Board of Supervisors - December 15, 2003 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on Monday, December 15, 2003, at 6:00 pm 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 Ronnie Shortt

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

Kenny Robinson led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

 

MINUTES

Ronnie Shortt asked that the minutes of November 6 be amended to include his name as being in attendance to said meeting.

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

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Chairman Stallard asked that the following be added to the agenda:

Additions:  1) Presentation of the FY 2003 audit ending 
                    June 30, 2003

                2) Accept audit report for FY 2002-2003

                3) Set public hearing for voluntary boundary
                    adjustment with the City of Norton

  4) Approve and authorize Chairman to sign
      contract with CNW for eight (8) additional 
      connector terminals
      One (1) currently needed for new animal
      shelter

  5) Appointment to Coal & Gas Road
      Improvement Advisory Committee

Jeff Salyers asked that the St. Paul Boundary Adjustment be added to send out for public hearing in January.  

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Bobby Herron, a resident of the Big Stone Gap area, voiced his appreciation for the Board taking a stand to back the citizens of Big Stone Gap in the recently proposed annexation suite.

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

 

IN RE:  ROAD AND HIGHWAYS

Kenny Robinson, representing VDOT, gave an update on construction throughout the County.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the consent agenda as follows:

 

IN RE: SPECIAL USE PERMIT/THOMPSON ROAD

Set public hearing on January 6, 2004 at 6:00 pm on a Special Use Permit for a family cemetery on 0.23-acre tract of land located at 4711 Thompson Road, Wise.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - ASSISTANT ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

Aaron Paul Mullins was appointed as Assistant Animal Control Officer.

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENT

Budget amendment #12:  Increase general fund revenues by $49,815 (DCJS grant); distribute among several line items of DEVELOP budget 

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - PLANNING COMMISSION

A motion was made by Doug Stallard, seconded by Betty Cornett, to nominate Larry Richardson to the Planning Commission.

Bob Adkins nominated Dick Houchins for reappointment to the Planning Commission.

Chairman Stallard asked for a vote on the appointment of Larry Richardson.

Aye-     Virginia Meador             Nay -   Ronnie Shortt

            Betty Cornett                          Edgar Mullins

            Doug Stallard                          Bob Adkins

                                                        Jeff Salyers

                                                        Robby Robbins

The motion failed.

Chairman Stallard called for a vote on the appointment of Dick Houchins.

Aye-     Ronnie Shortt               Nay-    Virginia Meador

            Edgar Mullins                          Betty Cornett

            Bob Adkins                             Doug Stallard

            Jeff Salyers

            Robby Robbins

The motion carried.

 

IN RE: RECOMMENDATION FOR  APPOINTMENT  - COAL AND GAS ROAD IMPROVEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

A motion was made by Doug Stallard, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to recommend the reappointment of Dr. John Prince to the Coal and Gas Road Improvement Advisory Committee.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  AUDIT REPORT

Ron Vicars, representing the accounting firm of Larry D. Sturgill, P.C, presented to each Board member a copy of the County's audit report ending June 30, 2003 with a brief overview of its contents.  Mr. Vicars noted that the County received an "unqualified opinion"  on its audit, which is the best that can be received from an independent CPA.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Jeff Salyers, to approve the audit ending June 30, 2003 as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT - CITY OF NORTON

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to set a public hearing on Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 6:00 pm in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse to receive citizens input regarding a proposed voluntary boundary adjustment with the City of Norton.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  CNW CONTRACT

There was some question as to whether the chairman of this Board would sign the proposed contract with CNW or the chairman of the new Board.

Attorney Mullins stated that this is a proposed agreement that is to be sent to CNW for review.  Upon acceptance by the CNW Authority, the contract will be forwarded to the County for proper signatures.

After discussing the proposed agreement, a motion was made by Jeff Salyers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to table this request until next month.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT - ST. PAUL

A motion was made by Jeff Salyers to set a public hearing on Tuesday, January 6, 2004, to receive citizens input regarding a proposed boundary adjustment with the Town of St. Paul.  The motion was seconded by Betty Cornett.

Virginia Meador stated that she had some reservations about setting this public hearing since there has been no written agreement on the proposed boundary adjustment.

Administrator Sealover stated that he had spoken with the Town Mayor and Attorney Tiller and advised them that some documentation has been received from the Town regarding the annexation but, to date, no advertisement has been received.  Without the advertisement, a public hearing cannot be held.

After further discussion, Virginia Meador made a substitute motion to table the request.  Ronnie Shortt seconded the motion.

Aye-     Virginia Meador             Nay-     Jeff Salyers

            Ronnie Shortt                           Betty Cornett

            Edgar Mullins                           Robby Robbins

            Doug Stallard                           Bob Adkins

Motion failed

Chairman Stallard asked for a vote on the main motion to go out for public hearing.

Aye-     Edgar Mullins                Nay-     Virginia Meador

            Betty Cornett                           Ronnie Shortt

            Bob Adkins                               Doug Stallard

            Jeffrey Salyers

            Robby Robbins

 

BOARD COMMENTS

There were brief comments made by Board members.

 

IN RE:  HONORARY CHAIRMAN

A motion was made by Doug Stallard, seconded by Bob Adkins, to make Edgar Mullins Honorary Chairman for year 2003.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  PLAQUES OF APPRECIATION

The following Board members were given plaques of appreciation for their years of service to Wise County and it citizens:

Edgar Mullins - 23 yr - 4 months

Jeff Salyers - 4 years

Betty Cornett - 7 years

Doug Stallard - 8 years

Barry Nelson - 11 months

 

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 - Edward L. Sealover    Chairman-Douglas Stallard.                

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