Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting
on Thursday, May 2, 2002, at 6:00 pm in the Board of Supervisors
Meeting Room located in the Wise County courthouse. The following were present:
Jeffrey Salyers - Vice-Chair
Robert Robbins - members of said Board and
L. Sealover - County Administrator
C. Scott - Assistant County Administrator
Mullins - County Attorney
Adkins led the Board in prayer.
ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
following items were added to the agenda:
Boy Scouts Troop 301- Certificates of Accomplishments
of funds from Jail Inmate Phone Commission
- National PTA Appreciation Week
- Virginia Correctional Officers Week
Assistance for Pound H.S. STAR Team
OF EMPLOYEE/HEATHER YATES
Yates an employee of the Circuit Court Clerk's Office was
presented with a Certificate of Achievement for outstanding
work with the Geographical Information System.
The Wise County Chamber of Commerce recently presented
the Distinguished Service Award to Ms. Yates who is the
youngest person to receive this honor.
CONTROL - HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Eleanor Cantrell, Director LENOWISCO Health District addressed
the Board regarding mosquito control in Wise County.
health department is requesting the assistance of area residents
in reporting dead birds that appear to have died of natural
birds for the presence of West Nile virus is the first phase
of the West Nile surveillance program.
In 2001, there were 214 birds identified in Northern
and Eastern Virginia that tested positive for West Nile
are cautioned not to handle the birds; the health department
personnel will handle and transport the birds for testing.
to the possibility that infected birds could spread the
virus further into Virginia, the Virginia Department of
Health has developed a plan for surveillance for and response
to West Nile. The
LENOWISCO Health District will take part in these activities
in addition to the established surveillance for Lacrosse
encephalitis, another mosquito transmitted illness which
has been identified in Wise County since l998.
Cantrell invited area citizens to attend a seminar to be
held on May 15 to further address the mosquito problem in
VIRGINIA CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER FUNDING
Maxwell, Director MEOC, Joey Carico, Commonwealth Attorney,
and Kristin Rudder, Director Children's Advocacy Center
addressed the Board regarding possible funding for the Southwest
Virginia Children's Advocacy Center.
CAC provides a safe place for interviews of child abuse
victims by professionals from law enforcement, and child
This reduces repeat trauma on the child from having
to retell the story of abuse several times.
children's advocacy center is the only one in the state
to offer a full child abuse continuum of care from prevention
to intervention to treatment.
Healthy Families and KinCare are in-home child abuse
prevention services of the center.
components and benefits of the advocacy center were reviewed
Carico asked the Board for a financial contribution of $10,000.
Since the CAC is a regional concept, requests for
monetary assistance are being made to Scott and Lee Counties
and the City of Norton.
SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET FY 2002-03
Michael Basham, Superintendent of Public Schools, reported
that the School Board adopted its budget for FY 2002-03
on April 23. Its
goal is to obtain funding to provide educational programs
and services to the students of Wise County, to provide
the administrative unit to deliver those programs and services
and to further secure a level of funding to carry out its
budget asked for an increase of $190,000 in school operations
that represents less than a 2% increase and one of the smallest
requests in several years.
A number of cut backs have been made to deal with
State short falls and have included no new initiatives in
this request. The
School Board is asking that the Board allow them to maintain
its present pay scale.
The premiums to the health insurance will increase
approximately 8% next year.
This additional cost of $271,500.00 has been included
in this proposed budget to be paid by the School Board.
In Capital Outlay, a request is being made for local
funds of $200,000 to allow the present plans to address
the many facility needs in its schools.
These funds will replace state funds that have been
eliminated for the next two (2) years.
Perry, Financial Manager, reviewed the proposed FY 2002-03
School Budget by line item.
He pointed out that the great majority of the budget
increase proposed this year is for categorical programs
that will not have an impact on the K-12 Day School Program.
He spoke briefly on the needed renovation projects
in several schools, the lottery monies, and the loss of
RE: SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA REGIONAL JAIL PHASE II INTERIM FINANCING
Rose made an informational presentation to the Board on
Interim Financing Phase II of the Southwest Virginia Regional
Jail System, noting that the legislator approved the Southwest
Virginia Regional Jail Authority's request for 50% capital
briefly reviewed the financing strategy, the Interim Financing,
the progress that has been made and the impact the jail
will have on Wise County.
living in the Appalachia area expressed her concern that
St. Paul and Appalachia High Schools were not included in
the upcoming school renovation projects.
She noted that no one has been able to give her a
straight answer as to why these schools are being omitted.
The rumor has it that the Appalachia and St. Paul
schools are being scheduled for consolidation.
Stallard stated that the Board could not dictate to the
School Board as to how its money is spent.
He advised her to take these concerns to the School
Board for possible answers.
Honeycutt and Larry Bush voiced their concerns that no money
has been allocated for renovations for the St. Paul and
Appalachia High Schools.
They expressed the needs in these two schools.
Bolling thanked the Board for cleaning up the dump site
on Rocky Fork. Even
though this is only one of many dump sites in that area.
He asked that another revenue source be considered
to pay for the landfill expansion rather than the proposed
$30.00 per ton fee for C/D waste at the landfill.
Stidham, a resident living on Day Town Road, asked for a
status report on the R-O-W problem on Day Town Road.
Mullins reported that there has been a situation regarding
one of the property owners living at the end of the roadway.
This individual blocked the road and would not allow
the school bus access.
Ms. Mullins talked with the attorney for the School
Board who is investigating the incident and reviewing the
deeds as to the rights of those people living on this road.
A report will be forthcoming from the School Board
Crouse voiced his appreciation for the work that the Clean
County is doing. To
further clean up efforts, he suggested placing a deposit
on glass bottles and have those individuals convicted of
DWI 's pick up beer bottles as well as litter along the
RE: ROADS AND
Sutherland, representing VDOT, gave an update on construction
projects in Wise County.
RE: OTHER ITEMS
on General Reassessment (Next meeting)
Consent Agenda was reviewed
County Budget (Next meeting)
to County Ordinance #3-1993 Assessment of Fee for Disposal
of C/D Waste
Amending various sections of the Personnel Policies
Ending Declaration of State of Local Emergency
Recognizing Business Appreciation Week in Wise County
Establishing a Debt Management Policy
Approving Support Agreement for the Southwest Virginia
Regional Jail Authority
Status Report through April (Available May 9)
being no further comments, the meeting adjourned at 8:20
WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS