Board of Supervisors - January 8, 2004 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on Thursday, January 8, 2004 at 6:00 PM in the Board of Supervisor meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable John W. Peace II - Chairman

Honorable Fred Luntsford - Vice-Chair

Honorable Robert Adkins

Honorable Steve Bates

Honorable Ronnie Shortt

Honorable Virginia Meador

Honorable Leland Branham

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

T. G. Branson led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

 

MINUTES

A motion was made by Leland Branham to approve the minutes as presented.  There being no objections the motion was adopted.

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Virginia Meador made a motion to approve the agenda as presented.  Bob Adkins seconded the motion.  There being no objections, the motion to adopt the agenda was approved.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Elmer Phillips addressed the Board stating that the County decal is unconstitutional and is a violation to human rights.  He voiced his objection to other taxes and the burden that's being placed on the people.

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

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Highway Resident Engineer T. G. Branson gave a brief update regarding ongoing construction throughout the County.

There were brief comments from Board members.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

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

 

IN RE:  THIRD QUARTER APPROPRIATIONS

The third quarter appropriations were approved.

 

IN RE:  STILL PRODUCTIONS AGREEMENT AMENDMENT

The amended agreement with Still Productions was approved.

Budget Amendments

1)   No. 13:  Increase General Fund revenues by $66,420 (grant); distribute among various line items in DEVELOP budget                                                                         

2)   No. 14:  Increase General Fund revenues by $7,430 (grant); increase Clerk of Court's printing and binding line item by same amount

3)   No. 15:  Increase General Fund revenues by $55,210 (grant); add to PDI Mental Health

The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL ORDINANCE (PROPOSED)

There was a general discussion on methods of  waste disposal and the future of the County landfill.  Robby Robbins spoke briefly on the advantages of an incinerator.

Ronnie Shortt asked that the Board entertain a motion that the County be prepared to establish a committee to study the landfill and other issues that have been brought before the Board for a feasible route to resolve these issues in a timely manner.  He asked that two (2) Board members serve as Co-chairs of that committee with a limited number of citizens.

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Bob Adkins, to hold a public hearing on February 5, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. to receive citizens' comments regarding a proposed Assessment of Fee for Disposal of Solid Waste Ordinance.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  SPECIAL USE PERMIT-FAMILY CEMETERY- CYNTHIA BLACKBURN

A public hearing was held on January 6, 2004 to receive citizens' input on the request from Cynthia Blackburn for a Special Use Permit for a family cemetery on 0.23 acres located at 4711 Thompson Road, Wise.

There was no opposition to the proposed Special Use Permit at the public hearing.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the Special Use Permit for a family cemetery as requested by Cynthia Blackburn.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT AGREEMENT/COUNTY AND TOWN OF ST. PAUL

A public hearing was held on January 6, 2004 to receive citizens' input regarding a proposed boundary line adjustment agreement between the County and the Town of St. Paul.

There was no opposition to the proposed agreement.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the Boundary Line Adjustment Agreement between the County of Wise and the Town of St. Paul.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT AGREEMENT/COUNTY AND THE CITY OF NORTON

A public hearing was held on January 6, 2004 to receive citizens' comments regarding a proposed Boundary Line Adjustment Between the County and the City of Norton.

There was no opposition to the proposed agreement.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the Boundary Line Adjustment Agreement between the County and the City of Norton.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION APPROVING CHANGE OF BOUNDARY LINE-CITY OF NORTON-FILING OF PETITION

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the resolution approving an agreement to change the boundary line between the City of Norton and Wise County and to authorize the filing of a joint petition to approve the agreement.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #          2004

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION APPROVING CHANGE OF BOUNDARY LINE-TOWN OF ST. PAUL-FILING OF PETITION

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Steve Bates, to adopt the resolution approving an agreement to change the boundary line between the Town of St. Paul and the County of Wise and authorize the filing of a joint petition to approve the agreement.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #            2004

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

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT COAL & GAS ROAD IMPROVEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Robby Robbins nominated Leland Branham to the Coal & Gas Road Improvement Advisory Committee.  Virginia Meador seconded the nomination.

There being no further nominations, the nominations were closed.

The candidate was elected by acclamation.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT LENOWISCO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Leland Branham nominated Ronnie Shortt to the LENOWISCO Board of Directors.

There being no further nominations, the nominations were closed.

The candidate was elected by acclamation.

 

IN RE:  LENOWISCO DISABILITY SERVICES BOARD

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to table this appointment.

 

IN RE: APPOINTMENT -  LONESOME PINE OFFICE ON YOUTH

Leland Branham nominated Steve Bates to the Lonesome Pine Office on Youth.

