Bath Supervisors Part Two

In the first part of this pair of stories, we reported the budget had been approved, as well as, how to appropriate it by Bath’s Board of Supervisors. Prior to agreeing to keep both real estate and personal property tax rates the same, the Board did change one policy, which will be to allocate funds to the school board in categories. It also approved the school board budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

An agenda item tabled until next month is the appointment of a new member to the Economic Development Commission. Those residents who have expressed interest, and are being considered are: Michael Bulgarelli, Kate Loeffler, Bruce McWilliams, Daniel Plecker, Beth Rogers, Cynthia Rudnick, and Jay Trinca,

If you would like to give input to the board’s decision, please speak to the supervisor of your district.

Sherry Ryder, County Zoning administrator, presented the board with a couple of Land Use items, the most visible being one from DG Landholdings, or Natural Retreats. Kent Daugherty, Vice President for Development and Jonathan Shannon, Project manager for the Homestead Preserve, sought, and received approval for their application to subdivide 35 acres near the intersection of Routes 220 and 39, called the Village at Warm Springs Farm. The company will begin renovating some existing structures, and construction on three new structures this spring, and continue as indicated by demand. Kent Daugherty responded to one question about the development from a member of the public.

“We would be more than happy to sell some of these to some one who lives here permanently. We certainly hope that’s the case in fact. But to answer your question directly, our primary market would be for second home owners.”

Susan Hammond of the Virginia Department of Transportation presented the agency’s six-year plan for the secondary roads in this area. She also described the process by which improvements can be made to local “corridors of statewide significance” through House Bill 2. In Bath County the only two roads eligible for those funds would be State Routes 220, and 39. The deadline for a letter of intent for these projects is August 1st.

The board also adopted a resolution committing to Fair Housing policies and practices.

Before the meeting ended Richard Bird, ValleySprings district, addressed the concern that the board was going to eliminate public comments from their meetings. Bird assured residents this had never been the intention, but that because some comments, and reactions had been disruptive at last month’s meeting, it had been loosely discussed. Because everyone’s conduct remained appropriate throughout this month’s meeting, the supervisors agreed to take no action regarding changes in agenda structure at this time.

After the board approved the consent agenda, the meeting was adjourned.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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