MEMBERS elected Saturday were, from left
(front), Delores Childress, treasurer;
Leona Ratliff, recording secretary;
Harriett McClanahan, second vice chairman;
Jerry Lester, chairman; David Lowe, first
vice chairman; and (back) Bobby May,
corresponding secretary; and Bobby Hall,
Big Sandy Office Has Until
June to Relocate; Resolution Is Passed
Cathy St. Clair
Big Sandy Soil and Water Conservation District was
given until June 1 to move its offices from the former
D.A. Justus Elementary School property.
The action was taken last Thursday during a
continued meeting of the Buchanan County Board of
Supervisors and followed a lengthy closed-door session
during which the Big Sandy issue was identified as a
topic for discussion.
When board members emerged from
behind closed doors, it was to agree to the resolution
which nullified all attempts by the former board of
supervisors to convey or agree to convey the property
to Big Sandy.
It gives Big Sandy until June 1 to
remove its offices and other property from the D.A.
Justus site and further agrees to pay Big Sandy up to
$10,000 in relocation costs upon proper documentation
of the agency’s costs. The offer is made provided the
soil and water conservation district complies with the
request to move by the June 1 deadline, the resolution
In the event the agency ignores the
June deadline and legal action is filed by Big Sandy
or the current board regarding the property, then the
reimbursement offered will not be made and the
resolution notes, the county will seek its costs and
legal fees "for enforcing its property rights."
The motion to adopt the resolution was made
by Knox Supervisor Pat Justus with a second by North
Grundy Supervisor Carroll Branham. The vote was
unanimous among board members present. Garden
Supervisor Buddy Fuller and Prater Supervisor Eddie
Lindsay, who had been present earlier in the day for
the meeting were not present at the time the vote was
taken on the Big Sandy issue.
The resolution details the history of the
property, noting that in January 2002, the board of
supervisors then agreed to hold a public hearing to
convey a portion of the former D.A. Justus school
property to the conservation district office. The
public hearing was postponed to March and the board
then voted to convey the property to Big Sandy subject
to approval by the county attorney. However, prior to
a deed being executed by the chairman of the former
board, the Hurley flood occurred and destroyed the
D.A. Justus school. After that happened, the former
board, by resolution in July 2002 rescinded its March
2002 resolution and adopted a new resolution
containing material changes as they related to the
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ASL, SwVCC Building Planned
by Cathy St. Clair
Plans to construct a
higher education center building in Grundy were unveiled last
Thursday during a continued meeting of the Buchanan County Board of
A resolution asking the Buchanan
County Industrial Development Authority to seek funding of $1.278
million from the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority
to complete construction of the building was approved during the
Appalachian School of Law President
Lu Ellsworth told board members that the new building was a
collaborative venture between ASL and Southwest Virginia Community
Ellsworth noted that for the past
four years, Dr. Charles King, president of Southwest Virginia
Community College, had been working through the SwVCC Education
Foundation, the board of supervisors and the town of Grundy to come
up with a new location for the SwVCC campus downtown. At the same
time, Ellsworth said, the law school has been in need of additional
space for a variety of reasons, including the hosting of potential
post graduate programs.
He said recently King had been able
to raise funds totaling some $4.75 million for the purpose of
constructing a center in Grundy.
The total cost of the new
building is expected to top $6 million.
Through an agreement between
SwVCC and ASL, Ellsworth said the law school has agreed to permit
the SwVCC Foundation to construct its center on the ASL campus
property, allowing for some shared uses of the planned new facility.
The motion to approve the
resolution asking the IDA to seek the funds from CEDA was made by
Garden Supervisor Buddy Fuller and was seconded by Rocklick
Supervisor David Ratliff. The vote was unanimous.
South Grundy Supervisor Roger
Rife was supportive of the project, adding, "I think it would be
great if we can complete this project."
on Hiring of Asst. County Attorney
by Cathy St. Clair
After more than an hour
behind closed doors during a continued meeting Monday night, members
of the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors still didn’t announce
any decision regarding a new hire to fill the assistant county
The primary purpose of Monday’s
meeting had been to make that decision. No details regarding the
topic were released Monday.
Board members also discussion a proposed
contract, which was not identified as to its substance and personnel
in the litter control office.
No action was taken on
either of those issues.
The only action that was taken
at Monday’s meeting was for the board to accept the donation of a
doublewide trailer to the Buchanan County Head Start program and to
agree to hire Frank Keen to move it to the Harman area at a cost of
$2,500; and the approval of T&M Hardware/Garage Inc. as a vendor for
The doublewide accepted
was donated to the county by Southwest Virginia Professional
Insurance at Vansant.