There being no further nominations, the nominations were closed.

The candidate was elected by acclamation.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - PUBLIC SERVICE AUTHORITY

Chairman Peace asked for nominations for the three (3) vacancies on the PSA.

Robby Robbins noted that two of the three appointments were for district four.

Leland Branham nominated Harold Markham.

Robby Robbins nominated Jeffrey Salyers.

There being some confusion on the districts for which these appointments are to be made and the language in the bi-laws of the PSA regarding appointments, Leland Branham made a motion that the previous nominations be withdrawn.  Bob Adkins seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Steve Bates nominated Fred Luntsford to the PSA for his term of office.  Ronnie Short seconded the nomination.  The nomination was unanimously approved.

Chairman Peace asked for nominations on the two vacancies on the PSA.

Robby Robbins nominated Jeffrey Salyers

Leland Branham nominated Harold Markham and Dallas Large.

After further discussion, Chairman Peace asked for a vote on the nomination of Jeff Salyers.

Aye-     Bob Adkins              Nay-   Steve Bates

            Robby Robbins                  Ronnie Shortt

            Virginia Meador                 Leland Branham

                                                  Fred Luntsford

                                                  John Peace

Nomination failed.

Chairman Peace asked for a vote on the nomination of Harold Markham.

Aye-     Leland Branham       Nay-    Robby Robbins

            Ronnie Shortt                    Virginia Meador

            Steve Bates                      Bob Adkins

            Fred Luntsford

            John Peace

Nomination carried.

After a brief discussion on equal representation on the PSA from each district, Chairman Peace asked for a vote on the nomination of Dallas Large.

Aye-     Bob Adkins              Nay-    Virginia Meador

            Steve Bates                       Robby Robbins

            Ronnie Shortt

            Fred Luntsford

            Leland Branham

            John Peace

Nomination carried.

Robby Robbins made a motion that those appointed in district four be staggered with one being a two-year term.  Bob Adkins seconded the motion.

Attorney Mullins advised that those terms of office are set by the PSA Bi-laws.  The Board of Supervisors appoint the members each with a four year term except for the Supervisor appointment which is set for term of office.  However, the Board could recommend that the PSA consider this request.

Mr. Robbins asked that a letter be written to the PSA recommending its Board consider the staggered terms.  

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - RADA

Leland Branham nominated Bill Peace to the RADA Board.  There being no further nominations, the nominations ceased. The nomination was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - SOCIAL SERVICES BOARD

Ronnie Shortt nominated Steve Bates to the Social Services Board.  Robby Robbins seconded the nomination.  The nomination was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - VCEDA

Steve Bates nominated John Peace to the VCEDA Board. Ronnie Shortt seconded the nomination.  The nomination was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - WISE COUNTY TOURISM COMMITTEE

Steve Bates nominated Jeff Rolen to the Wise County Tourism Committee.

Fred Luntsford seconded the nomination.  The nomination was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES COUNCIL

Bob Adkins made a motion that Alex Knox be reappointed to the Southwest Virginia Emergency Medical Services Board.  Steve Bates seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - FINANCE COMMITTEE

Since this committee is inactive, a motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to table any appointment to this committee until said committee is needed.  The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to close the appointments.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  COUNTY ATTORNEY'S REPORT

Attorney Mullins gave a status report on the boundary adjustments between the County and the City of Norton and the County and the Town of St. Paul.

 

IN RE:  LANDFILL USE FEE COMMITTEE

There was some discussion on forming an action committee to study the landfill's future and other possible methods of disposing of County garbage.

Chairman Peace appointed Fred Luntsford and Bob Adkins to serve on the Action Committee as Co-chairs.

Virginia Meador noted that numerous studies have already been done on the landfill and different methods of waste disposal.  The County Administrator has complied information on waste disposal for the Board to study and to further enhance each member's knowledge on this issue. She was concerned whether or not a committee was needed when the full Board could study the information given to them and make a decision. 

Mr. Luntsford explained the reason for the committee and the process from which the committee would be formed.  After the committee is formed, one or two meetings will be held to review the information submitted by the County Administrator.  From these meetings, the Board will decide the direction of the landfill.

After further discussion, Robby Robbins asked to serve on the Committee.

Chairman Peace noted that all names for the committee should be submitted to either Mr. Luntsford or Mr. Adkins for consideration.  He reiterated that any Board member is welcome to serve on this Committee.

Attorney Mullins stated that if there are more than two Board members serving on this committee, the public and press must be notified.

 

ADJOURN

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

 

ATTEST:                 WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

_______________________      _______________________

Clerk-Edward L. Sealover          Chairman- John W. Peace, II

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