The Millboro Preservation and Cultural Association votes again to request a meeting with BARC Electric Cooperative

The Millboro Preservation and Cultural Association again votes to meet with BARC Electric Cooperative regarding the potential parking lot at the old Millboro school.  At the MPCA meeting on Tuesday night the organization’s membership unanimously approved requesting a meeting between the BARC Electric parking lot committee and the MPCA’s entire membership.   Discussion on this topic was held during a closed meeting.  MPCA President Kim Manion said the MPCA held discussion that needed to be without the public.

At it’s meeting last month, the MPCA Board voted to offer to hold a meeting with BARC Electric’s Board of Directors to discuss the parking lot and the MPCA wanted to have that proposed meeting attended by all board members from both organizations.  In February the MPCA voted to deny an offer from BARC to purchase part of the land at the old Millboro school.

BARC Electric, which is located across the street, wants some of the land at the old Millboro school for a parking lot. BARC is planning to create a solar facility, so it needs more space for expansion and wants to move its employee parking.   There have been concerns that BARC might move out of Millboro completely, if not given an opportunity to acquire more space.  But it was also reported at the April MPCA meeting that BARC representatives have said that BARC’s  main office  is staying in Millboro and only part of BARC’s operation is moving to Rockbridge County.

In other business Tuesday night the MPCA voted against a revised membership application form.   The MPCA Board had revised the application and brought it to the MPCA body as a recommendation.  The current application lists the following as responsibilities of voting members: attendance at six of the eleven regularly scheduled meetings each year, service on at least one committee and participation in two additional projects or fundraising events during the course of the calendar year.  The new application included the same requirements, but added date submitted, date presented to membership, date accepted, signature of the MPCA president and the new member’s anniversary date.   The motion to approve the revised application failed on a vote of five to four.  Some members felt that only requiring members to help at two events per year would not provide enough help.   An earlier version of the membership application had the requirement as helping at half of the fundraising events per year.

MPCA member Jackie Plecker said she thought the MPCA was going to work on amending it’s bylaws, which she said was first discussed about four months ago.  She said she felt the application revision should be done following the revision to the bylaws.  Board Vice President Olivia Haney said a revision of the bylaws would probably be done in the next couple of months.

It was also reported that membership applications have been received from Stuart Hall, Barbara Hall, Amy Paret, Donna Campagna, Allison Hicklin, Eddie Hicklin, Jan Lee and Julie Simmons.   The applications will be voted on at the MPCA’s meeting in June.

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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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