Alleghany County Administrator Reid Walters reported to the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors at its Oct. 4 regular meeting that $6 million had been received for the Alleghany Regional Conference Center site.
Walters informed supervisors that the lowest bid for the development of the project had been submitted by Branch Civil, Inc. for $9,785,000 and that negotiations would begin soon.
The development of the RCC Pad site aims to attract businesses that will provide employment and increase the region’s tax base.
Currently, the 100-acre site is classified as Tier 2, and once development of the site is complete, it could become Tier 4, the highest level of desirability for potential businesses.
The site under development is No. 1 for the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation in its business plan, and the site is publicly owned and commercially zoned.
According to Branch Civil, Inc., Phase I can be completed for $2,154,488, Phase II for $5,985,000, and Phase III for $1,325,513, which equates to the winning bid of $9,785,000. .
The sum Walters has already received is $6.125 million. He said he hopes to secure an additional $5 million for the project through a grant proposal he is preparing.
A public hearing was conducted and a lengthy discussion ensued regarding an application by Brandon Weiford and Amber Paxton to rezone Lot 11 of the Regional Mall, located off Piney Ridge Road, to an industrial classification M-1 to an agricultural-rural residential AR. zone classification for the purpose of building a house on the property.
The property is further identified as Tax Map 42, Lot 11, and it is within an ‘Industrial Zone’ as shown in the overall plan.
Two letters were read by those opposed to the rezoning, and during the discussion it was pointed out that Adams Construction heavy trucks are active in the area where the old wagon road, about 15 feet wide, was formerly used. Adams Construction, one of the oldest asphalt companies, was unaware of the easement until the application to rezone the property was made.
James River District Supervisor Stephen A. Bennett expressed concern for the safety of schoolchildren getting off a school bus in a construction zone.
The land in the area has no sewer service, and the discussion revealed that tests had been carried out which showed the land would straighten out. In addition, the water source should be captured and pumped upstream at the owner’s expense.
There was no vote and the supervisors agreed to raise the issue at their November meeting.
Another public hearing to consider an amendment to the county’s operating budget for fiscal year 2022-23 passed by a 7-0 vote.
It was stated that the amendment was necessary due to carry forwards in the amount of $4,078,969.00 and unsettled charges in the amount of $2,506,193.26 from the budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022 . The total budget amendment adopted is $6,585,162.26.
Susan Hammond, the resident VDOT engineer, provided an update on road repairs, and Supervisor Shannon P. Cox representing the Boiling Springs District noted that there are dangerous roadside trees that must be cared for and a tunnel that needs maintenance due to debris. which has accumulated indoors due to recent rains.
Sheriff Kevin Hall presented his report regarding animal control and waste control, and he briefed supervisors on a new program that provides prisoners with digital mail rather than traditional mail, a system that increases security preventing the smuggling of anything by mail into the prison.
Suzanne Adcock-Nicely, Director of Finance, provided supervisors with an update on DHCD’s “Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant” and she expressed her thanks to Teresa Hammond, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism of Alleghany Highlands for the Chamber’s assistance in administering the grants program which has assisted businesses and non-profit organizations in the area.
Supervisors voted 7-0 to provide a personal property tax relief rate (PPTRA) for the 2022 tax year.
Additionally, Calvin Fridley was approved by a 7–0 vote to represent the District of Boiling Springs on the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Zachery Wright of The Thrasher Group, which does construction work for the city of Clifton Forge and other cities and towns in Virginia, spoke to the supervisors and presented everyone with a brochure about their employer’s company.
After each supervisor had the opportunity to comment, the meeting was adjourned by a 7-0 vote.