Board of Supervisors - August 2, 2001 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop Meeting on Thursday, August 2, 2001, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Room located in the Wise County courthouse.  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. Ernest Duncan, Pastor Cornerstone Pentecostal Church, Norton, led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The following items were added to the agenda:

  1. Resolution - Waive Fee For Building Permits For Flood Victims

  2. Resolution - Changes In Precinct Boundaries Per The Redistricting

  3. Treasurer's Request To Destroy Certain Paid Property Tax Bills

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Nancy Hamm, representing the Fairview Community Center, thanked the Board for offering to pay for the riding lawn mower to mow the community center grounds.  However, the citizens are coming together to raise money to pay for the mower.

Mr. Bowman, a property owner adjacent to the Skeens Ridge Road, presented a petition requesting the County to pave a gravel portion of the Skeens Ridge Road in Powell Valley and that the road be widened. 

Chairman Stallard asked for a show of hands supporting/opposing the proposed paving.  There were five in support and 3 opposing.

Lisa Trent, a resident of Skeens Ridge Road, stated that a 40 ft. paved road would destroy her yard, water lines, and septic system.  Speed is already a problem on this road.  With the number of children living there, safety would be a major concern.  She asked that the Board deny this request to pave and widen the road.

Betty Bolling shared with the Board that due to the gas lines and pipes that are being laid on top of the ground near the Bolling Cemetery in Flat Gap, family members cannot get to the cemetery for maintenance.  She asked for assistance in getting this problem solved.  

She also spoke regarding the need for a road to the Standifer Cemetery located on Donaldson Creek on the South Fork of Pound.   The deep mine has placed large boulders in the road making it impossible to get to the cemetery.

Edgar Mullins stated that he had spoken to the person who had the deep mines and found out that the gentleman was not aware of a cemetery being there.  However, he stated that he would make a road to the cemetery that would allow the family to visit and clean the graves.

Mr. Mullins advised that he had talked with an official working with the pipeline company who assured him that the pipe would be buried and not laid upon the ground.

There being no further discussion, the public expression was closed.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION-FARM BUREAU

The Farm Bureau is asking for the Board's endorsement of four resolutions that will be presented at next week's meeting regarding continued support for the current state Right to Farm Act; state programs and funding for eradication of Johnsongrass and other noxious weeds; state financial support for predator control efforts, and consideration of certain factors when eminent domain is being proposed for farmland.

 

IN RE:  RECOGNITION OF STUDENT INTERNS/GIS DEVELOPMENT

Several student interns now working in the Circuit Clerk's Office will be present at the next meeting to briefly comment on their involvement in the GIS Program.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING/SPECIAL USE PERMIT/WISE CONCRETE 

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a request from Wise Concrete Corporation for a Special Use Permit for property located on 2314 Preston Road in Coeburn for the purpose of conducting a concrete business.

Marty Large spoke in favor of the Special Use Permit.

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

 

IN RE: PUBLIC HEARING/SPECIAL USE PERMIT/CLINT & TAMMY FLANARY 

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a request from Clint & Tammy Flanary for a Special Use Permit for property located at 4256 Collins Drive in Coeburn, VA for the purpose of having a stocked fishing pond specifically designed for recreation for handicapped adults and children, with stipulations.

There was no one to speak regarding the proposed Special Use Permit.

There being no comments, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING/  E-911 ROAD NAME ADDITIONS

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding the following E-911 road name additions:

  1. CEDAR LANE ROAD (Wise Area)

  2. WOODROW ADAMS ROAD (South Fork of Pound Area)

  3. CRAWFORD ROAD (Banner Section of Coeburn

  4. WILSON LANE (Stone Mountain Road)

There was no one to speak regarding the proposed road names.

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE ALLOWING CERTAIN MOTOR VEHICLE CITATIONS TO BE WRITTEN UNDER COUNTY LAW 

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens comments regarding a proposed Motor Vehicle Ordinance for Wise County that would provide for certain citations issued by the Sheriff's Department be written under County law rather than under State law.

Circuit Court Clerk Jack Kennedy presented a chart and excel sheet giving a monthly breakdown of local fines paid for year 2000.

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

 

IN RE:  ROADS & HIGHWAYS

The  following resolutions were reviewed:

  1. Resolution Children at Play Signs (Balsam St. Exeter)

  2. Resolution Children at Play Signs (Boggs Ave. Appalachia)

  3. Resolution Children at Play Signs (Alto St./ Rte. 609)

 

VDOT  REMARKS 

T. G. Branson, Highway Resident Engineer, gave a brief update on the drainage problem on 26th Street in Big Stone Gap.  He noted that the recent flooding has put everything on hold but he would be getting back to the Board with cost estimates on 26th street.

Mr. Branson gave an update on the flooding and the efforts that are being put forth by VDOT to assist the flood victims.

Administrator Sealover gave an update on the County's involvement in assisting flood victims and the effort that has been put forth by the County employees in providing information and manpower from the sanitation workers.   He noted that Mr. Darter's crew has been working diligently to repair roads and fix bridges to enable the citizens to get to their homes.

Board members voiced problems in their districts for Mr. Branson to check into and possibly correct.

Chairman Stallard stated that he and the other Board members appreciate all the work that the County employees and VDOT has done during this time of need in Wise County.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION SUPPORT FOR ATV TRAIL IN POUND GAP VIRGINIA

This is a request by the Mountain View ATV Club for Board support regarding an ATV trail that will consist of approximately a 20-mile stretch from near Breaks Interstate Park to Pound Gap Mountain.

Ron Mullins, President of the Mountain View ATV Club, presented the goals of the club. He explained the activities of the club and its orientation toward family recreation.  The ATV Club requests that the Board adopt a resolution supporting their efforts with no liability to the County.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION INCURRING SHORT-TERM DEBT- FY 2001-02 BUDGET 

There was some comments made on whether or not this type of debt is legal and whether or not the County could obligate another Board with a debt.  After further discussion, it was the consensus of the Board that more information be given regarding a short-term debt.   

 

IN RE:  OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED 

  1. Approve County Serving as Fiscal Agent for Southwest Virginia Community Correction Program
  2. Resolution Allowing VALIC to Offer a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan to Employees
  3. Authorize County Administrator to advertise for Engineering Services for Derby Renovation Project
  4. Authorize Review Committee to Negotiate Contract for General Re-assessment.  There was some concern and discussion as to whether or not the full Board should negotiate the contract rather than the committee.
  5. Budget Amendment #2-Dept. of Social Services Comprehensive Services for At-Risk-Youth and Families
  6. Set Public Hearing for Animal and Fowl Ordinance.  Attorney Mullins advised that these proposed changes in the ordinance would bring the ordinance into compliance with the State law.  There was a lengthy discussion as to whether or not this would be considered a leash law since the dogs that are tagged could be picked up too.
  7. Resolution Establishing Internet and E-Mail Usage Policy
  8. Appointments
  9. Appropriation From the Crime Prevention Fund (Sheriff's Dept)
  10. Fiscal Status Report Through July (Available at August 9th meeting)
  11. County Attorney's Report - Attorney Mullins reported that she is presently reviewing the deeds of property owners living on the Skeens Ridge Road to ascertain the amount of R-O-W that is available for paving.  She will provide a report at the next meeting.
  12. Board comments

 

RECESS

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

ATTEST:                 WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

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Clerk                                Chairman

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