Board of Supervisors - October 12, 2017 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 6:00 PM in the School Board Education Center located at 628 Lake Street in Wise.  The following members were present:

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

PRAYER

Mike Winters, Pastor, Wise Baptist Church led in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

MINUTES

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

AGENDA

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the agenda as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – E-911 ROAD NAME ADDITION

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding an E-911 road name addition ... Four B Farm Road…. Located off of Hurricane Road.

There being no public comments, the public hearing was closed.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – ORDINANCE ON TAX EXEMPT STATUS – JUNCTION CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding a proposed Ordinance Approving a Tax Exempt Status for Junction Center for Independent Living on property located at 1520 Third Avenue East in Big Stone Gap.

There being no public comments, the public hearing was closed.

IN RE:  PUBLIC  HEARING – ORDINANCE CREATING A REGIONAL INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES AUTHORITY

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding a proposed Ordinance  to Create a Regional Industrial Facilities Authority Pursuant to Section 15.2-6400 ET. SEQ. of the Code of Virginia.

There being no public input, the public hearing was closed.

IN RE:  SUNSET DIGITAL

Joseph Puckett, representing Sunset Digital, addressed the Board regarding Sunset Digital’s plan to expand its services further into Wise County with the intent to reach those residents that have no internet or cable service. 

Board members identified areas in their district that are without internet or cable. 

Supervisor Shortt asked how citizens are to deal with the “outrageous” cost to extend service from a line close to a person’s home.  Mr. Puckett said that needs such as this should be brought to Sunset’s attention.

Supervisor Kilgore noted the need for adequate internet speed for those working from home.  Mr. Puckett stated that Sunset offers a minimum internet speed of 10-gigabyte and up to 200 gigabyte.

Supervisor Rivers asked what percent of the County does Sunset expect to cover.  Mr. Puckett stated that until surveys of potential customers have been completed he would not be able to know that at this time.

Mr. Puckett urged citizens that are interested in receiving service from Sunset, to visit their website to express their interests.

Mr. Puckett stated that an Agreement is being prepared for the County Attorney to review, and perhaps be placed on the Board’s November agenda for consideration. 

IN RE:  SOLSMART ENERGY PROGRAM

Adam Wells, representing Appalachian Voices, provided the Board with a power point presentation on Southwest Virginia Solar Work Group Goals for the future.

SolSmart is a new community designation program designed to recognize more than 300 communities that have taken steps to make it easier for businesses and residents to go solar.  Communities pursuing the SolSmart  designation will be eligible for no-cost technical assistance from a team of national solar experts.

The SolSmart program aims to reduce solar “soft cost,” the non-hardware costs of going solar like permitting, financing, and installation.  These costs are passed on to solar customers and can increase the time and money it takes to install a solar energy system.

The SolSmart designation program will provide high-profile, national recognition for communities that have made it cheaper and easier for solar customers to invest in solar energy.  In addition, achieving designation will let solar companies know that a community is “open for business” attracting new solar businesses and helping SolSmart communities share the economic development benefits attached to the solar industry.

Any city or county government in the United States can apply for designation and receive no-cost technical assistance.

Mr. Adams noted that a resolution in support of the SolSmart Energy Program is on the agenda for Board’s consideration.

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

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

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – TAX EXEMPT ORDINANCE – SPEARHEAD TRAILS

Set public hearing (Nov.9, 2017 @ 6:00 PM) on a proposed Tax Exempt Ordinance for Spearhead Trails.

IN RE:  APPROPRIATIONS – SECOND QUARTER

Approved second quarter appropriations

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  E-911 ROAD NAME

A public hearing was held on October 12, 2017 to receive citizens’ input on a proposed E-911 road name addition …Four B Farm Road located off Hurricane Road.  There was no public comment regarding the proposed addition.

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the addition of E-911 road name…. Four B Farm Road… as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE: ORDINANCE TAX EXEMPT STATUS – JUNCTION CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING, INC.

A public hearing was held on October 12, 2017 to receive citizens’ comments regarding a proposed tax exempt ordinance for Junction Center for Independent Living, Inc.  There were no public comments regarding the proposed ordinance.

A motion was made Virginia Meador, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to adopt the ordinance Approving a Tax Exempt Status for the Junction Center for Independent Living, Inc. as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved

ORDINANCE #           2017

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

IN RE:  ORDINANCE CREATING A REGIONAL INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES AUTHORITY

A public hearing was held on October 12, 2017 to receive citizens’ comments regarding a proposed Ordinance Creating a Regional Industrial Facilities Authority Pursuant to Section 15.2-6400 ET SEQ of the Code of Virginia.  There were no public comments regarding the proposed ordinance.

