The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, March 1, 2013
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
Incumbent Rocky Mount District Supervisor Charles Wagner will seek a fifth term on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors in November.
Wagner, who was board chairman for two years during his tenure, said progress has been made in many areas, and more work remains to be done.
"I think the board has made a lot of progress in regional cooperation," he said, noting the regional jail in Roanoke County and the Western Virginia Water Authority that continues to expand its water line system in the county.
"With them, we got water lines to Plateau Plaza, and they took over water lines in the Westlake area," he said. "We (with the authority) are in the process, the planning stages, of bringing water from Westlake to Burnt Chimney."
Wagner said regional cooperation is essential in providing many services at the least expense to county taxpayers.
Pursuing economic development also continues to be a priority for Wagner, who said the county has been fortunate in seeing more jobs during the last few years.
Those jobs include McAirlaid's with its recent expansion, Solution Matrix and Empire Foods, both new industries, and expansions at Ply Gem and Homestead Creamery.
Wagner said the county must continue to be aggressive in recruiting new business and industry.
During the last six years, the county has also seen a new government center, The Franklin Center and a new elementary school at Windy Gap, he added.
"One of the biggest things we need now is to look at the overcrowding in the school system," he said, referring to the middle and high schools.
Wagner said a committee is studying possible expansion plans at the high school that would include a new career and technical education center.
The county also has to continue its advances in digital technology, he said, providing residents with more options.
Wagner is a member of several boards, including STEP Inc., Regional Jail Authority, Piedmont Community Services, Social Services, Appalachian Regional Commission and Housing Rehabilitation.
Wagner, a member of the Crossroads Ruritan Club, has also been an active leader in the Habitat for Humanity program for many years.
Wagner, a lifelong resident of the county, and his wife, Nancy, have two children, Gerald and Jeff.