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, 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; Community & Economic Development Director Ken Heath; Town Clerk/Director of Finance Susan Clark.
INVOCATION/PLEDGE TO THE FLAG: Mr. Hicks rendered the invocation. Eagle Scout Glenn Wilson, III led the Pledge to the Flag.
VISITORS: Kristin Untiedt-Barnett, Dave Fields, Bill Huber, John Graham, Henderson Graham, Rebecca Beatty, Joe Beatty, Peyton Smith, Paul Brown, Roy Evans, Sara Evans, Patricia Evans, Rick Mercer, Carole Mercer, Jeri Deel Barnett, Ron Ernest, Charles Harrington, Ann Edmisten, Christina Conway, Shantelle Hutton, Haley Hutton, Robin Fletcher, Kim Moser, Shelia Powell, Kathy Cox, Jackie Wilson, Glenn Wilson, Jr., Glenn Wilson, III, Martha Copenhever.
MINUTES: Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 6 AYES, 0 NOES, the minutes of the meeting held September 20, 2010 were approved as written. Messrs Owens, Barker, Weaver, Dr. Gates, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Jennings voted affirmatively.
RESOLUTION HONORING ROY EVANS,
RESOLUTION HONORING GLENN WILSON, III, EAGLE SCOUT: Mr. Helms read the Resolution and presented the Resolution to Eagle Scout Wilson. Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mr. Weaver and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES the Resolution was adopted.
DELIVERY OF SURVEY ON ANDERSON AVENUE, GOOLSBY STREET AND NAPOLEON STREET GARBAGE: Mr. Clark explained that thirty-five (35) letters were delivered. There have been twelve (12) responses, six (6) in favor and six (6) against garbage pickup in that area. Mrs. Clark will report at the next Council Meeting as the survey’s are not due yet.
POLE REMOVAL LETTER TO AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER AND COMCAST: Mr. Fenyk informed Council that letters had been sent and that American Electric Power has started work removing the poles. He stated that he has not found a good contact for Century Link.
BAUGHMAN AVENUE BRIDGE SURVEY: Mr. Hicks explained that when the bridge was built the property was not surveyed and part of the bridge is on Alvin and Linda Crowder’s property. Staff will approach the Crowder’s to secure an easement so that VDOT can continue the upgrade of the bridge.
REPORT OF RE-USE OF SMYTH COUNTY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
BUILDING-JOHN GRAHAM: Mr. Graham
explained to Council that
Mr. Graham added that he and his father, Dr. Henderson
Graham, had met with King College President, Dr. Jordan, to offer SCCH or prime
land for the College. He added that a
private citizen is willing to donate 20 acres behind the new hospital. Mr. Graham informed Council that the Virginia
Tobacco Commission has offered a matching grant of $25 million for this project
and is asking Council to pledge funds if the College chooses to build in Smyth
County. A proposal must be submitted by
October 21, 2010. Dr. Gates stated that
this would be long term stability for the community. Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mrs.
Jennings and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, Council approved committing $7.5 million
REQUEST FROM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ON LEGISLATIVE
BREAKFAST-KRISTIN UNTIEDT-BARNETT: Ms.
Barnett invited Council and staff to attend the Southwest Virginia Legislative
breakfast and Forum for 2010 to be held at the
RESOLUTION AND LETTER- APPALACHIAN
STP PHASE I IMPROVEMENTS-RURAL DEVELOPMENT: Mr. Clark explained that the Town will borrow $606,000 from Rural Development for the STP Phase I Improvements. Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, Council approved the Loan Resolution, the Resolution of Governing Body and the Code of Conduct for the STP Phase I Improvements.
FARMERS MARKET AWNING BIDS:
Mr. Heath stated that two bids were received and that Sunnyside Awning
RESOLUTION REGARDING BPOL TAX: Mrs. Clark informed Council that she had
received a resolution from the Town of
MOUNTAIN STATES HEALTH
Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mr. Owens and vote of 5 AYES, 0 NOES and 1 ABSTENTION (Jennings), staff will write a letter to Ms. White, and the SCCH Board of Directors asking that a representative attend the October 18, 2010 Council Meeting to explain and support the decision to close the OB Unit and invite the media and elected officials to attend.
PURCHASE BUDGETED VEHICLES: Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mr. Barker and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, this item was referred to the Equipment Committee.
RESPONSES FROM REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) ON STP PHASE 1 IMPROVEMENTS: Upon motion of Mrs. Hale, seconded by Mrs. Jennings and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, this item was referred to the Sanitation Committee.
RAILROAD/TRAIN COLLECTION-BUILDING AND REAL ESTATE
COMMITTEE: Mr. Weaver explained that the
Appalachian Spirit Gallery would like to display the model railroad collection
in the basement of
Dr. Gates and Mrs. Jennings rescinded their prospective motions.
Upon motion of Dr. Gates, seconded by Mr. Owens and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, the Town will terminate the existing lease with Appalachian Spirit Gallery, write a new 5 year lease and add in the lease that the lease amount will be pro-rated if the Town must take the building use back for an unforeseen reason.
TOWN AND COUNTY QUARTERLY MEETING: The Town of
Upon motion, duly seconded and vote of 6 AYES and 0 NOES, the meeting was adjourned.