Meeting Matters

By: Brianne Carter
By: Brianne Carter

It was standing room only at the Augusta County Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday night.

The majority of the residents were there in support of each other and to question the board about an industrial prospect study conducted by the board using $440,000 of taxpayers money.

The issue was first brought to the board weeks ago by county resident Betty Jo Hamilton, but the board had no comment.

Tonight Hamilton was back with 50 emails to present to the board from other county residents concerned about the issue and why they were being left in the dark.

"They are people who are interested in what is happening, they are not people who are angry or upset but they just want to know and I feel like they have a right to know, said Hamilton.

"I think it is time the people become involved in the examination of the pros and cons of something that could drastically change what Augusta County is," responded Board Vice-Chairman, Nancy Sorrells.

Tonight was the first time board members responded to the questions raised by the residents.

Still, details on the study were not provided.

Also, representatives from the Staunton Augusta Rescue Squad and the Waynesboro First Aid Crew were ready to speak at the meeting, but found a compromise with the board.

Both agencies received a letter from the board earlier this week asking each agency to provide more information on their budgets.

The letter stated that if they provided this information, proving the need for the funding, the board would then reconsider their earlier decision to cut the funding to the revenue recovery rescue squads.

"That is information that we would be more than happy to provide for them and that i do plan on submitting to them in the very near future," said WFAC President, Ashley Cook.

Both SARS and the Waynesboro First Aid Crew have to submit this information by April 19, the date of the public hearing on the budget.


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