Board of Supervisors - January 4, 2007 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 6:00 PM in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable Ronnie L. Shortt – Chairman
Honorable Steve Bates – Vice-Chairman
Honorable Robert R. Adkins
Honorable Virginia Meador
Honorable Robert E. Robbins
Honorable Leland Branham
Honorable Fred Luntsford – 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 John W. Peace, II

IN RE:  AGENDA ADDITIONS/DELETIONS

The following items were reviewed for addition to the agenda:

  1. Add to new business:  Resolution-Literary Loan for PV Primary School
                                     Resolution-Literary Loan for Coeburn Middle School
  2. Add to consent agenda:  Set public hearing (6:00 PM-February 1) on a proposed Burn Ordinance for Wise County
                                         Add budget amendments #35 & #36

IN RE:  RESOLUTION-LITERARY LOANS-PV PRIMARY SCHOOL & COEBURN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Ron Vicars, Business Manager, representing Wise County School Board presented to the Board two (2) resolutions for their adoption; one for Powell Valley Primary gymnasium $4,015,000 and one for Coeburn Middle gymnasium $3,457,500.  These resolutions are required as presentation to the Virginia Department of Education to secure borrowing from the Literary Fund to pay for these two (2) projects.  Approval by the Board of Supervisors is requested because they are responsible for debt service on the loans.  This is required by the State of Virginia following the approval of the two (2) projects by the Board of Supervisors

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – E911 ROAD NAMES

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

There being no one to speak the public hearing was closed.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING-ORDINANCE ON SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS FOR HORTICULTURAL REAL ESTATE

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding a proposed ordinance on Special Assessments for Horticultural Real Estate.

There being no one to speak, the public hearing was closed.

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Edgar Mullins, a resident of the Pound area, spoke briefly on the land that was being purchased in the Esserville Industrial Park by the PSA for the purpose of constructing an office building and to house their equipment.

He spoke regarding the use of monies that are unspent from projects that were completed below the projected cost.  He asked that Arrow Head Road be considered for a bridge or a boxed culvert with any of these unspent monies.

Another concern of Mr. Mullins was the South Mountain Road.  He said that while he was on the Board, money in the amount of approximately $80,000 was set aside by the Coal & Gas Road Committee to widen this road.  To date, there are no visible signs of any construction on that road.

Residency Administrator T. G. Branson stated that an Environmental Assessment is being conducted on that road.

Mr. Mullins asked that the tire service located in the industrial park be asked to clean up the tires that have become an eye sore to the park and the surrounding businesses.

Perry Ashley, a student of PV High School, addressed the Board regarding project ASK Have a Heart Day.  Project ASK is the Association for the support of kids with cancer and their families.  Mr. Ashley asked the Board to consider adopting a Proclamation proclaiming the 14th day of February as “Project ASK “Have a Heart Day in support of this project.

Jane Adams, Director of VASAP, addressed the Board regarding possible office space in the courthouse.   She explained that VASAP is a probation office specifically for alcohol and drug offenders, and is funded only by probationer fees.  With the understanding that the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office will be moving in the near future, she asked the Board to consider allowing VASAP to move into that office space.

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

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Residency Administrator T. G. Branson provided responses to the Board’s concerns from the last meeting.  Regarding the proposed Six Year Secondary Construction Plan, he explained that due to State funding being reduced, the rural addition funds will be decreased.  Also, the Federal funds must be spent on major Federal Collector roads.

Mr. Branson noted that the bridge in the Town of Big Stone Gap is open to the public and the bridge on Kent Junction Road and the bridges in Appalachia are under construction.

Several Board members provided needs in their district for VDOT review.

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

The following items were reviewed under the consent agenda:

  1. Set public hearing (6:00 PM – February 1) on proposed Six Year Secondary Construction Plan
  2. Resolution authorizing signatures for signing of checks
  3. Third Quarter Appropriations
  4. Budget Amendments
  5. Proclamation – Project ASK

 

IN RE:  TREASURER’S REQUEST

Treasurer Rita Holbrook came before the Board requesting additional money for a part-time employee to assist with the heavy tax season.  She explained that from the funding provided for part-time help, thousands of STOPS have been placed on vehicle registrations, payroll liens, bank liens, and over 200 distress seizures have been placed on car tags.  With the use of part-time help in 2005-2006, the return on the County’s investment was $1,318,904.14   In order to continue the collection program for the remaining six (6) months of this fiscal year; an additional $15,000.00 will be needed for part-time help.

IN RE:  OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED

  1. Authorize former Chairman Fred Luntsford to sign checks for month of January 2007.
  2. Appointments
  3. Board comments

 

IN RE:  MAGISTRATE’S OFFICE SPACE

Assistant County Administrator Shannon Scott reported that the old jail facility has been re-visited for possible office space for the Magistrate by recommendation from the County Administrator’s Office in that the Board approved an amount sufficient to make the necessary revisions.  The space at the old jail is recommended as the most cost efficient option because the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail has now given Wise permission to transport jail inmates up the rear back steps to enter holding cells.  The Sheriff’s Office has agreed to move two (2) offices for processing new arrests which will make room for the space needed for the Magistrate’s Office.  In prior months, both of these issues were problems that have now been resolved.

ADJOURN

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM.

ATTEST:                                             WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

_______________________________            ______________________________________
Glen A. Skinner, Clerk                          Ronald L. Shortt, Chairman

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