Board of Supervisors - April 6, 2006 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, April 6, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. at UVA-Wise on 5th floor of the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center.  The following were present:

Honorable Ronnie Shortt - Vice Chairman

Honorable Robert R. Adkins

Honorable Steve Bates

Honorable Virginia Meador

Honorable John W. Peace, II

Honorable Leland Branham

Honorable Robert Robbins, members of said Board and

Glen A. Skinner - County Administrator

Shannon C. Scott - Assistant County Administrator

Karen T. Mullins - County Attorney

Annette Underwood - Executive Secretary

 

ABSENT

Honorable Fred A. Luntsford - Chairman

 

PRAYER

Bob Adkins led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

 

IN RE:  AGENDA ADDITIONS

The following items were reviewed for addition to the agenda:

Under Consent Agenda Add:

(1)  Resolution - Preserve America Community

(2)  Resolution -  Action to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing

(3)  Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. May 4) on An Emergency Ordinance Prohibiting Dogs & Cats from Running At Large

 

IN RE:  PRESENTATIONS

Ann Gregory was presented a Proclamation for her outstanding services to Wise County.

Rusty Necessary provided a presentation on the Math and Science Program

 

IN RE:  SCHOOL BOARD-CLASSROOM AND GYM ADDITIONS

Dr. Killough came before the Board requesting $7.5 million for the proposed additions and renovations for the Powell Valley Primary School and the Coeburn Middle School.  This new $7.5 million figure results from a request by the Board of Supervisors that the original proposal be cut to more resemble the two earlier gymnasium projects at Wise Primary School and Coeburn Primary School.  He provided a power point presentation on the proposed cuts that have been made to the proposal that was presented to the Board in December 2006.

The original cost for the PV Primary School new classrooms, new gymnasium and renovations to the existing building totaled $5,545,000.00 and the revised cost is $4,015,000.00 for a total reduction of $1,530,000.00.

The original proposal cost for the Coeburn Middle School for new classrooms, gymnasium and facility support, totaled $4,572,500.00 and the revised cost is $3,457,500.00 for a total reduction of $1,115,000.00.

Ron Vicars, Director of Finance for Wise County Schools, explained that these improvements could be financed through the Virginia Public School Authority for a term of 20 years for an annual projected debt service of $580,750.00.

The school, at this time, has several literary loans for prior major capital improvements that are outstanding but will be paid in full in the near future.

Supervisor Peace asked that the School Board request for funding be place on next week's agenda.  There was no opposition to this request.

Supervisor Bates stated that the high schools are also in need of repair and renovating.  He said the Board needs to be aggressive and step up to the plate and bring the schools into the 21st century to provide our children with the tools and the education they need to compete in the competitive job world.  For too long the high schools have been placed on the back burner and now the buildings have deteriorated to the point of major renovations with enormous costs.  Previous Boards have been lax in meeting these needs on a timely basis and now this Board must be prudent in this matter and proceed as necessary.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING - E-911 ROAD NAMES

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding two (2) E-911 road names.

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING-CONDITIONAL ZONING-MULTI- FAMILY HOUSING

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments on a request from Culby Supply for Conditional Zoning for three (3) lots located at 6230 Hurricane Road for the purpose of building multi-family housing.

Bill Skeens, representing Culby Supply, stated that all utilities are available for these units, all Code requirements have been met, and the Conditional Zoning is in compliance with the Wise County Comprehensive Plan as adopted by the Board of Supervisors.

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING -CONDITIONAL CHANGE OF USE

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments on a request from Chris Williams for a Conditional Change of Use for a 1.50 acre parcel of land located on 1605 Artesian Well Hollow Road in BSG for the purpose of expanding property for an M-1 use.

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

 

IN RE: PUBLIC HEARING-ORDINANCE AMENDMENT FOR ELDERLY & DISABLED

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a proposed amendment to the Real Estate Tax Exemption for Elderly & Disabled Ordinance for Wise County.

There being no public comments regarding this proposed amendment, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING - MICROENTERPRISE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding the proposed Microenterprise Assistance Program CDBG proposal to be submitted to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, which will provide training and/or business technical assistance to clients interested in small business ownership.

Phil Black, representing People, Inc., of Southwest Virginia, stated that the County of Wise, in partnership with the City of Norton and Southwest Virginia Community Development Financing, Inc., wish to apply for $200,000 of Virginia Community Development Block Grant Funds to establish a Microenterprise Assistance Program to serve residents in Wise County and the City of Norton.  The County of Wise will serve as the lead applicant for the project.  Mr. Black noted that Southwest Virginia Community Development Financing, Inc, will contribute $120,000 in additional loan funds to support the project that will result in the creation of a minimum of 11 jobs for low-to-moderate income individuals.

