Cannery to remain open another year
Cannery Open One Year
The Board of Supervisors at its June 23 meeting approved keeping the Cannery open for at least one more year.
Reedy Church Supervisor Maxie Rozell and Port Royal Supervisor Bobby Popowicz acknowledged at the meeting there is interest from regional elected officials to pursue turning the Cannery into a regional operation. Both Rozell and Popowicz serve on the George Washington Regional Commission.
“The other elected officials were really excited about the possibility” Rozell reported to the other BOS members. “There also may be grants available to help with the operations.”
The Board had earlier this year voted to close the Cannery because it has continually lost money over the years. County Administrator Percy Ashcraft recommended the closure after financial reports showed the Cannery was losing about $14,000 a year and the number of annual customers had dwindled down to less than 40.
However, Ashcraft reported that an escrow account being held at Union Bank and Trust for $17,000 was now available to be used for the operations of the Cannery. This account was created by former Cannery operator Lloyd Boxley, and remained there upon his passing a few years ago.
In approving the motion to keep the Cannery open, the Board of Supervisors acknowledged this could be for just one more year if the regional effort is not successful. The escrow account will be used to fund operations for fiscal year 2007-2008.