Board of Supervisors - June 14, 2017 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular Meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 6:00 PM in the School Board Education Center located at 628 Lake Street in Wise.  The following members were present:

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

PRAYER

Nathaniel Maggard  led in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

MINUTES

 A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

AGENDA

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the agenda as presented to include items in red.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ROAD AND HIGHWAYS

Supervisor Adkins noted  that there are some tree limbs that need to be trimmed on Cumbo Road located on Middle Fork of Bold Camp.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – COUNTY’S FY 2017/18 BUDGET

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding the County’s proposed FY 2017/18 budget. 

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

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

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

IN RE:  ORDINANCE – QUARANTINE ORDINANCE EXTENSION

Authorized an extension of 30 day to the Quarantine Ordinance

IN RE:  AGREEMENT  T&L RENGINEERING RETAINER AGREEMENT RENEWAL

 Approved the renewal of T&L Engineering Retainer Agreement

IN RE:  RESOLUTION -  ISSUANCE OF WATER & SEWER BONDS/EXECUTION OF SUPPORT AGREEMENT

Approved Resolution - Issuance of Water & Sewer Bonds & authorizing execution of Support Agreement

RESOLUTION #            -2017

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

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION RENEWAL SHENTEL FRANCHISE AGREEMENT

Attorney Mullins noted that the Shentel  representative was unable to be at this meeting.  She asked that the Board consider approving the franchise agreement for a term of five (5) years with the option of a 10 year renewal.

After discussion, a motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins,  to approve  the resolution renewing  the Cable Television Franchise with Shentel  for a term of five (5) years with the option of a 10 year renewal.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #      -2017

(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator)

IN RE:  POLICY FOR DEMOLITION OF UNSAFE BUILDINGS OR STRUCTURES

Board members felt that the Comprehensive Plan should be completed prior to adopting a policy on demolition of unsafe buildings or structures.   It was suggested that the Board review the Plan and hold a couple of workshops to make any revisions necessary to upgrade the Plan for future use.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to table any action on the proposed  policy for demolition of unsafe buildings and structures until the Comprehensive Plan has been completed and approved.  The motion was unanimously approved.

PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Walter Crouse, a resident of Hurricane, made several suggestions for cutting the budget.  He reiterated the need to help those on drugs through rehab and counseling rather than sending them to jail.  He also suggested that the empty school buildings be turned into orphanages to house and care for children that are being put in foster homes for money and being mistreated.

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

IN RE:  SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA CHIEF LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS CONSORTIUM AGREEMENT

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the Southwest Virginia Chief Local Elected Officials Consortium Agreement as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  PUMP AND HAUL  PERMIT

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the request from Karen Davis to add property located at 1432 Crackers Neck Road in Big Stone Gap to the County’s Pump and Haul Permit for the purpose of converting the old Durham’s Chapel Church to a community center.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  ARC  TV  CONTRACT  AGREEMENT

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the renewal of the ARC-TV Contract Agreement for a term of one year.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  ORDINANCE – SALE OF BEER AND WINE

A letter was received from Suzanne, Ron and David Lawson, owners of MountainRose Vineyards, requesting an amendment to Wise County ordinance on the sale of beer and wine on Sunday, which would greatly help their small business to thrive.  Several areas already allow Sunday Beer and Wine sales.

 The letter further noted that Wine sales promote tourism and the winery hosts a diverse range of events.  The winery has made a significant economic, financial, and physical investment to Wise County.  Wineries have become a significant economic driver with major impacts on wages, sales tax, and tourism dollars in Virginia.

Attorney Mullins explained that the Judge would need to approve an order to get a referendum on the November ballot.    If the citizens vote to keep the ban in place, another option would be to ask state legislators to submit 2018 General Assembly legislation that would create a special Sunday sale exception for the winery.  This has been successful in a couple of counties.

