Douglas A. Stallard - Chairman
Betty Cornett - Vice-Chair
Honorable Robert Robbins- members of said Board and
L. Sealover - County Administrator
C. Scott - Assistant County Administrator
T. Mullins - County Attorney
Annette Underwood - Executive Secretary
Stidham led the Board in prayer.
Howell, Environmental Health Specialists for the Wise County
Health Department, addressed the Board regarding the three
(3) confirmed rabies cases within Wise County.
He urged county citizens having pets over four (4)
months old to be vaccinated and to keep their shots current.
Mr. Howell stressed the fact that rabies, if not
treated within a certain time frame, is fatal.
He asked that the Board authorize a rabies clinic
in March and April.
He also asked that a quarantine be set for a period
of one week in each of the four districts to allow the Animal
Wardens to check for rabies tags.
Stallard asked that Mr. Howell make his requests to the
County in writing.
IN RE: ASSIGN-A-HIGHWAY
McConnell, representing LENOWISCO, informed the Board that
Judge McGlothlin has been asked to implement a litter pick-up
program (Assign A Highway Program) in Russell and Dickenson
Counties whereby criminal defendants will perform this service.
In this program, the criminal defendants are assigned
a specific section of road to keep clean which is periodically
inspected for compliance.
If the defendant fails to keep the road clean his/her
probation can be revoked.
He said this program has worked well for both Russell
and Dickenson counties and hopefully will be accepted by
other counties to help with our litter problems.
He also asked for $500.00 to assist in building a
barrier between the green boxes at Honey Branch and the
Heritage, Inc. will do the work.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is providing $500.00
for the project.
This public hearing was duly
advertised for this date to receive citizens comments regarding
a request from Ron Stidham for rezoning of 3.47 acres of
property located along the Coeburn Mtn. Road-Paramont Road
intersection across from UVA-Wise baseball field from R1
to R-2 for the purpose of constructing condominiums for
Gilbert, Attorney representing Ron Stidham and Emily Edmondson,
informed the Board that the property is being requested
for rezoning to construct multi-family units to replace
the existing trailer court on that property.
These units would be built in stages and would sell
in the $60,000/$70,000 range.
All building plans would be submitted to the Planning Commission
for approval. Mr.
Gilbert expressed the serious housing shortage that exists
in Wise County and such housing would promote growth in
our region as well as the tax base. He noted that this portion
of land is in the existing Comprehensive Plan to be developed
for growth. If the housing units are denied, the other alternative
for the property owner would be to expand the existing trailer
Stallard, an adjacent property owner, informed the Board
that his land borders the property that is up for rezoning
and he fully supports the housing units since it would increase
the value of his property.
Green, representing property owners in the Paramont Subdivision,
stated that the residents, most of whom have lived in the
subdivision for 28-30 years, are against this rezoning.
He expressed the residents' concern regarding the
type of people that would be living there, and perhaps cause
problems in the neighborhood.
Mr. Green noted the figures given for the proposed
tax base were not feasible.
He asked the Board to consider the desires of the
residents living in the subdivision and deny this request.
were three for the rezoning and approximately twelve against.
being no further comments the public hearing was closed.
IN RE: PUBLIC
HEARING/CONDITIONAL ZONING/VERNADE BAKER
public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive
citizens comments regarding a request from Vernade Baker
for conditional zoning for one-half acre of property located
at 9101 Alfred Cox Road in an A-RR to a B-1 for the purpose
of continuing a retail business.
was no one to speak for or against this request.
being no comments, the public hearing was closed.
PUBLIC HEARING-CABLE TV FRANCHISE AGREEMENT/ CHARTER
COMMUNICATIONS AND SCOTT COUNTY TELECOM AND ELECTRONICS
A public hearing was duly advertised
for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding
Cable Television Franchise Agreements for Charter
Communications and Scott County Telecom and Electronics.
was no public comment regarding these proposed agreements.
Mullins voiced his opposition to the term of fifteen years
for the franchise agreement and the twenty homes per mile.
Salyers stated that he had received several calls regarding
poor service being rendered by Scott County Telecom and
Electronics due to its outdated equipment.
Sealover informed the Board that he has forwarded some of
these complaints to Davis Harris for his review.
proposed agreements were reviewed by the County Attorney
as to the authority of the Board and the requirements of
the cable companies.
being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.
IN RE: PUBLIC
Sam Gilbert voiced his concern
regarding the large amount of money that has been spent
on the proposed annexation with Big Stone Gap.
He noted that there are organizations scrambling
for money to feed the hungry and thousands of dollars are
being spent on a dispute for annexation.
Kiser informed the Board that during the recent winter storm
a mother and daughter came to his house trying to get help
to get home since their car had broken down.
They called 911 in Wise and Norton and were refused
help. Mr. Kiser
wanted to know why these two emergency departments turned
away someone who needed help.
Stallard advised that he would have the County Administrator
check into this matter and ascertain an answer.
Calhoun, a resident living on the Day Town Road, stated
that he had been coming to the Board meeting for one year
asking that the R-O-W on Day Town Road be cleared to allow
it to be taken into the secondary system.
He asked why this has not been done.
Calhoun stated that the R-O-W's have been given to the Board.
He said the lady living in the house located on the
R-O-W only stays there part time and should be made to move
since she is keeping a road from being built to the community
living above her.
IN RE: ROAD
Robinson, representing VDOT during T.G. Branson's absence,
reviewed the proposed resolution approving amendment to
the Annual Plan for Roads and Bridges - July 1, 2002 Thru
June 30, 2003.
Robinson had no remarks for VDOT.
IN RE: CONSENT
Consent Agenda was reviewed as followed: