Board of Supervisors - June 3, 2004 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, June 3, 2004, at 6:00 p. m. 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 Robert R. Adkins

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

 

PRAYER

Robby Robbins led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Ronnie Shortt asked that Heartwood Builders be added to closed session for discussion.

 

IN RE:  PRESENTATION / KWCB

Brad Stallard, President of KWCB and Litter Coordinator Ray Couch presented Keep Wise County Beautiful Awards 2004 to the following organizations, agencies, and institutions:

(1)     Schools

(2)     Town Coordinators

(3)     The Litter Gitter Club

(4)     Community Service

(5)     Delmer Wilson Jr. Environmental Excellence Award

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING / BUILDING CODE ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding the proposed amendments to Building Code Ordinance #2-1975 pertaining to:  1) frost line/snow load; 2) electric service; and 3) certain footings.

There being no one to speak regarding these proposed amendments, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING / ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A GIS DEPARTMENT

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a proposed ordinance Establishing Wise County Department of Geographic Information Sciences.

Jack Kennedy informed the Board that the 40,000 parcel splits of Wise County have been mapped and are up to date from l966 to 2000.  He noted that several letters of endorsement have been received for the GIS Department from various governmental entities, and private sector entities throughout Wise County.  The implementation of GIS through the creation of a GIS Department will allow government entities to share data more easily and will allow employees to more efficiently complete tasks. 

Commonwealth Attorney Chad Dotson spoke in favor of the proposed ordinance in that it would assist his department in its daily crime endeavors.

Molly Meade and Amanda Harris voiced their support of the proposed ordinance in that it would keep the crime maps updated and would benefit all departments throughout the courthouse.

There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING / EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL ORDINANCE

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a proposed Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance.

There being no public comments, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING/ E-911 ROAD NAME ADDITIONS

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding proposed E-911 road name additions.

There being no public comments, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE APPROVING THE EXEMPTION OF THE LONESOME PINE ARTS AND CRAFTS ASSOCIATION, INC. FROM CERTAIN TAXATION

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a proposed ordinance Approving the Exemption of the Lonesome Pine Arts and Crafts Association, Inc. from Certain Taxation. 

Barbara Polly, applicant for said exemption, asked the Board to consider adopting said ordinance.

There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING / FY 04-05

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding the proposed FY 2004-05 annual budget.

Edgar Mullins made the following statements regarding the proposed budget:

(1)      Oppose hiring a consultant to look at school consolidation

(2)      Money be placed in the budget to put a canopy over the handicap ramp at the Stephens Community Center

(3)     He questioned the need for five employees at the Animal Shelter.     

(4)     The proposed Litter Warden position should be under the Sheriff's Department and not the County Administrator                        

(5)     Give the Sheriff's Department three cars instead of seven

(6)     Opposed money being spent on the regional jail

Sister Beth Jaspers thanked the Board for its continued financial support for the Advocate Center, the Family Crisis Center and RAM.

Walter Crouse asked that personnel cuts be made in the administrative office of the School Board because it is overstaffed and these monies could be spent on materials and items needed for the school children.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Fred Luntsford, District One Supervisor, informed the Board of the damages that were made to the communities of Derby, Osaka, and Roda during the recent heavy rains. The previous mining company replaced a bridge with a culvert that catches debris during heavy rains causing the property to be flooded.  Mr. Luntsford asked that the Board support him in asking the County Administrator to start the process of ascertaining possible funding sources that may be available to assist these residents in getting a bridge put back in place of the culvert and to get cost estimates on building the bridge, dredging the river/creek and remove the debris.

It was noted that this debris is coming from the mining and logging operations in that area.

Matthew Cox, a representative from VDOT, stated that since this bridge is located on private property, VDOT could not assist in this endeavor.

There being no further public comments, the public expression period was closed.

 

IN RE:  ROADS & HIGHWAYS

Matthew Cox, representing VDOT in the absence of Highway Resident Engineer T.G. Branson, informed the Board that clean up efforts are on going throughout the County since the recent storms.

The resolution for a new addition to be added to the secondary system and the resolution regarding Watch For Children signs were reviewed.

 

IN RE:  OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED

(1)   Set public hearing 6:00 p.m. July 1 on a proposed amendment to Animal Control Ordinance #1-1975 pertaining to vicious/dangerous dogs

(2)   Set public hearing 6:00 p.m. July 1 on a proposed ordinance Approving the Exemption of the Junction Center for Independent Living, Inc. from Certain Taxation

(3)   Resolution Setting Fee Schedule for Land Disturbing Permits

(4)   Resolution Establishing a Take-Home Policy for County-owned/leased Vehicles

(5)   Resolution Amending the County Classification Plan: Animal Shelter Attendant Grade 2                         Deputy Field Assessor 1 Grade 6
Geographic Information Officer Grade 12
GIS/911 Technician Grade 8

(6)   Budget Amendment No. 29:  Appropriate $8100 in Fund Balance; add to General Fund revenues; distribute among several departments, hospital/medical plans line item (overages related to plan/coverage changes)

(7)   Approval of Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreement

(8)   Request Treasurer to assume collection of certain landfill related revenues

(9)   Approval of FY 2004-05 annual budget

(10)   Resolution approving Wise County Public Schools FY 2004-05 Budget by expenditure classification/category

(11)   Appointments

(12)   Board comments

 

ADJOURN

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

ATTEST:                  WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

______________________        _______________________

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

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