Highland Board of Supervisors February Meeting – Part 2

This is part two of coverage of the Highland County Board of Supervisors meeting held February 1.

County Administrator Roberta Lambert reported that the DEQ is requesting scoping comments on a George Washington and Jefferson National Forest environment assessment on a project to locate telecommunications lines in the National Forest.  Comments are due February 22.  County Attorney Melissa Dowd said she believes the project favors co-location of the lines where they would be buried on existing right-of-ways, such as along roads and trails.  She plans to provide more specific information to the Board at it’s February work session.

Officers were also elected for 2022.  John Moyers, Jr. will serve as Chairman and David Blanchard as Vice-Chair.  The Board also adopted a rule authorizing the Chairman to make motions, under Robert’s Rules of Order.

The Board also approved having the meeting schedule remain the same.  Regular meetings will be held the first Tuesday of each month and work sessions will be held the third Wednesday of each month.

In other business, the Board appointed Lori Botkin to the Tourism Council and reappointed Mike Isles and Aaron King to the Recreation Commission.

Board Chair John Moyers, Jr. thanked the Highland County Rescue Squad for transporting him to Bath Community Hospital.  He said the rescue squad has been busy with calls coming in close together.  Roberta Lambert reported that, per the EMS Chief, the rescue squad had 37 calls in January.

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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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