Board of Supervisors - October 11, 2007 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular Meeting on October 11, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

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

PRAYER

T. G. Branson led in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

MINUTES

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

IN RE: UVA-WISE   PRESENTATION

Chancellor David Prior, speaking on behalf of UVA-Wise, provided an overview on the progress that is being made at the college, and the programs that are being offered.  This year is the largest first year class with an enrollment of over 400 first year students plus transfer students primarily from MECC.  The growth of the college is being managed with care to keep a safe and secure learning environment.   The college is made up with 98% of students from Virginia and 58% from the Coalfield region which is the original mission for establishing the college.

Dr. Prior stated that the Wise County Software Engineering Scholarship is one of a kind in the Commonwealth.  John Kastine, President of the University, said that he could not ever recall, in the Commonwealth, a Board of Supervisors supporting the public institution in this way.  He presented a commemorative check of $2,000.00, the first Software Engineering Scholarship, to Jacob Adkins a graduate of J. J. Kelly High School, and his mentor, Jack Kennedy.    

The Board was given a copy of the Capital Improvements Plan for UVA-Wise for a total investment of $115M consisting of both private funds and general funding.   The projects were reviewed by Chancellor Prior with cost figures on each project.

Clerk of the Court Jack Kennedy voiced his appreciation and congratulations to the Board on its success with the math and science initiative and with the software engineering which will help prepare students for their major in college.  He further acknowledged Jacob Adkins, the accomplishments that he has made and his expectations for a future in engineering.

IN RE:  OXBOW CENTER UPDATE

Jodi M. Helbert, Executive Director for the Oxbow Center located in St. Paul, reviewed with the Board the Programs and Services that are available at the Oxbow Center including health, nutrition and education.  She explained the purpose and the goals of the Center and its means of support.

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Walter Crouse addressed the Board on the following items:

  1. Adopt, on an emergency basis, the ordinance on open burning due to the extreme drought that this area is now experiencing
  2. Storage building for recycling
  3. By-pass for BSG, Pennington Gap and Jonesville
  4. Sewer/water connections on the Esserville Road
  5. School renovation/consolidation should be resolved one way or the other
  6. Get rid of SOL’s and block scheduling in the schools

Jack Kennedy voiced his appreciation to Rick Boucher and the CEO at Alltel for the forthcoming County wide wireless infrastructure.  He noted that yesterday an announcement was made regarding the Law Enforcement Application using the Blackberries.  He spoke briefly on the application and the benefits that will be reaped by the fire and rescue personnel as well as law enforcement. 

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

IN RE:  ROADS & HIGHWAYS

Residency Administrator T. G. Branson gave an update on the following:

  1. Kent Junction Bridge
  2. Rt. 610 Project.  The road will be closed to traffic on November 15 to enhance the safety of the project and get it completed as soon as possible.
  3. The Six Year Plan – Secondary Construction Program should be scheduled for public hearing in November or December.

Mr. Branson noted that the LENOWISCO Planning District is working in conjunction with others to do a corridor study on the Innovation Highway using an “On-Call” consultant.

There were remarks from Board members regarding needs in their districts.

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the consent agenda as follows:

IN RE:  APPROPRIATIONS

The Second Quarter Appropriations were approved

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARINGS

The following public hearings were set:

  1. Set public hearing (November 1 @ 6:00 p.m.) on E-911 road name additions
  2. Set public hearing (November 1 @ 6:00 p.m.) on a request for a Conditional Change of use for property on Necessary Road in Wise
  3. Set public hearing (November 1 @ 6:00 p.m.) on a proposed Open Burn Prohibition Ordinance

IN RE:  PROCLAMATION – TEEN DRIVER SAFETY

Approved the Proclamation proclaiming Teen Driver Safety Week

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

IN RE: CONDITIONAL CHANGE OF USE – PHILLIP HALL

A public hearing was held on October 4 to receive citizens’ comments regarding a request from Phillip Hall for a Conditional Change of Use on property at 5618 Rock Bar Road in Wise.  There was no opposition to the request.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the Conditional Change of Use as requested by Phillip Hall.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  ORDINANCE – ANIMAL & FOWL - AMENDMENTS

A public hearing was held on October 4 to receive citizens’ input regarding proposed mandatory amendments and fee adjustments to the Animal & Fowl Ordinance for Wise County.  There was no opposition to the proposed amendments.

Attorney Mullins stated that she was not present at the Workshop meeting last Thursday at which time the public hearing was held on the proposed amendments.  Since that time, she has had several questions asked about the proposed amendments.  Therefore, she asked the Board to table any action on the item until next month to allow her time to research these questions.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by John Peace, to table any action on the Animal & Fowl Ordinance amendments to allow the County Attorney to do further research on the questions asked.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION –PRIMARY ROAD PROJECTS

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the resolution supporting the inclusion of certain primary road projects in the VDOT Six Year Plan.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                            2007

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – DECLARATION OF STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the resolution ratifying the Declaration of State of Local Emergency due to the lack of rainfall, high temperatures and drought conditions.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                           2007

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION ACKNOWLEDGING VCEDA –RESCIND

Supervisor Peace stated that in 2005 three of the coal counties met at the Breaks near the State Park to discuss the operations of the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority.  Not being satisfied with VCEDA, Dickenson County prepared a resolution of which Wise County followed suite in making some recommendations for some changes within the Authority.  Since that time, there is now a new Director for VCEDA and changes have been made that are making a difference. 

