September Highland County Board of Supervisors’ Work Session Summary


The Highland County Board of Supervisors held their monthly work session on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.  A state of local emergency was declared in Highland County on September 14, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in advance of potential effects of Hurricane Florence, and that local emergency was lifted as of September 18, 2018 at noon.  The Board unanimously voted to adopt a proclamation to ratify that local emergency declaration.

The Board voted to reappoint ten members, and to add one member, to the Local Emergency Planning Committee for a three-year term ending September 30, 2021.

The Board reappointed Robin Sullenberger as the county’s representative on the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board.  The term is planned to end on June 30, 2022.

The Board also heard that there will be a community forum hosted by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation on October 9, 2018 at The Highland Center to gather public input on potential use and community aspirations of Hayfields Farm.

The meeting concluded with a closed session for a discussion of three topics: one of personnel, one of prospective business, and one of contract.

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Chris Swecker

is the Assistant Station Coordinator and a News Reporter for WVLS. He has roots in Highland County going back several generations, and he grew up in Monterey. Since graduating from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Design, he has pursued his career at a news station and advertising agency in Virginia, on Microsoft’s campus in the state of Washington, and in both states as sole owner and employee of a video production company. He enjoys exploring life with his wife, Jessa Fowler, traveling, hiking, hunting, gardening, and trying new foods, all while discovering more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. He feels blessed to be a small part of this talented AMR team to help give back to the community that has provided him with so much.

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