Board of Supervisors - June 10, 2004 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on Thursday, June 10, 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 Adkins

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

Honorable Steve Bates

 

PRAYER

T. G. Branson led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

 

MINUTES

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

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The following additions were made to the agenda:

(1)     Add:  Appointment to VCEDA Board

(2)     Add:  Appalachia Fire Department Request

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the agenda as presented with the additions as stated.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Jack Kennedy addressed the Board regarding higher education for Wise County.  He commended the Board for including in its budget a math and science initiative for the public school system in Wise County.  He stated that over the past 18 months, UVA's College at Wise Board has created a commission to study engineering and science programs for the college.  The funds placed in the budget for this program will give high school students the opportunity to take these classes and extend themselves in this field.  Mr. Kennedy further elaborated on the benefits of this initiative in taking Wise County forward.  

Buford McNutt, a resident of the Irno community, reported to the Board that the culverts that were placed in the stream in his community catches debris during heavy rains which causes flooding of residents' homes and property.  He asked the Board's assistance in getting a bridge to replace the culverts. 

Supervisor Luntsford advised Mr. McNutt that DMME is working with the Corp of Engineers to replace those culverts with a bridge to be completed by the end of summer.

Jeff Cochran, representing Lane Engineering, addressed the Board regarding the Derby Sewer Self-help Project.  He stated that bids had been received on the pump station project but were over the anticipated cost.

 

IN RE:  ROADS & HIGHWAYS

Highway Resident Engineer T. G. Branson spoke briefly regarding the recent gas spill on Indian Creek Mountain.

Mr. Branson reviewed the two resolutions before the Board for adoption.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION / NEW ADDITION/ SHORTRIDGE STREET

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Robby Robbins, to adopt the resolution requesting that Shortridge Street be added to the secondary system of state highways.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                  2004

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION "WATCH FOR CHILDREN" SIGNS

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to adopt the resolution requesting the Transportation Commissioner to review the request for installation and maintenance of "Watch for Children" signs to be located on St. Rte. #638.  The motion was unanimously approved.  

RESOLUTION #          2004

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

Board members presented needs in their districts for Mr. Branson's review and comments.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the consent agenda as follows:

 

IN RE:  ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

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

 

IN RE:  ORDINANCE EXEMPTING JUNCTION CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING FROM CERTAIN TAXATION

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.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION / FEE SCHEDULE FOR LAND DISTURBING PERMITS

Adopted the resolution setting fee schedule for land disturbing permits.

RESOLUTION #           2004

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

        

IN RE: RESOLUTION / TAKE HOME POLICY FOR CARS

Adopted the resolution establishing a take-home policy for County-owned/leased vehicles.

RESOLUTION #            2004

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION AMENDING COUNTY CLASSIFICATION PLAN

Adopted the resolution amending the County Classification Plan. 

RESOLUTION #           2004

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

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENT # 29

Approved appropriation of $8100 in fund balance; add to general fund revenues; distribute among several departments, hospital/medical plans line item (overages related to plan/coverage changes)

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BUILDING CODE ORDINANCE #2-1975 / AMENDMENTS

A public hearing was held on June 3, 2004 to receive citizens' comments regarding the proposed amendments to Building Code Ordinance #2-1975.  There was no public opposition to the proposed ordinance.

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the amendments to the Building Code Ordinance #2-1975 pertaining to:  1) frost line/snow load; 2) electric service; and 3) certain footings.  The motion was unanimously approved.

(Said amendments are on file in the County Administrator's Office)

 

IN RE:  ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING GIS DEPARTMENT

A public hearing was held on June 3, 2004 to receive citizens' comments regarding the proposed Ordinance Establishing a GIS Department.

There were several citizens who voiced their support of this ordinance.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Leland Branham, to adopt the Ordinance Establishing Wise County Department of Geographic Information Sciences.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ORDINANCE #            2004

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

 

IN RE:  ORDINANCE ON EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL

A public hearing was held on June 3, 2004 to receive citizens' input regarding the proposed  Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance.  There was no public opposition to the proposed ordinance.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to approve the Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ORDINANCE #          2004

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

 

IN RE:  E-911 ROAD NAMES

A public hearing was held on June 3, 2004 to receive citizens' comments regarding the proposed E-911 road name additions.  There was no public opposition to said names.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the E-911 road name additions as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  ORDINANCE/ TAX EXEMPT STATUS/LONESOME PINE ARTS AND CRAF

A public hearing was held on June 3, 2004, to receive citizens' input regarding a tax exempt status for Lonesome Pine Arts and Crafts Association from certain taxation.

