Board of Supervisors - February 12, 2004 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a regular meeting on Thursday, February 12, 2004 at 6:00 PM in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse.   The following were present:

Honorable John W. Peace, II, Chairman

Honorable Fred Luntsford, Vice-Chairman

Honorable Steve Bates

Honorable Ronnie Shortt

Honorable Virginia Meador

Honorable Leland Branham

Honorable Robert Robbins - members of said Board and

Edward L. Sealover - County Administrator

Shannon C. Scott - Assistant County Administrator

Karen T. Mullins - County Attorney

Annette Underwood - Executive Secretary

 

ABSENT

Robert R. Adkins

 

PRAYER

Bob Sturgill led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

 

MINUTES

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The following items were added to the agenda under New Business:

(1)  Resolution (approving participation in the FY 04 (Supplemental) and FY 05 Revenue Sharing Program

(2)  Resolution supporting HJR 288 (requested by the clerk of the court)

(3)  Closed Meeting:  consult with legal counsel (CNW tap fee and pre-treatment requirement)

Ronnie Shortt asked that the following resolutions be added to New Business:

(1)  Resolution supporting increase in minimum wage

(2)  Resolution expressing opposition to the proposed regulatory changes concerning overtime pay

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the agenda with the additions as listed above.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Edgar Mullins addressed the Board asking for assistance in getting the minimum wage increased and support in opposing the proposed regulatory changes regarding overtime pay.  Mr. Mullins also informed Board members that once the County's garbage is shipped out, outside garbage can come in. He asked the Board to take this into consideration when amending the Solid Waste Ordinance.

Tabathia Bush and Heather Hamilton, representing Team Estonoa at the St. Paul High School, informed the Board that Team Estonoa has been awarded the 2004 SealWorld/Bush Gardens/Fujifilm Environmental Excellence Award for environmental education.  T-shirts were given to Board members in appreciation of the Board's financial support over the past four (4) years.

Roy Bonny, representing a room full of trailer park and apartment owners, voiced opposition to the language in the recently revised ordinance for Assessment of Fee for Disposal of Solid Waste making the landlords responsible for collecting its tenants landfill use fee. Mr. Bonny stated that with the past Board, regarding this same ordinance, the landlords agreed to provide a list of its tenants in lieu of having the language changed to bill the tenants rather than the landlords.  He asked that this Board consider their request also.

Jim Manicure, representing the small businesses, stated that this would be an added burden to the landlords since they have no means of enforcing the collection of this fee.  He asked that the proposed ordinance be tabled for further study.

Denver Osborne asked that the Board have mercy on the landlords.

J. H. Rivers, apartment owner, challenged some of the language in the ordinance and voiced his opposition to said ordinance as written.  He spoke briefly on the purpose and use of the convenience centers and asked that they be made convenient to the public.

 

IN RE:  ROAD AND HIGHWAYS

Kenny Robinson, representing VDOT in the absence of Highway Resident Engineer T.G. Branson, asked that the Board consider participating in the Supplemental Revenue Sharing for FY 2003-04 and the Revenue Sharing Program for FY 2004-05.

Board members presented Mr. Robinson with needs in their area.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the consent agenda as follows:  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING ON LOCAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & HOUSING NEEDS

A public hearing was set for 6:00 PM on March 4 for public input regarding housing needs in relation to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING ON CDBG APPLICATION/NORTH FORK WATER PROJECT

A public hearing was set for 6:00 PM on March 11 for public input regarding an application to be submitted to the VA Dept. of Housing & Community Development for the North Fork Water Project.

 

IN RE:  PROCLAMATION COMMENDING THE CHAMER OF COMMERCE FOR 50 YEARS OF SERVICE

Approved Proclamation commending the Wise County Chamber of Commerce for 50 years of services to Wise County and the City of Norton

 

IN RE:  PROCLAMATION / UVA's COLLEGE AT WISE FIFTY YEARS

Approved Proclamation recognizing UVA's College at Wise for its fifty years of continually improving educational opportunities for Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth.

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

(1)  No. 16:  Increase General Fund Revenues by $6900 (grant);  deposit in Emergency Services/Civil Defense miscellaneous line item.

(2)  No. 17:  Increase General Fund revenues by $45,298 (grant); deposit in Emergency Services/Civil Defense miscellaneous line item.

(3)  No. 18: Increase General Fund revenues by $133,014; deposit in Emergency Services/Civil Defense miscellaneous line item.

 

IN RE:  TRANSFER FROM RESERVE FOR EMERGENCIES/CONTINGENCY LINE ITEM

      $4500 to Legal Services (County Attorney) professional services - other line item (outside counsel, landfill use fee lawsuits)

 

IN RE:  ORDINANCE FOR ASSESSMENT OF FEE FOR DISPOSAL OF WASTE

A public hearing was held on February 5 to receive citizens input regarding a proposed ordinance for an Assessment of Fee for Disposal of Solid Waste.  Several citizens addressed the Board with opposition to the rate increase and opposing the language placing the collection of landfill fee upon the landlords for their tenants.

