Category Archives: Abingdon VA

Who are Heritage Area VICTIMS?

Bart Dye’s bad fortune, along
with that of several other farmers
in his area of Shoals in southwestern Indiana, began in 1977, when,
as president of the Martin County
Farm Bureau, he organized the
farmers to oppose the expansion of
nearby Hoosier National Forest,
which was gobbling up farmland…………….
“Over 700 homes and businesses are currently within the
boundaries of the national lakeshore, despite the promise by the
federal government in 1965 that
there would be no condemnation of
homes and businesses,” said William Theis, a leader of STOP,
which he said has 310 members and
has collected 16,000 signatures on
a petition against dunes park expansion. “Literally hundreds of people
were forced to sell their homes
against their will and feel they were
not adequately compensated.”

The Yukon Cleansing

The Park Service essentially told everyone they
could go on living their accustomed
“subsistence lifestyle,” as it was a
“cultural value” worthy of protection.
But the deep changes NPS brought
pulled the future out from under the
people, for their rights didn’t extend
to the next generation and their present lives now operated under an incomprehensible permit system

 

Congress created the Yuma Crossing NHA, and hardly any of the locals knew about it until Lee Ott saw the surveyors on his property………

 

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground from Charlottesville to Gettysburg… is a sweet deal that could leave the Partnership “with a near monopoly on real estate development opportunities within the [JTHG] area………..

In the National Coal Heritage Area the people of
Hinton wanted funds to repair a local road. They lobbied their
legislators for several years, and finally the federal funding came
through. At that point, the National Park Service stepped in.
Because the local road was in a Heritage Area, Park Service
officials announced, the money would be used to create a Scenic
Parkway. The Scenic Parkwaycalled for condemning dozens of
properties, forcing people out of their homes.…..

The Wheeling National
Heritage Act Corporation…take properties away
from their present owners and
give them to other private retail
businesses of the City’s choosing….

 

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What did a historic survey find?

Private landowners ostensibly selling their properties to the National Park Service are in fact not bona fide sellers but are giving up title to
escape the legal expenses of a
foredoomed condemnation.

A problem arises when Park
Service officials are using
their jargon term SELLER
outside their circle, understood by the public in the
generally accepted meaning of
a free agent conducting business. A clever Park promoter
even coined the slogan WILLING SELLER/WILLING
BUYER, falsely implying that
the two parties are on an
equal footing. This slogan has
developed into a mantra recited at hearings and discussions on Park expansion for
the deception of legislators
and the general public.
 It is reasonable to assume that
Park Service extortion was
exercised in most of the
1,130 title transactions.

 

 

ARC + SWVA=Agenda 21

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The Crooked Road, ‘Round the Mountain and the other colorful-sounding spin-offs of our

new-fangled “asset based economy”—the Appalachian Regional Commission dubs it their ”creative cluster”— take their foundation in Sustainable Development/UN Agenda 21. How do we know this? From their own account.

RESPONSE TO ANTHONY FLACCAVENTO’S CHALLENGE : The Washington County Tea Party  doesn’t need to make this stuff up, when the facts so clearly speak for themselves! We accept your challenge by reporting the truth.

 

What Sustainable Development Is and Is Not

 

A Challenge to the Washington County Tea Party

Prepared by Anthony Flaccavento, January 23, 2011

Materials gathered by the Washington County Tea Party portray “sustainable development” as a sinister effort to undermine American values and install socialist policies that eliminate private property. Based on nearly 20 years of work, research and writing in this field, I am putting forth this challenge to their attack on sustainable development. It is divided into four sections, corresponding to four core elements of their “argument”.

Sustainable development is being driven by the United Nation’s Agenda 21

· Contrary to the WCTP’s contentions, “Agenda 21″ and the UN have absolutely nothing to do with the vast majority of sustainable development (SD) projects and initiatives in Washington county, neighboring states or the nation as a whole. Out of a dozen sustainable development initiatives in the Appalachian region and more than 30 nationwide with which I am personally familiar, not a single one was launched or driven by Agenda 21, or is managed or directed by it. In fact, all of these initiatives were started at the grassroots, by a broad base of community people including local businesses, farmers, civic leaders, elected officials, etc. In 20 years of work and consultation with SD groups around the nation, I have never once heard “Agenda 21″ even mentioned.

