Board of Supervisors - January 4, 2001 Organizational Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in an Organizational meeting on Thursday, January 4, 2001 at 4:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable Robert R. Adkins-Chairman

Honorable Virginia Meador - Vice-Chair

Honorable Douglas Mullins

Honorable Edgar Mullins

Honorable Betty Cornett

Honorable Douglas Stallard

Honorable Jeffrey Salyers

Honorable Donnie Dowell- members of said Board and

Shannon C. Scott-Acting County Administrator

Karen Mullins - County Attorney

Annette Underwood-Executive Secretary

 

PRAYER

Rev. Ben Murphy, Pastor First Church of God in Wise, led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

IN RE:  TEMPORARY  CHAIRMAN

A motion was made by Doug Stallard, seconded by Doug Mullins, to appoint Shannon Scott as temporary chairman.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON

A motion was made by Betty Cornett to elect Doug Stallard as chairman.  Jeff Salyers seconded the motion.

Virginia Meador nominated Bob Adkins for chairman.  Doug Mullins seconded the nomination.

Donnie Dowell made a motion that nominations cease.

The following votes were taken on the main motion to elect Doug Stallard as chairman:

Aye- Edgar Mullins          Nay-Doug Mullins                

         Betty Cornett                Virginia Meador

         Bob Adkins

         Donnie Dowell

         Jeffrey Salyers

         Doug Stallard

 

IN RE:  ELECTION VICE-CHAIRPERSON 

A motion was made by Bob Adkins to elect Virginia Meador as Vice-Chairperson.  Doug Mullins seconded the motion.

Jeffrey Salyers nominated Betty Cornett as Vice-Chairperson.  Doug Stallard seconded the nomination.

Donnie Dowell made a motion that nominations cease.

The following votes were taken on the motion to elect Virginia Meador as Vice-Chairperson:

Aye-Bob Adkins        Nay-Doug Stallard       Abstain- Virginia Meador

        Doug Mullins             Edgar Mullins

                                       Donnie Dowell

                                      Jeffrey Salyers

                                      Betty Cornett

Motion failed.

A vote was taken on the nomination to elect Betty Cornett as Vice-Chairperson.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  TERM OF OFFICE

Chairman Stallard advised that the term of office for the chairman and vice-chairman will be for a term of one year.

 

IN RE:  ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER/RULES OF PROCEDURE

A motion was made by Donnie Dowell, seconded by Virginia Meador, to adopt the Robert's Rules of  Order and the Rules of procedure as adopted on January 3, 1980.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  TIME/DATE OF BOARD MEETINGS

Donnie Dowell made a motion to hold the Board of Supervisors Workshop Meeting the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. and the regular Board meeting at 6:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  TIE BREAKER

A motion was made by Donnie Dowell that all tie votes die. Betty Cornett seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

There being no further business, the Organizational Meeting closed at 4:10 p.m.

Chairman Stallard advised that the Board would take a five minute break before going into the Workshop Meeting.

ATTEST:                    WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

___________________________   ____________________________

Clerk                                                      Chairman 

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop Meeting on Thursday, January 4, 2001, at 4:20 p.m. in the Wise County courthouse, Wise, VA.  The following were present:

Honorable Douglas Stallard-Chairman

Honorable Betty Cornett - Vice-Chair

Honorable Doug Mullins

Honorable Virginia Meador

Honorable Edgar Mullins

Honorable Robert Adkins

Honorable Jeffrey Salyers

Honorable Donnie Dowell- members of said Board and

Shannon C. Scott -Acting County Administrator

Karen Mullins-County Attorney

Annette Underwood-Executive Secretary

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

It was the consensus of the Board to add to the agenda the need to change the meeting date for the regular Board Meeting in February that would allow Board members to go to Richmond.

 

IN RE:  ROADS & HIGHWAYS

The Coal & Gas Road payments were reviewed.

Board members presented several requests for action by VDOT.

 

IN RE:  LANDFILL USE FEE AMENDMENT

A public hearing is scheduled at 6:05 p.m. on January 11, 2001, to receive citizens' input on a proposed amendment to the Landfill Use Fee Ordinance.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION -ELECTRONIC CLASSROOM

The Board reviewed the resolution regarding the "Electronic Classroom".

 

IN RE:  DIGITAL E-911 CREATION

Clerk of the Circuit Court Jack Kennedy reviewed the proposal as submitted by Anderson & Associates, Inc. for the Digital E911 Creation for Wise County that will tremendously impact the efficiency of the E911 System.  The cost of the project shall be $18,263.00 of which LENOWISCO has agreed to pay $6,000.  Anderson & Associates would bill the County  $1,021.92 each month starting January 2001 and continuing through December 2001.  Mr. Kennedy suggested that these funds be taken from the E911 budget.