Supervisor Rivers stated that he has heartburn about not having enough information to make a good decision regarding this Authority.    His big concern was how many administrative jobs this Authority might create, and what the cost would be for those jobs.   

Supervisor Meador and Chairperson Kilgore agreed with Supervisor Rivers that there is not enough information as to the mechanics of this Authority to make a good decision. 

Chairperson Kilgore voiced her concern about potential staff cost. 

There were concerns about the impact this Authority would have on existing IDAs , and other regional job creation groups.

Supervisor Robbins felt the Authority would be approved whether or not Wise County get on board.

Supervisor Shortt noted that the LENOWISCO Planning District Staff , which serve the City of Norton, and counties of Wise, Lee and Scott, will do a lot of the administrative work in the beginning.

Finance Administrator Cox stated that all these counties will need to share in any staff cost.

After further discussion, a motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the Ordinance Creating a Regional Industrial Facilities Authority as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ORDINANCE #              2017

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

 IN RE:  APPALACHIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROPERTY TRANSFER

Attorney Mullins noted that the School Board, at its Tuesday night meeting, adopted a resolution declaring the Appalachia Elementary School property located in Appalachia as surplus property.  The School Board Chair has executed the resolution and deed to said property for conveyance to the Wise County Board of Supervisor.

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the acceptance of the Appalachia Elementary School property as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  SMART SCALE APPLICATION

Administrator Scott provided an overview of the meeting held at the LENOWISCO Office in Duffield with VDOT officials from the Bristol District Office regarding the SmartScale Funding Application.  He reviewed all requirements that must be met for a project to be included in this funding cycle.  He was told that the $75M Innovation Highway Project, would not be a feasible project under the SmartScale Criteria.

The following recommendations were provided for Board’s consideration:

  1. Pursue SmartScale funding applications for Route 723 improvements project

  2. Pursue SmartScale funding application for Tacoma Mountain Road Realigment & Improvements Project

  3. Pursue SmartScale funding applications for one or two safety projects

  4. Pursue separate VDOT funding for a study of Tacoma Mtn. Road Realignment & Improvements

After discussing the recommendations, the Board agreed to have a brief workshop on Thursday, October 26 at 3:00 PM in the conference room located in the County Administrator’s Office to discuss and review the recommendations as to which project(s) would be best to be included in the SmartScale funding application.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION  SUPPORTING SOLSMART ENERGY PROGRAM

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the resolution in support of SolSmart Energy Program as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #        2017

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – RESTORED FUNDING – SWVA REGIONAL JAIL AUTHORITY

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to approve the resolution requesting that the 2018 General Assembly recognize the increased economic burden placed on the localities as a result of the 2010 General Assembly’s action and that the 2018 General Assembly enact legislation either to restore per diems to 2009 levels or increase the per diems paid to the localities for housed inmates.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #              2017

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

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve Budget amendments #3 through #5 as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – WISE COUNTY TOURISM COMMITTEE

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Bob Adkins, to appoint Suzanne Lawson to the Wise County Tourism Committee for a term of four (4) years.

Realizing that Ms. Lawson had not been asked to serve, Supervisor Bates withdrew his motion to appoint Ms. Lawson, and Supervisor Adkins with drew his seconded.

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Bob Adkins, to table the appointment to the Wise County Tourism Committee until the next meeting.   The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – COMMUNITY POLICY & MANAGEMENT BOARD

Bob Adkins nominated Jerri Adams for re-appointment to the Community Policy & Management Board.  J. H. Rivers made a motion that nominations cease and Jerri Adams be reappointed by acclamation.  Fred Luntsford seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Bob Adkins, to recommend Josh Mabe for re-appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT  - SWVA COMMUNITY CRIMINAL JUSTICE BOARD

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to appoint the individuals to the SWVA Community Criminal Justice Board as noted on page 46 of the Board packet for a term of two (2) years.

Supervisor Luntsford noted that the letter from the Director of SWVA Community Criminal Justice Board has provided the new list of individuals willing to serve on this Board and the Sheriff’s representative has changed.

Bob Adkins withdrew his motion and Virginia Meador withdrew her second.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to appoint the new list of appointees for the SWVA Community Criminal Justice Board as provided by the Director of SWVCCJ Board on page 47 of the Board packet.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 BOARD COMMENTS

There were few comments from Board members.

ADJOURN

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 PM.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ATTEST:                                                                   WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

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

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