Board of Supervisors - January 5, 2006 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable Fred A. Luntsford - Chairman

Honorable Ronnie L. Shortt - Vice-Chairman

Honorable Robert R. Adkins

Honorable Steve Bates

Honorable Virginia Meador

Honorable John W. Peace, II

Honorable Leland Branham

Honorable Robert Robbins - members of said Board and

Glen A. Skinner - County Administrator

Shannon C. Scott - Assistant County Administrator

Karen T. Mullins - County Attorney

Annette Underwood - Executive Secretary



Chairman Luntsford read the following items to be considered as possible agenda items:

Add to consent agenda:  Budget Amendments

No. 55:  VA State Compensation Board - $4,978.82
 Expenditure (3102) Sheriff-Law Enforcement
               (505408) vehicle and powered equipment supplies - $4,978.82

No. 56: Donation - Alpha Services - $1,000.00
              Expenditure (1101) Board of Supervisors
              (505506) Travel - $1,000.00

It was the consensus of the Board to add these items to the agenda.



A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens comments regarding the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure (PPEFI) Act of 2002.

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



A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a request from Joe Diets for a Special Use Permit for property located at 415 E. 26th Street in Big Stone Gap Virginia for the purpose of expanding his mobile home park.

Shane Sutton, an adjacent property owner to Mr. Diet's property, asked if Mr. Diets signed the agreement/condition that was attached to the Special Use Permit regarding the access to his property prior to the permit being approved.

Attorney Mullins noted that the "condition" to the Special Use Permit would be signed after Board approval of said permit.

Mr. Sutton was concerned that Mr. Diets was allowed to expand his trailer park prior to the Board of Supervisors' approval of the Special Use Permit and prior to the public hearing before the Planning Commission. He stated that according to the procedures that were given to him by the Building Department for an expansion of a trailer park, Mr. Diets is in violation of the County Zoning Ordinance.  He said that since Mr. Diet's was given his Occupancy Permit prior to holding the proper public hearings, this is setting a bad precedent for others to follow.  Mr. Sutton stated that the Zoning Ordinance specifically stated that this Special Use Permit can only be issued upon the approval of the Board of Supervisors.  He could not understand why public hearings were held by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors after Mr. Diets already had his Occupancy permit and had already expanded his trailer park.

Attorney Mullins explained the Zoning Ordinance and the authority of the Building Official and how it applies to Mr. Diet's situation.  She further explained the "condition" that would be attached to the Special Use Permit.  In the event the  "condition" is not complied with, then the Special Use Permit can be withdrawn.

Attorney Mullins was asked to provide the Board with the wording of this "condition" prior to next Board meeting.

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



Jack McClanahan, a resident of Big Stone Gap, came before the Board seeking support for a "rails to trails" concept using the old L & M rail line between Big Stone Gap and Appalachia, which is now owned by Southern Railroad.  Mr. McClanahan provided a map showing the proposed trail that could be used as a marketing tool for the County.  He explained the benefits that could be reaped by the County by implementing this concept, which includes increased tourism and recreation for this area.  He further noted that he has received letters from some of the towns supporting this effort.

Mr. McClanahan stated that the first step is to get Southern Railroad to abandon the rail line.  Several individuals have put forth efforts to get an answer from Southern Railroad regarding the abandonment of the rail line but to date no one has received a reply.  He asked for Board assistance in getting Southern Railroad to abandon the rail line to expedite the efforts for the "rails to trails" concept.

Chairman Luntsford asked Mr. McClanahan to provide the County Attorney with a copy of the support letters from the other towns and she will then prepare a resolution of support for the Board's consideration.

Supervisor Robbins stated that if this concept is pursued and is ongoing, he would recommend that the Board consider taking ownership of the property for use by the County for possible water extensions, etc. in the future.

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



Highway Resident Engineer T. G. Branson advised that he had received a letter from Penn Virginia with a request to abandon a section of Route 686 near Derby.  The section of road involved is on Penn Virginia's property and only serves one other piece of property, which is one of their lessees.  Mr. Branson asked that this item be brought before the Board at a later date for consideration.

The Resolution Approving an Amendment to the Annual Plan for Roads and Bridges was reviewed.



The following items were reviewed:

(1)  Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. February 2) on a request from Deborah & Beldon Fleming to rezone a parcel of property and for a Special Use Permit for the purpose of expanding their mobile home park.

(2)  Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. February 2) on a request from James R. Smith to rezone property from an R-1 District to a B-2 District

(3)  Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. February 2) on 14 proposed E-911 road name additions

(4)  Resolution Approving Financing Terms

(5)  Third quarter appropriations

(6)  Renewal of Wise County Health Department Building Lease

(7)  Budget Amendments No. 48 thru No. 54



(1)  Proposed ordinance for mandatory sewer hookup (Set public hearing 6:00 p.m. February 2)

(2)  Proclamation Honoring Ann Young Gregory

(3)  150th Anniversary Committee

(4)  Appointments



Administrator Skinner reported on the following:

(1)  Medical examiner update

(2)  Schedule for Richmond Trip

(3)  Update on new transfer station



There were brief comments from Board members.



There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.


ATTEST:                                 WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS


_______________________           __________________________

Glen A. Skinner, Clerk                            Chairman, Fred Luntsford

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