Board of Supervisors - December 13, 2001 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on Thursday, December 13, 2001, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable Douglas A. Stallard-Chairman

Honorable Betty Cornett - Vice-Chair

Honorable Douglas Mullins

Honorable Virginia Meador

Honorable Robert R. 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

 

ABSENT

Honorable Edgar Mullins

 

PRAYER

Douglas Mullins led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

 

MINUTES

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

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The following items were presented for addition to the agenda:

  1. Set Public hearing for a rezoning request from Steve and Shannon Vaughan
  2. Refund request from the Commissioner of Revenue

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the agenda with the additions as listed above.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  REZONING/ STEVE & SHANNON VAUGHAN

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Doug Mullins, to hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 3, 2002, at 6:00 p.m. to receive citizens comments regarding a request from Steve & Shannon Vaughan to rezone property located on Artesian Well Hollow Road in the Big Stone Gap section of Wise County from a R-2 to a B-2 for the purpose of building an office for their excavating business.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE REFUND

A request from the Commissioner of Revenue for a refund on real estate taxes for Jeffrey Truelove and Kevin Layell for the years of l998-2001 were reviewed and discussed.

Attorney Mullins advised that she would need to check the Code to ascertain whether or not the l998 taxes can be refunded. 

After further discussion, a motion was made by Donnie Dowell, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the Commissioner of Revenue's request for a real estate tax  refund for Jeffrey Truelove and Kevin Layell in the amount of $4,295.20 subject to review and approval by the County Attorney.  The motion was unanimously approved. 

                    

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Starling Fleming, representing the Farm Bureau, voiced his opposition to allowing elk in Wise County.  He stated that due to their enormous size, they can do a lot of property damage.

Frank Kilgore spoke in favor of elk hunting in Wise County.  He explained that the elk from Kentucky are not diseased as the rumor has it.  He explained that elk hunting, after they have been established for a period of time, would further tourism in this area. A damage stamp could be purchased by the hunters to pay for any damages that may be caused by the elk.

Hubert Tackett and another citizen voiced their opposition to elk hunting in Wise County.

There being no further comments, the public expression period was closed.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - ELK HUNTING

A motion was made by  Donnie Dowell, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to adopt the resolution requesting the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to prohibit the hunting of elk in southwest Virginia until the herds are well established, and to further compensate any landowner who suffers damages from the elk. 

 

Aye-  Virginia Meador      Nay-None    Abstain:  Doug Mullins

            Doug Stallard                                    Betty Cornett

            Bob Adkins

            Jeffrey Salyers

            Donnie Dowell

RESOLUTION #         2001

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION APPROVING AMENDMENT TO ANNUAL PLAN FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES JULY 1, 2000 - JUNE 30, 2001

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to approve the resolution amending the Annual Plan for Roads and Bridges July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2001.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #       2001

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION APPROVING THE 2002-2003 THRU 2007-2008 SECONDARY ROAD SIX YEAR PLAN & PRIORITY LISTING

A motion was made by Doug Mullins, seconded by Donnie Dowell, to adopt the resolution approving the six-year plan & priority list as presented by VDOT.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #         2001

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

 

VDOT  REMARKS

T.G. Branson, Highway Resident Engineer, gave an update regarding ongoing construction projects in Wise County.

 

IN RE:  REZONING/HOMETOWN PROPERTIES

A public hearing was held on December 6 to receive citizens comments regarding a request from Hometown Properties to rezone property located at l849 Wildcat Road from a R-1 to a B-2 District for the purpose of opening a real estate business.  There was no opposition to the request.

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the rezoning request from Hometown Properties as stated above.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  REZONING/PEDRO TRUCKING

A public hearing was held on December 6 to receive citizens comments regarding a rezoning request from Pedro Trucking to rezone property located at 6410 West Main Street in the Glamorgan section of Wise County from a R-1 to a B-2 District for the purpose of constructing a garage for a trucking business.  There was no opposition to the rezoning request.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to approve the rezoning request from Pedro Trucking as stated above.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  PANEL OF PHYSICIANS

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the establishment of a Panel of Physicians for diagnosis and treatment of Workers Compensation injuries.

AyeDoug Mullins   Nay- Donnie Dowell    Abstain- Betty Cornett

            Virginia Meador

            Doug Stallard

            Bob Adkins

            Jeff Salyers

           

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENT #8:  CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT

A motion was made by Doug Mullins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve budget amendment #8 for the Clerk of Circuit Court in the amount of $3,650.00 (Records Preservation Grant).  The motion was unanimously approved

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENT #9:  CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Doug Mullins, to approve budget amendment #9 for the Clerk of Circuit Court in the amount of $2500 (Grant from Town of Pound to fund part-time employees for the GIS Program).  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENT #10:  FLOODING REPAIRS

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve budget amendment #10 for flooding repairs in the amount of $9,450 to be deposited in reserve for emergencies/contingency.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENT #11:  DEPT. OF SOCIAL SERVICES

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to approve budget amendment #11 for the Dept. of Social Services in the amount of $9,056.00 (CSA Administration Grant).  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENT #12:  DEPT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve budget amendment #12 for the Dept. of Social Services in the amount of $1,974 (VA  DSS Fuel Administration Grant).  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENT #13:  ENTERPRISE FUND

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to approve budget amendment #13 in the amount of $500 ( Enterprise Fund) (Safety Grant From VML).  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  TRANSFER OF FUNDS /BOOK RESTORATION/CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT

A motion was made by Doug Mullins, seconded by Betty Cornett, to transfer from reserve for emergencies/contingency fund  $4415 to Clerk of Circuit Court for Book restoration. 

Aye- Virginia Meador       Nay-None     Abstain-  Doug Mullins

            Doug Stallard

            Bob Adkins

            Jeff Salyers

            Donnie Dowell

            Betty Cornett

 

IN RE:  TRANSFER OF FUNDS/ COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Donnie Dowell, to approve the transfer of funds in the amount of $9500 from the reserve for emergencies/contingency funds to the Commonwealth Attorney for a P/T Asst. Attorney and a P/T secretary to deal with a backlog of cases.  The motion was unanimously approved.     

 

IN RE:  REZONING/JEFF LAWSON

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to hold a public hearing on January 3, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. to receive citizens' comments regarding a request from Jeff Lawson to rezone 5 acres from a 20 acre tract of property located at 5711 Lawson Lane in St. Paul from an A-RR to M-1 District for the purpose of establishing a coal related business.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION/LEAVE PRACTICES AT VIRGINIA DEPT OF CORRECTION FACILITIES IN WISE COUNTY

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Betty Cornett, to adopt the resolution requesting the Legislative Delegation to look into the leave practices at the Virginia Department of Corrections Facilities in Wise County. 

Aye- Doug Mullins     Nay-None     Abstain- Virginia Meador 
                                               (Not enough Information)
           
Doug Stallard 

            Robert Adkins

            Jeff Salyers

            Betty Cornett

            Donnie Dowell

RESOLUTION #          2001

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION/PAY DIFFERENTIAL FOR EMPLOYEES OF VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FACILITIES IN WISE COUNTY

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Doug Mullins, to request the Legislative Delegation to look into the pay differential for employees of the Virginia Department of Corrections Facilities in Wise County.  The motion was unanimously approved.                                                                  

RESOLUTION #          2001

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

 

IN RE:  REGIONAL INDUSTRIAL PARK PLANNING PROJECT

The DHCD is asking the County to participate in a planning project for the Regional Industrial Park with Buchanan and Dickenson counties.  It has been noted by Ron Flanary of LENOWISCO that the local share funding for the three counties involved in this project would be forth coming from another source.

After further discussion, a motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Doug Mullins, to participate in the Regional Industrial Park Planning Project with no need for local funding.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-LENOWISCO DISABILITY SERVICES BOARD

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Bob Adkins, to reappoint Larry Blann to the LENOWISCO Disability Services Board.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - PSA

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Betty Cornett, (?) to reappoint Jeff Salyers to the PSA to expire with his term of office.

Aye-   Doug Mullins      Nay-None     Abstain-  Donnie Dowell

            Virginia Meador

            Doug Stallard

            Jeff Salyers

            Bob Adkins

            Betty Cornett

 

IN RE:  HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Betty Cornett, to give the County employees the same holidays as were given to the State employees for Christmas and New Year's.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  EMPLOYEES CHRISTMAS

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to give the County employees gift certificates for Wal-Mart and Payless in the amount of $25,00 each.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  TIME AND DATE FOR 2002 ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to hold the 2002 Organizational Meeting on January 3, 2002, at 6:00 p.m.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  FISCAL STATUS REPORT THROUGH NOVEMBER

The Board was given the Fiscal Status Report through November.

 

IN RE:  COUNTY ATTORNEY'S REPORT

None

 

IN RE:  BOARD COMMENTS

Jeff Salyers asked that funding for the Tourism Committee be placed on the agenda in January.

Donnie Dowell asked that Robby Robbins be allowed to go into closed session since he would be sitting on the Board as of January 1, 2001.

 

RECESS

The Board took a brief recess at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting reconvened at 7:10 p.m.

 

IN RE:  CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Virginia Meador to go into closed session for consultation with 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/ CLOSED SESSION

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

 

ADJOURN

A motion was made by Doug Mullins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

ATTEST:                  WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

______________________  ______________________

Clerk                                Chairman

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