By Teresa Gulyas, Greene County Field Officer
The Greene County School Board was pleasantly surprised at the May 11 meeting of the Greene County Board of Supervisors. An additional $42, 427 in funds were awarded to the schools after the state reductions in constitutional officers resulted in money from fringe benefits associated with those positions becoming available. Supervisors also unanimously authorized the issuance of general obligation school bonds in an amount up to $2,668,467 to finance certain capital projects. School Board members and school employees thanked the Board for their continued support and promised to be first in line in July for any additional or supplemental funding that may become available from the state or county.
Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the renewal of the Agricultural and Forestral District Program, decreasing the time period from 10 years to 5 years. Sixty-eight percent of the property owners remained in the program; of the thirty-two percent who left the program, many moved to conservation easements.
The following ordinance amendments were unanimously approved:
- The Animal Control Ordinance was changed to reflect the current state code and to mirror language in the state code changing “warden” to “animal control officer”.
- Changes in the Drought Management Ordinance reflected adoption of the language used by Department of Environmental Quality when describing different stages of voluntary and mandatory water restrictions.
In matters from the public, Roy Dye of the Stanardsville Area Revitalization (*STAR*) group updated the Board on recent progress.
- Initial VDOT study is complete
- Draper-Aden will provide two design options consistent with the historic charm of the Town
- Federal grants of $674,000 will provide two new crosswalks and enhance the streetscape from Celt Road to Rectory Lane, thereby improving safety and attracting tourists
Dye expressed continued concerns with the “antiquated water line going down Main Street” and expressed the groups desire that the sidewalks and water line work be completed simultaneously to minimize disruption of businesses on Main Street.
The meeting concluded with Board Chairman Steve Catalano thanking everyone for their hard work on the budget. Over the next couple months, the Board of Supervisors will be reviewing their bylaws and their personnel plan as well as the Comprehensive Plan.