OCTOBER 9, 2001
MINUTES OF THE BROOKNEAL TOWN COUNCIL

 

7:00 P.M. – The regular meeting of the Brookneal Town Council

The municipal government of the Town of Brookneal met with the following members present:

 

Ronald E. Cox, Mayor

Lee Booker, Phyllis Campbell, Jack Woodell, and Everett Guill, Councilmembers

Laurie C. Francis, Clerk/Treasurer

Joseph R. Williams, Town Manager

Jim Hires, Police Chief

Mike Crews, Public Works Director

 

Absent:          Meg Tibbs & James Nowlin, Councilmembers

 

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

Upon motion by Everett Guill, seconded by Jack Woodell and unanimously carried, council approved the agenda with the following additions: 1) Paying of Auditors Bill  2) Special Invitation from the Brookneal Volunteer Fire Department.

 

 

MINUTES

Upon motion by Lee Booker, seconded by Everett Guill and unanimously carried, the September 11, 2001 minutes were approved.

 

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

 

The Treasurer’s Report was filed for audit.

 

PRESENTATION AND APPROVAL OF BILLS

Be It Resolved that motion was made by Everett Guill, seconded by Jack Woodell and unanimously carried, authorizing the payment of the invoices for the period of September 12, 2001 to October 9, 2001 in the amount of $23,184.96.

 

POLICE REPORT

 

Chief of Police, Jim Hires reported that for the month of September there was no reportable crimes for the first time in many years.

 

Chief Hires reported that he and Sergeant Kurland Roark attended a two-day school on domestic terrorism during the week prior to the council meeting.

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT

 

Public Works Director reported that the health inspector from Danville had inspected the water treatment plant and the results were better that they have ever been.

 

The Long Island Ruritan Club is sponsoring a circus on October 25, 2001 at the Brookneal Recreation Park.

 

Due to a warning from the EPA of possible terrorist attacks on the nations water systems, fishing will no longer be permitted in the Town’s reservoir.  This will remain in effect until further notice.

 

PUBLIC INPUT

 

No one appeared before Council.

 

 

PRESENTATION FROM CENTRAL VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

 

Dr. Darrel Staat, President of CVCC, spoke to Council and citizens concerning the implementation of an off campus center to be located in the Town of Brookneal.  Comparisons were made between the Altavista Center and the proposed facility for the Brookneal Site.  This center will serve individuals with college courses, provide training to the business community and support and work with economic development.

 

Theresa Bryant, Director of Workforce Development; Linda Rodriguez, Coordinator – Altavista Center; and Chester Brockwell, Business Liaison for the Altavista/Brookneal Centers appeared before council to inform them of the various opportunities the off campus center would provide to the Town of Brookneal.   Ms. Bryant stated that the Brookneal center should be running a full schedule by the fall of 2002.

 

 

DISCUSSION OF MENTORING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN NEEDING BIG BROTHER/BIG SISTER.

 

Item was tabled until the next Council Meeting.

 

 

DISCUSSION OF CABLE INTERNET SERVICE THROUGH ADELPHIA.

 

Item was tabled until the next Council Meeting.

 

CHANGING OF ELECTION DATE FROM MAY TO NOVEMBER.

 

Upon motion by Phyllis Campbell, seconded by Everett Guill and unanimously carried, council voted to change the Town of Brookneal’s election date from May to November.

 

FALL CLEAN UP

 

Upon motion by Lee Booker, seconded by Jack Woodell and unanimously carried, council voted to hold fall clean up during the week of October 22nd – October 26th, 2001.

 

BICENTENNIAL COMMITTEE REPORT

 

Phyllis Campbell reported that the kick off dinner held on Saturday, October 6, 2001 was a success.  Over $2000 was raised for the Bicentennial fund.

INFORMATION ITEMS

 

  • Brooke Street CDBG: Public Works director, Mike Crews reported that the Brook Street project was progressing.  Sewer lines were nearly complete on Brook Street and will soon start on Church Street.

 

  • Town Hall/Community Building renovation report: All work on the Town Hall and the Community Building has been completed.

 

  • Update on Part-time vacancy with the Town: Shannon Coleman, of Hunter Road, has been hired as the part-time Administrative Assistant for the Town Office.  There were no qualified applicants for the part-time public works employee.

 

 

REMOVING BLINDS FROM THE BROOKNEAL COMMUNITY CENTER

 

Council ruled by consensus to remove the blinds from the community center.

 

PAYING THE AUDITOR

 

Upon motion by Lee Booker, seconded by Phyllis Campbell and unanimously carried council voted to pay the auditor bill for the 2000/2001 audit of the Town’s books and an additional amount carried over from last fiscal year in the amount totaling $11,000.

INVITATION FROM THE BROOKNEAL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

Curtis Smith, BVFD Chief, invited council to attend the Fire Departments 55th anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 13, 2001 from 11:00 am until 2:30 pm.

CLOSED MEETING

 

Upon motion by Phyllis Campbell, seconded by Everett Guill and unanimously carried, council went into Closed Meeting pursuant to VA Code 2.1-344(A)(1).

 

RETURN FROM CLOSED MEETING

 

Mayor Cox called for a show of hand vote that all matters discussed were in accordance with VA code Section 2.1-344(A)(1).

 

All concurred.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

Upon motion by Everett Guill, seconded by Jack Woodell and unanimously carried, council adjourned.

 

 

_____________________________       _______________________________

Laurie C. Francis                                         Ronald E. Cox,

Clerk/Treasurer                                            Mayor

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