BBA Meeting 9/21/2010

Posted: September 20, 2010 in Local Issues

The Board of Directors of the Page County Broadband Authority will hold both an open and closed session meeting on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 starting at 4:00 PM at the Page County Court House, Board of Supervisors Room located at 116 S. Court Street, Luray, VA. The purpose of the closed session is to consider the award of a public contract involving the expenditure of public funds, specifically the issuance of a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) for the award of a contract seeking a public- private partnership arrangement between the Authority and a Broadband Service Provider for the design, construction and operation of Fiber Optic Network Infrastructure where discussion in an open session would adversely affect the bargaining position or negotiating strategy of the Authority, as permitted by Virginia Code Section 2.2-3711 (A)(29) and to obtain legal advise from the Authority’s attorney concerning this proposed RFP as permitted by Virginia Code Section 2.2-3711(A)(7). The Authority will also hold a closed session during this meeting to consider personnel matters, specifically employment contracts and salaries/compensation for its chief administrative officer and its technology officer/consultant, as permitted by Virginia Code Section 2.2-3711(A) (1).

Editorial for 9/18/2010

Posted: September 18, 2010 in Local Issues

Tom Cardman seems to have pretty much scared the citizens of Page County with his unethical antics he used while being in the position of Economic Director and acting County Administrator. He even made the EDA look very bad and has caused a rift between them and the BoS and the public. No one knew how bad until his useage of the county issued credit card had reached the public. So now, everyone is going to be a little uneasy. After all, it is our money.

When the Page News & Courier (the local Bugle as Gary Frink calls it) published a picture of Johnny Woodward, our own BoS Chairman and acting acting interim County Administration on a scaffold repairing a part of the county building, people thought that was great. Someone who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty the right way.

Then the rumors started. Of course in Page County, most rumors do have some form of truth to them. There was money paid to have work done, but not to Johnny. After looking over the billing, the work that was done, you cannot get done any cheaper. Anyone who works in construction would know the price could have been much higher.

Here is the breakdown: The labor charges were $821.29. Thats for 4 people 17 hrs worth of work, roughly $12 per hour per person. The materials was $200. Nails, guttering, roll of metal and screws and the wood needed for the job. The work that was done was demo and replace the fascia board and gutter. Repair a roof drain, cleaned roof vent, replaced a rotted window seal and wrapped and sealed two windows and wrapped them with white metal. The job may have taken longer than thought because you do not know what is behind the work you are doing. The contractor used is a legit class C contractor.

I’m thinking that this work is no different than the County calling up Burners and saying they have a water pipe burst and it needs to be repaired now because there is water going everywhere.

The issue with the car detailing which were 3 done at $75 a piece, even though the inmates had already cleaned them, there were dog hairs in thembeacause Cardman used to drive his dogs around in the cars and Bill Bolling was coming to the county and the county was thinking they might have to drive him around. Would you done that in a car full of dog hair?

Another fear to set aside is that Johnny did not take anything for acting as the acting interim County Administrator. He could have, but he didn’t.

It is good that citizens are now taking interest in what is going on and if they see something that they do not understand, are now asking about it.

Sometimes the tendancy is to go and use someone you know and trust to do a good job.

EDA Meeting 9/16/2010

Posted: September 17, 2010 in Local Issues

First off, Dave Tong is back and he appears to be doing pretty good

The Airport. Markowitz made a presentation about a guy across the mountain that is willing to relocate his business here at the airport. He is an avaiation mechanic, and no, they did not give his name. What he wants to do is rent one of the big hangers for $1000 a month and if brings his clientele, then he will rent a second one. He already has 3 other employess who he will bing with him. The only thing that needs to be done is an office (required by the FAA for hanger mechanics) quoted around $26,000 needs to be built. What the thinking was behind this is even though he is not going to bringing any jobs to the county, the guy would bring tax revenue and if his clients follow, then the airport would have the income they need to pay off any debts if his clients rents hangers, which in turn would bring revenue to the town and county.

Phil Bell from GO21 talked abut possible railroad extension and commuter rail. Check out the website for more information.

Discussion was talked about providing an informational packet on the EDA website for those that want to locate a business in Page County and it will give the business owner knowledge on what to do.

A proposed budget was drawn up to be presented to the BoS as requested.

District 3 Board of Supervisor J.D.Cave and District 4 Board of Supervisor Darrell Short will hold a town hall meeting at the Stanley Firehall on Sept. 14 at 7pm. Even if you are not in those districts, the public is encouraged to attend.

WorkShop with Ken Meter

Posted: September 10, 2010 in Local Events

 

I know this is pretty much old news but it seems like the price is the reason largest economic investment. It is 50 jobs vs the proposed 96 jobs for here in Page County. PTS recieved $300,00 of the governor’s grant and Microsoft received $2.1 million. In all fairness, PTS should receive the $2.1 million instead of Microsoft. After all, they are using their name to get what they want. What happened to helping the little people? The article says that Microsoft will invest up to $499 million to locate in Southern Va. Does that mean that that money is going to be used to “update” the indusrtial park to accommodate the data center?

