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Supervisors tap Vaughn
Ridgeway rep will lead board; Slaughter is No. 2
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Ridgeway District Supervisor H.G. Vaughn (right) was elected chairman of the Henry County Board of Supervisors, and Tommy Slaughter of the Reed Creek District was re-elected as vice chairman Thursday during an organizational meeting at the Henry County Administration Building. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)

Friday, January 3, 2014

By BEN R. WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer

Ridgeway District representative H.G. Vaughn was elected chairman of the Henry County Board of Supervisors on Thursday, and Reed Creek District Supervisor T.J. “Tommy” Slaughter was re-elected vice chairman.

Vaughn, who previously has served two terms as chairman and five as vice chairman, succeeds the outgoing chairman, Blackberry District Supervisor Jim Adams.

Adams nominated Vaughn for chairman. No other supervisors’ names were submitted, and Vaughn was elected unanimously.

Collinsville District Supervisor Joe Bryant nominated Slaughter for vice chairman, and Vaughn nominated Horsepasture District Supervisor Debra Buchanan for the position. Buchanan declined the nomination, and Slaughter was elected unanimously.

The chairman and vice chairman serve one-year terms.

Vaughn thanked the supervisors for their confidence. He spoke highly of Adams’ service as chairman, commenting that Adams treated everyone with “fairness and equity.”

“I feel optimistic about this coming year,” Vaughn said. “It looks like the economy’s taking a turnaround. From what I’ve heard from our local business people, they all seem to have had a good year last year and feel optimistic about this year. I know they’ve all been cautious because of what they’ve been through since 2007, but the confidence is building up, and through this year we’ll see some of the results come to fruition.”

Vaughn said some of his main goals for 2014 include supporting Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre, the construction of a new shell building at Patriot Centre at Beaver Creek industrial park and making sure the new marina at Philpott Lake gets on track and pays for itself.

Adams said it was an honor to serve as chairman for the last two years.

“I was told when I was a young person and went to get my driver’s license that it wasn’t a right; it was a privilege,” Adams said. “I consider being this board’s chairman a privilege, not a right.”

“This board has my utmost respect, because each and every one of you are well-prepared when you come to the meetings. … You have taken an interest in what the public has to say, and you have respect for each other, even in the moments when we may not exactly have the same opinion about a particular matter,” he added.

Adams said he decided not to seek a third term as chairman because he believes it is healthy for the board to regularly experience different leadership and management styles.

Also, he said, “It gives the person serving as chairman a different perspective” and gives the outgoing chairman a different perspective on the workings of the board.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, the supervisors:

• Voted to hold an annual planning session, probably in February. No date has been set, although Adams requested that Feb. 10 and Feb. 14 be ruled out, as the former date is his 40th wedding anniversary and the latter is Valentine’s Day.

County Administrator Tim Hall said the planning session will feature short tours of a couple of local businesses that have requested that the board visit them and see what they do.

Hall also reminded the board that at 5 p.m. Jan. 13 , the supervisors will have a joint meeting with the Henry County School Board in the third-floor meeting room at the Henry County Administration Building. Hall said that Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton has a presentation he wants to make to both boards.

Cotton said later Thursday that the joint meeting will be held to present the findings of a facility/enrollment study that the school division had authorized. An architect from Mosely Architects will present the findings of the study and recommendations for future capital improvement projects, Cotton added.

Also, at 5 p.m. Jan. 22, Hall said, Sen. Mark Warner will visit Henry County to speak about a public safety grant the county recently received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish a paid, 13-member EMS squad.

The location for the event has not yet been set, Hall said.

• Set regular meeting dates for 2014. The board will once again meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month, with the exception of December. That month, the board will meet Dec. 16 to avoid any conflicts with the holidays.

• Approved the 2014 board bylaws, which are identical to the 2013 board bylaws. No changes were proposed.

 

 
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