There was no public opposition regarding this proposed ordinance.

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to approve the Ordinance Approving the Exemption of the Lonesome Pine Arts and Crafts Association, Inc. from certain taxation.

ORDINANCE #            2004

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

 

IN RE:  BUDGET FY 2004-2005

A public hearing was held on June 3, 2004 to receive citizens' comments regarding the proposed County budget for FY 2004-2005. 

Several citizens spoke with suggestions as to how cuts could be made to lower the over-all budget.

Ronnie Shortt asked that the awning for the Stephens Community Center be added to the budget.

Administrator Sealover stated that the cost would be approximately $6500.  These funds would need to be transferred to the Capital Improvements funds for that project.

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to approve the budget for FY 2004-2005 as presented with the transfer of $6500 to the Capital Improvements Funds for the installation of a canopy at the Stephens Community Center.  The motion was unanimously approved. 

 

IN RE:  MUTUAL AID AGREEMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

Sheriff Oakes submitted a request to the Board regarding the Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreement.  Virginia law allows Sheriff's and localities to assist each other and enter into agreements for law enforcement services that would be beneficial to all jurisdictions.  He asked for the Board's approval of said agreement.

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreement as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE: TREASURER/ COLLECTION OF LANDFILL REVENUES

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to request the Treasurer to assume collection of certain landfill related revenues.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION APPROVING WISE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FY 2004-2005 BUDGET

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the resolution approving Wise County Public Schools FY 2004-2005 budget by expenditure classification / category.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #        2004

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

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT / HIGHWAY SAFETY COMMISSION

It was the consensus of the Board to table this appointment until next month.

 

IN RE: APPOINTMENT / REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING AUTHORITY

Leland Branham nominated Eula Hughes to the Redevelopment & Housing Authority Board.

Robby Robbins nominated Sarah Love McReynolds for reappointment to the Redevelopment & Housing Authority Board.

The vote to appoint Eula Hughes is as follows:

Aye-     Leland Branham            Nay-     Robby Robbins

            Ronnie Shortt                           Bob Adkins

            John Peace

            Virginia Meador

            Fred Luntsford

The motion carried.

Ronnie Shortt nominated Ben Cooper for reappointment to the Redevelopment & Housing Authority Board.  There being no further nominees, Ben Cooper was unanimously reappointed to the Redevelopment & Housing Authority for a term of four (4) years.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT / SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES COUNCIL

John Peace nominated Dr. Gary Williams to the Southwest Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council.  Virginia Meador seconded the nomination.  The nomination was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT / SOCIAL SERVICES BOARD

Virginia Meador nominated George Barton to fill the unexpired term of Richard Cornett on the Social Services Board.  John Peace seconded the nomination.  The nomination was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT / VCEDA

Virginia Meador nominated John Peace to the VCEDA Board for a term of four years.  Leland Branham seconded the nomination.  The nomination was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPALACHIA FIRE DEPARTMENT REQUEST

Robert Anderson, Chief of the Appalachia Fire Department, addressed the Board requesting permission from the local government, as required by State law, to upgrade their department from Basic Life Support (non-transport) to Advance Life Support (non-transport).  By upgrading to Advance Life Support, the department members can implement their skills they are qualified to do and enhance more life saving capabilities.  

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to change the Appalachia Fire Department status from Basic Life Support to Advance Life Support.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Robby Robbins, to go into closed session for discussion on award of contract for the expenditure of public funds: A/E services for transfer station, etc, as permitted by section 2.2-3711(A)(30) of the Code of Virginia and for consultation with the County Attorney regarding potential litigation: Animal Shelter Project as permitted by Section 2.2-3711(A)(7) of the Code of Virginia.  The motion was unanimously approved.

After a lengthy closed session, a motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION CERTIFYING CLOSED MEETING

The resolution of certification was read by Supervisor Robbins.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to adopt the resolution verifying 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)

 

IN RE:  TRANSFER STATION ENGINEERING FIRM

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to authorize the County Administrator to negotiate with Joyce Engineering, Inc. for design and construction supervision of the transfer station at the Blackwood Landfill.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  ANIMAL SHELTER/ PAYMENT OF CONTRACTOR

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Bob Adkins, to authorize the County Administrator and the County Attorney to pursue settlement with Heartwood Builders outstanding invoices for the new animal shelter.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

ADJOURN

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ATTEST:                  WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

___________________            ______________________

Edward Sealover - Clerk          John W. Peace II - Chairman

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