Board of Supervisors - March 9, 2017 Regular Meeting

Home ] Up ]

The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a regular meeting on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the School Board Education Center located on 628 Lake Street in Wise.  The following members were present:

Honorable Dana G. Kilgore – Chair                                                                            ABSENT
Honorable Robert E. Robbins, Jr. – Vice-Chair
Honorable J. H. Rivers                                                                                    Karen T. Mullins – County Attorney
Honorable Virginia Meador
Honorable Fred Luntsford
Honorable Ronald L. Shortt
Honorable Steve Bates
Honorable Robert R. Adkins – members of said Board and
Shannon C. Scott – County Administrator
David L. Cox – Finance Administrator
Annette Underwood – Executive Secretary

PRAYER

Bob Adkins led in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

MINUTES

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Steve Bates to approve the minutes as presented.

Supervisor Meador stated that the agenda item “Go Virginia” was on the table for discussion but not voted on.   Also, under the appointment for Roundtable Executive Board, Supervisor Luntsford nominated Robby Robbins for re-appointment to that Board, and also seconded the motion to cease nominations.  This, she said, is against Roberts Rules of Order that were adopted by the Board at the Organizational meeting.

After discussion on the items questioned by Supervisor Meador, a substitute motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Robby Robbins, to table any action on the minutes for February 9, 2017 at this time until legal counsel can review the questions as noted by Supervisor Meador, and report back to the Board on her findings.  The motion was unanimously approved

AGENDA

Finance Administrator Cox asked the Board to add “acceptance of the audit”  to the consent agenda for consideration by the Board.

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the agenda as presented with the addition of “acceptance of the audit”.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Joey Mullins, representing VDOT, addressed the Board regarding the status of Morgan Hill Road in the Riverview Section of Coeburn.  He stated that a portion of Morgan Hill Road is already in the Secondary System, and there is some indication that the whole road may have also been approved for acceptance into the System some time back.  At this point, the archives are being searched to confirm the status of that road, and the Bristol Office will be making a decision on the findings.

Supervisor Adkins asked Mr. Mullins to let him know the completion date on the bridge under construction in Coeburn.

Supervisor Rivers voiced his concern for Ratliff Road, which has been in the pipeline for funding for some time now.  This road is one lane, unpaved with potholes, and used by school buses as well as several residents.  This is a safety issue for the school buses and residents living on that road.

Supervisor Shortt stated that there is an over growth of tree limbs on Right Fork of Bold Camp that are striking school buses along that road.  He asked for assistance in getting those limbs trimmed.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR PRIVATE FAMILY CEMETERY

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens comments on a request from Brenda Bolling for a private family cemetery on property across from 7249 Day Town Road located in the Guest River area.

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

IN RE:  REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

Duane Miller, Executive Director for LENOWISCO, addressed the Board regarding the economic initiative that is ongoing with other counties in possible revenue sharing and cost sharing for projects of mutual economic development interests.   This has been on the table at LENOWISCO meetings for a couple of years now.   Mr. Miller provided a resolution  for the Board to review and consider for adoption at its next meeting in support of establishing an economic development regional or joint authority.  He pointed out that this resolution is not  “Go Virginia”, but for a regional Economic Development Authority for the City of Norton, Lee, Scott, Wise and Dickenson counties.  There now exists a need for regional cooperation to increase the availability of job opportunities through collaborative economic development efforts.   Scott and Dickenson counties have approved the resolution as well as the City of Norton.  It is also on the table for consideration by Lee County.  A lot of legislation has tied economic development funding incentives to a requirement for regional project cooperation and revenue sharing.  He felt this is the time to go regional.  Joint efforts could make regional economic development proposals more attractive to state and federal funding agencies

Mr. Miller stated that he understands that the Cumberland Plateau localities, which include Dickenson, Russell, Tazewell and Buchanan counties, are having similar discussions. 

IN RE:  WELLMONT HEALTH SYSTEM UPDATE

Dale Clark, President of LP Hospital and Mountain View Regional Medical Center, provided the Board with a power point presentation on the many services that are provided for the two local health providers through Wellmont Health Systems.  He also gave an update on the proposed merger between Wellmont Health Systems,  and Mountain States Health Alliance, which is ongoing at this time.
IN RE:  AUDIT REPORT

Corbin Stone and Emily Viers, representing Robinson, Farmer, Cox Association, reviewed and discussed, by line item, the County Audit for year ended June 30, 2016.  Mr. Corbin stated that the audit has been completed with a clean opinion meaning the books and records were in good order under the quality of standards and in general compliance.

PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Elmer Phillips addressed the Board regarding the lack of bees in our area.  He was concerned that the extensive logging has destroyed trees that are beneficial for bees.  Apple trees and other pollinating plants have been destroyed in the process.  Without bees, crops will not grow.  He asked the Board to assist in any way possible to make citizens aware of the need to preserve our bee population.

Walter Crouse, a resident of Hurricane, mentioned several means for cutting the County budget, and several ways for bringing more revenue into the County.  He stressed the need to educate citizens to stop littering, and make our county a place that people would want to visit and live.

