Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting
on Thursday, April 3, 2003, at 6:00 PM in the Board of Supervisors
meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse.
The following were present:
Douglas Stallard - Chairman
Betty Cornett - Vice-Chair
Barry D. Nelson
Robert Robbins - members of said Board and
L. Sealover - County Administrator
C. Scott- Assistant County Administrator
T. Mullins - County Attorney
Underwood - Executive Secretary
ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
gave the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Mullins asked that Item # 27 and #28 be taken from the consent
agenda and place under new business to be voted on separately.
RE: U.S. FOREST
Sten Olsen, Jr., District Ranger for the U.S. Forestry Service,
presented the Board with a brief overview and highlights
of the draft for the National Forest Land Management Plans.
The key highlights were: 1) to maintain healthy forests
2) to ensure clean water 3) protecting roadless areas 4)
providing habitat for species 5) enhancing scenic beauty
and recreation and protecting the wilderness. Mr. Olsen spoke regarding special sections of the County that
is being scheduled for clear cutting.
Mullins expressed his opposition for clear cutting in Wise
- Dr. Terrance Suarez, President MECC:
College update and present information on MECC's
local funds budget request (April 10 meeting)
County Government Week in Wise County Events:
recognition and contest winners (April 10 meeting)
FY 2003-04 public schools funding request (April
Crouse expressed his appreciation to all those individuals
who participated in the electronics recycling collection
day that was held at Zion's Family Ministries on Saturday,
March 29. He
asked for volunteers to help with the clean up scheduled
for April 26.
Phillips expressed his opposition to the county decal and
asked that it be placed on next month's agenda for discussion.
He also gave the Board some suggestions on ways to
inform the public as to where their taxes are going.
He further offered suggestions on cutting taxes instead
of raising them.
Ison addressed the Board regarding a pump and haul system
for Ambrose Branch Coal Company.
He said the area in which his office is located;
the land will not perk for a septic system. He asked the Board to consider his request.
Stallard asked Mr. Ison to leave his request with the County
Administrator and he would ascertain the proper channels
for getting the pump and haul permit.
Blair and Jerry Fields, representing FEMA, informed the
Board that disaster assistance is available to residents
who sustained losses or damage during the recent heavy rainfall.
Mr. Fields presented an information sheet with a
phone number and information for those needing assistance.
being no further public comments, the public expression
period was closed.
RE: ROADS AND
G. Branson, Highway Resident Engineer, gave a brief update
on repairs being made to roads/bridges throughout the county.
Branson informed the Board that additional revenue sharing
funds are available through the Revenue Sharing Program
for FY 2002-2003. He recommended participation in the additional funding.
Branson noted that the Coal & Gas Road Committee had
met and approved additional funding for the revenue sharing
funds program if funds were available.
members presented needs in their district to Mr. Branson
for his review.
following items were reviewed:
public hearing (6:00 PM May 1) proposed Use Value Ordinance
public hearing (6:00 PM May 1) Ola Cantrell rezoning
- No. 25: Increase General
Fund revenues by $30,000 (CDBG funds) place in appropriate
line items of Derby Project budget
General Fund revenues by $12,672 (FEMA Local All-Hazard
Emergency Operations Planning Grant) distribute among
appropriate line items in Emergency Services budget
General Fund revenues by $450 (Project Lifesaver Special
Fund) place in Sheriff's (Law Enforcement ) police supplies
line item to purchase two transmitters (Pull from consent
General Fund revenues by $75 (Victim Witness Special Fund)
place in Victim-Witness travel/training line item (Pull
from consent agenda)
from reserve for emergencies/contingency line item
to Tourism Committee for Kiosks lighting costs
of Support for an Engineering Degree at UVA's College at
Approving Transfer of School Property to Town of St. Paul
MOU Between T&L & Board of Supervisors for Blackwood
Landfill -Gas Remediation Plan
RE: OTHER ITEMS
Agreement with Highlands Juvenile Detention Commission
Status Report Through March (Available April 10)
Attorney's Report (None)
Administrator's Report (None)
session (Legal Matters:
consult with attorney/staff concerning annexation,
boundary adjustments and disposition of publicly held
Mullins stated that he has received a complaint from an
individual living in the Stephens area regarding the holding
ponds owned by Glamorgan Coal Company.
There were concerns that this might be a breeding
place for mosquitoes.
Mullins also asked that the Railroad Company be contacted
about removing a railroad trestle that has fallen in the
creek in the Stephens Community causing flooding during
Cornett commented on the boulders and rocks that have washed
on to individual yards from the nearby streams.
These homes are located on Fisher Road in the Wildcat
section of Big Stone Gap.
Robbins asked that Bear Creek be added to the list of streams
for restoration since several citizens addressed the Board
last month of the devastation it has done to their property.
Adkins spoke briefly on the FEMA Grant for Emergency planning.
Meador asked if any thing could be done regarding the trash
that has accumulated in the trees and branches along the
Salyers congratulated Harold Markham for his many years
of service at the Coeburn Police Department.
being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:15
WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS