MPCA and BARC Electric discussions on hold


Discussions are on hold between BARC Electric and the Millboro Preservation and Cultural Association. 

BARC is planning to expand and has been interested in building an employee parking lot on the old Millboro school property, which is owned by the MPCA.  BARC is planning to move part of it’s operation to the old Highland Belle school complex in Rockbridge County and there has been concern that if an agreement can’t be worked out on the parking lot, BARC might move out of Millboro completely. 

At the MPCA monthly meeting on Tuesday night, Vice Chair Olivia Haney read the following email received from BARC Electric CEO Michael Keyser:    

“Last Wednesday I recommended to the board that we hold off on any decision in Millboro until after we see how moving our Rockbridge field operations to Rockbridge affects our space needs in Millboro.   We need to spend our dollars wisely and most effectively and see whether we still have the need for a parking lot after we relocate people and equipment to Rockbridge.  The board supported my recommendation.   A move to Highland Belle is probably not going to happen until after December 31st of this year.  So for the foreseeable future we need to put things on hold between BARC and the MPCA.  Please pass along to your board our appreciation for their willingness to work with BARC on this endeavor.”    

Also on Tuesday night the MPCA acknowledged receipt of membership applications from Lynn Ellen Black and Tommy Black and said those two applications will be voted on at the July meeting. 

The MPCA also voted on membership applications received last month.  Stuart Hall and Barbara Hall were accepted for membership.  The application from Julie Simmons was turned down.  And there was a tie vote on the membership applications from Donna Campagna, Allison Hicklin, Eddie Hicklin, Amy Paret and Jan Lee.  And after discussion on procedures in the bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order, it was determined that with a tie, the vote failed.  Vice Chair Olivia Haney said that those applicants can resubmit applications if they would like to be considered for membership again.

And MPCA member Jackie Plecker announced that August 23 has been set for the tractor ride fundraiser.  Also as part of fundraising, members voted to post on Facebook the MPCA’s Christmas ornament that features the old school.

And it was announced that the MPCA is holding a special called meeting on August 5th at 7pm to review the group’s bylaws. 

And the next regular MPCA meeting is set for July 22nd  at 7pm.

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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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