By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: January 8, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.
District 2’s Hunter named chairman for second straight year
PRINCE GEORGE – With a looming docket of major county projects, including the development of a new elementary school and drafting the coming year’s budget, the Prince George Board of Supervisors wasted little time organizing its board for 2020, with recently re-elected supervisors Donald Hunter and Alan Carmichael selected to serve as the leaders of the governing board for the year.
Thursday, just two days into the new year, supervisors gathered for their annual organizational meeting where the five-member board selects their chairman and vice-chair, along with making key appointments to regional boards the board of supervisors has some form of representation.
When it came to the election of chairman, Hunter was the successful supervisor, receiving a majority of the boards support, while supervisors Floyd Brown, Jr. and T.J. Webb voted against Hunter’s appointment to the position. Brown, who had served as the board’s vice chair in 2019 was nominated for chairmanship by Webb but, with the motion to appoint Hunter passing by a 3-2 vote, a motion to consider Brown for the position never advanced to the floor.
A similar circumstance occurred in the election of the board’s vice-chairman for 2020 as outgoing vice-chair Brown nominated Webb for the position, while Supervisor Marlene Waymack selected Carmichael for consideration. When the votes were cast, it would be Carmichael elected to the position on a 3-2 vote, with both Brown and Webb voting against the motion.
Just prior to Carmichael’s eventual selection, a motion to elect Webb, who is now beginning his second term on the board, failed as Supervisors Hunter, Carmichael, and Webb all voted against naming the District 2 supervisor vice-chairman for the 2020 calendar year.
Following the brief organizational meeting, Hunter said he was humbled to be selected to serve as chairman for a second straight year. In 2017, Hunter served as vice-chair alongside then-chairman Bill Robertson, a position he was re-elected again in 2018, with Carmichael being named chair of the board that year.
“I am humbled to be selected as chair again and quite proud as well knowing that I have the support of board and, while it was not unanimous, I still know that I will have the full support of the board and that we will go into this year unified and together,” he remarked, adding there are a lot of things he and the board are looking at as 2020 gets underway.
“We have a lot of working on as we go into budget session soon and it all depends on what we hear in the budget session what we can do and where we can do,” Hunter said, adding they look to continue to work closely with the Prince George School Board as both parties and the school division seek to build a new elementary school that stands to be the replacement to Walton Elementary School, an aging school that, in 2019, had a number of air quality issues that resulted in parents and teachers pushing both boards to accelerate efforts to build a new school.
“The whole board is interested in working with the school board,” he said.
Carmichael, who served as chairman in 2018 after longtime supervisor Bill Robertson was defeated in the 2017 general election, echoed the sentiments of Hunter, saying it was a privilege to serve in the position.
“To be vice-chairman to Mr. Hunter and this board is a privilege and I am humbled and again, it wasn’t full support, but I know after we go through organizational meetings, we come together and work with the best interests of the county,” he remarked.
When asked what his priorities are for the year, Carmichael stressed tackling and completing projects from the past year.
“Finishing up the projects we have started over the past years and bring them to completion,” he said. “The big, hot item is working with the school board and they have three new members that have joined them so, I think the relationship is going to be great. I thought it was in the past but there were some mixed feelings on certain items and I think we can put those little items to bed and move forward on new things that Prince George County needs.”
During their meeting last week, supervisors also approved their meeting schedule, which will continue to see regular business meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, save June, July and August, which reduce to once-monthly meetings. In addition, their first meeting in November, which is typically shifted to the following Wednesday due to the Virginia Association of Counties annual conference will move to Thursday, November 12. The change is due to that Wednesday being Veteran’s Day, a federal holiday where county offices are closed.
Before concluding, supervisors selected their representatives on several boards, with all of those who served in 2019 opting to return in 2020. Supervisor Brown will return to the county’s Local Emergency Planning Commission board, while Supervisor Waymack will continue her service as the board’s representative on the county planning commission.
Prince George will continue to be represented by Supervisor Webb on the regional metropolitan transportation board, where he currently serves as chairman of the multi-jurisdictional board tasked with considering key transportation issues and Chairman Hunter was re-elected to serve as county representative on the economic development organization Virginia Gateway Region’s board.
The board is scheduled to meet for their first regular business meeting of 2020 on January 14 in the county board room.
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