Board of Supervisors - September 12, 2002 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on Thursday, September 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 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 T. Mullins - County Attorney

Annette Underwood - Executive Secretary

 

ABSENT

Honorable Virginia Meador

 

PRAYER

T. G. Branson led the Board in prayer.

 

MINUTES

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

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Harold Greear, a resident of the Pound area, voiced his opposition to the route that has been chosen for the Coalfield Expressway with the limited access.  He said this would favor only a few and would stunt the growth of down town Pound.  Mr. Greear asked the Board to adopt a resolution opening the highway for further development and to be cautious in their decisions regarding this highway.

There being no one else to speak, the public expression period was closed.

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Resolution transferring of funds

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to adopt the resolution authorizing the transfer of funds from the Cost Center 1204007, and Traffic Services Line Item to pay off deficits and to keep projects on schedule.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

VDOT  REMARKS

Mr. Branson spoke briefly about the meeting that was held in Norton concerning the Coalfield Expressway.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Betty Cornett, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:

  1. Set public hearing for a proposed amendment to the Building Code Ordinance regarding adoption of Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of the BOCA Property Maintenance Code/USBC Volume II
  2. Set public hearing for a conditional zoning of 6353 Hurricane Road from A-RR to B-2 allowing location of a box trailer and two coal trucks
  3. Set public hearing for E-911 road name additions
  4. Appoint Michael L. Hobbs as the County's Professional Assessor for the General Reassessment
  5. Renew Abandoned Vehicle Contract with Greear's Used Auto Parts for an additional two years
  6. Execute contract with Maxim Engineering, Inc. for the Imboden Sewer Project
  7. Appropriate $47,830.29 from the Federal Drug Forfeiture Account

BUDGET AMENDMENTS

  1.  No. 5:  Add $10,122 to General Fund:  grant from Library of Virginia; increase Clerk of the Court's professional services line item.
  2. No. 6:  Add $2,582 (insurance recovery) to Enterprise Fund; increase refuse collection vehicle and powered equipment supplies line item.
  3. No. 7:  Add $19,759 (grant funds, no local match) to General Fund; increase various line items in Wise DEVELOP budget.

The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  WISE COUNTY ENTERPRISE ZONE ORDINANCE

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Doug Mullins, to adopt the ordinance establishing the Wise County Enterprise Zone.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ORDINANCE #         2002

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

 

IN RE:  REAL ESTATE TAX EXEMPTION FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

There was a general discussion regarding the proposed tax exemption for the elderly and disabled.

After further discussion, Edgar Mullins made a motion to change the due date of the real estate tax for the elderly and disabled from May 15 to October 1 for first time applicants and hardship cases.

Motion failed for lack of second.

Robby Robbins made a motion to adopt the amendment to the Real Estate Tax Exemption for Elderly and Disabled Ordinance as presented with the due date being May 15.  Bob Adkins seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

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

 

IN RE:   REZONING /COEBURN MTN ACROSS FROM UVA-COLLEGE AT WISE

There was some discussion on the pros and cons of having multi-family dwellings at this location.  It was noted that the present trailer court would be removed and permanent dwellings constructed for much needed housing in this area. 

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on October 3 to receive citizens' comments regarding a request to rezone 3.47 acres of property located on Coeburn Mtn road across from UVA-College at Wise baseball field from R-1 to R-2 for the construction of multi-family dwellings.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION/ PATRIOT DAY IN WISE COUNTY

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the resolution declaring September 11, 2002, as Patriot Day in Wise County.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #         2002

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION/ NATURAL GAS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT/ POUND AREA

A motion was made by Edgar Mullins, seconded by Doug Mullins, to adopt the resolution expressing the Board's opposition to the North Fork of Pound Natural Gas Development Project.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #       2002

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

 

IN RE: RESOLUTION/COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES BOND ACT OF 2002

A motion was made by Doug Mullins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to adopt the resolution expressing the Board's support for the Commonwealth of Virginia Educational Facilities Bond Act of 2002.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #    2002

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION EXTENDING CABLE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to adopt the resolution extending the current cable franchise agreement between the County of Wise and Adelphia and Charter Communications until December 31, 2002.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #        2002

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION REGARDING ADELPHIA'S BANKRUPTCY

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Betty Cornett, to adopt the resolution expressing the Board's support for participating in a coalition of local government entities that are local franchising authorities for Adelphia Communications which will develop and implement a strategy for protecting the interests of local government, it's residents, and all Adelphia Cable television subscribers impacted by their bankruptcy.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #         2002