Governor McDonnell Announces Microsoft to Locate Major Data Center in Mecklenburg County

Will be Largest Investment Project in History of Southern Virginia

~Company to Invest up to $499 million and Create 50 New Jobs~

Virginia Beats out North Carolina and Texas for Company’s Most Advanced Data Center


RICHMOND- Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that Microsoft Corp. will invest up to $499 million to locate their latest generation data center (Gen4) in Mecklenburg County, in what will be the largest economic investment in Southern Virginia history. Using modular technology and advanced cooling mechanics, the center will be Microsoft’s most advanced data center. The project will create 50 new jobs and Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina and Texas to secure this sought after facility. 

             “Microsoft is a household name and securing this global project is a significant economic win for Virginia,” said Governor McDonnell. “The company’s search process was long and competitive, and a great team of players came together to show Microsoft that Mecklenburg County was the right fit for its new version of a state-of-the-art data center. This project represents the largest investment project in the history of Southern Virginia. It will further bolster the Commonwealth’s standing as a leader in the Information Technology sector, while creating new jobs for our citizens and spurring economic development throughout the region.”

 Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

  “We are incredibly grateful for the support and work of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the economic development team, and local officials in Mecklenburg County, and are excited to announce that we will be building our latest state-of-the-art data center near Boydton, Virginia,” said Kevin Timmons, General Manager of Microsoft Datacenter Services. “This new data center will enable the best possible delivery of services to our current and future customers. My team and I look forward to engaging in the deployment of our latest modular solution in Virginia.”

Governor McDonnell approved a $2.1 million grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Mecklenburg County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $4.8 million in funds. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide training assistance through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.      

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Mecklenburg County and the Town of Boydton to secure the project for Virginia. The Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative (MBC) provided invaluable assistance to make this project possible. MBC’s open-access fiber optic network was a key component in Microsoft’s decision to locate in Virginia, and will provide diverse fiber routes for connectivity to major carrier interconnection points in the Eastern United States. Dominion Virginia Power also was instrumental in securing this project.  Access to an extremely reliable electric supply and competitively priced electricity from environmentally responsible generation sources were critical site location factors for Microsoft.

 “Mecklenburg County is proud to announce the location of Microsoft in the Boydton Industrial Park,” said Glenn Barbour, Chairman, Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors. “The selection of Mecklenburg County indicates that we are progressive and have the necessary tools available to offer in this high-tech age. We believe this selection by Microsoft will give our county the recognition it deserves in attracting future companies that deal in technology. We thank all the many partners who assisted us, especially Governor McDonnell’s office. Thanks to the Tobacco Commission, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative and Dominion Virginia Power. I would also like to thank our dedicated and hard working staff for their diligent efforts in bringing Mecklenburg County forward to the 21st century.”

“I am delighted that the County, the Tobacco Commission, and Governor McDonnell’s office worked well together for the good of the region,” said Senator Frank Ruff, a member of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. “It is great that a company of the stature of Microsoft has seen what Mecklenburg County has to offer.”

“I am excited and thankful that Microsoft chose Mecklenburg County to locate it newest data center, resulting in new jobs and millions of dollars in investment,” said Delegate Tommy Wright, a member of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. “The future for economic development in Mecklenburg County and Southside Virginia is much brighter due to this successful collaborative effort.” 

 Delegate Terry Kilgore, Chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, also remarked, “The Tobacco Commission is excited about this investment in Southern Virginia.  Microsoft’s decision to locate in Mecklenberg County is a huge investment in the area and will bring much needed economic activity and development to the region.  We applaud the McDonnell Administration for their hard work in persuading Microsoft that Virginia, and more importantly Southern Virginia, really is the best place to do business.”

 “We’re very proud that our advanced fiber optic network will support the high capacity, diverse routing and low latency requirements of Microsoft’s new data center at the Boydton, Virginia GigaPark,” said Tad Deriso, President & CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative. “Our GigaParks are a perfect example of how private sector companies like Microsoft can benefit from an advanced telecom infrastructure in a region with a low cost operating environment.”

 “Along with serving our existing customers well, we believe it is important to help attract new businesses that bring good jobs and economic growth to Virginia,” said Dominion Virginia Power CEO Paul D. Koonce. “We are pleased to have a part in today’s good news. We see Microsoft’s decision as a vote of confidence in our commonwealth and our people.”

Here is what is on the agenda for the Sept. 7th worksession to be held at the BoS room at 7pm on Sept. 7th: 

  • Broadband Strategic Plan
  • Update on Chamber Business Committee
  • Workers Compensation Issue
  • Update on Rescue Services in Shenandoah
  • Invoice for Audit of Shenandoah Rescue
  • Peddling & Soliciting License Fee
  • Discussion of County IT and Email
  • Route 340 Bridge MOA
  • Landfill
  • Discussion of the Stanley Library Closing
  • Revise Sign Ordinance
  • Review of EDA By-laws and Recent EDA Action