 

We suggest that you start here, Mr. Flaccavento, and get it right from the horse’s mouth—as some of us quaint folks say around here in Appalachia!

 

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Prepared for: Appalachian
Regional Commission
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Building on the concept of sustainability,
a new corporate philosophy and ac-
counting form has emerged that takes
into consideration not only the tradi-
tional economic “bottom line,” but also
considers less quantifiable indicators
that measure social and environmental
impact…………………………….
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The concept of the triple bottom line
originated from the notion of sustainabil-
ity and sustainable development. Ecol-
ogically sustainable development (ESD)
thinking was first espoused in the
Brundtland Report (World Commission
on Environment and Development,
1987) and reiterated during Agenda 21
and the Rio Declaration on Environment
and Development (1992)……………….
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Social and Environmental Justice:
Advocates of social and environmental
justice stress the need to promote op-
portunity and equity within our society,
between societies, between genera-
tions, and between species………………….
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This broader perspective, sometimes
called sustainable development or the
Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is relevant to
the types of economic development
projects typically funded by ARC within
the tourism program……………………
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[The Ford Foundation] felt that the ARC
work would provide a platform for build-
ing a better understanding of the oppor-
tunities and challenges for adopting a
TBL perspective in rural areas including
Appalachia…………………………….
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…new government policies and new
government roles will be needed to
change existing organizations into more
flexible and fluid entities that will support
sustainability…Developing this compre-
hensive approach will be a
central governance challenge……..
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A recent study was completed of the Crooked Road portfolio of projects. Since ARC has
provided funding for virtually all of the Crooked Road projects (mostly in tandem with
other Federal, state, or local funds) it provides a test of the value of using a more strategic
project funding that could be encouraged in other ARC states.
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…..first-rate TBL uses relevant, common indicators to make it easier to
compare performance or “value added” across organizations and requires honest, open and
transparent disclosure. Ideally, it has been suggested that TBL should lead to improvements incorporate performance. TBL reports should include key goals for improving organizational
performance into the future – preferably quantitative and time-bound goals. The Global
Reporting Initiative, a program developed under the auspices of nearly 20 agencies including the
World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the United National Environment
Program and the World Resources Institute, standardizes TBL measures and areas to be reported
and currently has more than 1,300 participating organizations.
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Here is another analysis of Sustainable Development and The Global Reporting Initiative………

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I spent several hours navigating through the myriad of resources, data, and links. I am sure, most Americans do not have the interest or the time to research what is happening to their country.

GRI is encouraging organizations to report (read snitch) on Sustainable Development compliance in their countries.

The list of past supporters includes….The Ford Foundation.

“The Global Reporting Initiative and the United Nations Conference
on Trade and Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding
in 2008 to set internationally recognized sustainability reporting
standards. It was done to foster sustainable development in developing
countries and transition economies.”
The real ultimate goal is to spread the wealth and arrest development
in countries like U.S.

Should United Nations dictate to the rest of the world what economic justice is? I do not wish to receive lectures on respect for diversity from UN totalitarian governments that disrespect women, other religions, and repress minorities through genocide.
We had informants under the communist system—it allowed the
totalitarian government to better control the masses. We have whistleblowers
in capitalism; we do not need UN’s rules to control us
through organized snitching……I fail to see how a private corporation
is obligated to report anything to the United Nations.
Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh

 

WashCo Supes: PDR Property Assault

UN Agenda 21. Also known as

Sustainable Development…..

Such a sweet melody it plucks on your heartstrings.

This time, it goes to a tune that sounds like this….

We MUST help those poor farmers! They’re all getting OLD! And with all this development going on all over the place—just LOOK at Northern Virginia!!!—if  the government doesn’t step in and tell us what we should do with our farmland, why, by 2050 when we have to grow twice as much food to feed ourselves, we’ll all starve!

