begin the week of September 27th. Mr. Fenyk prepared letters to Comcast Cable and American Electric Power informing them that the unused poles in Town must be removed, not cut off.
PROPOSED RESOLUTION FIRE CALL CHARGES: Mr. Clark informed Council that he had submitted a copy of the Resolution to the Smyth County Board of Supervisors for approval. Mr. Clark will call Mike Carter to make sure the proposed Resolution is on the Boards next Agenda.
ACCOUNTS: Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mr. Barker and vote of 4 AYES and 0 NOES, the accounts, in the amount of $663,240.44, were approved for payment. Dr. Gates asked Mr. Clark to inquire about the increase in tipping fee charges and asked Mr. Clark check with insurance and see if the repair of the broken window in the backhoe is covered by the insurance policy.
INVESTMENTS: Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mrs. Hale and vote of 4 AYES and 0 NOES, the Investment Report was approved.
SELECTION OF HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT DATE: Chief Roberts informed Council that he had
spoken with Sheriff Bradley concerning observation of trick or treating. It was suggested to observe on Saturday,
October 30, 2010 instead of Sunday, October 31, 2010. Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mr.
Owens and vote of 4 AYES and 0 NOES, the Town of
HOMECOMING PARADE: Mr. Heath stated that the Marion Senior High School Homecoming Parade will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2010. The Homecoming Parade Marshall will be retired MSHS Band Director, Roy Evans and will begin at 6:00 pm.`
RAILROAD/TRAIN COLLECTION-MARTHA COPENHAVER: Mr. Clark stated that the Appalachian Spirit Gallery is interested in displaying Mrs. Copenhaver’s collection in the basement of the Gallery. Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mrs. Hale and vote of 4 AYES and 0 NOES, this item was referred to the Building and Real Estate Committee.
REQUESTED STREET LIGHT AT CATRON AND GRAYBEAL STREETS: Upon motion of Mrs. Hale, seconded by Dr. Gates, and vote of 4 AYES and 0 NOES, the light at the existing American Electric Power pole at the intersection of Catron St and Wolfe Ave will be upgraded from 9500 lumens to 16000 lumens and a light will be added to the existing pole on the corner of Catron and Clark Streets at 9500 lumens.
SEWER TREATMENT INFLUENT PUMP BIDS: Mr. Clark reported that the low bid for the project is $52,600 from Teaters Trucking, but revisions have been made to the amount due to an estimated overage from the sub-contractor bid. This would lower Teaters bid to $39,376. Recommendation from staff is to use Sewer Escrow Funds for payment of this project and to forgo the painting of the inside of the high level tank, which is budgeted at $40,000 this fiscal year. Mr. Clark will get a firm bid from Mr. Teaters. Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mrs. Hale and vote of 4 AYES and 0 NOES, the project was approved pending Mr. Teaters bid of no more than $40,000.
REQUEST FOR GARBAGE PICKUP OUTSIDE THE CORPORATE
SPECIAL USE PERMIT-255 SOUTH MAIN STREET-KRIS GANDHI: Mr. Barker reported that Dr. Gandhi is to present to Council in writing, a master plan for his request. The Special Committee will meet after receipt of the letter to discuss Dr. Gandhi’s plans.
PATRIOTS DAY CELEBRATION: Mayor Helms reported that the event was successful, although it rained.
2010 VML CONFERENCE:
Mayor informed Council that the 2010 VML Conference will be held October
3-5, 2010 in
FARMERS MARKET SHED: Mr. Heath stated that bids are due by Thursday, September 23, 2010.
Upon motion, duly seconded and vote of 4 AYES and 0 NOES, the meeting was adjourned.