Board of Supervisors - March 6, 2003 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, March 6, 2003, 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 Betty Cornett - Vice-Chair

Honorable Barry Nelson

Honorable Edgar Mullins

Honorable Virginia Meador

Honorable Robert Adkins

Honorable Jeffrey Salyers

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

 

PRAYER

Joe Ramey, Pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Coeburn, led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

 

APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

Chairman Stallard asked that the proposed Ordinance for Quarantine of Dogs and Cats be moved under New Business for discussion.

 

IN RE:  SMALLPOX VACCINATIONS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Dr. Eleanor Cantrell gave the Board a brief update on the Health Department's Phase I implementation of the smallpox vaccinations for public health employees and hospital response teams.  

She spoke on the emergency preparedness that is being set in motion not only for bio-terrorism but also for floods, shelter operations, etc. 

Dr. Cantrell noted that one of their goals is to train those people who want to volunteer their time during emergencies.  A grant has been applied for to help in this endeavor.

  

IN RE:  WEST NILE VIRUS UPDATE

Brad Stallard, representing the Wise County Health Department, gave the Board an update on the number of cases of West Nile Virus that has been reported in our region.  He provided information on breeding places for this virus, and how to control the spreading of the virus.

Mr. Stallard presented the Board with a Mosquito Control Ordinance and asked the Board to consider its adoption.

 

IN RE:  SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA REGIONAL JAIL PERMANENT FINANCING

Tina Neal, representing Davenport & Company LLC, gave the Board an update on the status of the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail.  The service agreement, the permanent financing, and the bonding issue for the facility was reviewed with final notations as to the impact the regional jail will have on Wise County.

 

IN RE:  CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PLAN FY 04-08

Administrator Sealover gave a power point presentation on the proposed Capital Improvements Plan FY 2004-2008 with preliminary revenue and expenditure projections.

 

IN RE:  PRO-ART FY 04 FUNDING

Michael Abbott, member of Pro-Art, addressed the Board regarding the County's FY 2003-04 funding for Pro-Art.  He asked the Board to consider the request for $10,000 to support the Pro-Art Association in presenting public and school performances in Wise County for the 2003-04 season.  Mr. Abbott also asked for an additional $2,000 to support the 2003 Creative Arts Summer Camp.

Under the Local Government Challenge Grant, the Virginia Commission for the Arts will match the County's contribution up to $5,000.  The deadline to apply for these matching funds is April 1, 2003.  Since the budget will not be approved at that time, a letter of commitment has been written in prior years and confirmed in funding by July 1.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING AMENDMENT TO WISE COUNTY SOLID WASTE ORDINANCE #3-1975 SECTION 18-1 & 18-13 LITTER CONTROL

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a proposed amendment to the Wise County Solid Waste Ordinance #3-1975 Section 18-1 and Section 18-13 Litter Control.

Brad Stallard, member of the County Clean Team, addressed the Board stating that the proposed restructuring of this section of the ordinance would enable the Litter Control Officer to deal with litter problems and property maintenance in the County.  Mr. Stallard stated that lots of cases are thrown out of court because the ordinance does not have enough "teeth" to convict a person on some litter violations.  He asked the Board to adopt the proposed amendment to help boost litter control throughout the county.

Walter Crouse, Glenda Skeens, and Fred Bevins also voiced their support for the proposed amendments stating that this would help keep our county cleaner, more environmental safe, and beautify our surroundings to help promote tourism.  Since there are so many complaints from communities regarding litter being a major eye sore and adding to the depreciation of an individual's property, these amendments would give the Litter Warden a tool to help alleviate these complaints. 

A citizen addressed the Board stating that he makes his living by salvaging vehicles for parts and by using certain types of trash that could be considered litter by some people.  He voiced his opposition to the proposed amendment.

Chairman Stallard praised Litter Coordinator Carol Green for her efforts in making Wise County a cleaner place to live and for the awards she has won for the County.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING REZONING/ELITE DEVELOPMENT/TOMMY BRIGHT

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' input regarding a request from Tommy Bright, Elite Development, to rezone 11.02 acres from A-RR to M-1 located on the Norton-Coeburn Road for commercial development.

Chairman Stallard noted that the Planning Commission has recommended this request for approval.

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING-PROPERTY ON BATES AIRFIELD ROAD/BRENDA HOLBROOK

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a request from Brenda Holbrook to rezone 1.14 acres located on Bates Airfield Road from A-RR to M-1 to replace three manufactured homes and a double wide with an apartment building.

