Board of Supervisors - April 4, 2002 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, April 4, 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-Chair

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

Will Gype, Pastor Gladeville Presbyterian Church, led the Board in prayer.

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Chairman Stallard stated that Heather Yates is sick and will be placed on the agenda next month to receive her recognition for superior performance.

 

IN RE:  PRESENTATION OF COUNTY EMPLOYEES WITH 20 YEARS SERVICE

The following people received 20 year service pins for faithful service to Wise County:

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

Charlie Harvey
Ron McFalls
Jimmy Darter
George (Jackie) Darter
David Cox
Freddie Vance
James Hamilton
Glen Vaughn

 

THE COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE'S OFFICE         

Willie Moles

 

THE TREASURER'S OFFICE

Lois Baker
Amy Varson            

 

THE CIRCUIT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE

Velma Shell

 

THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

Ronny Aistrop
Joe Kilgore
Tammy Large
Melissa Miller

 

Chairman Stallard voiced the Board's appreciation for each employee's faithful and committed service to Wise County and its citizens.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING/REZONING PROPERTY BETWEEN LP AIRPORT  AND PROPERTY OWNED BY THE TOWN OF WISE

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a rezoning request from the Wise County IDA to rezone l94.33 acres of land located between the LP Airport and property owned by the Town of Wise which encompasses the LP Regional Business and Technology Park from a M-1 District to a PD-BT (Planned Development-Business Technology) District for the purpose of attracting office and technology based companies with high employment levels to the region.

There being no one to speak regarding the rezoning request, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING/SPECIAL USE PERMIT FOR PROPERTY LOCATED ON STEPHENS ROAD IN THE GLAMORGAN SECTION

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a request from Wise County for a Special Use Permit for 2.54 acres of land located on Stephens Road in the Glamorgan section of Wise County for the purpose of building a community center which will also be used for a polling place.

There being no one to speak regarding the request for a Special Use Permit, the public hearing was closed.

 

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

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' input regarding a proposed amendment to County Ordinance #3-1993 Assessment of Fee for Disposal of Construction/Demolition Waste.

Joe Bolling, a local contractor, voiced his concern that illegal dumping will become an issue if this amendment is adopted.  He presented pictures showing dumps in the Rocky Fork area that have been cleaned up several times but are still "dumping" grounds for those people not wanting to take debris to the landfill.  Most of these dumps are on private property but need to have berms or gates put up to keep people from dumping and making an eye sore in the community.  Mr. Bolling asked for stronger enforcement of the litter ordinances to control littering.

Tommy Aker, owner of Wise Lumber & Supply, asked if his yearly landfill fee covered any dumping from his business at the landfill.

Chairman Stallard stated that the proposed amendment will be an extra $30.00 per ton charge for construction and demolition waste only.

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Walter Crouse encouraged the Board and Wise County citizens to participate in educating themselves in ways of keeping our county's environment safe and clean.  He also stressed the fact that there must be more enforcement of the litter laws.  This, in its self, would make for a cleaner and more beautiful county that would attract tourism; another source of revenue for this area.

Bob Harris provided the Board with pictures showing a drainage problem in his area. 

Chairman Stallard asked Mr. Harris to provide information regarding this problem to Jackie Darter, the County's Superintendent of Public Works, for a possible solution to his problem.

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

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Highway Resident Engineer T. G. Branson, advised that the County has an opportunity to request an additional allocation from the FY 2001-2002 County Primary and Secondary Fund (Revenue Sharing Program).  The amount of funds available to Wise County is not known at this time, but the Board needs to send a letter indicating its intent to participate in the unused allocation of Revenue Sharing funds.

Mr. Branson stated that the method for receiving these revenue sharing funds has been changed in that the listing of projects for which this money is to be used must be precise and specific.  In prior year, a general list could be provided.

Resolution Approving Annual Plan for Roads and Bridges July 2002-June 2003

Mr. Branson asked the Board to consider adopting the Annual Plan for Roads and Bridges -July 2002-June 2003 at its next meeting.

 

VDOT REMARKS

An update on construction throughout Wise County was given by Mr. Branson.

There was some discussion on gravel funds.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

The items under the Consent Agenda were reviewed and discussed.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION EXTENDING THE CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH ADELPHIA AND CHARTER

Chairman Stallard stated that the cable franchise agreement with Charter and Adelphia is still being negotiated.  Board members were in agreement that the cable committee should discuss different options and issues for a better franchise.

 

IN RE:  OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED

  1. Resolution Ratifying Declaration of State of Local Emergency
  2. Resolution Waiving Certain Building Permit Fees for Damage Structures During Flood
  3. Resolution Regarding Fair Housing in Wise County
  4. Resolution Authorizing the County Administrator to make A.R.C.H.S.  CDBG Application for Food Bank Project
  5. Resolution Amending several sections of the County Personnel Policies regarding holidays, vacation, sick leave, civil leave, military leave, leave of absence and bereavement leave
  6. Proclamation:  National County Government Week April 7-13
  7. Appointments
  8. Fiscal Status Report Through March (Available April 11)
  9. Closed Session 2.2-3711A.1 (Personnel)(April 11)

 

IN RE: PRESENTATION OF PROPOSED 5 YEAR CIP

Administrator Sealover presented the Board with a proposed 5 year Capital Improvements Plan with an explanation of the many benefits to be reaped by the County if approved.

 

IN RE:  COUNTY ATTORNEY'S REPORT

Attorney Mullins advised the Board that she has spoken with Ms. Freeman, a resident of the Daytown Road, regarding the possibility of relocating her to another home.  She explained that the purpose of asking her to move was to clear the R-O-W for the proposed road in that area.  Ms. Freeman does not want to be relocated.   She has contacted an attorney regarding this issue and has requested a copy of the deeds that were given to the County.  There seems to be a discrepancy in the deeds she has and the deeds being used by the County.

Attorney Mullins has provided a copy of those deeds to Ms. Freeman with a copy of her deeds to be sent to the County.  Ms. Freeman has further requested that she be advised, in writing, of any action taken by the Board regarding relocating her home.

District One Supervisors stated that since Ms. Freeman does not wish to be relocated, the issue is closed.  However, they will continue to supply gravel from time to time to help with the up keep of the road. 

IN RE:  COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT

Administrator Sealover asked the Board for direction as to whether or not he is to prepare written comments for the Annual Road Hearing to be held in Abingdon.

Chairman Stallard asked that he prepare a written statement noting the Board's desire to go forward with the Coalfield Expressway and the Route 58 By pass to enhance economic development in our region.  He asked for Board members to present Mr. Sealover with any projects they wish to be mentioned.

Mr. Sealover stated that he had been approached by Walt Rivers requesting permission to place a plaque from the Sons of the Confederacy in the area around the Historical Society's Office.   Not knowing the Board's authority in this regard, he asked for direction from the Board.

Attorney Mullins advised that she was not aware of the Board's authority in this matter.  However, she would review this request and prepare a memo for the Board prior to its next meeting.

Administrator Sealover advised that "sign up" sheets are available in the County Administrator's Office for those wishing to testify at the public hearing before the local Government Commission on the Big Stone Gap annexation on April 22, 2002 at 7:00 p.m.

   

ADJOURN

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

 

ATTEST:                 WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

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Clerk                                   Chairman

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