Wait-I know!!!

Let’s put some government agency on the deed and then they’ll fix it! They’ll know just what to do!!!

Yep. They’ll fix it allright.

If it hadn’t been for freshman board member, Bill Gibson, a couple of months ago the Washington County Board of Supervisors would have given the thumbs up to spending another $46,000 of our taxpayer dollars on the ultimate bailout for the poor, beleaguered farmer, without having raised the first question. What is the utlimate bailout? It’s the one that puts the government or one of their subsidized agencies—in this case, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation—-on the deed. When the term of the deed is PERPETUITY, is it really that hard to figure out who ends up with the property? If you’ve never heard of the Wildlands Project or the UN Biodiversity Treaty—the plan to make 50% of the US off limits to humans—you better click on the links below and grab your reading glasses.

http://swvateapartyab.org/?p=1419

http://www.wildlandsprojectrevealed.org/

http://www.freedomadvocates.org/video/watch/49_henry_lamb_on_wildlands_project/

 

But those poor farmers—they’re all nipping up on retirement age and if Big

Brother doesn’t DO something, the Evil Developers will swoop in, and there goes

my view shed!

Here’s a question: Where’s the bailout for the beat-down small business owner? Besides food stamps?

Here’s another one: How many bureaucracies does it take to screw your property rights?

Answer:

  • The monolithic USDA, [USDA’s budget 2010 staffing level=104,751 total staff years]

  • along with their state counterpart,

  • a special department within the state counterpart,

  • plus two county agencies

  • and one state-subsidized land trust outfit, all here to save the day!

The USDA and the VA Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, (VDACS} through their Richmond Office of Farmland Preservation by way of the Washington County Ag Extension Agency (Virginia Cooperative Extension of  VA Tech and VSU) and Holston River Soil and Water Conservation District. Plus the VA Outdoors Federation, to close the deal.

Submitting the program summary below, on  February 14th, Conservation Easement Specialist Meg Short with the HRSWCD appealed to the County for matching funds to promote a Purchase of Development Rights Program that will provide some dough (and maybe some tax breaks) for the cash-strapped farmer. The only catch—a split title that puts the land trust on the deed–VA Outdoors Foundation–in this case, who will  then create a management plan for  the VOF to oversee. Forever. They cut you a check for the difference in the free market value of your land and the assessed value of your land under easement. Meaning that you have sold away your rights (and those of your heirs or any future owner) to ever do anything on the land other than what this snapshot in time portrays. That means no subdividing, or development outside of the current use of the land. Supervisor Bill Gibson, seconded by Wayne Stevens thought they should at least know what they were voting on.

The vote was tabled. Temporarily.

Whether YOU knew it or not,

on your “list of greatest concerns for Washington County in 2008″ was “preservation of farmland, forestland, and open space….expressed in the County Comprehensive Plan.  In 2008, local public and private organizations banded together to promote the formation of a Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program, in order to protect farmland and open space in Washington County.”

General Information and Program Summary (page 175)
Updated: January 2012 – Holston River Soil and Water Conservation District

History
Agricultural and recreational enterprises bring over 60 million dollars per year to Washington
County. Preservation of farmland, forestland, and open space was one of the top citizen
concerns expressed in the County Comprehensive Plan. In 2008, local public and private
organizations banded together to promote the formation of a Purchase of Development Rights
(PDR) Program, in order protection farmland and open space in Washington County. A PDR
program compensates property owners who voluntarily agree to sell the right to develop their
land. The development rights are held in perpetuity in the form of a conservation easement. The
Washington County PDR Program was established in July 2010.

Organization
The Washington County PDR program is governed by a 5 member, county appointed committee.
The program is administered by the Holston River Soil and Water Conservation District. All
parcels considered for the PDR program will be ranked according to established criteria to
prioritize and maximize parcel conservation potential.