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

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

IN RE:  APPROPRIATIONS  4TH QUARTER

Approved 4th quarter appropriations

IN RE:  RESOLUTION HONORING EASTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL

Adopted the resolution honoring Eastside High School One Act Play Team & Coaches

RESOLUTION #8 – 2017

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION SUPPORT OF CDBG APPLICATION – TACOMA SEWER

Approved the resolution in support of CDBG Grant Application for the Tacoma Sewer Project

RESOLUTION #9 – 2017

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

IN RE:  AUDIT FY 2016

Acceptance of the Audit ending June 30, 2016 as presented

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  SPECIAL USE PERMIT – PRIVATE CEMETERY

A public hearing was held on March 9, 2017 to receive citizens’ comments regarding a request from Brenda Bolling for a Special Use Permit for a private family cemetery to be located on property across from 7249 Day Town Road located in the Guest River area.  There was no public comment or opposition regarding the request.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the Special Use Permit as requested by Brenda Bolling for a private family cemetery. The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  BLACKWOOD LANDFILL  EXPERIMENTAL PRACTICES PLAN

Eric Price, representing T&L, stated that the Landfill Committee met to discuss the proposed use of the back side of the highwall at the Blackwood landfill for long term use.   It was recommended by the Committee  to utilize the area as a recycling facility associated with the landfill, and not a sludge drying & treatment facility as originally planned.  He asked that the Board authorize the execution of the letter to DMME regarding the change in the Blackwood Experimental Practices Plan from a sludge drying & treatment facility to a recycling facility.

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Robby Robbins, to authorize the execution of a letter to DMME regarding a change in the Blackwood Experimental Practices Plan from a sludge drying & treatment facility to a recycling facility.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION APPROVING FINANCE AGREEMENT & SUPPORT AGREEMENT /SEWER & WATER

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the resolution approving the Finance Agreement and the Support Agreement for the purpose of financing improvements to the water & sewer System in Roda, Osaka, and Stonega communities.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION # 10 - 2017
   
(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator’s Office)

IN RE:  RESOLUTION RURAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT FUNDS – SHERIFF’S VEHICLES

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the resolution for Rural Development Grant Funds for Sheriff’s vehicles.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION # 11 – 2017

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

 IN RE:  RESOLUTION CODE OF CONDUCT

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the resolution on the Code of Conduct  for use of Rural Development Grant Funds.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION # 12 – 2017

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

IN RE:  PUMP AND HAUL RIDGE RUNNER CAMPGROUND

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the request from Frank Summers to  add an extension of Ridge Runner Campground  to the County’s Pump and Haul permit.    The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve budget amendments # 11 thru # 15 as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – COMMUNITY POLICY AND MANAGEMENT BOARD

Robby Robbins nominated Sandy O’Dell to the Community Policy & Management Board.

Ronnie Shortt made a motion that nominations cease.  J. H. Rivers seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.  Sandy O’Dell was re-appointed by acclamation.

Ronnie Shortt made a motion that Susan Light’s appointment be tabled.  Robby Robbins seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Robby Robbins nominated Glenda Collins to the Community Policy & Management Board.
Ronnie Shortt made a motion that nominations cease.  Fred Luntsford seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.  Glenda Collins was re-appointed by acclamation.

Robby Robbins nominated David Cox to the Community Policy & Management Board.
J. H. Rivers made a motion that nominations cease and David Cox be re-appointed by acclamation.  Ronnie Shortt seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT  RECREATIONAL AUTHORITY

A motion was made by Steve Bates to reappoint Robin Dotson to the Recreational Authority.  Bob Adkins seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  CLOSE SESSION

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Robby Robbins, to go into close session as permitted by the Code of Virginia.

Carl Snodgrass was invited into close session.

After close session, Robby Robbins made a motion to reconvene the regular meeting.  Ronnie Shortt seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approve.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION CLOSE SESSION CERTIFICATION

Fred Luntsford noting that the Board went into close session per  Code Sections 2.2-3711(A)(6)  Investing of public funds, (A)(7)  Consultation with legal counsel, and (A)(1)  Personnel,  made a motion to adopt  the resolution certifying that only public business matters lawfully exempted from open meeting requirements were heard or discussed by the Board of  Supervisors.  The motion was unanimously approved by roll call vote.

RESOLUTION # 13 – 2017

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION CREATING A REGIONAL OR JOINT AUTHORITY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Steve Bates, to add to the Recess Meeting agenda, for Board consideration, the resolution supporting the establishing of an Economic  Development Regional or Joint Authority for the City of Norton, Lee, Scott, Wise and Dickenson Counties.  The motion was unanimously approved.

BOARD COMMENTS

There were few comments from Board members..

Ronnie Shortt asked that a resolution be provided honoring the Central High Schools girls basketball team for their recent State Championship win.

RECESS

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to recess the meeting until Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 5:00 PM at the School Board Education Center.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ATTEST:                                                                                  WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

______________________________________                           _____________________________________
Shannon C. Scott, Clerk                                                                 Dana G. Kilgore, Chair

Back to Top

 
 
© Wise County, Virginia. All Rights Reserved. Try our Guide to Services, County Directory or Search pages. 
206 East Main Street • Wise, Virginia 24293 • Phone: 276-328-2321 • Fax 276-328-9780. Privacy Policy
For suggestions, comments, or questions about this website, please contact our webmaster.
Designed WebWorx, Inc.