Board of Supervisors - September 5, 2002 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, September 5, 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 Robert 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

Kenny Robinson led the Board in prayer.

 

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The following items were added to the agenda for next week:

  1. To consent agenda budget amendment no 7 which increases the Wise DEVELOP budget by $19,759 (grant funds)
  2. To New Business add a Resolution Expressing the Board's support for the Commonwealth of Virginia Educational Facilities Bond Act of 2002
  3. To New Business add authorizing expenditure of $1,000 for the Commissioner of Revenue Association of Virginia 2002 State Convention (Bristol) Gift

 

IN RE:  RECOGNITION OF EMPLOYEES WITH TEN YEARS OF SERVICE

The following individuals were recognized for their ten years of service for Wise County: 

Commonwealth Attorney's Office:  Gary Gilliam

Commissioner of Revenue's Office:  Susie Martin

Victim Witness Office:  Barbara Elkins

Building Dept.:  Robert Mullins and Ken Reynolds

Economic Development:  Carl Snodgrass

Custodial Staff:  Diane Coomer and Robert Robinette

Extension Office:  Lucy Robinson

Public Works Dept:  Jackie Lane

Sheriff's Dept:  Linda Childress             Bill Horne

                      Charles Connell            Lisa Pilkenton

                      Eloise Jessee               Randy Tackett

                      Ronnie Large                Michele White

                      Nancy Mullins

Chairman Stallard voiced the Board's appreciation to each employee's dedicated service they have shown to Wise County.

                                                                              

IN RE:  MECC UPDATE

Dr. Terrance Suarez, MECC President, gave the Board a report on the activities at MECC.  He expressed appreciation to the Board for its assistance in partial funding of the campus road project.  He stressed the importance of the upcoming bond issue in the November general election and encouraged the Board's support of the bond as well as the support of the citizens of Wise County.  Dr. Suarez presented a picture of MECC's college campus in appreciation of the Board's support. 

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Janet Phillips voiced her concern that there was not a copy of the Constitution hanging on the wall of the courthouse and no copies were available to be given out to the public.  By having this document, Ms. Phillips stated that the citizens could be aware as to whether or not the actions of the Board were constitutional or unconstitutional.

Chairman Stallard advised that this question would be looked into by the County Administrator.

Hugh Kiser asked that the proposed amendment to the Real Estate Tax Exemption for the Elderly and Disabled and the proposed amendment to the Building Code be explained later in the meeting.

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE WISE COUNTY ENTERPRISE ZONE

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a proposed ordinance establishing the Wise County Enterprise Zone.

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING/REAL ESTATE TAX EXEMPTION FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a proposed amendment to the Real Estate Tax Exemption for Elderly and Disabled.

There was some discussion among Board members regarding the due date.  Edgar Mullins asked that the due date be changed from May 15 to October 1 for first time applicants and hardship cases.

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

 

IN RE: ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Rural Rustic Road Program

T.G. Branson, Highway Resident Engineer, explained that the intent of this program is to allow paving of gravel roads that are in the state secondary system even in cases when not built to standards.  This does not apply to Wise County since all Wise County secondary roads are paved with the exception of possibly one road.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION TRANSFERRING OF FUNDS

Mr. Branson stated that there are three projects that were completed this past year with a deficit in funding.  He reminded the Board that in the past the revenue sharing and coal severance tax funds have been placed in the Countywide budget line item.  Since these funds are now together with VDOT's secondary road money, a resolution transferring these funds is now required from the Board.

 

VDOT REMARKS

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

Board members presented several requests from citizens in their districts for Mr. Branson to review with a report of his findings to be presented at the next meeting.

 

IN RE: TOWN OF ST. PAUL ANNEXATION (BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT)

  Raymond Trent, Vice Mayor of St. Paul, addressed the Board regarding the proposed boundary adjustment/annexation for the Town of St. Paul.  He stated that the Town of St. Paul has had requests from property owners to have a boundary adjustment in St. Paul.  He gave a history of benefits that the Town of St. Paul has provided for the property owners in the proposed boundary adjustment.  One property owner has 150 acres that they want to develop into a housing project.  A property owner has indicated that he wants to construct a motel on his property.  At the town's expense, a PER for a sewer project for this area has been secured and approved.  At this point, the Town of St. Paul is asking the Board to hold a public hearing for a boundary adjustment for this area.

Chairman Stallard stated that this request needs to be reviewed by the County Attorney before the Board can make any comments.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

The following Consent Agenda Items were reviewed:

  1. Set public hearing for amendment to Building Code Ordinance
  2. Set public hearing for a conditional zoning at 6353 Hurricane Road from A-RR to B-2  allowing location of a box trailer and two coal trucks
  3. Set public hearing rezoning of 3.47 acres of property on Coeburn Mtn for the location of  multi-family dwellings
  4. Set public hearing for E-911 road name additions
  5. Appoint Michael L. Hobbs as the County's Professional Assessor for the General Reassessment
  6. Renew Abandoned Vehicle Contract with Greear's Used Auto Parts
  7. Execute contract with Maxim Engineering, Inc. for the Imboden Sewer Project
  8. Appropriate $47,830.29 from the Federal Drug Forfeiture Account

 

IN RE:  OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED

  1. Resolution declaring September 11, 2002 as Patriot Day in Wise County
  2. Resolution Opposing the North Fork of Pound Natural Gas Development Project
  3. Resolution Extending the Current Cable Franchise Agreement
  4. Resolution for participation in coalition to protect the County's interests in the Adelphia bankruptcy
  5. Resolution establishing a Policy and Procedures for Use of County Credit Cards
  6. Resolution establishing a Policy regarding County-owned Cellular Telephones
  7. Award of bid:  financing for lease-purchase of patrol cars
  8. Appointments
  9. Fiscal Status Report Through August (Available September 12)
  10. County Attorney's Report (None)
  11. County Administrator's Report (None)
  12. Closed Session (Personnel) (September 12 meeting)
  13. Board Comments

 

ADJOURN

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

 

ATTEST:                  WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

_________________        _______________________

Clerk                             Chairman

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