Funding
The Washington County Purchase of Development Rights Program will be funded by a variety
of sources and partners – including local, state, federal, and private organizations. To date,
$30,000.00 has been dedicated from the Washington County FY 2011/2012 budget, and an
additional $16,000.00 has been raised by local entities for the PDR program. State funding,
totaling $46,000.00 from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
(VDACS), has been awarded to match local funding. Additional funding is still being acquired.
Local match is necessary in order to apply for grants from organizations such as VDACS and the
Natural Resource Conservation Service.

 

A few days later, along with Gibson five concerned citizens meet with Holston Valley Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation Specialists Meg Short and Wayne Turley and County Ag Extension Agent Phil Blevins (also on the WashCo PDR Committee) along VOF Conservation Easement Specialist, Neil Kilgore.

Used to the sweet smell of Agenda 21, we ask some tough questions and got the following answers:

▪ The PDR Program is voluntary ▪ It has no political agenda ▪ It will financially compensate landowners who put easements on their property.

Kilgore’s glowing endorsement was pretty much as he describes in this interview with the Bristol Herald Courier:

 

It is the epitome of a person’s property rights to exercise their rights on their own property,” Kilgore said. “Somebody has the right to develop a property to its fullest, and they have the right to protect it, because both of them essentially are permanent.”

http://www2.tricities.com/news/2011/mar/28/southwest-virginia-states-hotspot-conservation-eas-ar-930505/

How Mr. Kilgore equates the ability to “develop a property to its fullest” while entering an agreement to nullify those development rights permanently is puzzling, to say the least.

County Ag Agent Blevins repeatedly bristled at being remotely associated with anything as insidious as Agenda 21, with Ms. Short and Mr. Turley concurring.

At the end of almost 2 hours, our group still wasn’t convinced, despite hearing the repeated argument about the poor, hapless farmers and the onus of feeding the country’s doubled demand for food production by 2050, endangered from the the threat that development poses to farmland. (Hmmm…anybody checked the economy lately? WHAT development?)

Mr. Blevins was asked why— given the claim of impending famine— California’s Central Valley, the area formerly known as “America’s Breadbasket” has been denied water by the state and federal government for the last four years? Five hundred thousand acres taken out of production along with 40,000 jobs, gone. Mr. Blevins response was that it was because of the ‘competing demands for water from all the housing development’.

The San Joaquin Valley was this writer’s own backyard for almost 25 years. Think the economy is bad here? Check the home building industry on the West Coast. The government has turned the water off  because of a purportedly threatened silvery minnow and the Delta smelt population. The irrigation that has for decades supplied the most prolific farmlands in the country is accused of threatening the food supply of the salmon fishery and Orca whale population, along with posing a threat to “climate change”. Don’t take my word for it. Please invest five minutes and visit California Congressman Devin Nunes youtube channel, to address all this and more http://www.youtube.com/user/RepDevinNunes/featured

Note to farmers:

Get used to it!….The endangered list gets bigger all the time, especially when you count flowering plants, conifers and cyads, ferns and allies (apparently, ferns have allies…good to know!)…. and let’s not forget lichens.

We’re the government and we’re here to help.”

At the February 21st BoS meeting, County Ag Agent Blevins inexplicably withdraws the proposal. By March 13th, they’re back on the agenda, this time with the Head Suit in tow, Kevin Schmidt, Coordinator for the VDAC’s Office of Farmland Protection. Mr. Schmidt comes down all the way from Richmond to tell the Board what they want to hear. Namely, each county is free to customize their PDR program to whatever style suits them best. Of course there is the little matter of the Intergovernmental Agreement between VDACS and Washington County, about 8 pages worth.

On the agenda prior to Mr. Schmidt, tea party and property rights activist Catherine Turner

presented the following information….

