Board of Supervisors - December 7, 2006 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, December 7, 2006 at 6:00 PM 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 John W. Peace, II
Honorable Robert E. Robbins, Jr., 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


Honorable Virginia Meador
Honorable Leland Branham


Ben Murphy, Pastor Church of God in Wise, led in prayer.


All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


The following items were deleted from the Workshop agenda:

(1)  Move Highway Safety of US 23 – NASA Develop Scholars to December 14th 
(2)  Move proposed Six Year Secondary Construction Plan to January 2007 meeting



Jennifer Maggard and Denise Isaacs made a power point presentation on the religious history of churches in Wise County and its formation by the early settlers.


Marilyn Maxwell, Director of Mountain Empire Older Citizens, provided Board members with materials on programs and services offered by MEOC.  She stated that their goal is to keep the elderly as independent as possible.  Through the different programs, family ties are strengthened and families are made aware of their capabilities of caring for their own.  MEOC’s mission is to prevent the unnecessary and inappropriate institutionalization of at-risk persons, to provide support for families in caring for their family members at home and to serve as a responsible advocate on issues affecting elderly persons and their families.  MEOC is further committed to intergenerational programming, the prevention of abuse of both the young and the old and emphasizes wellness and health promotion as part of its mission to promote a quality life for all.

Ms. Maxwell voiced MEOC’s appreciation for the Board’s continued support which allows them to offer more services to the elderly and disabled.  She briefed the Board on the PACE Program which is in its early stage of construction.

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


A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding a proposed amendment to the Wise County Subdivision Ordinance #2-1976 regarding private streets updating.

There was no one to speak regarding the proposed amendment.

There being no comments, the public hearing was closed.


A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding a request from Carmie Kay Collins for a Special Use Permit for a family cemetery to be located on property at 10449 Pine Camp Road, Coeburn.

There was no one to speak regarding the proposed Special Use Permit.


Raymond Davidson, representing the residents of the Arno section of Appalachia, addressed the Board regarding the need for cellular tower service for their area.  He presented petitions with 801 names of concerned citizens’ in Appalachia and the surrounding area requesting Alltel Cellular Company for towers to be placed in the Appalachia area.  At present, there is no signal for cell phones.  This not only hinders residents in their communication efforts, but most importantly, hinders rescue and fire services to the communities.  He asked for any assistance the Board may offer to activate this request.

Administrator Skinner advised that Lora Lee with Congressman Boucher’s Office has assisted others with this same problem and Mr. Davidson may forward his request to her for consideration.

David Lawson, President of the Board of Directors for Wise-Dickenson County Farm Bureau, stated that the Board of Directors, at its last regular meeting on November 8, unanimously requested that the Wise County Board of Supervisors propose a resolution to hire a full time Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent for Wise County.
One of the foremost complaints of the Wise-Dickenson County Farm Bureau producer members is the lack of leadership from an extension agent in Wise County.  Mr. Lawson stated that the Board of Directors of the Wise-Dickenson County Farm Bureau whole-heartedly believes that in order for agriculture and agro-tourism to thrive and prosper in Wise County, the hiring of a Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent specifically for Wise County is a most critical step.

There was some discussion on the possibility of sharing an extension agent with some of the other counties on a cost share basis to offset the cost.  By going this route, neither county would get the services needed to assist the citizens concerns.

Supervisor Robbins asked that the position of an Extension Agent be placed in the upcoming budget for consideration.

Donnie Henry came before the Board supporting Eddie Buchanan in his efforts to purchase the Buster Brown building located in the Esserville Industrial Park.

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

Highway Resident Engineer T. G. Branson provided an update on three (3) bridges that are under construction at this time.

The following resolutions were reviewed:

  1. Resolution Coal & Gas Road Surplus Funds (December 14th meeting)
  2. Resolution Revenue Sharing Funds (December 14th meeting)



The following items were reviewed & discussed:

  1. Set public hearing (6:00 PM-January 4) on twenty proposed E-911 road name additions
  2. Set public hearing (6:00 PM – January 4) on a proposed special Assessments for Horticultural Real Estate Ordinance
  3. Request from the Commissioner of Revenue for a Refund
  4. Resolution – Designation of Applicant’s Agent
  5. Support agreement (Sandy Ridge Water Project)
  6. Resolution-Regarding Water & Sewer Revenue Bond/Wise County’s Moral Obligation (Sandy Ridge Water Project)
  7. Budget Amendment



  1. Treasurer’s request for additional part-time money
  2. Resolution - Supporting a region wide “Regional Tourism Development Fund”.  Chairman Luntsford asked Administrator Skinner to ascertain from the City of Norton and other counties if they have entertained such fee in their areas.
  3. Resolution – Innovation Highway
  4. Resolution Supporting Mandatory Recording of Real Property Transfer Deeds
  5. Resolution-VDOT’s Coeburn area Headquarters Planned Closure.  Chairman Luntsford voiced the Board’s desire to keep the Coeburn Headquarters open because the County would be paralyzed during snowy weather due to the hazardous roads if there were insufficient crews to work the roads.
  6. Audithead contract----Administrator Skinner explained that the purpose of this contract would be to search the utility invoices for errors and if no errors are found, there would be no charge.  This would be in conjunction with the School Board.
  7. Appointments
  8. Board Comments



Administrator Skinner presented a power point presentation of photos taken on the deterioration of the courthouse roof, guttering and eaves.  Mr. Skinner stated that he would be providing cost figures on making these repairs at a later date for the Board’s review and consideration.


Administrator Skinner briefed the Board on the changes that are being proposed for three offices in and outside the courthouse.  The Court Service Unit will be moving to the Whitaker building located behind the SportsWise building, the Sheriff’s offices will be moving to the Court Service Unit located behind the courthouse and the Commonwealth Attorney’s office will move in the space now occupied by the Sheriff’s offices on the first floor of the courthouse.  The Commonwealth Attorney has also requested the space now occupied by the Magistrate’s Office to be used as a conference room and record storage.  The Magistrate has voiced her opposition to moving their office since this office space was made especially for the Magistrate with its 24/7 schedule to meet the needs of the citizens and the courts.  Mr. Skinner stated that it is his understanding that there is space in the Regional Jail at Duffield that would meet the Magistrates needs.  Another alternative is to enclose the space outside the Magistrate’s Office.

Supervisor Robbins recommended keeping the Magistrate’s Office local to meet the needs of our citizens and the courts.  Moving to Duffield would hinder those with no means of transportation and cause undue burden on those in need of a Magistrate.  Also, other options may be visited that would meet the needs of everyone.


There were brief comments from Board members with condolences to former Board member Donnie Dowell for the loss of his wife Dolly


There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:55 PM.

ATTEST:                                             WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS


_____________________________            _______________________________________
Glen A. Skinner, Clerk                              Fred Luntsford, Chairman

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