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Bob Adkins, to rescind the Resolution Acknowledging the Past, Present and Future of the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority Along with a “White Paper” Recommendation to Enhance the Agency .  The motion was unanimously approved.
     

IN RE:  RESOLUTION –SOFTWARE ENGINEERING SCHOOL (Rescind)

It was noted that the wording “third year students” in this resolution prevented other students the benefit of this scholarship.  Therefore, it was agreed that the resolution be rescind.

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Leland Branham, to rescind the Resolution to Appropriate Funding in Support of Software Engineering School that was adopted by the Board of Supervisors at its meeting held on April 13, 2006.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – SUPPORT OF SOFTWARE ENGINEERING SCHOOL

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the resolution to appropriate funding in support of Software Engineering School for the creation of a software engineering scholarship fund to be remitted for tuition of Wise County resident students who have declared their major to be software engineering.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                         2007

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

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the following budget amendments:

#12  Source of Revenue – Auto Insurance Reimbursement - $5,000
        Expenditures: (3102) Sheriff’s Law Enforcement (505408) Vehicles & Powered Equip. - $5,000

#13  Source of Revenue-Payment of Court-ordered funds for case of seized animal $50
        Expenditures: (3501) Animal Control (505105) Animal Supplies - $50

#14  Source of Revenue-Recovered reimbursement from Town of St. Paul & Coeburn -$3,082.31
        Expenditures: (4204) Refuse Collection (505418) Vehicle parts - $3,082.31

#15  Source of Revenue-Prior Year Fund Balance - $2,179
        Expenditures: (9316) Non-Departmental (505302) Fire Insurance - $2,179

#16  Source of Revenue- Prior Year Fund Balance - $6,000
        Expenditures: (4206) Litter Control (507001) Machinery & Equipment- $6,000

#17  Source of Revenue-Va. State Compensation Board Funds - $10,000
        Expenditures: (2201) Commonwealth Attorney (505401) Office supplies - $10,000

#18  Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance - $9,735.18
        Expenditures: (4205) Refuse Disposal (507001) Machinery & Equipment

#19  Source of Revenue-Va. State Compensation Board - $16,880.61
        Expenditures: (2201) Commonwealth Atty (501003) Salaries & Wages-P/T--$16,880.61

#20  Source of Revenue- Capital Outlay Budget - $75,000
        <9302> <507010> Capital Outlay <$75,000> Expenditure Fund (80)
        (2116) Wise Develop Project (501003) Salaries & Wages – P/T ---- $75,000

#21  Source of Revenue – Auto Insurance Proceeds - $2,989.84
        Expenditures:(3102) Sheriff –Law Enforcement (505408) Veh. & Powered Equip.-$2,989.84
         
#22  Source of Revenue- Prior Year Fund Balance - $270.00
        Expenditures:  (1230) GIS Dept. (503002) Professional Services - $270

#23  Source of Revenue-Va. State Dept of Social Services <$12,142> Reduction
        Expenditures: (5301) Welfare Admin (505610) Contribution to Local Welfare <$12,142>

#24  Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance --$50,000
        Expenditures: (80) Wise Develop Fund (2116) Wise Develop Proj. (501003) Salaries & Wages – Part-time --$50,000

#25  Source of Revenue – Grant funds from DEQ --$14,317
        Expenditures: (4206) Litter Control (505810) Grant Expenses --$14,317

#26  Source of Revenue – Va. State Grant Funds - $13,600
        Expenditures: (4206) Litter Control (505810) Grant Expenses - $13,600

#27  Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance --$15,000
        Expenditures: (9302) Capital Outlay (507010) Capital Outlay - $15,000

The motion to approve the budget amendments was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – RECREATIONAL AUTHORITY

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to table this appointment until next month.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – SOCIAL SERVICES BOARD

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to table this appointment until next month.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE: CHANGE TIME/PLACE OF THE NOVEMBER 8TH BOARD MEETING

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to change the meeting place of the November 8th Board of Supervisors meeting to the J. J. Kelly High School auditorium at 5:00 p.m.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

Administrator Skinner reported on water and sewer issues. 

BOARD COMMENTS

Board members made comments regarding activities in their districts.

Supervisor Luntsford indicated that he might ask the Board to support a resolution, pending further information, regarding the proposed closing of the Post Office in Appalachia.

ADJOURN

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

ATTEST:                                              WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

_____________________________            _______________________________________
Glen A. Skinner, Clerk                           Ronald L. Shortt, Chairman

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