Senior Living Center Prompts Closed Session

Most of Monday’s Clarke County Supervisors work session meeting was conducted in closed session with County attorney Robert Mitchell. While the session was not open to the public or the press, the supervisors confirmed that they discussed four topics during the one-and-a-half hour closed-door meeting; the continuing attempt to resolve problems with the Joint Government Center (JGC) heating, air conditioning and cooling system; the status of the County’s planned Active Living Center; the Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department; and privacy of individuals in personal matters.

Joint Government Center

After ending the closed session and resuming the public meeting, Clarke County administrator David Ash said that changes made by a contractor attempting to correct JGC’s HVAC problems were due to be completed today.

Ash said that the next step will be for the County to test the HVAC fixes to determine if County staff will now be able to adequately control the building’s internal environment.

“Of course the demand for air conditioning is beginning to decline so it may be hard to tell if the changes have been effective” Ash said. However, Ash assured the Supervisors that the proper monitoring equipment is in place inside the building to measure temperature and humidity handling.

Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging

Concerns by the Supervisors, if any, that financial improprieties at the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) will threaten a planned Active Living Center (also referred to as the Senior Center) were not mentioned today.

To the contrary, Ash confirmed that a recent bidder’s conference for the Active Living Center was well attended. “The County held its pre-bid conference last week” Ash told the Supervisors. “There were 47 attendees, 17 of which were general contractors.”

Supervisor Chairman Michael Hobert (Berryville) said that funds donated for the Senior Living Center and held by SAAA are intact.

Ash said that bids on the facility are due next Tuesday, the same day that the Board of Supervisors holds its next regular session meeting.

The Supervisors did not comment on closed session discussions related to Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department, where an ongoing investigation over thefts at the unit is being investigated by outside law enforcement agencies, or the privacy issue.