By. Brent Wilson, Field Officer
The Greene County Board Supervisors had their first meeting of 2016 on Tuesday, January 12th with two supervisors attending their first meeting. Eddie Deane, Supervisor at Large, decided not to run for reelection and the race for the seat was between Dale Herring and Bob Young. Herring won the election 54% vs. 45%.
The Ruckersville District has been represented by Supervisor Davis Lamb who ran for reelection against Michelle Flynn, former Greene County School Board Chairman, with Flynn winning the election. The third race was for the Monroe District with the seat being held by Chairman David Cox. Although he technically ran unopposed, Donna Harlow ran as a write in candidate and collected a third of the votes.
Supervisor Bill Martin was elected Chairman and Supervisor Michelle Flynn was elected Vice-Chairman. Martin’s first order of business was to propose revising the “Matters from the public” to have only 3 requirements – 1) speakers sign up in advance, 2) speakers will be allocated 3 minutes unless the Chairman grants more time and 3) the Chairman will monitor time and maintain decorum. This motion was passed unanimously.
The main business of the meeting was to reassign Liaison Functions, especially the 8 that had been assigned to Deane and Lamb. Supervisor Jim Frydl took the second position for the Central Virginia Regional Jail Board. Dale Peyton took the Parks and Recreation Dept., the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District. Flynn took the Jefferson Area Board of Aging, the Rivanna River Basin and Social Services Board.
Commissioner David Cox proposed reinstating a Board Liaison with the Emergency Services after being approached by several of the fire departments and the rescue squad. He had previously held this position when he first joined the Board. After debating if staff could provide this connection, it was decided to assign Cox as the liaison to the Emergency Services.
The final reorganizational issue discussed was the vacancy on the Planning Commission and Supervisor David Cox explained that there are three applicants for the position and the Board will appoint one of them at their second meeting in January. As a result, the Planning Commission will have only four members at their January meeting next week.
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