Bath Board of Supervisors Meeting for August 2019
The Bath County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday, August 13th at the courthouse in Warm Springs
The first public comment was from Carl Barrons on behalf of the local library
“I’m here on behalf of the library and we just want to thank the board of supervisors for fully finding our budget for the 2020 fiscal year.”
Next was Cynthia Vraughtman for the US Census Bureau encouraging everyone to fill out the survey, noting that the count in 2010 for the state of Virginia was only at 76%.
“Between February and July next year, we have a short term opportunity to do a lot of good for the community.”
The Board comment started off with Eddie Hicklin, wishing all students and faculty good luck in the upcoming school year and thanking them as well. Richard Byrd shared that the Burnsville EMS received 1st place in the state EMT contest during the Fire and Rescue Conference in Hampton. Joan Holland, with the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board, wanted to share some information about the organization and answer any questions people may have about the request for a public hearing regarding the Consortium Agreement. It passed 5-0 and is set for September 10th. For the Board and Commissions, it was decided that Tom Richardson will be the Warm Springs district representative for the Bath EDA. The unexpired term will run through April 2022.
Next, County Administrator, Ashton Harrison, shared a letter from Floyd County’s Board meeting regarding the 7 cent per gallon gas tax to fund needed improvements for Interstate 81. Floyd, Alleghany, Bath, Bland, Carroll, Craig, Franklin, Grayson, Giles, Highland and Paige counties do not have any part of I-81 within our borders but are being included in the tax hike. Ashton Harrison read,
“Where as Bath County wholeheartedly agrees that improvements and repairs are sorely needed for Interstate 81, the unfunded mandate should be shared by all localities in VA to ensure equality;
Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Floyd County Board of Supervisors strongly opposes the additional gas tax for I-81 improvements for contiguous Counties unless collections from those Counties can be used toward primary/secondary improvements in the respective counties.”
Board member, Bart Perdue, followed up with,
“Well I agree- if we’re going to pay it, the money ought to be spent here. 220 could use all kind of upgrades.”
The Board of Supervisors meets every second Tuesday at 6 o’clock at the courthouse in Warm Springs.
For AMR News, I’m Abby Dufour