Accomplishments

Tazewell County’s Progress Under the Leadership of Mike Hymes

  • Support for Education and teachers – while in office the county funding has increased annually for Tazewell County Public Schools.
  • Support of Public Safety including the creation of the public safety center, which houses the 911 call center and the Tazewell County sheriff’s office in an existing county building.
  • Concern for the local environment – while in office two trash collection centers have been created so each community in the Southern District can deposit trash at a community site and avoid long, expensive trips to the landfill.
  • Improved infrastructure – while in office the Baptist Valley Sewer project was completed, allowing hundreds of families access to sewer lines thus opening many areas in Baptist valley to new development. Supported the development of residential natural gas to provide competition with AEP.
  • Support for Fire and Rescue – during 2012, a new pumper was acquired for the Clear Fork VFD which allowed Tannersville VFD and the Cove VFD to get updated equipment as well for better protecting their communities.  Also arranged the relocation of Tazewell County Fire and Rescue when their build was damaged beyond repair, which insured no loss of service.
  • Concern for jobs – during Mike’s time in office the board has completed the Bluestone Technology Park and announced the development of the Dental School inside the park.
  • Support of Small business job creation by reducing the Merchants capital tax by over 10% effective July 1, 2013.
  • Increased Transparency in government by leading the fight to have all payments made by Tazewell County and Tazewell County Public Schools posted on the organizations website so the taxpayers have access to where tax dollars are being spent.
  • Led the fight to keep Tazewell Community Hospital open and functioning in our community.
  • Led the effort to fund the four Season YMCA annually thus supporting 75 jobs annually for Tazewell County citizens.
  • Supported the development of the Back of the Dragon designation and event, as well as other tourism and business activities in the county.
  • In July 2012 voted to reduce the property Tax rate paid by Tazewell County citizens.
  • Supported the elimination of the county vehicle decal, saving each tax payer money annually.
  • Worked to manage Tazewell County more like a business, thus insuring the government is accountable to the public for all decisions.
  • Supported the rights of property owners.
  • Installation of wireless internet in Tannersville and  led the effort to get Time Warner Cable to extend cable service into an un-served area of Thompson Valley.
  • Reduction of county budget by 1.4 million dollars in 2009/2010 without layoff of employees.
  • Addition of new jobs at Fenner Dunlop Research Center.
  • Addition of new jobs at JenMar manufacturing site.
  • Publishing the Board of Supervisors meeting minutes on the county website monthly for public review.
  • Establishment of County Ethics Hotline for reporting fraud and illegal activity.
  • Paving of fourteen county maintained roads in the Southern district.
  • Building of outdoor bathroom facilities for use by Burkes Garden tourists.
  • Completion of the community service building without taxpayers dollars being spent.
  • Installation of guardrail on previously paved county maintained roads.
  • Fought for improved pay for teachers for 3 years including payment of step increases in 2009 /2010 budget year.
  • Supported renovation of schools to include air conditioning at Tazewell and North Tazewell Elementary Schools.
  • Fought against the closure of Pocahontas High School and ultimately supported its subsequent use as a community center.
  • Requiring the placement of paper, cardboard and aluminum recycling bins at all county operated trash collection facilities.
  • Strongly supported all little leagues and school sports activities in the Southern district.
  • Helped fund new windows for Cove Community Center.
  • Helped fund a new floor for Tannersville Community Center.
  • Helped fund improvement to the Thompson Valley Community Center.
  • Support for many youth activities in the Southern District including the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA.
  • Funded improvements for Burkes Garden Community center including removal of a dangerous chimney from the building.
  • Assisted in the effort to get fog markers on Burkes Garden Mountain.