The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County Courthouse. The following members were present:
Honorable J. H. Rivers- Chairman
Honorable Dana Kilgore – Vice-Chair
Honorable Virginia Meador
Honorable Robert E. Robbins, Jr.
Honorable Steve Bates
Honorable Robert R. Adkins
Honorable Ronald L. Shortt
Honorable Fred Luntsford – members of said Board and
Shannon C. Scott – County Administrator
David L. Cox – Financial Administrator
Karen T. Mullins – County Attorney
Annette Underwood – Executive Secretary
Rev. Will Gipe led in prayer.
All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the minutes as presented. The motion was unanimously approved.
A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Bob Adkins, to move Presentation before Public Expression and to approve the agenda with said modification. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Corey Dotson, President of the Wise County Chamber of Commerce, provided the Board with a brief history of the Chamber.
Mr. Dotson asked the Board’s assistance with a new initiative of the Chamber in supporting the County’s efforts in bringing the people of Wise County together for the betterment of the region as a whole. The Chamber’s goal is to look for ways to improve this area, provide better opportunities to the younger generation and bring the towns, the County, and the City of Norton together for Round Table discussions to generate ideas and ways to promote our area. However, this effort is hinder by geographical distance and schedule restraints.
The current Economic Development Committee is currently working with the newest technology (Webinar) to have meetings in any location as long as a computer with access to the internet is available. Mr. Dotson’s explained the mechanics of this new technology and asked that the County consider the use of this technology in bringing everyone together. With everyone working together, it will make a difference in our region.
Giovanni Colberg & Yanina Colon, students of the Wise DEVELOP Program, expressed to the Board the details of the Rockerty Workshop with the local high school students.
Nancy Bailey, Mayor of Big Stone Gap, read a resolution adopted by the Big Stone Gap Town Counsel at a Special Called Meeting on November 10, 2010 urging the Wise County Board of Supervisors and the Wise County School Board to construct a high school in the western end of Wise County. The Counsel urged both Boards to minimize the economic impact of school consolidation to the greatest extent possible by building a high school in the western end of Wise County and to give priority consideration to the Powell Valley High School site because it is economically, strategically, and geographically the best location for a new high school.
Ted Tate, a resident of East Stone Gap, asked the Board to keep all six high schools open. He expressed his concern for children traveling the slick roads in the winter, transportation costs and higher taxes.
Eddie Giles, a resident of Big Stone Gap, asked the Board to re-consider funding for the 2-on-1 site. He mentioned other possible options the Board might consider, and voiced his concern on safety issues with so many of the high school students driving their own cars to school.
Charles Miller, a resident of Big Stone Gap, pointed out the School Board’s role in consolidation and the Board of Supervisors’ role. He spoke of a meeting that was held with individuals from different areas of the County with their main concern being equality for all and safety for all the children.
Marlene Bush, a resident of Appalachia, voiced her opposition to consolidation. She was for the people standing together, quit fighting amongst one another and do what is best for the children. Be open and don’t make deals. She suggested dividing the $69M and fix up all six schools.
Harold Greear, a resident of Pound, opposes consolidation. He spoke regarding coal severance, economic development and all towns being treated equally.
Walter Crouse, a resident of the Pound area, spoke regarding the Appalachia Elementary gym, support going regional with schools, do away with block scheduling and SOL, cut school administrative positions and bring recycling to the front burner to save space in the landfill.
Millie Tate, a resident of Big Stone Gap, voiced her concern for safety of the children if the 2-on-1 site is approved.
Stacy Carson, a resident of Pound, voiced her opposition to consolidation which will bring about the loss of jobs, and income for families.
Mary Kelley, a resident of Hurricane, spoke regarding the Clean Water Act. She provided a sample of water from her community which was very dirty and not fit to drink.
Nita Wilson, a resident of Big Stone Gap, voiced her opposition to consolidation. She asked that the Board re-consider the 2-on-1 site plan and to fund the requests from Round the Mountain and the High Knob Tower Project.
Bill Dotton, a member of Round the Mountain, stated that Round the Mountain is a viable organization for Wise County. He spoke of the interaction with other tourism organizations in the County and their need for financial assistance for every day expenses.
Connar McCoy, a resident of Pound, voiced his opposition to consolidation. Hel felt that the people need to come together and work this problem out.
There being no further comments, the public expression period ended at 7:15 p.m.
IN RE: MOU -- AMERICAN RED CROSS
This MOU provides a broad framework for cooperation between the Red Cross and Wise County in rendering assistance and service to victims of disaster, as well as other services for which cooperation may be mutually beneficial.
A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to approve the MOU between the American Red Cross and Wise County. The motion was unanimously approved.
(Said MOU is on file in the County Administrator’s Office)
IN RE: RESOLUTION INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF EXPENSES & REVENUES OF WISE COUNTY
A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to table any action on this resolution until the December meeting. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING HIRING OF LEGAL COUNSEL REGARDING SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION
A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to table any action on this resolution until the December meeting. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: DISPATCHER SUPPLEMENT
A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the ongoing dispatcher supplement for 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of service as presented. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION – RESCIND MOTION ON 2-ON-1 SITE
Chairman Rivers stated that he sent an email to his fellow Board members concerning a resolution that would rescind the previous resolution regarding the 2-on-1 site plan for the consolidation of schools.
