The Augusta County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday night for a goal setting session to talk about ideas for the next two years.
Supervisors highlighted some of the problems they’re facing with fire and rescue, law enforcement and schools. Other challenges include the availability of Internet in the county and stormwater mandates.
While there's agreement on the issues, how to address and pay for them varies.
Supervisor Tracy Pyles expressed his hope.
“There will be an increase of funds this year. We've had growth. We're a prosperous and prospering county. Our employment rate is better than the state, which is better than the nation's. So we have good things going for us,” Pyles said.
Below is a list of what each supervisor wants to accomplish:
David Karaffa (Beverley Manor District):
1) Bring a big company into Mill Place.
2) Focus on the economic development website.
3) Combine county services with the service authority.
4) Put a park in Verona.
Jeff Moore (Wayne District):
1) Complete the bridge and road projects in his district.
2) Bring another major employer to Augusta County.
Marshall Pattie (North River District):
1) Upcoming EPA mandates
2) Making high speed internet available to many parts of the county that don't have access.
3) Focusing school money on instruction not construction.
Tracy Pyles (Pastures District):
1) Internet availability.
2) Avoiding a tax increase.
3) Leveling the educational opportunities throughout the county and looking into a K-7, 8-12 school format in the western half.
Michael Shull (Riverheads District):
1) Address the issues at Riverheads Elementary School.
2) Talk about creating a Riverheads Middle School.
3) Work on Fire and Rescue and retaining volunteers.
Larry Wills (Middle River District)
1) Bring a major industry to Augusta County.
2) Rezone the former "Toyota megasite" land so it's ready for another industry.