County discusses legislative agenda, new administrator

tjefferson@vagazette.com

The county board of supervisors spoke with state legislators on Tuesday afternoon to set legislative priorities.

Sen. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg; Sen. Thomas Norment, R-Williamsburg; Del. Michael Mullin, D-Newport News; and Del. Brenda Pogge, R-Norge, all represent portions of James City County and were in attendance during the work session.

Supervisor John McGlennon asked the legislators to push for more funding for public transportation. McGlennon also said the Old Towne Medical Center and the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail have shortfalls in funding that the county won’t be able to cover.

“A lot of inability to fund at the state level are hitting us,” McGlennon said.

Supervisor Kevin Onziuk asked the legislators to consider providing more funding for tourism.

The County is asking the General Assembly to increase funding for the Virginia Tourism Corporation to promote tourism in Virginia generally, and the Historic Triangle in particular.

Last month during the supervisors work session, the board decided to support the requests of three organizations at the General Assembly: Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, League of Social Services and Colonial Behavioral Health.

The Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services is seeking to secure state funding for software licenses and training for local departments of social services.

The League of Social Services is seeking a change in state code to provide for the emergency appointment of a temporary conservator in cases where there is an immediate threat to incapacitated people. The league works to combat hunger, support vulnerable children, strengthen families in need and serve the elderly, according to its website.

Colonial Behavioral Health is seeking more funding for state-mandated services. David Coe, executive director of the organization, said Colonial Behavioral Health is seeking a total of $3.5 to $4 million from the state.

County administrator search

The supervisors held a close session to discuss who will replace Bryan Hill, the current county administrator, who will resign on Jan. 1.

No action was taken.

Assistant county administrator, Jason Purse said the county has until the end of December to name a new administrator.

Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.

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