The New Castle Record

BOS members say goodbye

Fred Craft and Keith Dunbar attended their final board of supervisors meeting on Dec. 3. Board members are, from left: Jesse Spence, Keith Dunbar, Carl Bailey, Martha Murphy and Fred Craft.
Fred Craft and Keith Dunbar attended their final board of supervisors meeting on Dec. 3. Board members are, from left: Jesse Spence, Keith Dunbar, Carl Bailey, Martha Murphy and Fred Craft.
The Dec. 3 Craig County Board of Supervisors meeting was a time for goodbyes, as it was Fred Craft’s and Keith Dunbar’s final meeting on the board.

Craft has served for two terms on the board as the Craig City chairman. Rusty Zimmerman will take over the spot in January, and Casey McKenzie will take Dunbar’s spot as the Craig Creek member.

Both Craft and Dunbar thanked the board, and will be honored with a certificate at the January meeting.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with each one of you for the last four years,” Dunbar said. “I know you are going to continue to do good things.”

Craft shared Dunbar’s sentiment, adding “It’s been an honor for me to serve the people of Craig County. Have I made a difference? We’ll let history tell the story.”

Sheriff Clifford Davidson was honored with a certificate at the meeting. Deputy sheriff Dan McPherson was also honored, but was not present to accept his certificate. Trevor Craddock will take over as the sheriff of Craig County in January.

Board of supervisors chairman Fred Craft (right) presents sheriff Clifford Davidson with a certificate of recognition. Photo by Kelsey Bartlett.
Board of supervisors chairman Fred Craft (right) presents sheriff Clifford Davidson with a certificate of recognition. Photo by Kelsey Bartlett.

Chip Gray has taken over as interim superintendent for Craig County Public Schools after Kelly Wilmore announced his resignation last month. He took a moment to address the board, and shared his vision for the school system.

“My title may be interim, but I’m not here to have something to do,” Gray said. “I’m here to do something. I believe that the community can solve these issues and problems through all of us working together, not just as leaders, not just as followers, but as partners in the community.”

Gray also took a moment to thank the sheriff for his efforts to keep the community safe.

“Sheriff Davidson has been a real friend to the schools and to education,” Gray said. “I was here three years ago in this same capacity, and could not have asked for more cooperation and help from law enforcement.”

In other news:

• Raymond Lowe of the Virginia Department of Transportation was at the meeting, and announced that the 311 Safety Project is complete, and snow equipment is ready for the winter.

• A resolution was adopted to petition the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to provide a Problematic Environmental Impact Statement for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. According to Susan Crenshaw of Preserve Craig, Giles County has a nearly identical resolution, and the route can still be completely changed, but it is up to FERC.

• Also at the meeting, it was decided to delay the motion calling for interior courthouse improvements until further bids are made. The current estimate is $5,820, and will take approximately five to six years to pay back.

• The board approved a resolution for a refund for the voting machines that were purchased for the November election. The machines the board originally purchased were certified by the state, but then decertified, causing the board to buy new machines on a short order. To save money, the county went from 11 precincts to seven, but they still had to have two back-up machines. The total cost for the machines was $90,000.

At the end of the meeting, Clay Goodman, county administrator, took a moment to thank the board.

“I want to thank the two board members that are leaving and the three who will still be here,” Goodman said. “You are the five who brought me on board. We look forward to working with the new board as they come on board and continue to meet the needs of the citizens of Craig County.”

The next Craig County Board of Supervisors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 7.

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