JULY 12, 2005
MINUTES OF THE BROOKNEAL TOWN COUNCIL

7:00 PM – The regular meeting of the Brookneal Town Council

 

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

 

Phyllis Campbell, Mayor

James Nowlin, Vice Mayor

Meg Tibbs, Kenneth Jennings, Tracy Meisenbach, Richard Adams, and Stacey Hailey Council Members

Bill Gillespie, Town Manager

Laurie C. Francis, Clerk/Treasurer

Mike Crews, Public Works Director

Ricky Cousins, Police Chief

 

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

Upon motion by Meg Tibbs seconded by Richard Adams and unanimously carried, Council approved the agenda for the July 12, 2005 regular meeting of the Brookneal Town Council with the following addition: 1) Lawyers bill 2) Downtown Architect bill

 

 

MINUTES

 

Upon motion by James Nowlin, seconded by Kenneth Jennings and unanimously carried, Council approved the June 14, 2005 minutes.

 

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

 

The June 2005 Treasurer’s report was filed for audit.

 

 

PRESENTATION AND APPROVAL OF INVOICES

 

Be it resolved that motion was made by James Nowlin, seconded by Meg Tibbs and unanimously carried, authorizing the payment of the invoices for the period of June 14, 2005 to July 11, 2005 in the amount of $3636.11.

 

 

PAYMENT OF LAWYERS BILLS & ARCHITECT BILL

 

Motion was made by Kenneth Jennings to pay two lawyers bills, one to Overby, Hawkins, Selz & Wright in the amount of $313.50, one to Edmunds & Williams in the amount of $3060.00, and one to the architect in the amount of $2365.00

 

 

PRESENTATION FROM PRESIDENT OF THE BROOKNEAL AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Patric Boggs, President of the Brookneal Area Chamber of Commerce, was unable to attend the council meeting as planned.  The Bylaws for the chamber were distributed among the council members for review.  Staff will look into whether or not the town needs to take any official action on these bylaws and bring their findings back to the council at a later date.

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Rita Smith, a resident of Marshall Street, appeared before Council.  Ms. Smith stated that she had catered a wedding over the prior weekend at the community building and had some concerns about the state of the building.  The first concern was the lack of handicap access to the auditorium portion (upstairs) of the building.  Ms. Smith stated that there was an elderly lady that had to be picked up and carried to the auditorium because she was in a wheelchair and that portion of the building was not accessible by wheel chair.  Ms. Smith went on to suggest that the town add some sort of handicap access as soon as practicable.

 

Another concern was parking on the Smith Street side of the building.  Ms. Smith stated that the parking was not clearly marked designating where the town’s property stops and the neighboring property begins.  Unfortunately this led to an incident where some guest at the community building inadvertently parked on private property and the police were called.  Ms. Smith requested that the town remedy this problem as soon as possible to prevent further incidents.

 

Ms. Smith also made several other suggestions to council such as the need for more tables and chairs in the building.  Council assured Ms. Smith that all of her concerns would be looked into right away.

 

Mr. Jack Carwile, of Adams Ferry Road, asked Council why the Treasurers report was not made public at each meeting.  Mayor Campbell said that Mr. Carwile would have a copy of the Treasurers report before he left the meeting.  Mayor Campbell also assured Mr. Carwile that copies would be available in the future for any citizen wishing to obtain one.

 

RECOMMENDATION FROM COMMITTEE REGARDING WACHOVIA AT WORK

 

Council, by consensus, instructed staff to gather more information from all of the financial institutions in the town and consider what they could offer the employees as well.  This information will be brought back to council at a later date.

 

 

RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT NAME CHANGE

 

Mr. Gary Christy, Executive Director of the Region 2000, Regional Commission, appeared before council requesting adoption of a resolution supporting the amendment of the Region 2000 Regional Commission Charter, having the effect of changing that organizations’ name to Virginia’s region 2000 Partnership – Regional Council, Hereinafter called the local government council.

 

 

RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT OF THE REGION 2000 REGIONAL COMMISSION (PLANNING DISTRICT COMMISSION 11) CHARTER, HAVING THE EFFECT OF CHANGING THAT ORGANIZATION’S NAME TO VIRGINIA’S REGION 2000 PARTNERSHIP-REGIONAL COUNCIL.

 

Whereas, The Region 2000 Regional Commission desires to create a wider and more efficient network of regional governmental services, and

 

Whereas, the Region 2000 Regional Commission believes that working together with the Region 2000 Economic Development Partnership, the Region 2000 Workforce Investment Board and the Region 2000 Regional Technology Council will allow our organizations to work more effectively and efficiently and allow our organizations to take advantage of natural synergies and avoid duplications or conflicts in services, and furthermore,

 

Whereas,  the Region 2000 Regional Commission believes that the people and local governments of the Greater Lynchburg region would be better served by more coordinated efforts of these agencies that use the Region 2000 brand and,

 

Whereas, the Region 2000 Regional Commission has voted unanimously on January 20, 2005 to recommend to member jurisdictions to change the name of the Commission to utilize a common “Brand Name” that can be used by the four regional agencies,

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Brookneal Town Council offers this Resolution in support of amending the Charter of the Regional Commission as follows:

 

Article I, Section 1:

 

The name of this organization shall be the Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership -Regional Council, hereinafter called the Local Government Council.

 

Adopted this 12th day of July, 2005.

 

Upon motion by Kenneth Jennings, duly seconded by James Nowlin, adopted this 12th day of July, 2005, by a unanimous vote of the Executive Committee acting on behalf of the Regional Commission.

 

CERTIFIED BY:

 

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ATTESTED BY:

 

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UPDATE OF DISCONTINUATION OF DECAL SALES

 

Town Manager, Bill Gillespie, Jr., updated the Town Council and the citizens on the state of the discontinuation of decal sales.  Due to unforeseen steps that would have to be taken in order to fully implement this process, council, during a committee meeting, agreed by consensus to continue the sale of decals for one more year and then implement the change following Campbell County’s direction.

 

 

CLOSED SESSION UNDER VA CODE SECTION 2.2-3711 (A)(7) FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONSULTATION WITH THE TOWN ATTORNEY RETAINED BY THE TOWN OF BROOKNEAL REGARDING SPECIFIC LEGAL MATTERS REQUIRING THE PROVISION OF LEGAL ADVICE BY SUCH COUNCIL, SPECIFICALLY BEING DISCUSSION OF THE PENDING EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION COMPLAINT AND MEDIATION.

 

Town Manager, Bill Gillespie, Jr., informed Council that due to scheduling problems between the plaintiff’s attorney and the town’s attorney, the town’s attorney would not be attending the meeting as previously planned.  Therefore, no closed session would be necessary.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

On motion from James Nowlin, Mayor Campbell announced that the July 12, 2005 Council meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

 

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Laurie C. Francis,                                           Phyllis Campbell,

Clerk/Treasurer                                               Mayor

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