Bath Supervisors Introduce New County Administrator Matthew Walker At August Meeting

Warm Springs, VA – At the August Board meeting, newly hired County Administrator Matthew Walker was introduced. Walker will begin work full time on October 1. Until then he will work part time with current County Administrator Bonnie Johnson. Walker has most recently been the Director of Community Development in Middlesex County.

At the meeting, the Board authorized Chairman Richard Byrd to sign the Walker’s contract. Supervisor Byrd said the county received 21 applications for the job and that the entire Board interviewed the candidates that met qualifications the Board established.

The board discussed the possible Post Office closures in Bath, in Bacova and Williamsville. Supervisor Jon Trees said he hopes to hold a town hall meeting regarding the Bacova Post Office within the next month to see what residents of that area want. Williamsville area residents are planning to fight the closure of their Post Office. The Board tabled any action on the possible closures until its September meeting.

Angela Terry from the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission gave a presentation on the Commission’s development of a regional water plan. Bath County has participated in the plan’s development. The Planning District Commission is asking all participating localities to pass a resolution and an ordinance.

The ordinance states that it’s mandatory for all citizens using public water to adhere to drought declarations. The board scheduled a public hearing on the ordinance for its September meeting.

The board also ratified an agreement with Virginia Tech for the creation of an economic development plan for the county. The development of this plan will be similar to the way in which Virginia Tech created the county’s tourism plan. A grant will cover $15,000.00 of the cost with Bath County paying about $16,000.00.

And the Board appointed the following to continue serving on the Airport Authority: Bruce Cambata, Rene Dufour, Wiley “Buddy” Kling, Michael Hahaj and Michael O’Farrell.

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