Board of Supervisors - April 12, 2001 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a regular meeting on Thursday, April 12, 2001, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse, Wise, VA.  The following 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

Edward L. Sealover - County Administrator

Shannon C. Scott - Assistant County Administrator

Karen Mullins-County Attorney

Annette Underwood-Executive Secretary

 

PRAYER

Rev. Jeffrey Bryant, Pastor Pound United Methodist Church, Pound, VA led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

Chairman Stallard introduced the new County Administrator, Edward L. Sealover.

 

MINUTES

A motion was made by Donnie Dowell, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Chairman Stallard asked that two invoices be added to the payment of accounts.

There being no further additions or deletions to the agenda, a motion was made by Donnie Dowell, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the agenda with the additions as stated.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Joe Bolling voiced his concern for the cellular phone tax that is on the agenda.

Chairman Stallard advised that more research will be done on the proposed cellular phone tax before any action is taken by the Board.

 

IN RE:  GRAVEL PAYMENT

A motion was made by Donnie Dowell, seconded by Edgar Mullins, to approve the gravel payment in the amount of  $10,217.36 for gravel placed on roads throughout Wise County to be paid from the Coal & Gas Road Fund.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  MECC PAYMENT

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Betty Cornett, to approve the payment to MECC in the amount of $3,218.60 for engineering services related to the design of the Godwin Hall Central Receiving Access Road to be paid from the Coal & Gas Road Fund.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE: REVENUE SHARING PROGRAM FY 2001/2002 ADDITIONAL ALLOCATION 

Highway Resident Engineer, T. G. Branson, informed the Board that additional
Revenue Sharing Funds have become available.  He stated that the Board needs to authorize the Chairman to apply for said funds.

After discussion, a motion was made by Donnie Dowell, seconded by Bob Adkins, to authorize the Chairman to apply for additional Revenue Sharing funds for FY 2001/2002.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION/DERBY RENOVATION PROJECT 

Frank Kibler presented the Board with a handout regarding the Derby Renovation Project noting that this project is changing on a daily basis.  He explained the financial portion of the project and the funding sources.  Mr. Kibler advised that the existing sewer line from Andover to Appalachia is insufficient to carry this proposed project.  The two options to correct this problem is to totally replace the line or do clean-out work on the line that would be less expensive.  Mr. Todd Christensen with DHCD advised that DHCD would not be interested in replacing the line because they had paid for that line to be installed approximately ten years ago but they would be agreeable to the clean-out work.  An amount of $40,000.00 has been included in the project cost to do the clean-out work.  Further income surveys are being conducted to assist mainly the housing component of this project that may change the housing figures as they now stand.

Mr. Kibler ask the Board to adopt the proposed resolution with the wording that, " if need be", there may be a possibility that some minor adjustments may have to be made to the numbers listed in the resolution that accompanies the application. 

After further discussion, a motion was made by Doug Mullins, seconded by Edgar Mullins, to adopt the resolution on the Derby Renovation Project with the possibility of minor changes being made to the numbers of the resolution if need be.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #         2001

(Said resolution is on file in the Office of the County Administrator)

 

IN RE:  CDBG APPLICATION/DERBY RENOVATION PROJECT

A motion was made by Edgar Mullins, seconded by Doug Mullins, to approve the CDBG Application for the Derby Renovation Project.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  HEALTH INSURANCE / JAIL INMATES

Chairman Stallard advised that the health insurance program for jail inmates, that was presented to the Board at its Workshop Meeting, will be reviewed by the new County Administrator for further information to be considered during the budget process or brought back to the Board for action.

 

IN RE:  UPPER TENNESSEE RIVER ROUNDTABLE PLAN

Blaine Delaney, Coordinator, for Black Diamond RC&D, gave the Board an update on several projects that Black Diamond RC&D is presently working on that deals directly with Wise County.

RC &D has worked extensively over the past two years on building the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable (regional coalition of citizens, nonprofits, soil & water conservation districts, watershed groups, local governments, agencies and environmental groups dedicated to improving water quality of the Clinch, Powell & Holston rivers).

Mr. Delaney noted that improving water quality in our region will take decades of concerted effort with all partners working together.  County government can plan a significant leadership role in controlling:  Erosion & Sedimentation; Hazardous Materials & Waste; Highways; Septic/Sewage; Storm water Management; Trash/Litter; and Urban Non-point Source Pollution.

Mr. Delaney said that RC&D is working on promoting increased litter control enforcement in our region.  Meetings will be scheduled to explore this idea further.

Further strategies prioritized by the Roundtable at its April 2001 meeting is as follows:

  1. Promote mandatory sewage system connection local ordinances with local government

  2. Litter Coordinators for Scott and Smyth counties

  3. Localities should improve litter control and promote proper disposal of debris

  4. Expand funding for local law enforcement litter control

  5. Work with Department of Conservation & Recreation staff to develop and  implement storm water ordinances for localities of all sizes.

