Board of Supervisors - January 7, 2010 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

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


Honorable Fred Luntsford


T. G. Branson led in prayer


All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


The following items were reviewed for additions to the agenda:

  • Under Consent Agenda Add:  Resolution Ending State of Local Emergency

  • Under New Business Add:  Resolution request Value-Based Electric Grid Services Interruption Study

  • Closed Session – Personnel

  • Wise County Policy & Management Board’ request for additional supplemental allocation

  • Under Appointments Add:  Emergency Services—Ronnie Shortt, Director – Term expired December 31, 2009


Residency Administrator T. G. Branson gave an update on the condition of the roads after the recent snow storm and the plans being made to do clean up of the debris.  He also gave a brief update on the proposed budget cuts by the state and the re-structuring process that is ongoing to meet those cuts.

Board members voiced their appreciation to VDOT for their performance in keeping the roads passable during the snow storm.


There was no one to speak for public expression.


Chairman Rivers stated that due to the conditions of the roads at this time, the Storm Damage Report from ODP and AEP will take place at next weeks’ Board meeting.

Supervisor Shortt, Director of Emergency Services, thanked all those that were involved in meeting the needs of our citizens during the recent snow storm.  He praised the efforts of everyone working together in a time when everyone was in need.  His appreciation went out to all the utility workers and the sacrifice they made during the Christmas holidays to get power and water to Wise County citizens.


The following items were reviewed under the consent agenda:

  • Budget Amendment

  • Set public hearing (2-4-10 @ 6:00 p.m.) on a request for a Special Use Permit for a family cemetery in the Old Mill community outside corporation of Pound

  • Appropriation – Third Quarter


Supervisor Robbins stated that he has had requests from those in St. Paul for assistance in getting the needed repairs to the Bull Hill Transfer Station.  He stated that these two towns have further to haul their garbage than the other towns and their trucks are probably not equipped for this type of hauling.

Supervisor Bates said the County should work with the towns and help with repairs of the  transfer station, but providing a driver and hauling the garbage is placing a large expense on the County and an additional work load on the public works department.

Supervisors Kilgore felt that since this is County property, the County should repair the transfer station and the towns should be responsible for hauling their garbage.  She suggested that perhaps the towns may want to look into hiring someone to do that run every day.


  • Authorize advertisement of RFP for audit services

  • Set public hearing (2-4-2010 @ 6:00 p.m.) on a request for tax exempt status for Educational Media Foundation

  • Five (5) Year CIP – Discussion

  • Employee Recognition – Discussion

  • Authorize Chairman to sign Engineering Contract – Black Mountain VDOT Enhancement Project

  • Authorize Chairman Robbins to sign checks until new signature plates arrive

  • Closed Session – Investing of public funds


There was a brief discussion on who would be authorized to declare a State of Local Emergency in the absence of an Emergency Services Director.  It was noted that the County Administrator would be authorized to make that declaration if that situation were to arise.


There being no further comments, the meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

ATTEST:                                             WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS


________________________________        ________________________________________
Shannon C. Scott, Clerk                                   J. H. Rivers, Chairman

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