After discussing the changes requested by the citizens, Board members agreed that landlords should provide an updated, correct mailing list of its tenants on a quarterly basis since there is such a turnover in the trailer parks and apartments.  The tenants should be billed for their landfill fee rather than the landlords. It was also noted that the term " four or more" needs to be consistent throughout the ordinance.

After further discussion, a motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Robby Robbins, to hold a public hearing on March 4, 2004 at 6:00 PM to receive citizens' comments regarding the  proposed ordinance on Assessment of Fee for Disposal of Solid Waste with modified language to reflect the previous ordinance with regard to responsibility of the landlords with the exception that lists be provided quarterly rather than yearly.

Robby Robbins suggested that the landlords be held accountable for the fee if the tenant lists are not provided.

Mr. Luntsford amended his motion to include the language whereby the landlords would be responsible for the fee if the lists of tenants were not provided.

The motion was unanimously approved.

Mr. Shortt asked the County Administrator to place the proposed ordinance on the County website for public view.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION / UVA WISE CAMPUS POLICE

Ronnie Shortt provided a brief background relating to the establishment of UVA Wise campus police.

Steve Bates made a motion to adopt the resolution granting concurrent jurisdiction to UVA WISE campus police.  Leland Branham seconded the motion. 

Aye-     Bob Adkins      Nay-None      Abstain - Ronnie Shortt

            Steve Bates

            John Peace

            Virginia Meador

            Leland Branham

            Robby Robbins

            Fred Luntsford

RESOLUTION  #            2004

(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator's Office)

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION PARTICIPATION IN REVENUE SHARING PROGRAM

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Robby Robbins, to adopt the resolution approving participation in the FY 04 Supplemental and FY 05 Revenue Sharing Programs.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #          2004

(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator's Office)

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION SUPPORTING HJR 288

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to adopt the resolution supporting the adoption of House Joint Resolution 288.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #         2004

(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator's Office)

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION / OVERTIME PAY

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to authorize the County Administrator to prepare a resolution expressing the Board's opposition to the proposed regulatory changes concerning overtime pay with a copy of said resolution being provided to Senators Allen and Warner and Congressman Boucher.

Aye- Robby Robbins     Nay- None     Abstain- Virginia Meador (resolution not 

            Steve Bates                                    available for Board review)

            Ronnie Shortt                              

            Fred Luntsford                             

            John Peace

            Leland Branham

Motion carried.

RESOLUTION #               2004

(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator's Office)

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION / MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to authorize the County Administrator to prepare a resolution requesting the legislative delegation to support legislation increasing the minimum wage.

Aye-  Robby Robbins      Nay-None     Abstain- Virginia Meador (resolution not

Steve Bates                                         available for Board review)                   

Ronnie Shortt

Fred Luntsford

Leland Branham

John Peace

Motion carried.

RESOLUTION #       2004

(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator's Office)

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT / LENOWISCO DISABILITY SERVICES BOARD

Ronnie Shortt nominated Matt Hurt to the LENOWISCO Disability Services Board.

There being no further nominations, Chairman Peace closed nominations with all voting in favor of nominee.

 

IN RE:  TREASURER'S REQUEST FOR EXTRA HELP

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the transfer of $7200 from the reserve for emergencies/contingency line item to the Treasurer's Office for extra help through this fiscal year.

Virginia Meador stated that the departments were down-sized as per the Governor's request and now that one of those positions have been reinstated does that mean all the other positions that were cut will be reinstated.

Administrator Sealover advised that it would a decision of the Board to reinstate any positions that were eliminated as part of the current year's budget.

Mr. Short explained the reason for reinstating this position for the Treasurer's Office and noted that the Board has not been approached about reinstating any other positions.  He said this position for the Treasurer's Office will be addressed during the upcoming budget for next year.

 

Aye-     Bob Adkins      Nay-None     Abstain-Fred Luntsford

            Steve Bates                                  Virginia Meador

            Ronnie Shortt

            John Peace

            Leland Branham

            Robby Robbins

Motion carried.

 

IN RE:  LETTER OF SUPPORT/TIM COX

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to authorize the County Administrator to send a letter to the Game and Inland Fisheries Board asking that Tim Cox be considered for appointment to said Board.

 

Aye-  Ronnie Shortt      Nay-None    Abstain- Robby Robbins

          Steve Bates                                     Virginia Meador

          John Peace

          Leland Branham

          Bob Adkins

          Fred Luntsford

Motion carried.

 

IN RE:  CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to go into closed session as permitted by section 2.2-3711A.7 of the Code of Virginia to discuss

The motion was unanimously approved.

After a brief session, a motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION/CERTIFICATION OF CLOSED MEETING

Mr. Luntsford read the certification for closed meeting.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to adopt the resolution certifying matters discussed while in closed session.  The motion was unanimously approved by roll call vote.

RESOLUTION #                2004

(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator's Office)

 

ADJOURN

There being no further business, a motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Leland Branham, to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

ATTEST:                WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

_____________________         ______________________

Clerk, Edward L. Sealover         Chairman, John W. Peace, II

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