 

IN RE:  WETLANDS ESTONOA LEARNING CENTER PROJECT

Chairman Stallard advised that the request for funding for the Wetlands Estonoa Learning

Center Project will be considered during budget process.

 

IN RE:  TRANSIENT OCCUPANCY TAX

Commissioner of Revenue Delmer Wilson informed the Board that he had been asked by some citizens that were interested in tourism development in Wise County to introduce to the Board of Supervisors a possible Transient Occupancy Tax that could possibly be considered during the budget process.  Due to the population increase, the County is now eligible for an additional 3% funds Transient Occupancy Tax (lodging tax).   This tax has already been introduced by several counties as well as towns.  At the present time, there are three motels located in Wise County.  This is a gross receipts tax on hotels, motels, campgrounds or any business that leases space for less than 30 days.   This 3% additional money must be designated for tourism, or travel related activities. 

After further discussion, Chairman Stallard directed Administrator Sealover to research this proposed tax for more information and bring back his findings to the Board at its next meeting.

 

IN RE:  CELLULAR PHONE TAX

Chairman Stallard stated that more information needs to be presented to the Board regarding the proposed cellular phone tax before the Board can take action.

 

IN RE:  SUGAR LOOP TRAIL PROJECT AGREEMENT

A motion was made by Donnie Dowell, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to approve the Sugar Loop Trail Project Agreement as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION/ADELPHIA CABLE FRANCHISE

A motion was made by Donnie Dowell, seconded by Virginia Meador, to adopt the resolution approving participation in a collective process to renew Adelphia's Cable Franchise Agreement with the terms and conditions for renewal to be negotiated by the Franchise Advisory Board.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

RESOLUTION #       2001

(Said resolution on file in the County Administrator's Office)

 

IN RE:  DEPT OF SOCIAL SERVICES/ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Donnie Dowell, to approve the additional appropriation for the Department of Social Services in the amount of $210,846.00 that requires no local match.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Donnie Dowell, to hold a public hearing on May 3, 2001, at 6:00 p.m. to receive citizens' input on a proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance for Wise County.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  SPECIAL USE PERMIT

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to hold a public hearing on May 3, 2001, at 6:00 p.m. to receive citizens comments regarding a request from Greg Norris (Southwest VA Scrap Metals, Inc) to amend his Special Use Permit that was approved by the Board of Supervisors in l998.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION/SW  VA  REGIONAL JAIL AUTHORITY

A motion was made by Donnie Dowell, seconded by Betty Cornett, to adopt the resolution regarding the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority and those counties that will be participating in said Authority. 

 

Aye- Doug Mullins        Nay-None        Abstain-Edgar Mullins

         Virginia Meador

          Betty Cornett

          Bob Adkins

          Jeff Salyers

          Donnie Dowell

          Doug Stallard

RESOLUTION #         2001

(Said resolution on file in the County Administrator's Office)

Chairman Stallard noted that Shannon Scott would be replaced as a member on the Regional Jail Authority at the May meeting by the new County Administrator.

 

IN RE:  ALMIRA-HADDONVILLE COMMUNITY WATER PROJECT

A motion was made by Doug Mullins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to adopt the agreement between the Wise County PSA and Wise County regarding the Almira-Haddonville Community Water Project.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  LANDFILL USE FEE REFUNDS 

A motion was made by Donnie Dowell, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to approve the landfill use fee refunds as requested.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPROPRIATIONS/FOURTH QUARTER 

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Donnie Dowell, to approve the fourth quarter appropriations as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  LONG TERM CARE COVERAGE

Mr. Scott explained that the Long Term Care Coverage would be paid by the employee not the County. Payment would be paid directly from the employee and not thru payroll deduction.  This is the same benefit now offered to Virginia State Employees.

A motion was made by Doug Mullins, seconded by Betty Cornett, to approve the endorsement of the Long Term Care Coverage for County employees.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT/TOWN OF WISE RENOVATION

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to approve the resolution in support of the Town of Wise Downtown Re-vitalization Program.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #        2001

(Said resolution on file in the County Administrator's Office)

 

IN RE:  BUDGET LINE ITEM TRANSFERS

A motion was made by Donnie Dowell, seconded by Jeffrey Salyers, to approve the requested line item transfers within the following department's budget:

Clerk of Circuit Clerk

Sheriff's Department  

Building/Zoning Dept

Commissioner of Revenue

The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-DEBT SET-OFF PANEL

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Donnie Dowell, to reappoint Carol Hayes to the Debt Set-Off Panel.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  HIGHWAY SAFETY COMMISSION

It was the consensus of the Board to table the Highway Safety Commission appointment until next month. 

