Board Work Session

Board Conference Room
600 North Main Street
Woodstock, VA 22664

Minutes of the Board of Supervisors
Regular Work Session
December 7, 2017

A regular work session of the Board of Supervisors was held at 4:00 p.m. in the Board Conference Room of the Government Center, 600 North Main Street, Woodstock, Virginia, on Thursday, December 7, 2017.   The following members of the Board of Supervisors were present: Chairman Conrad A. Helsley, Vice Chairman Richard Walker, Dick Neese, Steve Baker and Cindy Bailey.    Others present included County Administrator Mary Price, Assistant County Administrator Evan Vass, Director of Finance Harrison Nicholson and Deputy Clerk Chris Sherman.

Topics of Discussion: 

  1. Discussion regarding a request to relieve tipping fees for a county thrift store.

Reverend William Erbach,   Chairman of Shenandoah County Thrift Store said the thrift store has operated for over 15 years offering second hand furniture and household goods at low prices by accepting donations from the community of these items.    He said that the store has had good years and they have had bad years.  Reverend Erbach said that recently they have been able to offer cash money to local charities and offer vouchers to local Social Services clients and residents of the Response Agency as a result of revenue raised through sales.   He explained that the down side of receiving the donations is that many items do not sell, including mattresses, toys, broken tea cups, broken furniture, old televisions, etc.  Often these items need to be hauled to the landfill.   Rev. Erbach also said that items could be rejected, however, many citizens drop items off after hours.  He said that the commercial rate for disposal of these items especially the televisions can be costly to his organization.  He requested that the board approve a discounted rate of the charges to lessen the burden of the cost to the store and a onetime adjustment for disposal of the current inventory of outdated televisions on their property.

Supervisor Walker explained that the television fees are not meant as a profitable source of revenue for the County and suggested we could look at a policy for all thrift stores and not just single out the Shenandoah County Thrift Store.

Mr. Pat Felling, Director of Solid Waste Management explained that the charges for the television collection is to help offset and recoup the County’s cost of disposing of them.

Chairman Helsley suggested perhaps staff could contact other localities to see how they handle similar situations.

Rev. Erbach thanked the board members for their public service.

With no further comments, the meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

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Conrad A. Helsley, Chairman

ATTEST:  _______________________

Mary T. Price, Clerk of the Board