Highland County Board of Supervisors July Meeting – Part 2


This is part two of coverage from the July meeting of the Highland County Board of Supervisors.

The Board again discussed the proposed Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area.  The Board tabled the request to create a resolution to designate the Scenic Area.  Other counties in the Shenandoah Valley have already adopted resolutions for the designation.  Supervisor David Blanchard said he’s had a number of calls on this issue and said there are concerns that resources will be underutilized if the land is in a wilderness designation.   There was discussion about a 200 foot VDOT set back along Route 250 to be included in the resolution.  There were concerns that it would not be enough if the road were to be widened in the future.  The Rockingham County resolution contains a 350 foot set back along Route 33 and it also states that the county can remove the scenic area designation in the future, if negative unintended consequences occur.    Supervisor Blanchard said after reviewing information he would suggest having the county attorney take the Rockingham County resolution and revise it for Highland. The Board will take up the matter again at it’s work session on July 21.

County Administrator Roberta Lambert informed the Board that the Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing on a variance application for signage.  The signs, to be placed on a building and along the road for a Family Dollar store, will be at the old motel property at 54 East Main Street in Monterey.   The public hearing is July 27 at 6:30 pm at the modular conference center.  The Board of Zoning Appeals is accepting comments ahead of the meeting.

The Board approved a request from the School Board to transfer $246,678.74 in unspent funds to the school’s capital improvement fund for future projects.

The Board also approved a request for a reduction in a water bill for Steve Burns of McDowell.  The McDowell water system ordinance allows for an individual to request a reduction one time if there has been a leak.

To hear part one of coverage from the July meeting of the Highland County Board of Supervisors, visit our website www.alleghenymountainradio.org

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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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