Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting
on Thursday, May 3, 2001, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors
Meeting Room located in the Wise County courthouse. The following were present:
Douglas Stallard - Chairman
Betty Cornett - Vice-Chair
Donnie Dowell - Members of said Board and
L. Sealover - County Administrator
C. Scott-Assistant County Administrator
Mullins - County Attorney
Underwood - Executive Secretary
Ben Murphy, Pastor, First Church of God, Wise, VA led the
Board in prayer.
ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
HEARING/ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT
public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive
citizens' input regarding a proposed amendment to Section
5-2.4 Permitted Signs in B-2, M-1 and M-2 Districts of the
Wise County's Zoning Ordinance.
being no one to speak for or against this proposed amendment,
the public hearing was closed.
HEARING/SPECIAL USE PERMIT AMENDMENT/GREG NORRIS
public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive
citizens' comments regarding a proposed amendment to the
Special Use Permit given to Greg Norris for his business
located on the Norton-Coeburn Road in the Tacoma section
of Wise County. This
amendment would allow Mr. Norris to store bulk ferrous scrap
on his present site.
Bill Bradshaw advised the Board that he represents Norris
Investments, Inc. that currently holds a Special Use permit
in the area that is zoned M-2 for heavy industrial use that
is located at 9709 Norton-Coeburn Road (formerly known as
the old Smith's Transfer Site) in the Tacoma section of
Wise County. In
l998, the Board of Supervisors approved a request for a
Special Use Permit for Mr. Norris to locate his business
in Tacoma with the stipulation that there would be no bulk
ferrous scrap handling at the site nor such scrap be stored
on the ground at that site.
After several unsuccessful attempts to locate an
area to house these ferrous materials, and since Mr. Norris's
business is being closed in the Town of Coeburn, he is requesting
an amendment to his Special Use Permit that would allow
him to store the ferrous scrap at the Tacoma site.
Bradshaw addressed the concerns of the public that were
voiced at the public hearing held by the Planning Commission.
Those concerns were addressed as follows:
increase in traffic, dirt being brought onto the
highway by tractor-trailers, noise of the additional operations,
fencing not covering all sides of the scrap materials from
public view, the firing of firearms on the property, non-maintenance
of the landscaping, concern over oil contaminating the ground
Bradshaw asked the Board to look favorably upon this proposed
amendment with all the concerns of the public being addressed.
McConnell, representing the Wise County Redevelopment &
Housing Authority and on behalf of the Town of Coeburn,
stated that the Town of Coeburn is involved in a major redevelopment/revitalization
effort in downtown Coeburn.
A vital part of this revitalization is to clear the
blithe out of the downtown area of which the Norris Industries
is part of that blithe.
The key part of funding for this program is to rid
the town of the Norris Industries.
The Town of Coeburn, realizing the importance of
keeping every business possible, supports the move of the
Norris Industries to the location at the Tacoma site.
Mr. McConnell noted too, that many people are given
the opportunity to increase their income by recycling cans,
etc. with Norris Industries.
He stated that there are funding sources available
to help reduce some of the blithe from this business therefore,
keeping a well organized business for Mr. Norris to support
himself and others that can benefit from his services.
On behalf of the Town of Coeburn, the Wise County
Housing Authority, and the Department of Housing and Community
Development, Mr. McConnell asked the Board to consider approving
this request as presented by Mr. Bradshaw.
being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.
HEARING/PROPOSED REDISTRICTING ORDINANCE
public hearing has been duly advertised for this date to
receive citizens input on the proposed redistricting ordinance
for Wise County.
Stallard stated that the public hearing was advertised to
keep the redistricting as is, but there may also be several
scenarios on minor changes also presented for consideration
as follows: Wise-Norton
area, Exeter area, and Appalachia 1-A & 1-B.
Church, representing the Appalachia Town Council, stated
that the Town Council of Appalachia approved a resolution
requesting the Board to reconsider the redistricting system
and draw districts that include not only Appalachia as a
town, but the neighboring communities, specifically Appalachia,
and the Dorchester Precinct be drawn into one common district;
district (1)(A) and have a supervisor elected from that
district. This would include Exeter in the Town of Appalachia.
As the redistricting now stands, the citizens of
the Appalachia area are outnumbered and do not have
a chance for representation on the Board of Supervisors
nor the School Board. A map was presented with the proposed
Kibler, supporting Mr. Church's recommendation, stated that
the citizens in the Appalachia area need representation,
as do other districts.
