Board of Supervisors - April 5, 2001 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, April 5, 2001, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors room located in the Wise County courthouse, Wise, Va.  The following people were present: 

Honorable Douglas Stallard-Chairman

Honorable Betty Cornett-Vice-Chair

Honorable Douglas Mullins

Honorable Edgar Mullins

Honorable Virginia Meador

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

 

PRAYER

Jim Collie, Chaplain at UVA's College at Wise, led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Chairman Stallard asked that the Gas Tax be added to the agenda for next week for discussion.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING/CDBG APPLICATION/DERBY RENOVATION

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments on the proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application to be submitted to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for the Derby Community Renovation Project.

Frank Kibler, of LENOWISCO Planning District Commission, informed the Board that LENOWISCO is assisting the County in compiling the Community Development Block Grant Application and this is the second of the two required public hearings.  He gave a brief overview of the project noting that the existing sewer line between Andover and Appalachia needs to be upgraded to serve the oncoming sewer connections.  To include the cost for upgrading this line with original projected cost would increase the amount of money for this project to $1.85 million. 

A meeting has been scheduled with a DHCD representative for further details and information as to the status of this project.

Mr. Kibler asked the Board to consider for approval the resolution authorizing the County Administrator to execute all appropriate documents relevant to the Virginia CDBG grant proposal.

There was some discussion on the entity that would be doing the sewage billing for this project.

There being no public comments, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

There was no one to speak during public expression.

 

IN RE:  ROADS & HIGHWAYS

  1. The gravel payments were reviewed.
  2. The MECC payment was reviewed
  3. Additional Allocation for the Revenue Sharing Program FY 2001-2002-was discussed.

 

VDOT  REMARKS

T. G. Branson gave a brief update of ongoing construction throughout Wise County.

Several Board members presented complaints in their district for Mr. Branson to review for possible correction.

 

IN RE:  HEALTH INSURANCE /JAIL INMATES

Candice Snodgrass, representing Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield, presented to the Board a health insurance program for jail inmates.  The Virginia Sheriff's Association has entered into an agreement with Trigon to provide Sheriff's across Virginia with a health care program for the inmates of their jails.  This program allows the Sheriff to take inmates to Trigon providers and take advantage of negotiated discounts that Trigon has with the providers.  The County will still be paying for the inmates health care but the pay will be less.  If an inmate must be taken to a specialist or admitted to a hospital, the Trigon card will allow the discount with those providers.  Today the County is paying retail cost for prescriptions but if the Trigon card is used there will be a discount for a cost of  $2.00 for each prescription filled.  Ms. Snodgrass explained the benefits of Trigon discount when inmates are taken to the hospital and the cost savings for the County.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION/RENEW ADELPHIA'S CABLE FRANCHISE

Chairman Stallard stated that the Cable Franchise Committee has adopted a resolution stating that the towns, the City of Norton and the Board of Supervisors will pursue the Cable Franchise Agreement with Adelphia using the same date, and unite as one unit rather than separate entities. 

There was some discussion on the different packages that are being offered by Adelphia and the cost for Wise County citizens.

 

IN RE:  CELLULAR PHONE TAX

Chairman Stallard stated that further research needs to be done on the proposed Cellular Phone Tax for more information.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION SWVA  REGIONAL JAIL AUTHORITY 

Chairman Stallard noted that the resolution on the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority lists Shannon Scott as a member of the Regional Jail Authority but as of next month the new County Administrator will replace Mr. Scott on that Authority.

 

IN RE:  ENDORSEMENT OF LONG TERM CARE COVERAGE

It was noted that the payment of the Long Term Care Coverage would not be payroll deductible but paid by the employee.

IN RE:  OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED

  1. Resolution Derby Renovation Project
  2. Upper Tennessee River Roundtable Plan (Rep. Blaine Delaney Next Week)
  3. Wetlands Estonoa Learning Center Project (Will Be Considered During Budget Process)
  4. Authorize Reassessment RFP (Delmer Wilson Will Address Next Week)
  5. Transient Occupancy Tax (Delmer Wilson Will Address Next Week)
  6. Sugar Loop Trail Agreement
  7. Additional Appropriations/Dept. of Social Services
  8. Amendment to Zoning Ordinance (Set Public Hearing for May)
  9. Amendment to Special Use Permit/Greg Norris (Set Public Hearing for May)
  10. Almira-Haddonville Community Water Project
  11. Landfill Use Fee Refunds
  12. Appropriation - Fourth Quarter
  13. Resolution of Support For The Town of Wise Downtown Renovation Program
  14. Budget Line Item Transfers for the Sheriff's Department, the Circuit Clerk's Office, Commissioner of Revenue and the Building Department.
  15. Appointments
  16. Paving Parking Lot At Health Department
  17. Ratification of Supplemental Payment/Tax Ticket Mailing Cost By Treasurer
  18. Payment of Accounts
  19. E-911 Payments
  20. Blackwood Landfill Enterprise Payments
  21. Enterprise Fund Payments
  22. Announcements
  23. Board Comments

 

BREAK

The Board took a break at 7:40 p.m.

The Board reconvened its meeting at 7:50 p.m.

 

IN RE:  REDISTRICTING

The Board reviewed two different scenarios of the proposed redistricting for Wise County.  One scenario left the districts as is and the other plan recommended by Bob Adkins and Doug Mullins put the communities of Coeburn and Pound back together.  There was a lengthy discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of these two scenarios.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

ATTEST:                 WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

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Clerk                                  Chairman

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