Board of Supervisors - September 9, 2004 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on Thursday, September 9, 2004 in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable John W. Peace, II - 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

T. G. Branson led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

 

MINUTES

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Leland Branham asked that the Board place on the agenda for consideration the changing of the meeting place of the October Workshop to the St. Paul Town Hall Council chambers.

Add the resolution of support for state funding for the computer science and software engineering program at UVA-Wise.

Delete the Registrar's request for a County salary supplement (10%)

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the agenda with the additions/deletions as stated.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Nancy Davis asked that the Board table any action on the Solid Waste Management Plan for further legal study.  She noted that its her understanding that the l988 Solid Waste Ordinance would become void once outside garbage is allowed into the County.

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

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Highway Resident Engineer T. G. Branson gave an update on construction ongoing throughout the County.

Board members presented needs in their districts for Mr. Branson's review and comments.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the consent agenda as follows:

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION / NORTH FORK WATER EXTENSION 

The resolution indicating compliance with certain requirements concerning the North Fork Water Extension Project was approved.

  RESOLUTION #                     2004

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT / SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN)

The resolution of support for the Wise County, City of Norton, and Towns of Appalachia, Big Stone Gap, Coeburn, Pound, St. Paul, and Wise Solid Waste Management Plan, August 2004 was approved.

  RESOLUTION #                  2004

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

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

            No. 3:  Increase General Fund revenues by $85,824 (various grants); deposit in several line items of the Department of Social Services

            No. 4: Increase General Fund revenues by $750 (DMV Mimi-grant); deposit in Sheriff Law Enforcement overtime line item

No. 5:  Increase General Fund revenues by $5,000 (Town of Wise); deposit in PEG line item in non-departmental portion of budget

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN

A public hearing was held on September 2 to receive citizens' comments regarding the proposed Solid Waste Management Plan for Wise County, Norton and the incorporated towns.  There were no comments for or against the proposed ordinance.

Administrator Sealover gave a brief overview of the proposed Plan.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the Solid Waste Management Plan for Wise County, Norton and the incorporated towns.  The motion was unanimously approved.

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

 

IN RE:  ORDINANCE / TAX EXEMPT STATUS FOR BLUE RIDGE PUBLIC TELEVISION

A public hearing was held on September 2 to receive citizens' comments regarding an ordinance for a tax-exempt status for the Blue Ridge Public Television.  There were no comments for or against the proposed ordinance.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Leland Branham, to adopt the Ordinance Approving the Exemption of the Blue Ridge Public Television from certain taxation.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ORDINANCE #              2004

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

 

IN RE:  E-911 ROAD NAMES

A public hearing was held on September 2 to receive citizen's comments regarding sixty-six (66) E-911 road name additions.  There were no public comments regarding the proposed names.

It was noted that the name Timber Green Lane was changed to Deer Haven Hills as per the adjacent property owners' request.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the E-911 road name additions as presented with the change of Timber Green Lane to Deer Haven Hills.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY'S REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the request from the Commonwealth's Attorney for additional funding for FY 2004-2005 in the amount of $10,295 for staff salaries.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  REGISTRAR'S REQUEST FOR SALARY SUPPLEMENT

This item was deleted from the agenda.

 

IN RE: AWARD OF BID

Administrator Sealover advised that bids for 4-door SUV's, 4x4, were advertised in the Coalfield Progress; posted on the County website; and mailed/faxed to six (6) dealers in the County.  Only two (2) bids were received with Freedom Ford being the low responsive, responsible bidder at $24,200.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to award the bid on the (3) 4x4, 4-door SUV's, to Freedom Ford as the low responsible bidder at $24,200.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE: APPOINTMENT OF ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

Administrator Sealover advised that he had advertised the position of Animal Control Officer in the Coalfield; posted on the County website and at VEC; online with VACo and VML; and in County Connections.  There were fourteen (14) applications/resumes with three (3) being interviewed.

Mr. Sealover recommended Jeff Hubbard for the position due to his experience, training and qualifications that exceed all the requirements for the position.

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Bob Adkins, to appoint Jeff Hubbard as Animal Control Officer.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT / IDA

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by John Peace, to reappoint Ben Allen to the Wise County IDA.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT / PSA

Bob Adkins made a motion to reappoint Danny Stallard to the PSA.

Steve Bates nominated Christopher Salyer to the PSA.

Chairman Peace asked for a vote on the reappointment of Danny Stallard.

Aye-     Bob Adkins                   Nay-     Steve Bates

             Virginia Meador                         Ronnie Shortt

             Robby Robbins                          John Peace

                                                                  Leland Branham

                                                                  Fred Luntsford

Motion failed.

Chairman Peace asked for a vote on the appointment of Christopher Salyer.

Aye-     Steve Bates                  Nay-     Bob Adkins

             Ronnie Shortt                            Virginia Meador

             John Peace                               Robby Robbins

             Leland Branham

             Fred Luntsford

Motion carried.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT / LONESOME PINE YOUTH SERVICES BOARD

A motion was made by Leland Branham to appoint Steward A. Scales to the Lonesome Pine Youth Services Board for a term of one (1) year.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  WORKSHOP / CHANGE OF MEETING PLACE

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to hold the October Workshop meeting at the St. Paul Town Hall council chambers on October 7 at 6:00 p.m.  The motion was unanimously approved.

  

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - UVA-COLLEGE AT WISE-COMPUTER SCIENCE AND SOFTWARE ENGINEERING PROGRAM

Vice-Chair Fred Luntsford read the proposed resolution.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the Resolution of Support for 2005 State Budget Amendment for Computer Science and Software Engineering Program at the University of Virginia's College at Wise.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #            2004

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

 

IN RE:  BOARD COMMENTS

Robby Robbins spoke briefly regarding the possibility of changing our litter fines to $1,000.

Steve Bates recommended that the Board do an economic study of the towns by utilizing the Weldon Cooper Center.

Bob Adkins asked that a resolution be prepared for next month's meeting opposing the methadone clinic that is being considered for the Town of Pound.

Leland Branham stated that he has received favorable comments regarding the Board Workshop that was held at the Coeburn Community Library.

Virginia Meador stated that she had received a request from UVA-Wise that the Board meet with them sometime in the future.

Fred Luntsford stated that the PSA would need to do a feasibility study regarding the requests that have been made to connect to the Riverview sewer.

Ronnie Shortt voiced his appreciation to the Board for adopting the resolution supporting the Computer Science and Software Engineering program for UVA-Wise that will benefit the County and keep the youth at home.

John Peace noted that he had received several positive comments regarding the Workshop meeting at the Coeburn Community Library.

 

ADJOURN

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

ATTEST:                                 WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

_____________________        ____________________________

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

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