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Rodney Niece, Scott Morgan, Donna Mahan, and Johnson Legg, addressed the Board with support for the proposed Powell Valley Primary renovations and additions.

The Board was presented a banner with signatures from students of the Powell Valley Primary School asking for the Board's approval of the gym and other additions and renovations to their school.

Bryan Porter, student at Coeburn Middle School, briefed the Board on the condition of the Coeburn gym and the unsanitary conditions of the restrooms.  He asked for approval of a new gym and the proposed renovations to the Coeburn Middle School that will provide for a better education for the students and more space for after school activities.

Gina Porter voiced her support for the music room that is being cut out of the original proposal for the Coeburn Middle School.  She explained the condition of space that is now being used for the music room and the sewer odor that fills that space.  Ms. Porter also asked that the seating for the gym be reinstated due to the number of after-school events that require additional seating.  She stressed this request very strongly due to the lack of recreation in this area for our children.

Stacy Mullins told the Board that on Rt. 671 trees have been removed along the road, which has made this narrow, curvy road even more dangerous.  Since the school bus travels this road as well as many other citizens, she asked that guardrails be placed on that road as soon as possible due to the steepness of the embankment and narrowness of the road.  This is truly a safety hazard and needs to be addressed immediately.

Walter Crouse, Chairman of the Keep Wise County Beautiful Committee, encouraged citizens' support in cleaning up Wise County, which would promote economic growth and economic development in our region.  He also supported the proposed school projects for the Powell Valley Primary School, the Coeburn Middle School and the upgrading the high schools.

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

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Jackie Christian, representing VDOT in the absence of Highway Resident Engineer T.G. Branson, gave an update of upcoming projects throughout the County.

Mr. Christian noted that no public comments have been received regarding the proposed abandonment of a section of Rt. 686; therefore no public hearing is required.  A resolution will be prepared on the proposed abandonment for Board approval at next week's meeting.

Board members provided needs in their districts for review by VDOT.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

The consent agenda was reviewed as follows:

(1)   Set public hearings:

     May 4 @ 6:00 p.m. on a request for a Special Use Permit for the purpose of constructing/installing a cellular U-Tower

     May 4 @ 6:00 p.m. on eleven E-911 road name additions

(2)   Resolution - Virginia Community Development Block Grant proposal

(3)   Resolution - Increase in Minimum Wage

(4)   Resolution - Authorization for use of Wise County VCEDA funds

(5)   Proclamation - Child Abuse Prevention Month

(6)   Appropriations - 4th Quarter

(7)   Budget Amendments No. 75 - No. 81

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION TRANSFER OF CABLE

Attorney Mullins stated that she is waiting on further information on the cable transfer, which will hopefully be forthcoming prior to next Board meeting.

 

IN RE:  PRO-ART ADDITIONAL FUNDING

Betty Bolling and Faye Barker came before the Board requesting $5,000.00 to help pay on the balance owed on the grand piano recently purchased for the Performing Arts Center adjacent to J.W. Adams Combined School in Pound.

 

IN RE:  UVA-WISE - SOFTWARE ENGINEERING PROGRAM

A request was received from UVA-Wise for assistance in the implementation of the new Software Engineering Program recently approved by the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia.  This is a one-time request for $125,000 for capital improvements and $125,000 reserved for scholarships for Wise County students only.

 

IN RE:  OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED

(1)   Ordinance Concurring with the revised PSA Resolution on Mandatory Sewer Hookup

(2)   A request from Emily Edmondson for Conditional Zoning on property located at 9506 Coeburn Mtn. Road for the purpose of constructing housing

(3)   Resolution Regarding the Issuance of a Water and Sewer Revenue Refunding Bond by the Wise County PSA to finance extensions of water lines in the North Fork area and providing for Wise County's Moral Obligation to make certain appropriations with respect to the Bond and its facilities

(4)   Support Agreement for said North Fork Project

(5)   Resolution Preserve America

(6)   Appointments

(7)   Ten minute video presentation - Back Yard Treasurer (April 12)

 

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT

Administrator Skinner gave a progress report on: 

(1)  Transfer of County sewer to PSA

(2)    WiFi Request for Information

(3)    Office of Economic & Community Development

 

BOARD COMMENTS

Board members commented on the school projects and better education for our children.

Leland Branham asked that the May Workshop be moved to St. Paul.

 

ADJOURN

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

 

ATTEST:                                WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

____________________      __________________________

Glen A. Skinner, Clerk             Fred A. Luntsford, Chairman

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