Attorney Mullins further explained that she is researching the minutes to ascertain what has been done in the past on a request that was made several years ago to have Sunday Beer and Wine sales.   She noted that she would continue her research and forward information to Board members prior to the Recess Meeting.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by  Bob Adkins, to table this request until the Recess meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT -  REDEVELOPMENT & HOUSING AUTHORITY

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Bob Adkins, to re-appoint Eula Hughes to the Redevelopment & Housing Authority for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Virginia Meador, to appoint Darinda Hood to the Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT- LENOWISCO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to re-appoint John Tull to the LENOWISCO Board of Directors for a term of three (3) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to re-appoint Suzy Harrison to the LENOWISCO Board of Directors for a term of three (3) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-LONESOME PINE YOUTH SERVICES BOARD

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to re-appoint Cecilia Robinette to the Lonesome Pi ne Youth Services Board for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-MOUNTAIN EMPIRE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADVISORY BOARD

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to re-appoint Teresa Adkins to the Mountain Empire Community College Advisory Board for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to appoint Michael D. Abbott to the Mountain Empire Community College Advisory Board for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Virginia Meador, to appoint Betty Cornett to the Mountain Empire Community College Advisory Board for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-MOUNTAIN REGIONAL BUSINESS INCUBATOR BOARD (MERBI)

J. H. Rivers nominated Daniel Rollins for re-appointment to the MERBI Board.
Ronnie Shortt made a motion that nominations cease.  Steve Bates seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved & Daniel Rollins was re-appointed to the MERBI Board for a term of four (4) years.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-SOUTHWEST REGIONAL RECREATION AUTHORITY

J.H. Rivers nominated Jack McClanahan for re-appointment to the Southwest Regional Recreation Authority.   Virginia Meador made a motion that nominations cease.  Robby Robbins seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved and Jack McClanahan was re-appointed to the Southwest Regional Recreation Authority for a term of three (3) years.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT –PUBLIC SERVICE AUTHORITY

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Virginia Meador, to re-appoint Ralph Gilley to the Public Service Authority for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-LONESOME PINE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to appoint Earlene Lester to fill the unexpired term of Merry Lou Prior on the LP Library Board of Trustees.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-WISE COUNTY TOURISM COMMITTEE

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to table the appointment to the Wise County Tourism Committee until  the Recessed meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  COMPREHENSIVE PLAN WORKSHOP

The Board discussed possible dates for a couple of workshops to review the Comprehensive Plan in more detail.   Board members felt the Plan is incomplete, poorly written, and goals set for the County are not included.  The workshop meetings need to be all day, to take the Plan section by section for deletions or additions, to make the Plan beneficial for the County’s future needs.

After reviewing several possible dates for these workshops, no dates were set at this time.

IN RE:  CLOSE SESSION

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to go into close session  as permitted by the Code of Virginia per the following Code Section:

Section 2.2-3711(A)(6)  Investing of Public funds
                       (A)(7)  Consultation with legal counsel
                        (A)(1)  Personnel

Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp and Major Grant Kilgore were invited in to close session.

The motion was unanimously approved.

David Cox left the meeting at this time (6:56 PM)

Following close session, a motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION CLOSE SESSION CERTIFICATION

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the resolution certifying that only public business matters lawfully exempted from open meeting requirements as were identified in the motion convening the close meeting were discussed or heard by the Board of Supervisors.  The motion was unanimously approved by roll call vote.

Resolution #      -2017

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

IN RE:  COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY –CHIEF DEPUTY POSITION 

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the supplemental salary for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Chief Deputy position as requested.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  SHERIFF’S  DEPARTMENT VACANT POSITION

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the request to fill the vacancy in the Sheriff’s Office, which is a County funded position.   The motion was unanimously approved.

RECESS

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to recess the meeting until Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 7:00 PM at the School Board Education Center.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ATTEST:                                                                      WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

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Shannon C. Scott, Clerk                                                                 Dana G. Kilgore, Chairperson

   

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