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION/POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR USE OF COUNTY CREDIT CARDS

A motion was made by Betty Cornett, seconded by Jeff Salyers to adopt the resolution establishing a policy and procedures for use of County credit cards.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #        2002

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION/POLICY FOR COUNTY-OWNED CELLULAR TELEPHONES

A motion was made by Doug Mullins, seconded by Betty Cornett, to adopt the resolution establishing a policy regarding the use of County-owned cellular telephones.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #            2002

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

 

IN RE:  BID ON SHERIFF'S PATROL CARS

A motion was made by Betty Cornett, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to award the bid for financing the six (6) patrol vehicles for the Sheriff's Department to Sun Trust Bank, the low responsive/responsible bidder at 3.23%.

Aye-    Doug Mullins             Nay-Edgar Mullins

            Betty Cornett

            Douglas Stallard

            Bob Adkins

            Jeff Salyers

            Robby Robbins

 

IN RE:  COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE ASSOCIATION GIFT

A motion was made by Doug Mullins, seconded by Betty Cornett, to approve an expenditure of $1,000 for the Commissioner of Revenue Association Convention to be held in Bristol.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT/ WISE COUNTY COALITION FOR HEALTH

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Betty Cornett, to table the appointment to the Wise County Coalition for Health until next month.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  FISCAL REPORT

The fiscal status report was placed in the Board packets for their review.

 

IN RE:  COUNTY ATTORNEY'S REPORT

None

 

IN RE:  CITIZENS CORPS COUNCIL

Administrator Sealover stated that the Citizen Corps is the component of the USA Freedom Corps initiative designed to pull together local leaders, citizens, volunteers and first responder organizations to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared for threats of crime, terrorism and disasters of all kinds.

The Governor's Office has requested that the County identify a local organization that could serve as the local Citizen Corps Council.  After discussion with Ernie Ward and Chief Mongle regarding this request, Administrator Sealover suggested using the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) to serve as the County's local Citizen Corps Council.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Doug Mullins, to use the local LEPC as the Citizen Corps Council for Wise County.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE: APPOINTMENT-WISE COUNTY COALITION FOR HEALTH

Chairman Stallard stated that he had been given a name for a person to serve on the Wise County Coalition for Health.

Attorney Mullins advised that a motion would have to be made to remove the motion to table this appointment that was made earlier in the meeting.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to remove the motion to table the appointment for the Wise County Coalition for Health.  The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by Betty Cornett, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to appoint Bleecker Sealover to serve as a representative for Wise County on the Wise County Coalition for Health.   The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BOARD COMMENTS

Edgar Mullins asked that Attorney Mullins be instructed to advise the Town of St. Paul the steps that must be taken before the Board can hold a public hearing for the proposed annexation/boundary adjustment for the Town of St. Paul.

Chairman Stallard stated that he would have Administrator Sealover forward a copy of Attorney Cranwell's letter that states the necessary steps to follow prior to a public hearing.

Jeff Salyers asked that further sites be reviewed for the location of the proposed animal shelter

Administrator Sealover advised that all options available to the County have been considered but have proven to be unsuitable or not accessible.

 

IN RE:  CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Betty Cornett, to go into closed session to discuss personnel as permitted by section 2.2-3711A.1 of the Code of Virginia.  The motion was unanimously approved.

After a short closed session, a motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Robby Robbins, to reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION CERTIFICATION OF CLOSED MEETING

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

RESOLUTION #    2002

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

Edgar Mullins left the meeting at this time.

 

IN RE:  COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR EVALUATION   

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve a 1.6% pay increase for the County Administrator.

Betty Cornett made a substitute motion to give the County Administrator a 3.4% pay increase.  Doug Stallard seconded the motion.

Chairman Stallard asked for a vote on the substitution motion.

Aye-    Betty Cornett             Nay-Doug Mullins

            Doug Stallard                  Bob Adkins

                                                Jeff Salyers

                                                Robby Robbins

The motion failed.

Chairman Stallard asked for a vote on the main motion for the 1.6% pay increase.

Aye-    Doug Mullins           Nay-  Doug Stallard

            Jeff Salyers                     Betty Cornett

            Robby Robbins

            Bob Adkins

The motion carried.

 

ADJOURN

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

 

ATTEST:                  WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

_________________    _______________________________

Clerk                          Chairman

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