Monday, February 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
Clay Goodman, Roanoke County Administrator
The new County Administrator, B. Clayton (Clay) Goodman, III, learned conservative revenue forecasting from his first manager who told him “you can spend a surplus but you can’t spend a deficit.” Goodman plans to be very conservative in his revenue estimates. Goodman committed to having an “open door policy” while speaking to a group of about 20 people at the home of Angie and Barry Beckner Monday evening. This makes the 5th community meeting that Cave Spring District Board member, Charlotte Moore has held at the Beckner’s.
Goodman had to finish out a 90-day notice with Montgomery County before he could take the reins in Roanoke County. He promised to strive to “do the right thing … even when it is hard.”
Goodman wants to lead with a regional approach saying, “we cannot afford to do things on our own anymore … its just too costly.” Reinvention of the way Roanoke County approaches its operations will be his focus. He believes that good environmental policy leads to greater government efficiency.
Daily briefings and meeting with the employees is filling his first days. Goodman says he supports those that provide service “at the street level.” He smiled saying he scared one employee out of his wits when he came in at 2:00 AM to watch him work. Goodman wants to learn each service worker’s function to ensure they have the proper equipment to do their jobs.
A proposed budget is to be presented to the Board at their April 14th meeting. Goodman said that they are making significant cuts and taking one-time funds from other projects to help make it through this year. His real concern is in the year 2011. Vacant positions must go through a review committee prior to being filled. By leaving vacancies they will be able to effectively identify those jobs that can be permanently left unfilled. Currently there are 14 to 15 unfilled positions and he will continue to look for others. There will be no layoffs. Some positions will be back-filled with existing employees. Other position vacancies will occur through attrition.
The County school board voluntarily returned $1 million to help make it through this year. The plan is to hold money in reserve and not put the board in a position to have to make drastic cuts in the year 2011.
Councilman Court Rosen attended and added his praise for Goodman since he had worked with him on issues regarding the property Rosen holds with partners in Christiansburg. He told the Roanoke County residents that they “could not have done better” in having Goodman as their administrator saying “you are his customer.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Community, Roanoke County Politics