A packed council chamber on May 12 heard discussion on a proposed revision of sign regulations for the town which was sent to the planning commission with the understanding it would work with Hillsville Presbyterian Church representatives.
During the public hearing on the revisions, Reverend Kevin Campbell told the council he appreciated their hard work and effort at updating the former regulations. He suggested clarification on portions of the proposed policy concerning flashing signs and glare restrictions. Campbell said the church was being cautious before it would spend an estimated $25,000 on a new electronic, illuminated sign for the church.
“This (the glare regulations) ranked as a huge red flag to me,” Campbell said. “It’s a very subjective standard. We are not sure with these prohibitions we could put this sign up. There is much I really like about this new ordinance. I think this is a bold move in the right direction.”
He asked the council to consider further clarity in the language of the ordinance and its rules allowing message board style signs but not animated signs.
Councilman Ed Turner suggested more emphasis in the next document be placed on calling attention to definitions for terms being in the back pages of the ordinance. Council agreed to send it back to the planning commission for more work with the cooperation of church officials and report back at the next meeting.
Acting Town Manager Travis Jackson told the group he appreciated the citizens and council for all they had done for him and praised the caliber of town employees. He told the group the May 12 meeting was his last as acting town manager. Jackson next explained about half of Hillsville’s streets fall under Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) authority for paving. Council members thanked Jackson for his service.
He said roads on its schedule for maintenance included Carroll Street, Court Street, Berry Drive, Center Street, Sprague Street and West Grayson from Main Street to Old Galax Pike. Council restated a motion from the April 20 meeting regarding New Town Manager Retta Jackson’s salary, which set it as the Group 1, entry level rate according to the employee pay scale, which translates into $27.80 per hour.
Officer Wesley Yonce received the employee service award for 15 years of service to the town. Tom Richardson and Dennis Ward were appointed again to the board of building code appeals. Richardson’s and Ward’s terms both expire on March 1, 2018.
Members of the Carroll County U.S. Army Junior Officers Reserve Training Corps Raider team were recognized for placing second overall in the Fourth Brigade “Best of the Best” Raider competition. The event featured 22 schools and Carroll was the top team from the state of Virginia.
Carroll’s team placed no lower than sixth in the Modified Army Physical Fitness test, logistics relay, litter carry, one rope bridge and the five kilometer march. Carroll placed second in the team 5K, tied for second in the logistics relay, third in the PT test and sixth in the litter carry and rope bridge. Hunter Blessing was the overall top male in the modified Army physical fitness test.
Members of the team included Tyler Krejci, Hunter Blessing, Brent Yelton, Kenzie Marshall, Chris Burnette, Sydney Haynes, Zach Cochran, Luis Avelar, Samuel Haynes and Bradley Vickers. The team is coached by Lieutenant Colonel Mark Carper and Sargeant First Class Gary Isom.
In other action, council voted to cancel its May 26 meeting.
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