Presented to the Washington County Board of Supervisors [part of a powerpoint presentation] March 13th Agenda,

excerpted from:

Landowner Considerations in Selling Development Rights or Donating Conservation Easements

Jesse J. Richardson, Jr. and L. Leon Geyer Volume 19 Number 1 January/February 2007 Virginia’s Rural Economic Analysis Program I REAP, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics 0401, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

perpetual term perpetual easements bindall future owners of the property

considerable uncertainty exists as to the future of the estate tax and, thus,

estate tax benefits from a conservation easement donation.
tax benefits accrue only to the donor and are temporary

can severely reduce the value of the property
subdivision restriction

no guarantee agriculture or forestry will continue
if economic conditions change the future owner may decide not to continue to keep

the land in agriculture or forestry


“We hear accounts of landowners donating or selling development rights

because theyneed the money. Financial need is the worst reason for donating or

selling an easement.


A financial plan should be developed with the assistance of a financial planner to

ensurethat future generations benefit from the donation or sale.

 

If, on the otherhand, the landowner uses the financial benefits for some

short-term financial objective like operating expenses, he may again find him/

herself needing money.

 

However, this time the entire farm will likely have to be sold.”

 

 

Also presented to the Board for their consideration was information on the primary designer of the PDR program, the American Farmland Trust.

AFT is partnered with the USDA / NRCS, the United States Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

In 2001, the VA State Legislature appointed America Farmland Trust to the Task Force that would develop the Model Purchase of Development Rights program for VA. So who are these guys? A powerful environmentalist lobby, heavily involved in promoting Sustainable Development. They were big proponents of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, better known as Cap & Trade, the issue that Coal Country spoke loud and clear on by ousting 28-year incumbent congressman, Rick Boucher, for supporting.

The upshot of all of this? You only thought Cap and Trade didn’t pass. It’s the USDA’s brand new industry. And one that American Farmland Trust is actively engaged in, by way of transforming American farm policy for the 21st century.

How do you suppose they’ll do that? By coming up with some newfangled agricultural products, the kind that aren’t “ruled illegal by the World Trade Organization“. And what would that be?

…a new revenue source for farmers in that they produce environmental products. They produce open space and wildlife habitat, maybe carbon sequestration. There are a number of things that farmers could be producing and those could be, in effect, new revenue streams or new crops for farmers and ranchers across the country, a way to reward them, those that produce high-value environmental services. John Grossi,  former President of American Farmland Trust (2007)

Jon Scholl, American Farmland Trust’s new president in 2008, was former Counselor to the Administrator for

Agricultural Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA).

Supervisor Gibson made a motion to table the vote, for further review. He could not get a second.

Owens and Gibson voted nay.  Joe Straten, Dulcie Mumpower, Phil McCall, Randy Pennington and Wayne Stevens voted in favor of funding the PDR program.

Conservation: The REAL numbers

Life, Liberty and

Property….whose

property is it?

Since we, the descendants of those men and women who fought and died for that ideal are now considered too dumb and helpless to keep our land without a bailout plan, here’s what Big Brother is prepared to do for you….the Commonwealth is going to spend $46, 581,081 a year to turn land conservation into an industry all of its own. (See LandScope VA, below) They’re going to subsidize the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and create an army of acolytes to minister to  landowners, anointing them with eternal salvation by saving Mother Earth and getting to pocket some cash at the same time. Governors past and present are getting on this train to glory, too, pledging 400,000 more acres each term. The VOF becomes such a wild success, they can’t keep up with the demand.

Demand has been so high that the foundation now operates eight offices with 40 staff, including a dozen who are part-time or temporary hires.

▪VOF now protects about 650,000 acres across 106 localities — an area half the size of Delaware. Of the nearly 800,000 acres of open space protected in Virginia since 2000 by all federal, state, local, and private entities, approximately two-thirds have been protected by VOF easements.

Conservation is going so well, in fact, that about 18% of land in Virginia is being conserved. How much land is developed?

According to VA’s Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Landscope (see below)…..12%. One third LESS.

So, how much land is devoted to agriculture in the US?

Considering all agricultural purposes, including cropland, grassland pasture and range, and
grazed forests, agricultural lands cover nearly 1.2 billion acres, that is, over half (52 percent) of
total U.S. land area….Conservation Reserve and Wetland Reserve Program

Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA), the CRP has a current enrollment of 34.7 million acres on 430,000 farms. In 2009, the
USDA is prepared to distribute $1.8 billion in CRP payments (FSA 2008). CRP is one of many
USDA programs funded directly through the Commodity Credit Corporation as approved by the
2008 Farm Bill.

