Board of Supervisors - April 7, 2005 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, April 7, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable Fred A. Luntsford - Chairman

Honorable Ronnie Shortt - Vice-Chairman

Honorable Robert R. Adkins

Honorable Steve Bates

Honorable Virginia Meador

Honorable Leland Branham

Honorable Robert Robbins members of said Board and

Glen A. Skinner - County Administrator

Shannon C. Scott - Assistant County Administrator

Karen T. Mullins - County Attorney

Annette Underwood - Executive Secretary

 

ABSENT

Honorable John W. Peace

 

PRAYER

Bob Adkins led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

 

IN RE:  PSA PRESENTATION ON COUNTY SEWER

Danny Buchanan, Director PSA, addressed the Board regarding sewer concerns in Wise County.  He briefly reviewed the details from the Summit he attended in Roanoke regarding several ways of treating rural sewer problems.  He noted the need for a public education sewer system, which the community of Dunbar has been selected for a possible location of a de-centralized system.  A community meeting has been scheduled for public input.  

Mr. Buchanan touched briefly on the status of the Riverview and Hamilton Town sewer needs.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING / ZONING ORDINANCE  #2-1991 AMENDMENT

A public hearing has been duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a proposed amendment to Wise County Zoning Ordinance #2-1991-PD-BT Planned Development - Business Technology District.

Chairman Luntsford stated that this amendment would allow any applicant within a designated business technology district where three or more persons are employed in information technology to be exempt from construction permits and application fees.

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING / WISE COUNTY LITTER CONTROL ORDINANCE

A public hearing has been duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a proposed Litter Control Ordinance for Wise County.

Chairman Luntsford stated that this ordinance would allow the Litter Warden, in consultation with the county attorney, be authorized to bring civil actions against persons responsible for littering and dumping within the boundaries of Wise County.

Jack McClanahan voiced his frustration in trying to keep the roadside free from litter when individuals pass by and make mock by throwing litter from their vehicles.  He asked for more enforcement of litter laws.

Blaine DeLaney, representing Black Diamond RC&D, stated that the County needs more litter enforcement tools to keep the water free of debris as well as the highway and private property.

The following individuals were in support of the proposed litter ordinance that would help clean up the environment, promote tourism, and increase property value.  There were concerns regarding the lack of judicial support in prosecuting individuals for littering. 

Walter Crouse

Linda Hubbard

Deborah Adams

Ray Couch

Evelyn Adams

Muiread Craft

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING / ZONING ORDINANCE #2-1991 AMENDMENT

A public was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a proposed amendment to Wise County Zoning Ordinance #2-1991 Section 5-13 Conditional Zoning.

The purpose of this amendment is to bring this section of the ordinance up to Code.

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING / E-911 ROAD NAMES

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding 53 proposed additional E-911 road names.

Elaine Shelton, a resident of the Powell Valley area, explained that there is some disagreement among those living in her community regarding the naming of their community road.  The names   Vandergriff Road and Creekside Road are being considered.  She asked the Board for some assistance in bringing this issue to an end.

Susie Vandergriff, a twenty-five year resident of the community, informed the Board that she and her family were the first to build on this road and they keep the road up and litter free. 

Jeff Roark, a resident of this community, stated that he too has provided gravel and upkeep of this road.  He said he had been told by Arvil Pilkenton, the E-911 Coordinator, that the Board has eliminated naming any road a family name because of the problems that have been created in the past.  If the community is totally occupied by family members, that is an exception.

Chairman Luntsford asked Ms. Shelton to re-poll the community on these two names and hopefully the results will take care of itself.  He directed the County Administrator to talk with Mr. Pilkenton as to the policy for naming the community roads.

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Bill Gobble, representing the Wise County Historical Society, informed the Board that next year, February 2006, the County will be celebrating its 150th anniversary.  He asked for public input and participation in making this a memorable event.  Mr. Gobble stated that planned meetings will be made with different organizations, businesses, etc to discuss plans and to make preparations for this celebration. 

Jack McClanahan addressed the Board with the concept of establishing mileage markers on US 23 from the Tennessee line to the Kentucky line for a distance of approximately seventy miles.  Mr. McClanahan was told by VDOT that this matter needed to be addressed as a safety issue.  He asked the Board to consider adopting a resolution promoting this issue with copies to our delegates and VDOT.

