Bath Board of Supervisors Meeting June 2019

The Bath County Board of Supervisors met June 11th at 6pm at the courthouse in Warm Springs.
The first public comment started with Joe Murray regarding a proclamation for the pollinators.
“They largely go unnoticed because their numbers are declining. Adopting a pollinator proclamation will, in my opinion, be the first step. Such a proclamation would increase awareness and provide momentum in our community. It’s a duty we owe to future generations.”
Next, Susan Plecker shared her concern with noise pollution due to Speyside Bourbon Stave Mill.
“We are not opposed to Speyside, we are not trying to shut them down- simply shut them up a bit. There are reasonable solutions to the noise problem and I am hopeful the EDA and Speyside can work together for a long term resolution.”
Jay Trinca followed by saying,
“Only a goodwill effort on behalf of all parties will lead to a solution on this thing.”
Board of Supervisor, Stuart Hall gave his response on Speyside saying,
“Let’s try to reason this thing out. The EDA has offered to help them in any way they could to do whatever they could to render the noise situation.”
Next, Supervisor Bart Perdue responded to the pollinator proclamation.
“The Bath County Board of Supervisors do hereby recognize June 17th to 23rd 2019 as Pollinator Week in Bath County, VA and call this observance to the attention of all of our citizens.”
County Administrator, Ashton Harrison, talked about the Visitor’s Center Solicit Construction Bids with Supervisor Richard Byrd following up with a quick comment stating that this meets the budget’s requirements.
Harrison then talked about the Parks and Recreation swimming pool fees. Due to an influx of people who reside outside of the county coming to the pool, there will be a fee for everyone except for local residents effective on July 1st. Richard Byrd reiterated by saying,
“I want to make sure that we all understand there will be no fees for Bath County residents or their children.”
During the public’s second comment, a local resident shared that the 2 year bobcat study done by the Virginia Game of Commissions and Virginia Tech is officially done. There will be a meeting at the Hot Springs Fire House on June 28th at 8pm by graduate research assistant, David McNitt.
The next topic of discussion was led by Supervisor Hall about the road going out to Speyside with residents asking to lower the speed limit to 35 and putting a sign up not allowing jake breaks. Supervisor Bird commented,
“I’ll talk to Ashton (Harrison) and I’ll get a resolution on next month’s agenda to do that.”
The next board meeting will be July 9th at the courthouse in Warm Springs. The public is always welcome to attend.

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