During its Feb. 11 meeting, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors praised Delegate Annie B. Crockett-Stark and Supervisor Phil McCraw for their efforts in getting a measure approved that will allow school buses to travel south on U.S. 52.
Stark recently worked with the Virginia Department of Transportation on House Bill 1416, which she introduced, that would have allowed school buses to travel south on U.S. 52 down Fancy Gap Mountain. In her latest General Assembly update, Stark said she was able to work to achieve the goal without legislation, allowing school buses to travel south on U.S. 52 beginning this fall.
Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ Chairman David Hutchins discussed the topic during the board’s Feb. 11 meeting as he talked about a successful trip supervisors recently took to Richmond to meet with several legislators.
“We discussed a lot of different ongoing opportunities for them to help us, and one of those I would like to bring up was how blessed the citizens of Fancy Gap have been with their supervisor who has worked very, very hard with Delegate Stark on allowing the buses to go down 52,” Hutchins said, speaking of McCraw. “I know that Delegate Stark worked extremely hard with VDOT, and I know Phil, you were a part of the emphasis behind that. I also know probably some supervisors in the past have attempted that, and sometimes the stars just have to line up. I think they did this time. I think that’s what it was. But Phil I think you should be congratulated for starting that, for taking the lead to do that. I know Annie B. and others worked with you very hard.”
McCraw told Hutchins he appreciated his words. He said he just happened to contact the right person about the issue.
“Annie B. Crockett Stark went to bat for us and she knew who to see and she knew how to get it done,” McCraw said. “Kudos to Anne B. Crockett-Stark.”
Supervisor Sam Dickson applauded McCraw’s efforts in not giving up hope on buses being allowed to travel south on U.S. 52.
“I would like to say in Phil’s behalf, he did it right. We had another supervisor that worked hard on it also and he was the doing the right thing, too. It just wasn’t the right time,” Dickson said. “Sometimes things don’t work now, but a little bit down the road they will. But I am glad. Phil, he could have just took the easy route and said, ‘Well, that has already been worked on and it’s not going to work, so let’s just go on to something else.’ But he didn’t, so congratulations Phil.”
Dickson said he knew the citizens of Cana would be happy about the decision. He noted that when VDOT officials came to ride a bus down the mountain for a study on the project, they weren’t too excited about it at the time.
“One of them said, ‘I was afraid to get on the bus. I didn’t want to ride down the mountain on that bus.’ But when he got down there he said, ‘This is not too bad.’ That bus driver did a good job. He put it down into third gear and had a little brake all the way down. I don’t foresee any problems and I just want to say congratulations.”