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In case you hadn't noticed, Christiansburg's town council has lately resembled a boiling cauldron of backbiting and resentment.
Johana Hicks continues to dispute her colleagues’ decision last month to reprimand her, a move she tried to undermine in a recent Freedom of Information Act case that was dismissed in Montgomery County General District Court.
It involved a claim from Johana Hicks that the town had not provided the councilwoman the necessary evidence to use in her defense against a measure to reprimand her last month.
The recent moves from Johana Hicks come after the council reprimanded the outspoken councilwoman last month over a number of activities that several members deemed inappropriate and said undermined the public’s trust in town government.
Bishop, who served as vice mayor from 2016 to 2017, said he has considered running for the mayor’s seat for a few years.
The vote was another episode in a year of tumultuous times for the council.
The most recent clashes add another chapter to what has been a rocky past year for Christiansburg Town Council, with Councilwoman Johana Hicks often at the center of the rifts.
Hicks won election to council in 2019 after running largely on a promise to challenge convention. She has fulfilled that promise on several occasions over the past year, resulting in frequent clashes with other council members.
The governor’s visit comes as many in the region eagerly await for more development on a plan to expand passenger rail service to the New River Valley.
Several council members say some kind of incentive is needed.
Mike Scarry, 41, and Tim Wilson, 58, are now two of four candidates running for three council seats.
Casey Jenkins previously worked as the town's special events coordinator, a job that tasked him with helping handle events such as the Wilderness Trail Festival, the Food Truck Rodeo and the seasonal Christiansburg Farmers’ Market.
The town formally settled the issue this week when its council, via two 6-0 votes, approved a pair of conveyances that will allow the locality to build the new access drive from Peppers Ferry Road to the family’s parcel.
The issue would need to be decided by voters.
He acknowledged that the past year, a period marked by the pandemic, hasn't been easy.
Councilman Steve Huppert asked his colleagues Tuesday if they wanted to hear more from him in near future about suggestion to ban guns in town buildings. They expressed little to no support, with some raising concerns about such an ordinance infringing on Second Amendment rights.
Christiansburg Councilman Steve Huppert, a gun control advocate, said he doesn't see the need for bringing firearms into town buildings and recreational facilities. He's unsure, however, if his suggestion will gain any traction.
Christiansburg Councilwoman Johana Hicks was at the center of another episode last week when her colleagues again raised questions about whether she crossed ethical lines.
A Christiansburg park with various amenities - including multi-purpose athletic fields - has gone from concept to reality. The Town Council voted to build the approximately $18 million park at its Tuesday meeting.
Christiansburg Town Council took a step closer Tuesday evening toward realizing a long-discussed park project set to be built on 60 acres of farmland off Peppers Ferry Road.
The Christiansburg Town Council moved a major park project off Peppers Ferry Road down in priority when the pandemic reached the region earlier this year. But the proposed park’s anticipated impact was again put into focus this week by people who have been involved in the years-long planning and design of the proposal.
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