Board of Supervisors - July 2, 2009 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County Courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable Robert E. Robbins, Jr., Chairman
Honorable J. H. Rivers – Vice-Chairman
Honorable Virginia Meador
Honorable Dana Kilgore
Honorable Ronald L. Shortt
Honorable Robert R. Adkins, members of said Board and
Shannon C. Scott – County Administrator
David L. Cox – Finance Administrator
Karen T. Mullins – County Attorney
Annette Underwood – Executive Secretary


Honorable Fred Luntsford
Honorable Steve Bates


T. G. Branson led in prayer


 All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


There were no changes to the agenda.


Residency Administrator T. G. Branson addressed the following resolutions:

  • Resolution – Revenue Sharing Program
  • Resolution Approving an Amendment to the Annual Coal & Gas Road Plan for FY 2009/10


A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding a proposed E-911 road name: Blue Oval Drive located in Pound.

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


Shirley Branson, a resident of the Indian Creek area, addressed the Board regarding a drainage problem that is causing her basement and yard to be flooded.  During a heavy rain, her yard becomes a small pond and her basement is flooded.  When this happens, a pump has to be used to pump water until the water subsides.  This problem has gone on for several years and Ms. Branson said she is no longer able to handle the pump to remove the water.   A means of correcting this problem would be to cross the property of Harry Roberts and Ms. Webb but they have refused to give R-O-W.  She suggested placing a drain pipe in front of the flea market.  She provided the Board with a DVD of the area after a heavy rain which shows the standing water and also pictures to clarify her request.

Andrew Anderson, a neighbor of Shirley Branson, told the Board that the standing water is a breeding place for mosquitoes which has been confirmed by the Health Department.  The Health Department also confirmed that the standing water is due to the drainage system being clogged.  To complicate matters, the water is gray and that is an indication of a sewer problem.   At the present time, there are three yards being impacted with standing water.  Mr. Anderson quoted several sections from the County Code which would address this situation with one in particular which stated “that it is unlawful for any person to cause within the County any collection of standing water in which mosquitoes breed or are likely to breed unless such collection of water is treated to prevent such breeding”.  The existing drainage structure is on the Harry Roberts property and if repaired or replaced would take care of any stagnant water which would drain into natural drainage as it has for many years.   Mr. Anderson also read several quotes from the Code of Virginia which gives the local governing body power to address an issue such as this.  If the local governing body cannot help, then the matter will have to be taken to Circuit Court.

There was some discussion on when the water problem began and whether or not any attempts have been made to correct the problem. 

Supervisor Shortt stated that the County has been there as well as other individuals trying to solve this problem.   He advised Mr. Anderson and his neighbors to take the necessary steps to bring this issue to a close whether it means going to court or any other action they feel may be available to them.  It may be that court is their only option.

Attorney Mullins explained that she would check with the Health Department on its findings.  She, however, has been working on this problem for the past 2 ½  years and has had numerous meetings with representatives  of VDOT, Building and Zoning, Public Works Department, and others to find a solution to the water issue.  The County has looked at several scenarios trying to find one that would work with the least disruption to those living in that vicinity.  It was hoped that the problem could be worked out without going to court but that maybe the only option left.     

Donald Purdie, representing Reclaimed Resources, Inc., which is the company wanting to build a biofuel plant here in the County, encouraged the Board to continue moving forward with progress in getting this plant in Wise County.  In his opinion, this would be an asset to Wise County.

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


The following items under the consent agenda were reviewed:

  • Renewal of Rental Lease for Sheriff Investigators
  • Appropriations – 1st Quarter


  • Authorize advertisement – RFP for Food Bank Distribution Organization
  • Health Department HVAC – Approve Contract for Design
  • Appointments


Attorney Mullins stated that she has made changes in the Memorandum of Understanding that was given to the County this afternoon.  Those changes have been sent to the attorney for RRI and Ted Cox.  No response has been received as of yet.    A conference call was held today regarding the MOU and all parties were comfortable with the language that was being changed.

A copy of the MOU with its changes was given to the Board for review.


The Board took a brief recess at 6:40 p.m.

The meeting reconvened at 6:50 p.m.


Donald Hart, President of VACo, addressed the Board with an update on the activities of VACo and its relationship with the 95 counties in the State of Virginia.  He is in the process of visiting each of these counties, with a commitment of working together and becoming stronger in efforts to get things accomplished.  Mr. Hart plans to be accessible to every county in the State and build upon that relationship.

VACo is an important organization.  This year Mr. Hart is working with the Board of Directors to keep it a strong organization and to keep it working to achieve success, not to prevent failure.   

Mr. Hart spoke highly of Bob Adkins, Wise County’s representative on the VACo Board of Directors, and his commitment to that position and to Wise County. 

VACo is working with the General Assembly, House and Senate, on unfunded mandates and is also asking the Governor to veto any unfunded mandates that come across his desk.  He asked the Board to talk with its representatives to “squeak” the wheel to get some “grease” to get these unfunded mandates stopped. 

The Board was praised for its innovation and being on the forefront on so many projects. 

He asked the Board to get on legislative committees especially the Rural Caucus to voice the needs in Wise County which give rural counties strength.


There were few comments from Board members.


There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

ATTEST:                                                         WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS


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Shannon C. Scott, Clerk                                               Robert E. Robbins, Jr., Chairman

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