Board of Supervisors - February 13, 2003 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a regular meeting on February 13, 2003, at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable Douglas A. Stallard - Chairman

Honorable Betty Cornett - Vice-Chair

Honorable Barry Nelson

Honorable Edgar Mullins

Honorable Virginia Meador

Honorable Robert R. Adkins

Honorable Jeffrey Salyers

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

Amy Cook-Alcorn led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

All led in the pledge of 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

Chairman Stallard asked that the amendment to the Animal and Fowl Ordinance regarding funds for spay/neutering of cats and dogs be added to the agenda for action by the Board.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to approve the agenda as presented to include the amendment to the Animal and Fowl Ordinance.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE: ANIMAL AND FOWL ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Betty Cornett, to approve the amendment to the Animal and Fowl Ordinance regarding funds to be used for sterilization of cats and dogs.  The motion was unanimously approved. 

 

IN RE:  REZONING PROPERTY ACROSS FROM UVA-WISE / RON STIDHAM

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers to deny the request made by Ron Stidham to rezone 3.47 acres of property located along the Coeburn Mountain Road-Paramont Road intersection across from the UVA-Wise baseball field from R-1 to R-2.  Bob Adkins seconded the motion.

Edgar Mullins made a substitute motion to approve the rezoning request.

The motion died from lack of second.

Chairman Stallard asked for a vote on the main motion to deny Mr. Stidham's request.

Aye-     Barry Nelson              Nay-Edgar Mullins

            Virginia Meador

            Betty Cornett

            Doug Stallard

            Bob Adkins

            Jeff Salyers

            Robby Robbins

The motion carried.

 

IN RE: WINGATE APPRAISAL SERVICES PRESENTATION

Harold Wingate, representing Wingate Appraisal Services, addressed the Board regarding the reassessment.  The purpose of the reassessment is to reflect 100% market value, as required by State law, and to obtain uniformity, assuring that properties of similar type and value carry similar assessments.  Reassessment notices effective for the 2003 tax year were mailed to Wise County property owners during the last week of January with hearings being conducted by Wingate Appraisal Service staff during the first two weeks of February.

As properties were assessed, factors considered included location, views, access to highway, shopping, schools, etc.  In many cases, privacy also seemed to be a market factor.  Condition and types of buildings, as well as quality of construction, were all a consideration in the value of individual properties.

Mr. Wingate stated that anyone not satisfied with their reassessment will have an opportunity to appear before the Equalization Board during its hearings to present their individual reassessment for possible adjustment.

There was a general discussion from Board members regarding questions that are being asked about the percentage of increase in property taxes and how this will affect the low-income, disabled and elderly.

Chairman Stallard stated that he has asked the County Administrator to look into possible ways of making this reassessment less of an impact on the senior citizens and those on fixed incomes.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Thelma Gilley, a resident of the Powell Valley area, addressed the Board concerning the reassessment of her land in that it is not uniform with her neighbors.  After doing her own survey of her neighbors property, Ms. Gilley prepared a copy for Wingate that it might be revisited with an explanation as to the differences in price. 

Elmer Phillips voiced his view of the U.S. Constitution noting that the peoples rights in Wise County and other areas are being violated.  He asked that the Board read the Constitution and see that what he is saying is true.

Jo Ann Harding thanked the Board for adopting the Spay/Neutering ordinance that will allow money to come back to the shelter.  She explained that P.A.W.S. would like to help at the shelter if possible and help with the upcoming rabies clinic.  Ms. Harding mentioned the possibility of setting up a Vet Clinic for pets similar to the RAM Clinic that comes to the County once a year.  This would help the low income families with medical attention for their pets.

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

T.G. Branson, Highway Resident Engineer, announced the Pre-allocation Hearing for roads & highways to be held on March 4th at 9:30 AM in Abingdon.

He reviewed the resolution approving the amendment to the Annual Plan for Roads and Bridges - July 1, 2002 thru June 30, 2003 with a recommendation for approval.

Mr. Branson reviewed the upcoming Revenue Sharing Program whereby the County funds are matched dollar-for-dollar with state funds.  He asked that this item be placed on the agenda for approval at next month's meeting.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION AMENDING ANNUAL PLAN FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES 7-1-02 THRU 6-30-03

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Betty Cornett, to approve the resolution approving amending the Annual Plan for Roads and Bridges.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Board members made several requests for Mr. Branson to review and report back at the next meeting.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Sayers, to approve the consent agenda as follows:

IN RE:  Public Hearings

Proposed amendment to Wise County Solid Waste Ordinance #3-1975 Section 18-1 & 18-13 Litter Control

Proposed rezoning of 11.02 acres on Norton-Coeburn road from A-RR to M-1

Proposed rezoning of 1.14 acres on Bates Airfield Road from A-RR to R-2.  

Budget Amendments as follows:

  1. No. 18:  Transfer $645 from the Crime Prevention Special Fund; add that amount to General Fund revenues; increase Sheriff's police supplies line item.
  2. No. 19:  Increase General Fund revenues with $6700 in Triad Crime Prevention funds; Increase Sheriff's police supplies line item.
  3. No 20:  Increase General Fund Revenues by $120,000 (NASA Grant); increase various line Items in DEVELOP budget by total of $108,800 (Clerk of Circuit Court)

IN RE:  Southfork Water Project Agreement

Authorize Board Chairman to execute Agreement with the PSA for the South Fork Water Project.

IN RE:  Natural Resources Conservation Services Agreement/Restoration Of Streams

Authorize Board Chairman to execute Agreement with the Natural Resources Conservation Services of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for restoration of portions of Cranes Nest River, Preacher Creek and Honey Run.

The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  CONDITIONAL ZONING/ALFRED COX ROAD

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Edgar Mullins, to approve the conditional zoning for one-half acre of property located on 9101 Alfred Cox Road from A-RR to B-1 for the purpose of continuing a retail business.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISE AGREEMENT

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the Cable Television Franchise Agreement for Charter Communications and Scott County Telecom and Electronics.

There was some discussion on changing the number of homes per mile from twenty to fifteen.

Edgar Mullins made a substitute motion to decrease the number of homes per mile from twenty to fifteen.

The motion died due to lack of second.

Chairman asked for a vote on the main motion to approve the agreement as presented.

Aye-     Barry Nelson              Nay-     Edgar Mullins

            Virginia Meador                     Jeff Salyers

            Betty Cornett                        Robby Robbins

            Doug Stallard

            Bob Adkins

The motion carried.

  

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT HIGHWAY SAFETY COMMISSION

A motion was made by Betty Cornett, seconded by Virginia Meador, to reappoint Grace S. Scott and Shannon C. Scott to the Highway Safety Commission. The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - LONESOME PINE AIRPORT COMMISSION

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to reappoint Gary Bevins to the Lonesome Pine Airport Commission.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE: AUDIT CONTRACT

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to approve an extension of the County's Audit Contract with Larry Sturgill, P. C., CPA for a period of one year for audit services for FY 2002-2003.

Aye-     Barry Nelson              Nay-Edgar Mullins

            Virginia Meador

            Betty Cornett

            Doug Stallard

            Bob Adkins

            Jeff Salyers

            Robby Robbins

 

IN RE:  FISCAL STATUS REPORT THROUGH JANUARY

Administrator Sealover gave a brief review of the County's revenues to date.

 

BOARD COMMENTS

There was some discussion on getting a new sound system for the Board room and comments on the reassessment.

 

ADJOURN

There being no further comments, a motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Robby Robbins, to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

ATTEST:                  WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

____________________   _____________________________

Clerk                             Chairman

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