Board of Supervisors - May 1, 2003 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, May 1, 2003, at 6:00 P.M. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County Courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable Douglas A. Stallard - Chairman

Honorable Betty Cornett - Vice-Chair

Honorable Barry Nelson

Honorable Virginia Meador

Honorable Robert Adkins

Honorable Jeffrey Salyers

Honorable Robert Robbins- members of said Board and

Edward L. Sealover - County Administrator

Shannon C. Scott- Assistant County Administrator

Karen Mullins - County Attorney

Annette Underwood - Executive Secretary



Honorable Edgar Mullins



Greg Sergent, Pastor Glamorgan Chapel Church, Wise, VA



All led in the pledge allegiance to the flag.



A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to received citizens comments regarding a proposed Use Value Ordinance (agricultural properties).

Walter Crouse, Charles Dale and Bruce S. Riggs, voiced their support of this proposed ordinance.  They stressed the need to keep the farmland at a lower rate to insure continued farming in our region.

There was some discussion on the method used for determining the land to be exempt.

Attorney Mullins advised that the land must meet criteria according to Code and will be processed through the Commissioner of Revenue's Office.

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



Walter Crouse thanked all those citizens who helped in the Saturday clean up.  He asked for more volunteers on these days set aside for trash pick up to help beautify our county.



T. G. Branson, Highway Resident Engineer, gave Board members responses to their requests from last month's meeting.

Mr. Branson gave an update on bridges that are under construction.

Jeff Salyers entered the meeting at this time.

Board members gave Mr. Branson requests from their districts for his review and comment.

There was some discussion on the possibility of creating an overlook on Coeburn Mountain.  Chairman Stallard said he understood that the portion of land that would be needed for this site has been given back to the owner by the State.  He asked Mr. Branson if he would locate the owner of the property and ascertain whether or not they would be willing to donate the property for that purpose.

Kenny Robinson advised that if the County purses this project, VDOT is taking T21 applications until June1 and this would be the best way to fund that project. 



The consent agenda was reviewed as follows:

  1. Set public hearing (6:00 PM June 5) on Special Use Permit for miniature golf in Glamorgan (zoned B-2)
  2. Set Public hearing (6:00 PM June 5) on Special Use Permit for a family cemetery at 8118 Scott Robinson Hollow Road (zoned A-RR)
  3. Set public hearing (6:00 PM June 5) on proposed Mosquito Control Ordinance
  4. Set public hearing (6:00 PM June 5) on proposed Adelphia Cable Franchise Agreement
  5. Set public hearing (6:00 PM June 5) on proposed Annual Budget FY 2003-04
  6. Proclamation designating May 11-17, 2003 as Business Appreciation Week in Wise County
  7. Sixth MOU between T&L & Board of Supervisors for Blackwood Landfill (construction of vertical lift)
  8. Award bid for Derby Project Phase 1 gravity sewer line and authorize chairman to execute all related documents
  9. Resolution concerning Wise County PSA remittance due the County and the annual audit

Budget Amendments

  1. No. 31:  Add $15,540 to General Fund revenues (federal grant); deposit in Emergency Services Capital Outlay line item to purchase ten (10) AEDs.
  2. No. 32:  Add $43,932 U.S. Dept of Justice Equipment grant funds; deposit in Volunteer Fire Departments Capital Outlay line item
  3. No. 33:  Increase General Fund revenues by appropriating $145,000 in fund balance available; deposit in Sheriff/Jail; $110,000 Prof. health in-services line item; and $35,000 to food & service supplies line item

Transfer from reserve for emergencies/contingency line item

  1. $600 to ADP/prof. Services other line item to register & reserve .us domain names
  2. $300 to Animal Control office supplies line item to replenish log forms
  3. $2,000 to the Imboden Sewer Project to purchase property for sewer system
  4. $6,592 for school system playground projects:  $2,700 Coeburn Primary; and $3892 Appalachia Elementary
  5. $40,000 to Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Services; Board of Juveniles line item (incarceration of juveniles)
  6. $7500 to Enterprise Fund - Refuse Disposal overtime line item

Property - Casualty - Workers Compensation Insurance

  1. Award bid for coverage
  2. Resolution to adopt member agreement to join the VACo Group Self Insurance Risk Pool
  3. Authorize County Administrator to sign appropriate documents on behalf of the Board



  1. Minutes
  2. Approval of Agenda (no additions nor deletions)
  3. Presentation - Dave Harris:  Adelphia Cable Franchise Agreement
  4. Resolution expressing position to proposed federal rules and legislation concerning overtime (Requested by Supervisor Mullins)
  5. Appointments
  6. Fiscal Status Report through April (Available May 8)
  7. County Attorney's Report (None)
  8. County Administrator's Report (Will present proposed annual budget FY 2003-04 on May 8).



Jeff Salyers stated that perhaps  Ms. Terri Vencil at St. Paul and the Team members of Estonoa could meet with those individuals at the Appalachia High School and advise them on steps they could possibly take on bringing restoration to the Keokee Lake.

Betty Cornett said a citizen had approached her from Big Stone Gap regarding the railroad between Appalachia and Big Stone Gap and the possibility of the County obtaining this abandoned railroad line.

Administrator Sealover advised that he had also been approached about this same matter and he would be contacting the railroad company for further information.

Doug Stallard asked Attorney Mullins to get an Attorney General's Opinion on the "right of appeal" on the gas tax as assessed by the Commissioner of Revenue.

Attorney Mullins stated that there is an appeal process in the Code; however, she would get an opinion as requested.



There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:45 PM.




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Clerk                                  Chairman

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