Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting
on July 1, 2004 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting
room located in the Wise County courthouse. The following
John W. Peace,II - Chairman
Fred Luntsford - Vice-Chairman
Robert Robbins - members of said Board and
L. Sealover - County Administrator
C. Scott - Assistant County Administrator
T. Mullins - County Attorney
Underwood - Executive Secretary
Adkins led the Board in prayer.
led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
RE: APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Shortt asked that a resolution requesting VCEDA to support
software engineering scholarships be added to the agenda.
RE: PUBLIC EXPRESSION
Sturgill, a local hunter, expressed his concern that making
the Animal Control Ordinance more restrictive would be harmful
to the hunters if one of their expensive dogs made a mistake
and was tagged as a vicious or dangerous dog. Mr.
Sturgill further stated that PETA and the Humane Society
could take this proposed amendment and cause lots of problems
for the hunters. He asked that the Board hear his
concerns and make the proposed amendment less restrictive.
Roberts who lives directly behind the courthouse informed
the Board that water running down her sloped yard that is
adjacent to the County parking lot has become stagnated
because there is no place for the water to go. At
one time, there was a creek that this excess water ran into.
But when the parking lot, sewer & water lines were installed,
no thought was given to the water that drains from her yard.
She asked the Board to help with a possible solution to
correct this drainage problem.
and Betty Stanley stated that their neighbor has a German
Police dog that is vicious and dangerous. Their grandson
was bitten over the weekend by the dog. They stressed
the need for stricter laws on dogs such as this and voiced
their support for the proposed amendment to the Animal Control
Adams explained to the Board all the problems they have
encountered with their neighbor's Rottweiler and German
Shepard. She cannot get outside her house to check
her mail, mow the lawn or have any outside activities.
She asked that the proposed amendment be adopted.
RE: PUBLIC HEARING / ORDINANCE APPROVING EXEMPTION
OF THE JUNCTION CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING FROM CERTAIN
public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive
citizens' comments regarding a proposed Ordinance approving
the exemption of the Junction Center for Independent Living,
Inc. from certain taxation.
being no public comments, the public hearing was closed.
RE: PUBLIC HEARING/PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO ANIMAL CONTROL
public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive
citizens' comments regarding a proposed amendment to Animal
Control Ordinance #1-1975 pertaining to vicious/dangerous
Adams voiced her support for the proposed amendment.
She stated that her neighbor's dogs have been vicious and
dangerous for years and nothing could be done because they
have shots and tags. She explained that the dogs have
chased her and others including the police, animal wardens,
and meter readers. Vehicles have been ruined including
the bumper of a police car being detached by these dogs.
Children cannot play in the yard because of dog waste and
when mowing the lawn this is also a frustrating process.
Mullins explained that this is not a request from PETA nor
the Humane Society. The purpose of the proposed amendment
is to update the ordinance with State Law and give the Animal
Control Officers some authority in protecting citizens from
vicious and dangerous dogs. As the ordinance now stands,
if a dog has its shots and tags, nothing can be done unless
it bites someone. The County ordinance, as it is written,
will not stand up in court.
being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.
RE: ROADS AND HIGHWAYS
Robinson, representing VDOT, responded to last month's comments
from Board members.
RE: CONSENT AGENDA
Consent Agenda was reviewed as follows:
saluting the PV Middle School students participating in
the FCCLA competition
public hearing 6:00 p.m. August 5 on a proposed conditional
zoning permit for property located on Cranes Nest Road
first quarter appropriations
approving Planning District One Community Services Board
FY 04-05 Performance Contract
refund of excess machinery & tools tax paid
amendment #1: Increase General Fund revenues by $141,583
(Homeland Security grant); deposit in Emergency Services
budget, grant expense line item
RE: OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED
Chairman of the Board to execute and manage County Economic
CD Rom Production Contract between Wise County and Menick
County Administrator to execute Agreement with Joyce Engineering,
Inc. to provide certain professional engineering services
related to the transfer station and other solid waste management
RE: COUNTY ATTORNEY REPORT
Mullins stated that a request has been received from Dr.
Botts With Hands Across the Mountain. Dr. Botts had
spoken to the Board some time ago asking the County to accept
a small parcel of property near the Kentucky/Virginia line
for a scenic overlook project with grant funding being provided..
It was initially intended that VDOT would accept the parcel.
However, there are certain restrictions in the deed that
do not meet VDOT standards. Therefore, "Hands" is
asking that County to take on this project. This requires
no County funds. Engineering plans have been completed
for review. The problem with the deed is that the
property is owned by a coal company that does not want to
remove the language from the deed, which gives them the
right to remove minerals from the site if they so choose.
Peace asked that the Board be furnished with more information
regarding this matter.
RE: COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT
Sealover reported that Wise County is one of eleven counties
in the Commonwealth of Virginia and 106 counties throughout
the country that has been chosen to be a recipient of the
2004 National Association of Counties Achievement Award.
This award is due to the County's involvement in the RAM
RE: BOARD COMMENTS
Peace reported to the Board regarding his VCEDA meeting
that was held on Friday. He spoke briefly on marketing
the CD ROM to increase awareness of and create interest
in Wise County as a viable location to relocate industry
from other parts of the country. He asked each Board
Member to write down three (3) to five (5) things that makes
their district/town a great place to live that can be a
part of this CD ROM.
Shortt spoke briefly regarding the proposed resolution requesting
VCEDA to support software engineering scholarships.
being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:55
WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS