Board of Supervisors - November 14, 2002 Regular Meeting

Home ] Up ]

The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on Thursday, November 14, 2002, at 6:00 pm 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 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 T. Mullins - County Attorney

Annette Underwood - Executive Secretary

 

ABSENT

Honorable Douglas Mullins

 

PRAYER

Kenny Robinson led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

All gave the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

 

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 Robby Robbins, and unanimously approved to make the following additions/deletions to the agenda:

Add:       

  1. Make an appointment to the District 1 seat on the Board recently vacated by Doug
  2. Daytown Road Update

Delete:  

  1. Closed Session (Personnel)

 

IN RE:  P.A.W.S. OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, INC

Sherrie Kilgore, Rick Bowman, Donna Miller and Gwen Dean came before the Board with goals and accomplishments that they would like to implement at the Animal Shelter for the betterment and humane treatment of the animals.   Notations were made on violations that were being made according to Veterinarian Dr. Roy B. Hand upon his inspections at the shelter. P.A.W.S. offered their services to fulfill changes and to supply the extra work force that is needed to implement their goals. They voiced their support of the proposed amendment to the Animal and Fowl Ordinance regarding the spay/neutering program.

 

IN RE:  JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST

Stan Olsen, District Ranger for Jefferson National Forest, stated that he was asked to come before the Board to answer questions regarding the proposal being submitted by the Clinch Coalition to establish a National Conservation and Recreation area in High Knob area.  He presented information regarding timber sales, the distribution of funds from said sales, recreational projects implemented by the Forestry Department, as well as provisions that are made for the wild life.  One of the biggest up coming recreational pursuits is viewing wildlife.  For a diversity of wildlife there must be a diversity of habitat.  To accomplish this, one must manipulate the vegetation.  He noted that timber sales and logging is a tool for the Forest Service to do the necessary planning to provide for the needs of the wildlife and recreation.  However, that does not mean they are not willing to consider the Coalition's proposal.  Further information is needed as to the impact this proposal will have on timber sales and etc.

There was some discussion on clear cutting tactics used by the Forestry Department and the possibility of working together to promote tourism in the realm of winter sports in our region.

Randy Rigg voiced his concern for the hunters in our area and the impact the proposed resolution that is being presented by the Clinch Coalition will have on that sport.  He said the petition that was circulated was misleading the people.  He noted that the timber and lumber industry are major industries in Wise County and if this resolution is adopted, could have an enormous impact on our economic environment.  Mr. Rigg presented materials on game and wildlife for the Board to review and further asked that they deny this proposed resolution as presented by Clinch Coalition.

John Baker, District Wildlife Biologists, addressed the Board stating that he was invited to answer questions the Board may have regarding wildlife, resources and recreation.  He reinforced Stan Olsen's remarks regarding management for the wildlife as well as recreation in the High Knob area.  He commented that the forest management involves cutting trees which can be utilized as a tool to manage the habitat for necessary food and cover for wildlife to survive.  He noted that wildlife recreation is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreations for this day.      

Mr. J. K. Adams stated that more police protection and police patrol is needed in the High Knob area.

Mr. Olsen stated that the area is patrolled; however, due to the lack of police officers, the patrol time is limited and is done on different time schedules.

Tom Danvenport, member of the Clinch Coalition, came before the Board to clarify some of the misunderstandings that have been placed before the Board.  One of the consensus agreements that arrived from the team that was organized to investigate the designation of an area in the High Knob as a National Conservation and Recreational area.  Due to the magnitude of the project, it will take time to get the proper people to participate in developing the framework for the proposal in question.   

Detta Davis stated that the Coalition was asking the Board to endorse the idea of the National Conservation and Recreation. She said this would not interfere with the private landowners as was stated.

Virginia Meador requested information pertaining to nonresident wildlife recreation participation in Wise County to assist the Board in making a decision on this request.

J. R. Moore asked the Board's support because it is the first step in getting a Bill passed through Congress.  Delegate Bud Phillips and State Senator Phillip Puckett have given their support by signing the petitions.  As to date, 1200 petitions have been signed.  Mr. Moore said this is an opportunity to protect the endangered species, build recreation of economic opportunities in Tacoma, Norton, Appalachia and Big Stone Gap.  He further expounded on the advantages of having recreation and tourism as economic tools for our region.  Mr. Moore brought to the Board's attention the need to control clear cutting tactics because of flooding.

Chairman Stallard advised that the Board would not take any action on the proposed resolution at this meeting since new information has been brought forth.  The Board will need to digest this new information before taking any action.

 

IN RE:  DAY TOWN ROAD UPDATE

Kenneth Calhoun asked the Board why the R-O-W on Day Town Road has not been cleared.  He said the lady living in the house that is on the R-O-W has been notified of the situation; therefore, he asked that the County Attorney move forward in vacating the property.

Attorney Mullins noted that she has reviewed the deeds to the property in question and the actual roadway has been conveyed to the County.  Ms. Mullins has met with Ms. Freeman, the lady living in the house, on several occasions and she does not wish to move.  Therefore, the County would have to file a motion to remove her from the R-O-W that the County owns.  VDOT will not proceed with the road project until such time the R-O-W has been cleared.

Chairman Stallard advised that the Board does not want to take official action in having Ms. Freeman removed from the house.  He noted that the Board has offered her several options but she has refused them all.  He asked the County Attorney to ascertain if there was any recourse the community residents could take in getting Ms. Freeman removed.

Mr. Calhoun stated that he was not asking the Board to "throw" the lady from her home, but to justify the reasoning that one person can keep a road from being constructed for a whole community.  He asked if the law wasn't written for the majority and not for one person.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Richard Falin presented a petition of 200 signatures supporting Fred Luntsford to fill the unexpired term of Douglas Mullins on the Board of Supervisors.

Richard Mumpower presented a petition of 550 signatures supporting Barry Nelson to fill the unexpired term of Douglas Mullins on the Board of Supervisors.

Rick Bowman approached the Board asking names of those being considered for the District One seat.

Chairman Stallard advised that this would be considered later in the meeting.

Mr. Bowman stated that the citizens would not have an opportunity to speak later in the meeting.  However, Mr. Luntsford has been a loyal republican and it would be like a slap in the face if the Board does not support him as well as all the other loyal republicans 

The following residents living in the Powell Valley area voiced their opposition to the widening of the Powell Road. Their reason for opposition is that this project would disturb the scenic, natural beauty of the mountainous road, which is a tourist attraction in itself, and straightening the curves would increase the desire to speed:

Christy Zonka

Rita Powers

Joe Yorke

J.K. Adams

Sharon Daniels

Susan Adams

Truman Deary

The residents were also concerned that they had not been approached or advised by VDOT as to whether or not the residents were in favor of this construction project.

It was noted that this project was being done for safety purposes.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT/DISTRICT ONE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS SEAT

Betty Cornett nominated Barry Nelson to fill the vacancy for District One seat on the Board.  Jeff Salyers seconded the nomination.

Bob Adkins nominated Fred Luntsford to fill the vacancy for District One seat on the Board.  Edgar Mullins seconded the nomination.

Betty Cornett made a motion that nominations cease.  Jeff Salyers seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Chairman Stallard asked for a vote for Barry Nelson to fill the vacancy for District One seat on the Board.

Aye-    Virginia Meador            Nay-      Edgar Mullins

            Betty Cornett                         Bob Adkins

            Robby Robbins

            Jeff Salyers

            Doug Stallard

Motion carried.

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Kenny Robinson, representing VDOT, gave the Board a brief history on Rt. 610.  He stated that the citizens look at a project from the beauty standpoint, but VDOT views the safety aspects and the traffic problems.  He noted the citizens' concerns/objections and said that VDOT is willing to work with them and will set up meetings to discuss this project if they so desire.

 

RECESS

The Board took a brief recess at 8:30 pm.

The meeting reconvened at 8:45 pm.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

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

  1. Set public hearing (December 5) (6:00 pm) on proposed ordinance setting deadline for filing and disposition of all applications for relief from reassessment with the Board of Equalization.
  2. Set public hearing (December 5) (6:00 pm) on proposed amendment to Animal and Fowl Ordinance regarding fines for not adhering to spay/neutering requirements (requested by P.A.W.S of Southwest Virginia, Inc.)
  3. Set public hearing (December 5) (6:00 pm) on proposed amendments to the adopted FY 2002-03 budget adding all funding for the PD1 Community Services Board and implementing the proposed Cost Containment Plan
  4. Proclamation urging support for and participation in the Great American Smoke-out Day (November 21)
  5. Commissioner of Revenue Refund Request

Budget Amendments

  1. No. 10:  Add to General Fund revenues and disperse Department of Fire Programs Grant ($36,642)
  2. No. 11:  Add to General Fund revenues $44,500 from various sources and disburse to several line items in the Wise DEVELOP budget

Appropriations

Appropriate $584 for the Sheriff's Crime Prevention Special Fund and $185 in his Drug Education Special Fund (DARE)

The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  REZONING/DAVID HUBBARD

A public hearing was held on November 7 to receive citizens comments regarding a request from David H. Hubbard to rezone one (1) acre of land located at 8240 Indian Creek Road from A-RR to B-2 for the purpose of placing a bill board sign.

There was no opposition to this request at the public hearing.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the rezoning request as submitted by David H. Hubbard for the purpose of placing a bill board sign.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  DANCE HALL LICENSE/PIT STOP FAMILY GRILL, INC.

A public hearing was held on November 7 to receive citizens' comments regarding a request from Cara Branch for a dance hall license for the Pit Stop Family Grill, Inc. located on the Norton/Coeburn Road that is to be targeted to the age group of 14 to 21 with no alcohol being served.

There was no one to speak for or against the request at the public hearing.

It was brought to the Board's attention that a letter has been received from a concerned citizen that Cara Branch, President of Pit Stop Family Grill, has applied for a license to sell beer and wine on and off premises which is totally contrary to the request made to the Board.  Since alcoholic beverages will be sold in an environment that is targeted for the young people, it was the consensus of the Board to table the request for a dance hall license until further information is made available regarding this request.

   

IN RE:  ORDINANCE CREATING LOCAL ENTERPRISE ZONE

A public hearing was held on November 7, to receive citizens comments regarding a proposed ordinance creating a Local Enterprise Zone Development Taxation Program.

There was no public comment regarding this proposed ordinance.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to adopt the ordinance creating a Local Enterprise Zone Development Taxation Program as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ORDINANCE #              2002

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

 

IN RE:  COMMUNITY WATERWORKS MODEL ORDINANCE (CROSS CONNECTION CONTROL)

A public hearing was held on November 7 to receive citizens input regarding a proposed Community Waterworks Model Ordinance (Cross Connection Control).

There was no one to speak for or against the proposed ordinance.

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the Community Waterworks Model Ordinance (Cross Connection Control) as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ORDINANCE #       2002

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

 

IN RE:  COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT APPLICATION/STRAWBERRY MOUNTAIN WATER PROJECT

A public hearing was held on November 7 to receive citizens' input on the proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application to be submitted to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for the Strawberry Mountain Water Project.

Several residents came forward at the public hearing to support the proposed CDBG application for the water project.

A motion was made by Doug Stallard, seconded by Betty Cornett, to approve the proposed CDBG application for the Strawberry Mountain Water Project.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION REVISING THE SECONDARY ROADS SIX-YEAR IMPROVEMENT PLAN

A joint public hearing was held between the Wise County Board of Supervisors and VDOT on November 7 to receive citizens input on the proposed revision of the Secondary Roads Six-Year Improvement Plan.

Several residents living in the Powell Valley section of the County opposed the project on the proposed Six Year Plan to widening with some realignment on the Powell Valley Road.

With several unanswered questions regarding the proposed revisions to the Six-Year Plan, it was the consensus of the Board to table this resolution until the December meeting.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION -DISASTER DESIGNATION AND FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR WISE COUNTY

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to approve the resolution instructing the County Administrator to submit to the Governor the Board's request for assistance in obtaining federal disaster designation for damages/losses due to the on-going drought and excessive heat.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #        2002

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

 

IN RE:  KIOSKS

After giving the Board a brief cost estimate for operating the Kiosks and the benefits to be reaped by the County, Jeff Salyers made a motion to approve the purchase of the two (2) Kiosks.  Bob Adkins seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING AUTHORITY

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to table the District One appointment on the Redevelopment and Housing Authority until next month.  The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by Betty Cornett, seconded by Virginia Meador, to reappoint Dan McCoy to the Redevelopment and Housing Authority.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Virginia Meador, to go into closed session to discuss contracts as permitted by section 2.2-3711A.6 of the Code of Virginia.  The motion was unanimously approved.

After a brief closed session, a motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - CLOSED SESSION

Jeff Salyers read the resolution as required for closed session.

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the resolution verifying matters discussed 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)

 

IN RE:  ANIMAL SHELTER BID

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Betty Cornett, to authorize the County Administrator to negotiate with Heartwood Builders for design and construction services for the new Animal Shelter.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  DERBY PROJECT ENGINEERING SERVICES

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to authorize the County Administrator to negotiate with Lane Engineering for engineering services for the Derby Project.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

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

Back to Top

 
© 2006 Wise County, Virginia. All Rights Reserved. Try our Guide to Services, County Directory or Search pages. 
206 East Main Street • Wise, Virginia 24293 • Phone: 276-328-2321 • Fax 276-328-9780. Privacy Policy
For suggestions, comments, or questions about this website, please contact our webmaster.
Designed WebWorx, Inc.