Since it was introduced in 1985, CRP was reinitiated and expanded by the 1990, 1996,
2002, and 2008 Farm Bills. Beginning with an enrollment of 2 million acres, CRP acreage
ballooned in 2007 to an all-time high of just under 37 million acres.3 With a 2007 budget of
almost $2 billion, CRP is the largest federally funded conservation program (FSA 2007). With
the approval of the 2008 Farm Bill, the CRP is reauthorized through FY2012.

 

Virginia Outdoors Foundation | Annual Report FY 2011

The period between 2000 and 2010 was a golden
decade of conservation in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Driven by the most generous tax incentives in the
nation—the Land Preservation Tax Credits—Virginians
preserved nearly 900,000 acres of open space. More than
half of those acres were the result of landowners granting
conservation easements to the Virginia Outdoors
Foundation. During this time, VOF preserved open space
at a rate of about 5 acres every hour. Today, we protect
more acres of land in Virginia than any other state, local,
or private entity, and we hold more easements than any
land trust in the nation.

”"

http://www.landscope.org/virginia/overview/

State population (2010) 8,001,024
Projected population change: 2000-2030 38.8%
State lands (acres) 25,342,700
Public land conserved through ownership and easement 13.52%
Land conserved through private land trust ownership/easement 4.5%
Amount of land currently developed 12%
Species diversity, rank by state 18
Native species at risk of extinction 7.2%
Public dollars invested in conservation – 1998-2005
Average yearly expenditure $45,568,081
Average yearly expenditure per person $47
Expenditure per acre conserved $1,228.21 

 

 

NO to Alpha, WashCo Supes!

 

http://www.patriotswashcova.org/

 

 

There’s a whole new game in town:

The Patriots of Washington County VA

can take credit for a brainstorm that can be repeated in other districts, and throughout the country…it’s Downsize DC meets Grassfire, custom-crafted for Washington County.

The  kick-off event was held at the December 8th meeting of the Southwest VA Tea Party Abingdon/Bristol/Washington County. For months, this local group of entrepreneurs headed up by Hammond Hunt and Abram McConnell has been devising  a strategy to amplify both community outreach on important issues along with acknowledgement by local governmentnot exactly a primrose path.

Cybertechnology has provided a solution. WWW.patriotsofwashcova.org will feature local, state and national issues as action items that citizens can take part in through a vetted petition process; creating a member account allows GIS-validated Washington County VA residential addresses along with verified email accounts to join the group.

The first hot-ticket item allows members to voice their objection to the County’s controversial purchase of the Alpha Natural Resources Building (see below). Members can volunteer to manage gathering a hard-copy list of signatures that will ultimately be compiled and submitted to our local government. The goal? Proving that the will of the people must not be ignored.

Why Should I Sign the Petition?

http://www.patriotswashcova.org/

✯ Expenses will increase from $1.00 per year rent on the current office building to a cost of $550,000 per year.

✯ The county incurred added debt of $16 million (about $8 million purchase price plus another $8 million in interest).

✯ The county increased long-term financial obligations by approximately 30%, including interest, in one single   transaction.

✯ The Alpha building assessment nearly doubled unexplainably just months before the county purchase, from approximately $4.4 million to $7.9 million.

✯ Additionally, the county has now committed nearly $1 million more for building renovations, scheduled for completion mid-summer 2012.

✯ The purchase was discussed and decided upon by the Board in closed-door sessions, only giving citizens the minimum comment period required by law.

This reckless spending by our Board of Supervisors can only lead to higher taxes for citizens of Washington County; and their complete lack of transparency erodes our trust in them to honor their oath of office.
Please support our efforts to remove this burden from us and future generations by signing our petition to dispose of the new county government building.

Let your voice be heard!

