Board of Supervisors - April 1, 2004 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in Workshop meeting on April 1, 2004 at 6:00 PM in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County Courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable John W. Peace - Chairman

Honorable Fred Luntsford - Vice-chairman

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 T. Mullins - County Attorney

Annette Underwood - Executive Secretary

 

PRAYER

Ben Murphy led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The following items were added to the agenda:

To Presentations add:  April 1 - WCEA

To the Consent  Agenda add:  Budget Amendment 24:  Increase General Fund revenues (two DMV grants) by $8,700; add to Sheriff Law Enforcement overtime $8,000 and $700 to FICA.  There's no local match for these grants. 

They're related to vehicle occupant protection and highway safety.

To Appointments add:  Government Access Channel Programming and Oversight Board (one member)

 

IN RE:  WCEA PRESENTATION

Jim Blackburn, President of WCEA, and Ann Wade, member of WCEA, presented a power point presentation regarding the teachers' present salaries.  Mr. Blackburn said the salaries are off the scale and the teachers want changes to the salary scale to reflect their experience, their years of service to make them equal to other areas school districts.  This would require a complete overhaul of the present grade and step system.  They requested an increase of one step plus $1,500.00 for each employee.

 

IN RE:  PRESENTATIONS

April 8:  Recognition of Public Works employees involved in roads and bridges (National County Government Week)

April 8:  L. Neal Kilgore:  Low Impact Development

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING / CONDITIONAL ZONING TANNING & BEAUTY SALON

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a request from Jerry D. Atwood for proposed conditional zoning on property located 4245 Halifax Road in the Riverview section of Coeburn for the purpose of establishing a tanning salon/ beauty salon/gift products business.

Sidney Mayes and Louise Mayes voiced their opposition to the proposed business asking that the conditional zoning request be denied.

It was noted that the Planning Commission denied this request.

There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING / E-911 ROAD NAME ADDITIONS

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding fifty-five (55) proposed E-911 road name additions.

There being no public comments regarding these proposed names, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Walter Crouse suggested instead of raising taxes the Board of Education budget should be cut; starting with the administration office.  Too many personnel in that department with out of range salaries.  Consolidation of schools is a must to cut costs and to further a better education for our children.

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

 

IN RE:  ROADS & HIGHWAYS

The Board was given responses to their request from last Board meeting.

Highway Resident Engineer T. G. Branson briefed the Board on construction throughout the County.

Board members presented Mr. Branson with needs in their districts.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

The following items were reviewed under the consent agenda:

(1)     Proclamation National County Government Week, April 18-24

(2)     Resolution approving participation in Optional Health Credit Program for Local Government Employees

(3)     Fourth quarter appropriations

(4)     Budget amendment No. 23

(5)     Transfer from reserve for emergencies/contingency line item

 

IN RE: OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED

(1)     Resolution endorsing Strategic Planning and Adopting the current Dept. Strategic Plans

(2)     Appointments

(3)     County Attorney's Report (None)

(4)     County Administrator's Report (In Packet)

(5)     Fiscal Status Report ( Available April 8)

 

BOARD COMMENTS

Mr. Bates asked the County Administrator to request a joint meeting with the School Board, separate from the budget meeting, sometime in May.

Mr. Luntsford asked the County Administrator to obtain information from the firms that are possible bidders on the solid waste disposal project to provide cost estimates on a temporary and a permanent transfer station.

There was some discussion on the procedure for receiving such bids.

Mr. Robbins said he received a request from a citizen asking the Board to encourage Adelphia to continue with the FM radio station that has been replaced by the public access channel.  He asked that the County Administrator contact Adelphia to ascertain whether or not a channel is available with the FM radio.

There being no further comments, the meeting adjourned at 6:50 PM.

ATTEST:                  WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

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Clerk                                 Chairman

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