Board of Supervisors - September 2, 2004 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, September 2, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. at the Coeburn Community Library located in Coeburn, VA.  The following were present:

Honorable John Peace, Chairman

Honorable Fred Luntsford - Vice-Chairman

Honorable Robert Adkins

Honorable Steve Bates

Honorable Ronnie Shortt

Honorable Virginia Meador

Honorable Leland Branham

Honorable Robert Robbins members of said Board and

Edward L. Sealover - County Administrator

Shannon C. Scott - Assistant County Administrator

Karen T. Mullins - County Attorney

Annette Underwood - Executive Secretary



T. G. Branson led the Board in prayer.



All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


Mayor Ringley welcomed the Board to their facility.



The following changes were made to the agenda:

Public hearings:  Change Timbergreen Lane to Deer Haven Hills

New Business: Delete Resolution regarding the Lee County and the LPOOY from agenda



Bill Hunsaker, Chairman of the Wise County IDA, and Carl Snodgrass, Administrative Assistant for Economic Development, presented to the Board an update on the Wise County Industrial Development Authority's activities and the progress that is being made toward economic development.



A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding the proposed Solid Waste Management Plan for Wise County, Norton and the incorporated towns.

There being no one to speak, the public hearing was closed.



A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a proposed Ordinance Approving the Exemption of the Blue Ridge Public Television from certain taxation.

There being no one to speak, the public hearing was closed.



A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding sixty-six (66) proposed E-911 road name additions with the notation that the proposed name "Timbergreen Lane" has been changed to "Deer Haven Hills" as per the request of the adjacent property owners.

There being no one to speak, the public hearing was closed.



Edgar Mullins, a resident of the Pound area, made the following requests:

1)   addressed the water problem on the property owned by Betty Roberts, adjacent to the parking lot behind the courthouse with some solution for the drainage problem

2)   adopt a resolution supporting stronger laws regarding strip mining safety

3)   adopt a resolution supporting stronger laws against companies filing bankruptcy

Mr. Mullins voiced his opposition to shipping garbage out of the County.

Nina Greear addressed the Board stating that the Riverview community is in the process of attaining the deed to the old Riverview School for the purpose of converting it into a community center.  Two individuals have signed a note at Miner's Exchange Bank to purchase the building for the community. The building is in need of repairs with one being the roof.  Two estimates on repairing the roof have been secured with the lowest estimate being $20,000.  Ms. Greear asked for financial assistance in the amount of $10,000 toward that cost.     

Walter Crouse thanked the Board for its contribution toward establishing a software engineering laboratory at UVA-Wise and hoped that other counties would follow suite.

Mr. Crouse asked that more be done on keeping the county roads clean and to use our waste products to make our own fuel.  He stated that there are problems with water pressure to the fire hydrants belonging to PSA. 

Being a judge for PACE, Mr. Crouse asked that parents support the kids in PACE the same as they do other athletic programs.

Raymond Trent asked that the Board not support school consolidation since it takes away from the towns.  He asked that the School Board also be discouraged in its endeavor to consolidate.

Andy Richardson, representing seven (7) families living on Homestead Road, stated that the blind curve at the end of this driveway is very dangerous and needs to be removed.  Several people have escaped bare misses in having tragic accidents or perhaps being killed because of the lack of sight distance in that area.   Mr. Richardson said he has made several attempts to have this problem corrected but to date nothing has been done.  He asked for the Board's assistance in getting this problem resolved.

Roger Williams, a resident of Williams Road located in the Wildcat section of Big Stone Gap, informed the Board that Williams Road is scheduled to be taken into the secondary system within the next year.  However, he asked for assistance in fixing the existing potholes in the pavement and doing the fill work that needs to be done around the bridge until such time the road is taken into the system.

Thad Zylawy, a resident of the Town of Coeburn, asked that "Children at Play" signs be placed on 6th Street in Coeburn. 

Judy Call, a resident of the Riverview section of Coeburn, informed the Board that there are seven (7) families in this section of Coeburn that have been unsuccessful in getting connected to the sewer system. Each home has a septic system that is constantly failing to perk because of the poor condition of the soil.  Ms. Call said the PSA has been approached several times as well as the Health Department regarding this situation but the need has fallen on deaf ears.  She asked the Board for some support in getting the sewer system extended to these homes.

Della Meade, a resident of the Riverview section of Coeburn area, supported Ms. Call's request and her comments stating that the odor was so bad in the summer months that the children could not play outside. She has also called PSA, the Health Department and Congressman Boucher for assistance but no one has made any attempt to help them.

There was some discussion on prior history regarding individual hook ups on the sewer. Several suggestions were made as to possible funding sources to help fund this extension.

Fred Luntsford, member of the PSA Board, stated that he would bring this request before the PSA Board at its next meeting for consideration.

There being no further comments, public expression was closed.



Highway Resident Engineer T. G. Branson gave a brief update on construction throughout the County. 

Board members voiced needs in their district for VDOT review.



The following items were reviewed under the consent agenda:

1)   Resolution Indicating Compliance with Certain Requirements Concerning the North Fork Water Extension Project

2)   Resolution of Support for the Wise County, City of Norton and Towns of Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, Coeburn, Pound, St. Paul, and Wise Solid Waste Management Plan, August 2004

3)   Budget Amendment

       No 3:  Increase General Fund revenues by $85,824 (various grants); deposit in several line items of the Dept. of Social Services

       No. 4: Increase General Fund revenues by $750 (DMV Mini-grant); deposit in Sheriff Law Enforcement overtime line item

        No. 5: Increase General Fund revenues by $5,000 (Town of Wise); deposit in PEG line item in non-departmental portion of budget



1)   Request from Commonwealth Attorney for funding for additional $10,295 for staff salaries (Requested by Chairman Peace)

2)   Registrar's request for a County salary supplement (10%)

3)   Award of bid on small 4x4 SUV's

4)   Appointment of Animal Control Officer

5)   Appointments

6)   Board comments



Board member Steve Bates asked that the resolution requesting Lee County's withdrawal and/or removal from the Lonesome Pine Office on Youth Services Board be removed from the agenda at this time.



Administrator Sealover gave the Board a brief report on his site visit to the proposed Black Mtn. Scenic Overlook. He provided a cost estimate of approximately $10,000 annually to maintain the site.  This cost includes tools, equipment, personnel and other necessary purchases and expenses.

He also provided information regarding fees, rates, charges, etc for the Riverview sewer project.



There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.


ATTEST:                                 WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

______________________        _______________________

Edward L. Sealover, Clerk            John W. Peace, II, Chairman

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