Posts Tagged ‘board of supervisors’

Citizen Comment Requested on July 13 – Bypass and Government Process

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Chair of the Board, Ann Mallek, has added the change in policy on the Western Bypass to the agenda for the evening Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Citizen comment, two minutes per speaker, is invited.

There are two distinct issues of concern: One is the vote on changing the wording of the MPO to allow funds to be spent on construction of the roadway. The other, separate issue, is the destruction of local government processes during late night action votes without particular public comment.

We must begin rebuilding the public’s confidence in their representative local government.

Opening Remarks on January 6, 2010

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

The chair’s role is to speak last, but I would like to be the first to welcome the newly elected members to the board. I know they are both ready to work hard for their districts and for the county as a whole.

I will give my remarks after other supervisors have spoken. …

It is an honor to represent the residents of the White Hall district and to be elected chair for 2010. I view the chair’s role as that of a facilitator for open and effective government, where all speakers, from all perspectives, are equally respected and invited to participate.

We face serious challenges in the coming year, and only through concerted cooperative effort on everyone’s part, supervisors, citizens, and staff, will we achieve success. Albemarle County residents want us focused on their issues and using all of our combined skills. They want local government that is proactive rather than reactive, planning ahead for efficient delivery of services.

We all want the same outcome, a county where citizens have an opportunity for success in their chosen endeavors; a county where we protect the quality of life in all its facets and where we protect the healthy environment our residents have come to expect or have moved here to enjoy.

We want improved growth of our locally-owned businesses and job creation, with the help of the Piedmont Workforce Network, as businesses rely more on the One-Stop Center for employee hiring and training. We want local jobs for the more than ten thousand county residents who commute out of the county to work every day.

We want our agricultural and rural economies to thrive. Buyers will have easy access to local products and our rural residents will have vital businesses. In addition, farms and forests provide scenic and environmental benefits to us all.

The County is facing new state and federal regulations for stormwater runoff; we should join with our partner governments and non-profits in the Rivanna watershed to develop a local response watershed model for our daily pollution diet or total maximum daily load (TMDL). A meeting on this effort will be held at 10 am this Friday, January 8, in Rm 241, for any who are interested.

We have seen many achievements in the last year: implementation of the revalidation process for participation in the land use tax program, adoption of stormwater regulations which retain more sediment through replanting of graded sites, and adoption of more recommendations of the Development Review Task Force, to name a few.  We have seen increased efficiencies in local government operations, cross training of employees, and recognize our staff who have been flexible and willing to undertake new roles to deliver service to the citizens at reduced cost.

I call upon all residents to participate in your government, to share your ideas and your passion for particular issues. Remind your representative of your concerns. When you write to the entire board at bos@albemarle.org, please provide your district, in order for your supervisor to better respond, while sharing your concern with us all.

Winter is here and we have much to do. Thank you.

On Leadership

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Today’s article in the Daily Progress describes a behind the scenes effort to overthrow a sixteen year protocol of Albemarle County for choosing the Chair of the Board of Supervisors. I will use all my persuasive powers to retain the process, as I was persuaded by others to do two years ago, because of the stability it provides.

I will fight to make sure the interests of Albemarle County’s citizens are not subverted to the benefit of one or a few. The role of the chairman is not to dominate the agenda and actions of the board, as some would prefer, but to lead the meetings, to make sure all members of the board and members of the public are treated with respect and provided a chance to share their views. As Chair of the CHART committee for six years, I spoke last in order to draw ideas and comments from the rest of the committee and represented the committee at the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

In November 2009, I completed a two-year Supervisor Certification program offered by VA Association of Counties and also the Certification Course for Chairs and Vice Chairs in spring of 2008. I am the first elected official in Albemarle County to complete the program of study.

Government works best when the citizens have easy access to the process, to share their views and bring about compromise in order to preserve the qualities of life we appreciate and for which new people move here. Government works best when there is transparency and open discussion rather than back room dealings to achieve votes for chair or mayor which can disable the effectiveness of the Board for months to come.

This is a challenging time and we should rely on our processes to ensure deliberative debate and sound decisions.