Abingdon Alpha Debacle

Here are some facts to consider related to the purchase of the Alpha Building:

On Tuesday, February 23, 2010, Washington County Supervisors voted 6-1 to approve documents related to the $7,750,000 million purchase of Alpha Natural Resources Corporate Headquarters Building in Abingdon for future use as the new County Administrative Building.

In 2009, the Alpha building appraised at $4.3 million. 

Supervisor Nicole Price cast the sole vote against the project on the seven-member board. As reported February 24 on TriCities.com, the decision to buy the building was kept behind closed doors until a January 19 joint meeting with the Industrial Development Authority.

“A lot of people talk to her [Nicole Price] and say, ‘Where did this come from? We didn’t know about this.”

Dulcie Mumpower, chairwoman of the Washington County Board of Supervisors, said she’s open to suggestions for how to make government more transparent.

“I think we have been as transparent as we can,” she said.

Mumpower, asked why the board confined some building discussions to closed-door meetings until a week before the vote, referred questions to County Administrator Mark Reeter and County Attorney Lucy Phillips, neither of whom returned a call seeking comment Thursday. http://www2.tricities.com/news/2010/feb/05/va_organizing_project_voices_concerns_on_washingt-ar-237798/

Debt Service Allocations prepared by Davenport and Company LLC and presented to a joint meeting of the Washington County Supervisors and the IDA projected the county’s total cost for the Alpha building at $8,600,000 for 30 years at an interest rate of 4.76%.

Newly revised figures have the amount to be financed at $8,480,000.00 with the accompanying interest at $8,355,065.22 for a total of $16,835,065, an amount that varies from $552,000 to $555,000 per year, at an average of $45,000 monthly for 30 years.

Not included in these figures are costs associated with remodeling the facility and relocating county offices.

Prior to the expected approval of the purchase at the joint meeting, two IDA board members, Jack Hagy and Gene Baker resigned.

The purchase price of the 46,000 square-foot Alpha Building is approximately $ 166.00 sf.

Mumpower said that while the timing of the building purchase was not ideal, it’s still a good business decision – and the board would not have voted for the project if it meant an immediate tax increase.

Based on county financial projections, 2013 is when a tax increase of 1.5 cents per $100 valuation could be needed to pay for the building and other capital projects.

County officials are hopeful that the economy will improve by then and no increase will be necessary, she said.

“We struggled so long with trying to come up with a solution to the problems that we have,” Mumpower said of the county’s need for more office space that also is accessible to taxpayers. “That will not happen to us probably ever again, to be able to purchase a building at that price.” http://www2.tricities.com/news/2010/feb/05/va_organizing_project_voices_concerns_on_washingt-ar-237798/

Then, there is this:

Board votes to spend nearly $1 million on renovations

ABINGDON, Va. — The Washington County Board of Supervisors has approved a bid for just under $1 million for county office space renovations.

In a 6-1 vote with Supervisor Nicole Price opposed, the board voted to spend $976,400 to renovate the former Alpha Natural Resources building in Abingdon, which is now the Washington County Government Center.

Alpha, a local company that has used the building since 2005, just opened its new headquarters in Bristol, Va. Since the county bought the building last year, Alpha has been paying rent; the amount the county has received in rent will more than cover the planned renovations.

Abingdon: Bye Bye ICLEI!

First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then

they fight you. Then you win.

 

In a letter dated October 28, Abingdon Town Manager Greg Kelly informed 10th Amendment Foundation leader Rich MacBeth that the Town would not be renewing their contract with the International Council for Local Environmental Issues, ICLEI.

ICLEI changed their name to  “Local Governments for Sustainability—perhaps that whole “international” thing was just becoming a bit troublesome? Apparently so…..Abingdon has now joined a growing list that didn’t renew their contract.

 

Since WE didn’t elect them, maybe they oughta start realizing they are NOT our government.

Abingdon now joins this list:

Carroll County, Maryland

Amador County, California,

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Edmond, Oklahoma

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Spartanburg, South Carolina

Cleveland, Tennessee

Charlottesville, VA