Greene BOS Discusses EMS Revenue Recovery

By.  Teresa Gulyas, Greene County Field Officer

February 23, 2010 Regular meeting of the Greene County Board of Supervisors. Supervisors Present: Steve Catalano, Chair Buggs Peyton, Vice Chair, James Frydl (Ruckersville), Mike Skeens (Monroe), Carl Schmidt (At-Large)

Public hearing to consider request from Sheetz, Inc/Ronald & Mary Lamm to rezone from B-2, Business to B-3, Business approximately 1.50 total acres located on Seminole Trail and identified on County Tax maps as 66-A-9, portion of 66-A-10 and 66-A-12. 

The applicant requested that the public hearing be deferred to 3/9. The request was approved unanimously.

Public hearing to consider request from William L. Gentry, Trustee, Silas A. Reynolds Trust, to rezone from B-1, Business to B-3, Business approximately 3.09 acres located on Seminole Trail and identified on County Tax Maps as 60E-(A)-6B

Community opposition to this request indicated that useable acreage for this land parcel was less than it appears due to part of the acreage being Deer Lake and a deep slope approaching the lake. Concern was voiced that traffic turning from Seminole Road would be impacted and potentially dangerous due to parking on the road for the business.

The Board discussed how the current business would be impacted if they were rezoned from B-1, Business to B-2, Business instead of B-3, Business. Buildings, such as storage sheds, could still be sold using pictures but the structures could not be displayed on the B-2 property.

The request was unanimously approved to rezone the property to B-2, Business.

Mr. Bob Townsend, Public Relations Officer of the Greene County Rescue Squad, to discuss revenue recovery.

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Mr. Townsend discussed the rationale for considering revenue recovery for emergency services. He identified an increase in patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid, unfunded but state mandated trainings to maintain certifications, and the purchase of capital equipment. As other counties in the area pursue revenue recovery, the Board agreed that this should be considered in Greene County. Issues of confidentiality and billing were discussed. A local code amendment would require a public hearing. The Board discussed the need for information to be disseminated to the community and to give the public the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns before the public hearing. 

The board unanimously agreed to proceed with community outreach to discuss revenue recovery for emergency services. A public hearing was scheduled for March 23.

Consent Agenda – unanimously approved 

  1. Minutes of January 12 and January 26, 2010 meetings  
  2. The Emergency Operations Plan was amended and approved. Monthly drills and increasing the frequency of plan review were discussed.  
  3. The resolution designating 2010 as “The Year of the Rivanna” as a part of the 40th anniversary of Virginia’s Scenic Rivers Program 
  4. Resolution to accept and appropriate $10,000 in Park Stream Restoration Grant funds for the Greene County Parks and Recreation Department. No local cash match required.  
  5. Resolution to accept and appropriate $9,426 in grant funds from the Office of Emergency Medical Services, Rescue Squad Assistance Fund, for Sheriff’s Office. No local match required.  
  6. Resolution to accept and appropriate $2,713 in grant funds from the Department of Fire Programs for Ruckersville Volunteer Fire Company. No local match required.  
  7. Authorization to advertise RFP for comfort station at Greene County Community Park. 

Other matters from the Board.

Mr. Schmidt discussed the call for earmark requests for Congressman Periello to consider. Three projects were discussed: 

  1. The waterline project in the downtown Stanardsville Business area
  2. Well development in the park
  3. Phase 1 development of the park to include a concession stand, basketball and tennis courts, and a comfort station

The Board opted to submit all three requests with 1 and 3 being the top priorities.

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