December 11, 2007
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

Kenneth Jennings, Richard Adams, Tracy Meisenbach and Robert Jean, Council Members

Mike Crews, Public Works Director, and Interim Town Manager

Ricky Cousins, Police Chief

Absent:  Stacey Hailey, Council Member

Bobbie A. Waller, Clerk/Treasurer

 

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

Upon motion by Richard Adams, seconded by James Nowlin and unanimously carried, Council approved the agenda for the December 11, 2007, regular meeting with the following changes: delete 11) Well Moratorium Ordinance and 13) Closed Session under VA Code 2.2-3711(A) (4) for the protection of the privacy of individuals in personal matters not related to public business.

 

 

MINUTES

 

Upon motion by James Nowlin seconded by Kenneth Jennings and unanimously carried, Council approved the November 13, 2007 Town Council minutes.

 

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

 

Mayor Campbell asked that the December 2007 treasurer’s report be filed for audit.

 

 

PRESENTATION AND APPROVAL OF INVOICES

 

Be it resolved that motion was made by James Nowlin, seconded by Richard Adams and unanimously carried, authorizing the payment of the invoices for the period of November 14, 2007, to December 11, 2007, in the amount of $15,655.87.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Brandy Earhart and Cory Earhart from the Hat Creek Homeschool Group presented the Town Council with a plate of cookies and candy as a “Thank You” and “Happy Holidays” for keeping the Town running smoothly and for keeping the Town safe.

 

Mr. Dean Monroe, of Roanoke, president of Monroe Enterprises, Inc., announced that his group of investors has purchased the Tarkett Wood property in the Town of Brookneal.  He plans on cleaning up the property in the immediate future.  He also has two potential leasers that are very interested in the property.

 

 

POLICE REPORT

 

Chief Cousins thanked everybody for their help with the parade.  He said everything went smoothly.  Mr. Jennings expressed his concerns over what appeared to be a “gang” presence at the parade.  Chief Cousins said that they are aware of this problem, and they are working on this issue.  He expressed the police department’s thanks for the Christmas gift to the Town employees.

 

PUBLIC WORKS REPORT

 

All the paperwork for the USDA water grant was submitted the week of December 3, 2007.  Once all the paperwork is processed, then the Town can get started on getting the engineering firm to draw up the design.

 

Trash picked up on the south side of the tracks that is normally picked up on Tuesday will be picked up on Wednesday the week of the 24th of December due to the Christmas holiday.

He said that property owners on Wickliffe Avenue are making progress on cleaning up their property.  He said he had also had more complaints on other properties, and he would be sending out letters soon.

 

 

REQUEST FOR TRANSFER OF APPROPRIATION

Upon motion from Richard Adams, seconded by Kenneth Jennings, and unanimously carried, Council approved the transfer of appropriation as outlined below by the Clerk/Treasurer:

 

 

REQUEST FOR TRANSFER OF APPROPRIATION

To:       Brookneal Town Council

Date:    December 11, 2007

The following Appropriation Transfer is requested:

General Fund

 

Category--Expense ADD New Total

Legal & Professional—01-1204-3002                                         $522.00         $21,461.50

Category—Expense DELETE New Total

Library—Heating—01-7105-5102                                               $522.00         $  3,614.00

To cover legal invoice from Overbey, Hawkins, & Wright for a total of $522.00.

Respectfully requested by:

_________________________________

Treasurer

_________________________________

Date

 

 

VICE MAYOR AND INTERIM TOWN MANAGER TO SELECT AN ENGINEER FOR THE P.E.R. (Preliminary Engineering Report)

Upon motion by Robert Jean, seconded by James Nowlin, and unanimously carried, the Council authorized Vice Mayor James Nowlin, Interim Town Manager Mike Crews, Councilperson Kenneth Jennings, and Councilperson Richard Adams to select an engineering firm for the P.E.R. for the Southern Rivers Grant after interviews which will be conducted on Friday, December 14, 2007.

 

 

ITEMS FROM TOWN COUNCIL

Councilperson Jean expressed concern as to why the closed session was cancelled.  Interim Town Manager Mike Crews said that we have been instructed to let the investigation take its course on the matter.  Once there is closure on the investigation, he said it would come before the Council.  Town Attorney Frank Wright felt it was not the appropriate time to have a closed session, and he made the suggestion that we not have it at this time.  Mr. Wright will be sending out letters to all members of council in the next few days.

 

Mayor Campbell thanked everyone that helped with the parade.  She also thanked the Lions Club for the gazebo at the community building.

 

Councilperson Jean expressed his desire for the Christmas decorations to have more lights operating.  Interim Town Manager Mike Crews said that the decorations are very dangerous to put up and the wires are in bad shape because they have been up for so long and they have a lot of breaks in them.  He suggested that after this Christmas, the Town try to ask the businesses to contribute in buying some new Christmas decorations for next year.

 

Councilperson Meisenbach asked for support for the Chamber of Commerce because of the changes that they going through.

ADJOURNMENT

Upon motion from Robert Jean, Mayor Campbell announced that the December 11, 2007, Council meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

 

___________________________                  ____________________________

Bobbie A. Waller                                             Phyllis L. Campbell

Clerk/Treasurer                                               Mayor

 

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