Chairman Stallard noted that the Planning Commission has denied this request.

There being no one to speak for or against the rezoning request, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

John Peace, representing Clinch Haven Farms in Big Stone Gap, and another citizen came before the Board asking the County to adopt a "Land Use Assessment" ordinance rather than using "market value" on farmland.  A notation was made that if the property assessment for the farmland stands as it has been assessed, it will put farmers out of business.  There will be no money left for living expenses after the taxes are paid.  These gentlemen stated that it would not profit them any to go before the Equalization Board because the taxing method is unfair when it comes to farmland.  They asked the Board to intervene on the farmers behalf and consider their request.

Linda Hunsaker, representing the Art Gallery, reviewed the Art Gallery's activities and its contributions to Wise County and its citizens.  She asked that the Art Gallery be considered for funding in the upcoming budget. 

Bonnie Aker, a teacher at J.J. Kelly High School, spoke in support of the Land Use Assessment Ordinance in that it would protect our farmland and the farmers.

Walter Crouse spoke briefly on the funding for education.  He voiced his support of consolidating School Boards, which would eliminate some of the higher paying jobs and give more money to education.

Tina Coffee, Eddie Coffee, and Johnny Coffee voiced their opposition to the proposed tax increase.  They proceeded to tell the Board about all the debris and filth that accumulates on their property after the heavy rains or floods.  Ms. Coffee said they are a "catch all" for whatever comes out of Bear Creek.  Even though they have no control over this litter, no help has been available for them to remove it. 

Johnny Coffee spoke about the beavers building dams in the river that causes his property to flood.  Mr. Coffee has made several attempts to remove the dams as they were built by the beavers but no one would assist him in this endeavor.  With him being disabled, the task became too much for him.  At the present time, a tree has fallen across the river and if it is not removed, his property will flood again and he will have to move.  Attempts are being made to elevate his house but that may not be enough to help him.

There being no further comments, the public expression period ended.

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

T. G. Branson, Highway Resident Engineer, gave a brief update on road maintenance that is being done by VDOT due to heavy rains.

Mr. Branson reviewed the Revenue Sharing Program and recommended Board's participation in the $500,000 matching funds program.

Board members presented several needs in their districts for Mr. Branson to review and report back at the next meeting.    

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

The following items were reviewed under the Consent Agenda:

Budget Amendments

  1. No. 21:  Add $16,884 to the General Fund (Two For Life Funds); distribute among the rescue squads in an equal amount ($2184 each)
  2. No. 22:  Add $5714 to the General Fund (ARC grant); deposit in DEVELOP budget, continuing education line item
  3. No. 23:  Transfer $14,000 from the Inmate Phone Commission Fund to the General Fund; and to Sheriff's Correction and Detention budget; deposit in various line items (purchase and install fire alarm system, etc.)
  4. No. 24:  Transfer $1723 from the Inmate Phone Commission Fund to the General Fund; add to Sheriff's Correction and Detention budget; deposit in various line items (purchase razors, toothpaste, etc.)

 

Transfer from reserve for emergencies/contingency line item

$7935 to repair the fire sprinkler system at DSS ($2094) and the courthouse ($5841)

 

Approve separate, one week animal quarantine periods for each of the four voting districts

Approve Resolution Ratifying and Ending the Declaration of State of Local Emergency

Proclamations:  

  • National County Government Week in Wise County
  • The Great American Cleanup in Wise County
  • Honoring Ms. Chantel Dean of St. Paul, recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award

 

OLD BUSINESS 

None

 

IN RE:  OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED

  1. Resolution approving the Regional Jail's Service Agreement
  2. Resolution establishing the several property tax rates for the next levy
  3. Resolution concerning Wise County PSA remittances due the County and the annual audit
  4. Restore fees for attending board and commission meetings
  5. Consider Pro-Art's FY 04 funding request
  6. Appointments
  7. Housing Rehabilitation Program Designs for Derby Community Development Project
  8. Fiscal Status Report through February
  9. County Attorney's Report (None)
  10. County Administrator's Report (None)

 

IN RE:  BOARD COMMENTS 

After discussing the taxes on farmland, it was the consensus of the Board to get further information on the possibility of lowering the farmland tax.

Ms. Cornett asked that more information be gathered on shipping garbage out of the County and the towns paying a tipping fee.

 

ADJOURN

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:05 PM.

 

ATTEST:                  WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

_____________________       _______________________

Clerk                                   Chairman

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