He read the proposed resolution rescinding the previous resolution adopted by the Board of Supervisors at its meeting on October 26, 2010 which committed the sum of $69M for a plan of consolidation for two new schools on one site. The proposed resolution would allow the $69M to be used at the discretion of the School Board for a plan of consolidation & the immediate funding of up to $2M from the current capital outlay to build and construct the Appalachia Elementary Gym.
Virginia Meador seconded the motion.
There was a lengthy discussion on previous options for consolidation that have been before the Board, the concerns of the people, loss of jobs, and the downturn in the economy.
The votes on the proposed resolution as presented by Chairman Rivers were as follows:
Aye- Virginia Meador Nay - Fred Luntsford
J. H. Rivers Steve Bates
IN RE: SCHOOL FINANCING
A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by Bob Adkins, to table school financing until the December meeting. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: APPALACHIA JUVENILE COMMISSION SERVICE AGREEMENT
A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the Appalachia Juvenile Commission Service Agreement as presented. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: RURAL ADDITION – FEATHER ROAD
A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to table any action on the rural addition (Feather Road) until December to allow sufficient time for VDOT to review the status of funding. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: APPOINTMENT LENOWISCO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to re-appoint Ben Allen to the LENOWISCO Board of Directors for a term of three (3) years. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: APPOINTMENT REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING AUTHORITY
A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to appoint Gail Luntsford to fill the unexpired term of Jim Flanary on the Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: APPOINTMENT BUILDING CODE AND APPEALS BOARD
A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to re-appoint Jimmy Hawkins to the Building Code and Appeals Board for a term of five (5) years. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: BUDGET AMENDMENT #14
A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the following budget amendment:
# 14 Professional Services – Other $1,000.00
The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: BUDGET AMENDMENT #15
A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve budget amendment #15 as follows:
#15 Round the Mountain $3,000.00
Money from Transient Fund
The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: BUDGET AMENDMENT #16
A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve budget amendment #16 as follows:
#16 Additional request for High Knob Tower (Requested by Robby Robbins) --$1,000
Money from Transient Fund
The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: PROCLAMATION – ROCKET CHALLENGE DAY
A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the Proclamation proclaiming Saturday, November 20, 2010 as “Rocket Challenge Day” at the Lonesome Pine Regional Spaceport for the purpose of boosting student interest and public awareness in the future of STEM education. The motion was unanimously approved.
(Said Proclamation is on file in the County Administrator’s Office)
IN RE: E-911 EQUIPMENT / VITA REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY MOU & MEMBER TERMS
The member jurisdictions and VITA are setting out the terms of the shared equipment necessary to back up each others 911 and exchange law enforcement related information. Each of the jurisdictions are agreeing to commit their PSAP Grant funding towards this Regional Partnership. The total grant funding from VITA is approximately $2.2M, including partial connectivity costs for years 2-5 and 100% for the first year.
The estimated committed costs for Wise County in years 2-5 is approximately $42,000. The member counties will be responsible for sharing all replacement costs and ongoing maintenance and support costs after initial 5 years.
Dickenson County has agreed to serve as fiscal agent and the member jurisdictions have agreed to the division of the maintenance costs for years 2-5 subject to the approval of their respective governing bodies. The costs of connectivity are to be shared equally with the costs of maintenance and support to be shared based upon the number of Dispatcher stations for each jurisdiction.
This Regional Partnership Project is anticipated to promote efficiency, effectiveness, and safety among the first responder and especially law enforcement.
A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the MOU and the terms herein allowing the CPE and CAD equipment and software to be ordered and scheduled for installation.
Aye Ronnie Shortt Abstain – Virginia Meador (She had not read the MOU &
Steve Bates corresponding information prior to this meeting)
J. H. Rivers
IN RE: AGENDA – AMENDMENT
Financial Administrator Cox asked if he could add to the agenda authorization from the Board to negotiate with BB&T on the Lease Purchase Financing.
A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by Robby Robbins, to add the BB&T Lease Purchase Financing to the agenda for Board action. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: BB&T LEASE PURCHASE FINANCING
A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by Bob Adkins, to authorize Financial Administrator Cox to negotiate with BB&T on the Lease Purchase financing. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: CLOSED SESSION
A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to table closed session until the December Board meeting. The motion was unanimously approved.
Attorney Mullins gave an update on the Austin Cemetery Trail Head located in the Almira area.
Robby Robbins stated that he has been made aware that the Burns Creek Road sign is missing and needs to be replaced. He asked the County Administrator to provide this information to the 911 Department.
Chairman Rivers noted that he had received a letter from Ray Wells, a resident of Josephine, stating that after the sewer line was installed his yard was left in a mess and was asking for assistance from the County fix his yard as it was.
Robby Robbins asked Financial Administrator Cox to ascertain if positions are lost with the school consolidation plan, how much of that loss is County funds and how much is Federal & State funds.
A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to adjourn the meeting. The motion was unanimously approved.
ATTEST WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Shannon C. Scott, Clerk J. H. Rivers, Chairman