Board of Supervisors - March 12, 2002 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a regular meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 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 Betty Cornett

Honorable Robert Adkins

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

Dr. Peter Yun led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

 

MINUTES

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

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to approve the agenda as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  WINGATE APPRAISAL/REASSESSMENT UPDATE

Harold Wingate, representing Wingate Appraisal Service, presented the Board with a brief update on the status of the reassessment.  He stated that in addition to their identification badges, a letter from the County Administrator stating that Wingate Appraisal Service has been contracted by the County to do its reassessment would further identify them with the citizens

There was some discussion regarding complaints from citizens concerning the last reassessment.

 

IN RE:  APPALACHIAN CHILDREN'S THEATRE

Melissa Wharton presented a handout on the Appalachian Children's Theatre performance schedule with a brief overview of its activities and the impact it has made on the children in Southwest Virginia and Kentucky.  She spoke about the different funding sources that have kept this project going.

Ms. Wharton noted that she is working with the School Board on starting a "Drama for Healthy Living" program in all local high schools.  This program deals with substance abuse prevention, violence prevention, teen-age suicide and depression.  She asked to be considered for funding of any amount during the FY 02-03 budget process.   

Chairman Stallard asked Ms. Wharton to present a copy of their budget for Board review.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING-CDBG APPLICATION FOR SOUTH FORK WATER PROJECT

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments on the proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application to be submitted to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for the South Fork Water Project.

Chairman Stallard asked for comments from the floor.

There being no comments, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

There was no one to speak during public expression.

 

IN RE:  ROADS & HIGHWAYS

Highway Resident Engineer T.G. Branson stated that the Coal & Gas Road Committee had met and made available $500,000 dollars needed for the Revenue Sharing Program that will be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis from funds of the State of Virginia.  He asked for a Letter of Intent from the Board to participate in this program.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Doug Mullins, to authorize the Chairman to execute a letter to VDOT indicating the County's official intent to participate in the "Revenue Sharing Program" for FY 02-03 in the amount of $500,000.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Mr. Branson noted that these funds have been designed for: Sykes Boulevard (Airport Road)($250,000) and $250,000 to be divided equally among the four (4) districts.

 

VDOT  REMARKS

Mr. Branson gave a brief update on construction throughout the County noting that the Pre-Allocation meeting would be held in Abingdon on April 4 @ 9:30. He asked that someone attend this meeting to voice the County's needs.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

Chairman Stallard asked if anyone wanted to remove any item from the Consent Agenda for discussion.

Betty Cornett asked that item #3 regarding a tipping fee for disposal of defined construction and demolition waste be pulled for discussion.

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Doug Mullins, and unanimously approved to adopt the following consent agenda with the exception of number 3:

  1. Set P.H. (6:00 pm April 4) rezoning the Tech Park
  2. Set P.H. (6:00 pm April 4) Special Use Permit-Stephens Community Center
  3. Pulled for discussion
  4. No. 19:  $7,173.00 DEQ Grant; add to Litter Control Budget
  5. No. 20:  $7,500.00 NASA Grant: add to Circuit Court Clerk's Office P/T & FICA line item
  6. No. 21:  $6,000 U.S. Geological Survey Grant; add to Circuit Court Clerk's Office professional services line item
  7. No. 22: $4,986.00 DMV Grant; reimburse Sheriff's Office police supply line item
  8. Appointment of Assistant Animal Warden
  9. Transfer $2,240 from reserve for emergencies /contingency line item in the Commissioner of Revenue P/T line item

 

IN RE:  AMENDMENT TO WISE COUNTY ORDINANCE #3-1993 ASSESSMENT OF FEE FOR DISPOSAL OF CONSTRUCTION/DEMOLITION WASTE

There was a general discussion on the manner in which construction and demolition waste is charged, defined and monitored.  Ms. Cornett was concerned regarding the wording in the ordinance pertaining to the collecting of the fee upon delivery at the landfill.  Administrator Sealover stated that he would have that language changed prior to the public hearing.

After discussion a motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Bob Adkins, to hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on April 4 to receive citizens' input regarding a proposed amendment to Wise County Ordinance #3-1993 to impose a tipping fee for disposal of defined construction and demolition waste at the landfill.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  E-911 ROAD NAME CHANGES/ADDITIONS

A public hearing was held on March 7, 2002, to receive citizens' input regarding the following proposed E-911 road name changes/additions:

  1. The Pines Lane - Located off Powell Valley Road in the West Norton section of Wise
  2. Copperhead Road- Located in the Crab Orchard section of Coeburn
  3. Banner Road - A portion of the existing Bull Run Road located in the Banner section of Coeburn
  4. Bull Run Road  This section of four-lane located in Coeburn is the unnamed new bypass of Rte 58 in Coeburn

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the proposed E-911 road name changes/additions as listed above.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  CUSTOMS COMMUNICATIONS CONTRACT FOR SERVICES

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to authorize the Administrator to sign the contract with Custom Communications for services related to CATV Franchise Agreement renewal.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  UPDATE ON PROJECTED REVENUES/FINANCIAL STATUS

Administrator Sealover presented the Board with an update on projected revenues and the financial status of the County's finances.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT/REDEVEOPMENT & HOUSING AUTHORITY

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to appoint Elsie Kern to fill the unexpired term of Bruce Hayes on the Wise County Redevelopment & Housing Authority.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT/SARA TITLE III BOARD

It was the consensus of the Board to table the appointments to SARA Title III Board for further information regarding that Board.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION TAX LEVY FY 02-03

A motion was made by Edgar Mullins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to adopt the resolution setting the County's FY 2002-03 tax rate for real estate at $.52/$100 and personal property at $1.15/$100.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #        2002

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION CDBG FUNDING/SOUTH FORK WATER PROJECT

A motion was made by Doug Mullins, seconded by Edgar Mullins, to adopt the resolution agreeing to serve as the legal applicant for the South Fork Water Project and to authorize the County Administrator to sign and submit any and all appropriate documents relevant to the VCDBG proposal.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION  #          2002

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

 

IN RE:  FISCAL STATUS REPORT THROUGH FEBRUARY

The fiscal status report through February was presented for Board review.

 

IN RE:  COUNTY ATTORNEY'S REPORT

Attorney Mullins advised the Board that she attempted once again to speak with Ms. Freeman living on Day Town Road but she was not at home.  It is her understanding that Ms. Freeman only lives there part of the time.  However, Attorney Mullins has secured an address and will write a certified letter to Ms. Freeman stating the wishes of the Board.

 

IN RE:  BOARD COMMENTS

Edgar Mullins made a motion that the Board adopt a resolution endorsing the editorial in the Bristol paper regarding the unspent AML funds.  Jeff Salyers seconded the motion.

There was some concern that there was not enough information regarding these funds and perhaps it would be best to wait until next month before taking any action.  This would give the Administrator time to research the article for more detail information.

After further discussion, Mr. Mullins withdrew his motion and Mr. Salyers withdrew his second.

Jeff Salyers suggested that Frank Kilgore be invited to attend a Board meeting to educate the Board on Land Use Classification.

 

ADJOURN

There being no further business, a motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

ATTEST:                  WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

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Clerk                               Chairman

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