Last year and this year, the Roanoke Tea Party waged a long and so far losing fight against the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors. That concerns the county’s membership in a do-gooder environmental group, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.
The first casualty in this months-long battle has been the truth. That’s because Tea Partiers have trotted out every ridiculous assertion and eye-rolling conspiracy theory they can invent to argue against ICLEI and the $1,200-a-year membership.
Unfortunately, they’ve won over two of the five members on the Board of Supervisors, Butch Church from the Catawba District and Ed Elswick, who represents Windsor Hills.
Now we have the second casualty. Her name is Nell Boyle and she lives in the Windsor Hills District. Until very recently, she’s served as a volunteer on RC Clear, a 13-member group that includes 10 citizen volunteers. The volunteers are appointed by supervisors, two per district.
The group’s charge is to implement energy-conserving and pollution-reducing strategies they learn through the county’s association with ICLEI.
Boyle currently works for the city of Roanoke but her background is in the construction industry, with Breakall, Inc., a respected Roanoke company. She was appointed to RC Clear by Joe McNamera, the former Windsor Hills supervisor.
She served for more than three years, devoting 4 to 8 hours a month. When her term expired on Aug. 31, she was RC Clear’s chair
“She’s an articulate leader. She’s very focused, and she works well with volunteers . . . she has great people skills,” said Dave Wymer, who serves on RC Clear and on the Roanoke County School Board. Other terms he used to describe Boyle were “influential,” “effective,” “supportive,” and “diligent.”
But rather than reappoint Boyle when her term expired, Windsor Hills Supervisor Ed Elswick appointed someone else, a guy named Jim Gray.
Elswick did that without even the courtesy of a phone call to Boyle — even to thank her for her long-running community service.
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