He asked that the proposal submitted by Mr. Church
be considered for approval.
was a show of approximately 40 hands in support of Mr. Church's
Bush, a resident of the Exeter area, asked that the Exeter
area be placed back with Appalachia and not Big Stone Gap.
She voiced her support to Mr. Church's proposal.
Kiser, a resident of the Wise/Norton area, voiced his opposition
on the redistricting proposal that would remove him from
District I and place him in District II.
However, he supported the scenario whereby Exeter
would be placed back in with Appalachia if that is the citizens
residents of Wise/Norton Road should be given the same consideration
in deciding which district they want to vote in. Mr. Kiser voiced his reasons for wanting to remain in District
I and asked that the Board consider his request.
being no further comments nor anyone to speak in opposition
to any of the proposals that were presented, the public
hearing was closed.
Board took a brief recess at 7:00 p.m.
meeting reconvened at 7:15 p.m.
Page, a resident of the Banner section of Coeburn, asked
the Board for a possible secondary road leading from her
home to the 4-lane.
She asked for a 20' R-O-W on the access road leading
to a bridge that would provide access to the 4-lane highway
which in turn would keep her from having to cross the railroad
tracks that, at the present time, is the only access from
her home. Ms. Page stated that she and her children are
the fourth victims to be hit by the train while crossing
the railroad track.
The railroad company has been approached several
times to install an arm at the crossing but has refused
to do so.
asked for any assistance the Board can provide.
Stallard informed Ms. Page that the County does not own
any roads but gravel is placed on those roads that qualify
within the adopted formula.
However, he will have the County Administrator get
with the VDOT engineer and request a letter stating any
safety factors that may be applied in this area to make
the crossing more safe or any options that may be available
in finding a solution to her problem.
Mullins advised the Board that the gentleman asking to speak
during the public hearing was Joe Mullins but he had to
leave because he was not feeling well.
He wanted to ask the Board for a possible utility
easement through its property on which the Dorchester Community
Center is located.
Ms. Mullins said she has the maps in her office and
she will review them and report back to the Board at the
next meeting. Two other property owners in that area have
already given Mr. Mullins an easement across their property.
If the Board chooses to consider that request it
will require a public hearing.
Stallard advised that he will have the County Administrator
review this request with the County Attorney and bring a
report back to the Board.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORT
Stallard, Environmental Health Specialist with the Wise
County/City of Norton Health Department, spoke regarding
mosquito born diseases.
He discussed the health department's surveillance
and prevention efforts within the County for these diseases.
Stallard asked that the rezoning request from Guy Cantrell
be removed from the agenda and sent back to the Planning
Commission for further action since there are problems with
getting an entrance to his property from VDOT.
STATUS REPORT THROUGH
Administrator Edward Sealover gave a fiscal status report
through March 2001 commenting briefly on revenues and expenditures
with proposed changes for the upcoming budget.
Stallard asked that the purchase of the compactor trailer
be removed from the agenda since that is being considered
in the proposed budget.
COMMUNITY CENTER/POLLING PLACE BUILDING
Stallard stated that he, Edgar Mullins, and Don Mullins
with the Vocational Tech School, had visited the mobile
polling unit in Dickenson County upon the recommendation
of the County Registrar Tommy Chester.
The Wise Skill Center is proposing to construct such
a unit on a temporary foundation that can be hauled to the
site and used as a community center and/or a polling place
for that district. It has been estimated that this unit
could be construction for approximately $25 to $30,000.
This would also give the students enrolled in the
carpentry class at the Tech School an opportunity to learn
a trade and increase their skills.
Even though this is a budgeted item it is necessary
that the Board take action for possible adoption of the
proposal to allow the Wise Skill Center time to prepare
for the project.
RE: OTHER ITEMS
& Gas Road Payments
At Play Signs (Dry Fork Area)
Remarks (No representative from VDOT was present for the
Transient Occupancy Tax Ord. (Set Public Hearing)
Cellular Phone Tax (Set Public Hearing)
Department Parking Lot Repairs
Ord./Partial Yr. Assessment (Set Public Hearing)
Ord. Abating Levies on Bldgs Razed or Destroyed (Set P.H.)
Use Fee Refunds
Community Criminal Justice Bd
Adding New Administrator to List of Signatories
Obligation/Bean Gap Water Project
Landfill Enterprise Payments
being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at
WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS