Board of Supervisors - February 7, 2002 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop Meeting on Thursday, February 7, 2002, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable Douglas Stallard - Chairman

Honorable Jeffrey Salyers - Vice-Chairman

Honorable Douglas Mullins

Honorable Edgar Mullins

Honorable Virginia Meador

Honorable Robert Adkins

Honorable Betty Cornett

Honorable Robby Robbins - 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. Roy LaDuke, Pastor Norton United Methodist Church, led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Chairman Stallard asked that the following changes be made to the agenda:

Delete:  

  1. Report from the Building, Planning and Zoning Department

Add:     

  1. Add Banner and Bull Run Roads to the E-911 road name additions to be sent out for public hearing on March 7.
  2. Authorize Administrator to execute agreement with Norfolk Southern for Installation, etc. of sewer pipe under tracks in the Imboden area. 
  3. Resolution amending the Personnel Policies adding a new section concerning.
  4. Inclement Weather/Designated Emergency.

It was the consensus of the Board to make these changes.

 

IN RE:  PRO-ART PRESENTATION

Bonnie Elosser, representing Pro-Art, gave a brief overview of Pro-Art's activities noting the recreational and economical benefits that are reaped by the County.  She asked that the Board consider a contribution of $10,000 to support the Pro-Art 2002/2003 season at its February 14 meeting.

Under the Local Government Challenge Grant, the Virginia Commission for the Arts will match the County's contribution up to $5,000.  The deadline to apply for this grant is April 1.  The Board can make a commitment of these funds at this time and confirm the funding July 1 after the budget has been approved.

 

IN RE:  PRESENTATIONS 

Recognition and Pins for those with 25 and 30 years of service will be done on February 14.

Larry Sturgill, CPA/Audit Report for FY 2000-01 will be done on February 14.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING-AMENDMENT TO ORDINANCE REGARDING LANDFILL USE FEE AND PARTIAL EXEMPTION

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to received citizens comments regarding a proposed amendment to County ordinance #3-1993 regarding the landfill use fee and partial exemption for the elderly and disabled who rent.

There being no one to speak regarding the proposed amendment, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Elmer Phillips voiced his dismay regarding the condition of our recreational areas.  His main concern was toward the trash that is being thrown into our streams.

He asked for a fire hydrant for the Stephens area that would give the citizens a decrease in their insurance premiums.  He also asked the Board to reconsider helping the citizens living on the Daytown Road to get this road into the secondary system.  

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Highway Resident Engineer T.G. Branson, informed the Board that the Coal & Gas Road Committee will be meeting in March to address the revenue sharing funds.  He also presented an answer sheet on questions that were asked by Board members at the last meeting.

Board members presented Mr. Branson with needs in their districts.

Traffic Light at Powell Valley Primary and Middle School

A letter was received from Marcie R. Phillips requesting a traffic light at the Powell Valley Primary and Middle School.  She explained the need for the lights and the dangers that face the children in those areas. 

Mr. Branson stated that he would need a letter from the Board requesting a traffic study in that area.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

Chairman Stallard advised that the Consent Agenda consists of primarily house keeping items and any item can be withdrawn from that list for a separate motion and/or discussion.

 

IN RE:  DAY TOWN ROAD

Kenneth Calhoun, a resident of the Day Town Road, reiterated that the residents living on this road would appreciate the Board removing any obstacles on the R-O-W that would hinder this road from being taken into the secondary system.

Attorney Mullins stated that she is scheduled to look at the road and any property that could possibly interfere with progress on getting this road taken into the system.

Supervisors of district 1 explained that the County has furnished gravel and drainpipe to help maintain the Day Town Road.

Chairman Stallard asked Attorney Mullins to bring a report back to the Board at its next meeting.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION-LAWSON HOLLOW OF BULL RUN

A request was received from Coastal Coal Company requesting approval from the Board of Supervisors to use the road which extends from the right of way of U.S. Rte 58-A into Lawson Hollow of Bull Run between St. Paul and Coeburn.  Coastal Coal's intent is to use this road for ingress and egress to and from its property in Lawson Hollow to U.S. Rt. 58-A for the movement of men and equipment, but not for coal hauling purposes.

As the Board reviewed this request, Chairman Stallard asked that a representative be present at the next meeting to answer questions regarding this request.

 

IN RE:  OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED

  1. Recognition of pins for those with 25 and 30 years County service (Next Month)
  2. Memorial gift to the Tacoma Community Center in honor of the late Delmer Wilson, Jr.
  3. Resolution authorizing contract extension (5 Years) with APCo/AEP for electric service
  4. Resolution recognizing Wallens Ridge employees
  5. Resolution endorsing HJR 81 proposing an amendment to the constitution regarding prayer in schools
  6. Appointments
  7. Attorney's Report
  8. Fiscal Status Report through January (February 14)
  9. Board comments

 

IN RE: COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT

Administrator Sealover gave a status report on the budget process with proposed steps to be taken to provide a balanced budget for the upcoming year.  He also noted that the tax rate must be set at the March meeting.

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM.

 

ATTEST:                  WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

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Clerk                                   Chairman

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