Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop Meeting
on Thursday, August 3, 2000, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of
Supervisors Meeting Room located in the Wise County courthouse. The following were present:
Virginia Meador - Vice-Chair
Donnie Dowell- members of said Board and
C. Scott-Acting County Administrator
- Rev. Ben Murphy, Pastor First Church of God, Wise,
led the Board in prayer.
were no additions nor deletions to the agenda.
King addressed the Board on behalf of the World War II Veterans
Memorial for which $15,000,000 is needed to construct America's
National World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington
D.C. This is
a tribute long overdue to the men and women who helped win
World War II, both overseas and on the home front.
Mr. King asked for any financial assistance the Board
can afford toward this event. He asked that this request be placed on the next agenda for
action at the next meeting.
being no further public comments, the public expression
period was closed.
HEARING/E-911 ROAD NAME ADDITIONS
hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens'
comments regarding new E-911 road name additions (previously
being no public comments regarding said road names, the
public hearing was closed.
RE: ROADS &
Coal & Gas Road payments were reviewed.
INDUSTRIAL PARK ACCESS ROAD FUNDING/SYKES BOULEVARD
Branson informed the Board that the request for funding
in the amount of $82,750.00 for the LP Industrial Park Road
(Sykes Boulevard) will be addressed at the Coal & Gas
Road Meeting to be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August
10, 2000. At
that time, a decision will be made regarding this proposed
by the Coal & Gas Road Committee is expected.
Branson reviewed the payments for the stadium turning lane
project on Dardin Drive for a total cost of $349,703.50,
which includes the change order cost of
He recommended approval of the $65,686.00 Change
of upcoming construction events was reviewed with the Board.
L representative Bill King gave the Board a brief update
on the progress of the Blackwood Landfill Expansion Project.
Mr. King stated that the County had received a letter
from DEQ this week indicating that they intend to recommend
that phases one & two of the Blackwood Landfill be required
to close as of year 2020.
Phase one & two were designed, permitted, and
constructed under the l988 regulations and phase three was
designed and permitted under the l993 regulations.
DEQ is saying that anything that does not comply
with the l993 regulations will be closed depending upon
the risk that is presented to the environment.
Phase one & two have been given a low level risk
by DEQ which gives the maximum period of 2020.
The first concern of T&L is that they have predicated
the landfill to last at a minimum until 2028 with the last
eight years of life to be the most cost efficient for the
second concern is that the wall must be put back. The years
that are being removed, are the most inexpensive period
of operation for the County.
The closure cost will also be increased due to the
decrease in time for the sinking fund to produce the needed
funding for the closure cost.
There will also be an added cost for reclaiming the
highwall, which was scheduled to be done with solid waste.
King recommended that all the documentation recently received
from DEQ be thoroughly reviewed and a meeting be set up
with the Director of Enforcement in Richmond to ascertain
DEQ's position on this issue.
He noted that there is a public hearing to be held
in Abingdon on September 11th at which time T&L
would like to make a presentation to DEQ with exhibits showing
Wise County's concerns on this early closure.
T&L would also like to make written comments
at the public comment period that ends on October 13th
to further enhance Wise County's stand on this issue.
steps that are taken by T&L to regain the years that
DEQ has deleted from the life of the landfill fails, Mr.
King recommended that the Board consider the possibility
of getting some type of legislation for the upcoming session
for a possible exemption on this early closure since the
County has complied with all of DEQ's regulations and requirements.
Mullins said in her opinion, this is only a recommendation
from DEQ and they will be receptive to the County's concerns
especially since the County has worked with them to comply
with all their regulations.
She said she would work with T&L on this issue
EASEMENT TO CEMETERY
Mullins advised that she and Highway Resident Engineer T.G.
Branson are in the process of reviewing the county deed
regarding the request from James Mullins for an easement
through county property to a cemetery in the Pound area.
Ms. Mullins said this portion of land was conveyed
to the County by Clinchfield to allow the road to be built
to the Red Onion Prison.
After the Road was completed, the County was obligated
to convey back to Clinchfield the property not used for
the road. At the present time, there are some unanswered questions as
to the ownership of said property.
It is a possibility that Clinchfield will need to
be contacted regarding the requested easement.
BIG STONE GAP/LEGAL COUNSEL
Scott informed the Board that he had contacted three attorneys
regarding legal counsel for the proposed annexation by the
Town of Big Stone Gap with responses from only two attorneys.
Having no response from the third attorney, an attempt
was made to contact him by phone with no response as of
5:00 p.m. today. Mr.
Scott explained that an attorney would be placed on a retainer
for which there is no cost until such time the town of Big
Stone Gap takes this matter before the Commission on Local
was written to the Town of Big Stone Gap from Suzanne Lawson,
Director, Pupil Personnel Services for Wise County Schools,
and a copy was sent the Administrator's Office which stated
that through the efforts of two towns and their respective
police departments; Wise County Schools will have resource
officers in St. Paul and Pound.
Through the efforts of the Sheriff's Department,
the local police and the Wise County School Board staff,
funding has been received for two additional officers in
the Wise and Coeburn communities.
The School Board was unable to apply for funds for
the Big Stone Gap community because the grant application
would not allow funds to be supplanted since the grant monies
were federal dollars flowing through the Governor's Office.
This meant that any programs currently using local
funds for school resource officers were not eligible for
the school Communities That Care Survey from the previous
school year, which looked at risk factors for substance
abuse as well as actual use, indicated that Powell Valley
High and Powell Valley Middle School had the most significant
problems with substance abuse in the county and in some
cases were above the national average.
Lawson requested the Town Council of Big Stone Gap to reconsider
funding the school resource officer position for Powell
Valley High and Middle Schools for next year whereby the
school system is willing to provide 25% of the cost.
CONNECTOR ROAD BIDS
Scott informed the Board that the Connector Road Committee
would receive and review the bids on the Ramsey/Wise Connector
Road Project on Friday of this week.
Due to the time constraints for this project, the
committee will bring a recommendation back to the Board
for action at its meeting on Thursday, August 10.
successful negotiations with either the first or second
bidder, at the September 14th Board meeting, the contract can be awarded.
RE: BULL HILL
TRANSFER STATION PETITION
was received in the County Administrator's Office from citizens
of the Bull Run area requesting a trash compactor at the
convenience center on Bull Run Road to accommodate the elderly
and the women in disposing of their garbage.
Scott advised that the primary complaint is that the older
people are unable to reach high enough to get their garbage
into the trash containers.
The Public Works Superintendent has devised a type
of dumpster that will accommodate the people and meet their
needs for disposing of their garbage. The compactor trailer was moved because of the small volume
of waste generated at that convenience center and moved
to the new site recently opened at Toms Creek which saved
the county approximately $63,000.
RE: OTHER ITEMS
Landfill Update (Scott Wilson will address the Board next
Comprehensive Community Planning Project
County /Coyote Problem
of Revenue Request For Refund
County Haz-Mat Agreement
Enterprise Fund Payments
was some discussion on the mosquitoes that are being generated
from the Glamorgan Coal holding pond in the Stevens section.
Scott advised that he has already written a letter to Glamorgan
Coal with a copy being sent to DMME regarding this problem.
being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:30