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-LONESOME PINE OFFICE ON YOUTH

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Betty Cornett, to reappoint Heather Rose to the Lonesome Pine Office on Youth.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES COUNCIL

It was the consensus of the Board to table the appointment to the Southwest Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council until next month.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT WISE COUNTY PSA

A motion was made by Betty Cornett, seconded by Virginia Meador, to appoint Lloyd Robinette to the Wise County PSA for a term to begin May 1, 2001 and end May 31, 2005.

Aye- Doug Mullins       Nay-None    Abstain - Donnie Dowell

           Edgar Mullins

           Betty Cornett

           Doug Stallard

           Robert Adkins

           Jeff Salyers

           Virginia Meador

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION/INCREASE IN NATURAL GAS

A motion was made by Edgar Mullins, seconded by Doug Mullins, to adopt the resolution requesting that all candidates for election to state-wide offices in the Commonwealth of Virginia declare their intent to support legislation that proposes an increase in natural gas severance tax for conversion to fund the installation, operation and maintenance of a variety of water projects in Southwest Virginia.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #         2001

(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator's Office)

 

IN RE:  HEALTH DEPARTMENT/PAVING OF PARKING LOT

Shannon Scott advised the Board that bids are presently being secured to pave the Health Department parking lot.  There is a possibility that LENOWISCO Health District and the Health Department are subject to have an excess of funds at the end of the fiscal year that could be used toward the paving.  VDOT has confirmed that District #2 can participate in this funding with use of their gravel fund monies.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to participate in the paving of the Health Department parking for a total contract amount not to exceed $15,000.00 of which District #2 gravel funds could pay 50% of the cost.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENT RATIFICATION/TREASURER'S OFFICE

A motion was made by Donnie Dowell, seconded by Virginia Meador, to ratify the supplemental payment made for tax ticket mailing cost by the Treasurer.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  REDISTRICTING

A motion was made by Doug Mullins, seconded by Donnie Dowell, to hold a public hearing on May 3, 2001, at 6:00 p.m. to receive citizens' comments regarding the proposed redistricting as submitted by himself and Bob Adkins.

After discussion, the votes were as follows:

Aye- Doug Mullins             Nay-  Edgar Mullins

           Bob Adkins                       Virginia Meador

           Donnie Dowell                   Betty Cornett

                                                 Doug Stallard

                                                 Jeff Salyer

The motion was defeated.

Bob Adkins made a motion to take the existing map (original map), extend the boundaries from Wise down to Hamilton Town in Esserville and move Exeter back into District #1.  Donnie Dowell seconded the motion.

Doug Mullins stated that in his opinion the Board is missing an opportunity to address some serious injustice that was created l0 years ago during the reassessment.  He asked the Board to address those problems.  Putting these communities back together is not politically motivated but the right thing to do.

After further discussion, Betty Cornett made a substitute motion to leave "as is" and hold the public hearing on May 3, 2001, at 6:00 p.m. for public input.  Edgar Mullins seconded the motion.

 

Aye-  Betty Cornett             Nay- Doug Mullins

           Virginia Meador                  Bob Adkins

           Edgar Mullins                     Donnie Dowell

           Doug Stallard

           Jeff  Salyers

The motion carried   

 

IN RE:  PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Donnie Dowell, to approve the payment of accounts as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  E-911 PAYMENTS

A motion was made by Betty Cornett, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to approve the E-911 payments as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BLACKWOOD LANDFILL  ENTERPRISE PAYMENTS

A motion was made by Donnie Dowell, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to approve the Blackwood Landfill Enterprise payments to include the additions as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

             

IN RE:  ENTERPRISE PAYMENTS

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Donnie Dowell, to approve the Enterprise payments as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BOARD COMMENTS

Several comments were made from Board members in welcoming Edward Sealover as the new County Administrator.

 

RECESS

A brief recess was taken at 7:45 p.m.

The Board reconvened its meeting at 8:05 p.m.

 

IN RE:  CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by Donnie Dowell, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to go into closed session for potential litigation/legal counsel as permitted by section 2.1-344A.7 of the Code of Virginia.  The motion was unanimously approved.

After a lengthy closed session, a motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION / CERTIFICATION OF CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by Donnie Dowell, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to approve the resolution verifying matters discussed while in closed session.  The motion was unanimously approved by roll call vote.

RESOLUTION #                  2001

(Said resolution is on file in the Office of the County Administrator)

 

IN RE:  RECESS MEETING

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Donnie Dowell, to recess this meeting until Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at 6:00 p.m. at which time the School Board Budget will be presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ATTEST:                  WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

____________________       _________________________

Clerk                                 Chairman

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