After further discussion, Mr. Kennedy asked the Board to consider approving this proposal at its next regular meeting.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION -ESG  SCHOOL MEMORIAL

Don Carroll ask the Board to consider for adoption the resolution of endorsement to assist the citizens in the ESG community in obtaining funds to establish an East Stone Gap School Memorial. VDOT has donated the land for this project and hopefully, this project can be funded through a VDOT grant application.

 

IN RE:  OTHER ITEMS DISCUSSED

  1. PSA Water Projects (Danny Buchanan will address next week)
  2. Audit Review
  3. Rezoning/Pat Webb (Set Public Hearing)
  4. Special Use Permit/Joseph Kudirka, Jr. 
    (Set Public Hearing next week)
  5. Rezoning/Richard Hodge (Set Public Hearing next week)
  6. Third Quarter Appropriations
  7. Appointments
  8. Payment of Accounts
  9. E-911 Payments
  10. Blackwood Landfill Enterprise Payments
  11. Enterprise Fund Payments
  12. Board Comments
  13. Closed Session/Acquisition of Property/County Administrator's Position/ Purchase of Landfill Equipment

Jeff Salyers left the meeting at this time.

 

IN RE:  ELECTRIC RATE CAP LEGISLATION

A memo was received from VML stating that effective July 1, 1999, the General Assembly adopted the Electric Utility Restructuring Act which provides for deregulating electric generation such that some retail customers may choose their electric supplier January 1, 2002.  All customers will have "Customer Choice" beginning January 1, 2004.

The General Assembly established rate caps to provide some protection to customers from large increases in electric rates during the transition to a competitive market.  Effective January 1, 2001, rates are essentially capped at current rates until July 1, 2007.  As written, the rate cap appears to only apply to residential, commercial and industrial customers.  Governmental retail customers are not similarly protected.  It is believed that the General Assembly did not intend to exclude the governmental customers from the cap when the legislation was adopted.  Such exclusion was never discussed when the Restructuring Act was considered and adopted.  AEP, however, strongly disagree with applying the rate cap provision to governmental customers.

Local governments' contract with AEP ends June 30, 2002 and it is highly unlikely that a competitive market will be in place by that date.  Unless the Restructuring Act is clarified to include governmental customers under the rate caps, local governments in AEP's service territory may be forced to pay substantially higher rates.

VML asks that the Board write a letter to its delegates and senators by January 12, 2001 regarding proposed legislation to clarify the Electric Restructuring Act to ensure that the rate cap provision applies to all customers including local governments.

 

IN RE:  BUILDING CODE ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

Attorney Mullins presented an amendment to the Building Code Ordinance regarding reconnection of any electric service that has been disconnected fewer than 30 days.  She reviewed the amended language with comments and suggestions from the Board.  After further discussion, Attorney Mullins noted that she would make the changes as suggested by Board members for further review at its next meeting.

 

IN RE:  ORDINANCE-911 HOUSE NUMBERING

The Board directed Attorney Mullins to prepare a draft ordinance on the 911 house numbering for review by the Board.

 

IN RE:  APPALACHIA RESCUE SQUAD LEASE AGREEMENT

Attorney Mullins advised the Board that she had spoken with officials of First Star Bank to inform them that her interpretation of the agreement between the financing agency and Wise County was that Wise County would be responsible to them only for funds which the  County held for the Appalachia Rescue Squad.  Since no more funds would be available until July 1, 2001, no payment could be made until then.  A response will be forthcoming to Attorney Mullins.

 

BREAK

The Board took a break at 5:50 p.m.

The Board reconvened its meeting at 6:05 p.m.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING/CONDITIONAL SEWER PERMIT ORDINANCE

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens comments regarding a proposed Conditional Sewer Permit Ordinance for Wise County.

Chairman Stallard asked for comments from the floor.

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Gary Tucker, a resident of the Big Stone Gap area, came before the Board with suggestions on paying for the landfill expansion without having to charge a $30.00 fee for garbage taken across the scales at the landfill.  He expressed his concern that illegal dumps would become a problem as well as garbage being buried causing damage to our water supply.  He asked the Board to consider another route.

There being no further public comments, the public expression period ended.

 

ADJOURN

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:15 p.m.

ATTEST:                             WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

________________________    _______________________________

Clerk                                     Chairman

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