Board of Supervisors - May 6, 2004 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, May 6, 2004, at 6:00 PM in the Board of Supervisors room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable John W. Peace - Chairman

Honorable Fred Luntsford - Vice-Chairman

Honorable Robert R. Adkins

Honorable Steve Bates

Honorable Ronnie Shortt

Honorable Virginia Meador

Honorable Leland Branham

Honorable Robert Robbins - members of said Board and

Shannon C. Scott - Assistant County Administrator

Karen T. Mullins - County Attorney

Annette Underwood - Executive Secretary



Edward L. Sealover - County Administrator



Mr. Luntsford asked for a moment of silent prayer for the passing of PSA Line Crew Foreman Gary Owens.

Bob Adkins led the Board in prayer.



Review for approval at the next meeting.



There were neither additions nor deletions to the proposed agenda.



Dr. Terrance E. Suarez addressed the Board regarding MECC's activities and goals that have been set to better serve the citizens needs.



Edgar Mullins spoke to the Board regarding the need for more enforcement of the litter ordinances.  He asked that a dump located on Jenkins Mountain on Rt. 667 be cleaned up.

Stewart Jessee voiced his opposition to bringing outside garbage into the county.  He asked that the County ordinance banning outside trash be kept on the books to protect our county.

Jack Still advised the Board that he had met with Adelphia and channel 97 is up and running.

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



Barbara Polly representing the Lonesome Pine Arts and Crafts Association, Inc. a 501-C-3 non-profit organization, informed the Board that at the time this organization was formed, the laws specified that a not-for-profit community arts groups were tax exempt from real estate taxes.

In l981, a law was passed that these types of organizations could still be tax exempt but it would have to make a formal request from the governing entities in which they are located, to be followed by a ruling from the Virginia General Assembl


Due to the recent purchase of property adjacent to the outdoor drama amphitheater and other properties, Ms. Polly asked that this be a formal request to the Board of Supervisors for their real estate tax exemption. 



Kenny Robinson, representing VDOT in the absence of Resident Engineer T. G. Branson, gave a brief update on construction throughout the County.

There were brief comments from Board members.



The following items were reviewed:

(1)     Set public hearing (6:00 PM June 3) on proposed amendments to Building Code Ordinance pertaining to: frost line/snow load; 2) electric service; and 3) certain footings.

(2)     Set public hearing (6:00 PM June 3) on proposed amendments to the Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance.

(3)     Set public hearing (6:00 PM June 3) on proposed Ordinance Establishing a Department of Geographic Information Sciences. (Requested by Clerk of Circuit Court)

(4)     Set public hearing (6:00 PM June 3) on proposed annual budget FY 2004-2005

(5)     Set public hearing (6:00 PM June 3) on proposed E-911 road names additions

(6)     Authorize County Administrator to execute utility easement for ODP (Derby area)

(7)     Resolution regarding the issuance of a water and sewer revenue refunding bond by the Wise County PSA and providing for Wise County's Moral Obligation

(8)     Proclamation Business Appreciation Week

(9)     Budget Amendments #25 thru #28



(1)     Resolution amending the Employee Handbook Personnel Policies

(2)     Resolution for use of convenience center(s) and/or Blackwood Landfill by non-resident real property owners

(3)     Approve MOU with Thompson & Litton to do engineering demonstration (eliminate 100 ft set back/mine shaft)

(4)     Appointments

(5)     County Administrator's Report (Present proposed annual budget FY 2004-05 - May 13)



Mr. Adkins reported to the Board information on the recent presentation given to the Landfill Committee by Santek Environmental, Inc. on managing the Blackwood landfill. He asked that the Board consider having Santek make a presentation before the whole Board for their thoughts and comments.  Even though RFP's have gone out for construction of a temporary/permanent transfer station, hearing from Santek could help the Board make a decision as to the direction they desire to go regarding the landfill.  Their proposal includes the landfill and not the convenience centers.

Mr. Luntsford stated that Santek's proposal is to take over the operation of the landfill and bear the expenses of the landfill that would be paid for by tipping fees from incoming garbage.  He and Mr. Adkins consider this a viable solution that should be considered by the Board prior to any decision regarding the proposed transfer station and possibly pursued.  The proposal was set forth with the worse case scenario of receiving no outside trash.  With Santek operating the landfill, they would maximize the use of the landfill by bringing in garbage from other areas within the confines of the County ordinance.  Regarding the set back, they would bear the brunt of that cost too. 

There was some discussion as to the ownership, the liability and the status of the present employees.

Mr. Luntsford stated that the County would retain ownership of the landfill and this would be done by a multi-year contract of 10 years with assurance that there would be no loss of county employees. 

Mr. Branham commented that having outside garbage would probably decrease the amount of tipping fee that would be charged county citizens.

After further discussion, it was the consensus of the Board to have Santek make their presentation at the next Board meeting with Mr. Darter being present.

Mr. Luntsford noted that the MOU with Thompson & Litton to do engineering demonstration on the set back/mine shaft that is on the agenda for approval can be put on hold for the time being.

Mr. Robbins informed the Board that he just attended Litter Summit in St. Paul with topics on ways of controlling litter.  One of the model's discussed was Buchanan County.  He suggested that their system be looked into for possible solutions to our litter problems.  Mr. Robbins also asked the Board to consider putting some "teeth" in the litter ordinance regarding fines.

There being no further comments the meeting adjourned at 7:05 PM.



_______________________          ______________________

Edward L. Sealover - Clerk            John W. Peace - Chairman

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