Governor Visits ASL
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling visited
the Appalachian School of Law Monday as part of
his recent tour of Southwest Virginia. Bolling
(right) was shown the plans for the
yet-to-be-constructed Southwest Virginia Community
College building planned on the ASL campus by
school President Dr. Lu Ellsworth (center) and
Dean Jeffrey Kinsler (left). Twenty-eight percent
of the new building's 58,000 square footage will
be used primarily the Law School, Ellsworth
confirmed. The new facility's plans call for its
construction behind the current ASL building on
Slate Creek. (Staff
VDEM Asks for Return of $45,416
Funding from Hurley Flood
by Cathy St.
Buchanan County taxpayers felt the bite again
Monday from the wrongdoing of those convicted in the Operation
Big Coon Dog case when the county had to refund another
$45,416.02 to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.
The refund, however, should
mark the last refund the county has to pay in the case, since
VDEM indicated in a letter sent to the county April 7, 2006
from Michael M. Cline that VDEM was ready to close the FEMA
"We appreciate the time you have
spent working with the state and FEMA to bring this situation
to closure," Cline wrote.
Earlier this year, the county
had to refund monies to VDEM and FEMA representing contract
amounts previously authorized, but later de-obligated in
audits following the coon dog case in which public officials
and contractors were charged -- and ultimately convicted -- in
a bid rigging and bribery scheme which occurred in the wake of
the Hurley flood of 2002.
On Monday, members of the Buchanan
County Board of Supervisors approved the $45,416.02 refund
from general county funds.
"We donít have a choice," said
Rocklick Supervisor David Ratliff in making the motion to
issue the check. North Grundy Supervisor Carroll Branham made
the second and the vote was unanimous.
The refund followed a final
inspection and program review by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency on all projects in the county completed
following the May 2002 flood.
FEMA de-obligated funds from three of the
last series of projects reviewed, however, they obligated
additional funding for two other projects.
The new funds obligated totaled
$20,859.26, while the funds de-obligated totaled $148,561.05.
The two projects for which FEMA
approved additional funding included $800 for drinking water
provided for emergency services; and an additional $20,059.26
to replace equipment in the Hurley Park. Another project was
approved as written for $82,285.67.
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Meeting Set to Eye Downtown Traffic
Buchanan County motorists will find travel on Rt. 460 east and
west restricted to one lane beginning Monday as the Rt. 460
project downtown gets underway.
The Virginia Department of
Transportation awarded a contract on the project to Bizzack Inc.
to make the roadway improvements.
A public information meeting on the project
has been planned for Wednesday, May 10 at Riverview
Elementary-Middle School from 4 to 7 p.m.
Residents may drop by the school at their convenience during those
hours to view maps and talk with representatives of VDOT and
Bizzack Inc., the contractor, about the project and its impact on
travel during the construction period.
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