Larry Baker, a resident of Wise, voiced his opposition to the proposed Lake Street By-pass.  This plan would displace several homes and businesses, which would mean a loss of revenue for the County.  Mr. Baker supported the US 58 By-pass, which would be more feasible and more economical.

Muiread Craft, representing the Guest River Group, asked the Board to keep the Lonesome Pine Soil and Water Conservation informed on any sewer projects in the Guest River because of its eligibility for grants

Ms. Craft stated that several citizens in the Pound area have contacted the Lonesome Pine Soil and Water Conservation District regarding the water quality of the Pound River.  The Pound River has been listed on the State Impaired Water's list for bacterial problems.  The Lonesome Pine Soil and Water District has offered to hold a facilitated workshop to gather input from citizens as to what type of projects they would like to do to help restore the Pound River.  Ms. Craft asked for the Board's support in these efforts to clean up the water in Wise County.

Walter Crouse invited everyone to join the annual Wise County Clean up on April 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

T. G. Branson, Highway Resident Engineer, gave a brief status report on Williams Road.

Mr. Branson advised that the revenue sharing program has been modified and its funding increased for the upcoming fiscal year.  The application process has been reopened until July 22, 2005 to all counties, cities and towns.  He noted that the Coal & Gas Road Committee will meet to consider further matching funds for this increased funding.

Supervisor Meador asked the process for establishing mileage makers as requested by Mr. McClanahan.

Mr. Branson advised that the Board would need to adopt a resolution. He explained that a pilot program was done in the Clintwood area to ascertain whether or not these markers would be beneficial.  The results of that program have not been forthcoming as of this date.

Supervisor Branham asked the County Administrator to prepare a resolution for Board action at the next meeting. 

After discussing the request, Administrator Skinner was directed to pursue the proper avenues to initiate the mileage markers.

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

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

The following items were reviewed:

(1)  Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. May 5) on a proposed Conditional Zoning for multi-family residential / student housing

(2)  Resolution Amending Deferred Compensation Plan

(3)  Appropriations - Fourth Quarter

(4)  Budget Amendments:

No. 28:  Source of Revenue - State Compensation Board $9,258.19 and prior periods fund balances $2,161.81.  Expenditures for Commonwealth Attorney-Machinery and Equipment $11,420.00

No. 29: Source of Revenue - E-911 Wireless Board Grant - $28,274.40 Expenditures-  Geographic Information Systems - Salaries and Wages Part-time $23,942.78-  FICA $1,831.62 and ADP Equipment and Software - $2,500

No. 30: Source of Revenue - 2005 DEVELOP Grant $100,000-Expenditures DEVELOP Budget-salaries and wages Part-time - $74,314.90-FICA $5,685.10 - Professional Services $10,000 and Travel - $10,000

No. 31: Source of Revenue-Prior Periods Fund Balance-$70.00 and Expenditures Magistrates Office-Repair and Maintenance $70.00

No. 32: Source of Revenue - State Department of Social Services $126,360.00 and Federal Department of Social Services $55,640.00 and Expenditures-Contribution to local welfare - $182,000.00

 

IN RE:  CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PLAN FY 2006-2010 AMENDMENT

This proposed amendment would remove Public Schools from the Plan until such time the school system can give an updated figure.

 

IN RE:  AGREEMENT /DANIEL PAUL SHORT

This is a parcel of land that was purchased by the County through a FEMA Grant.  The owner of this particular piece of property, prior to it being deeded to the County, asked if it could be used as a recreation area.  This can be done by signing an agreement between the Board of Supervisors and Daniel Paul Short.

 

IN RE:  AGREEMENT / COMMUNITY HELPERS

Authorize Chairman to sign agreement between Wise County and the Community Helpers

 

IN RE: RESOLUTION -  CABLE FRANCHISE / RAPID COMMUNICATIONS

Transfer of Cable Franchise from Charter to Rapid Communications.  There was some discussion about the Board meetings not being televised live.

Jack Still stated that Rapid Communications is giving the County channel 97 on their system in the Wise County area.  Adelphia needs to activate the laser switch for channel 97 to cable cast live from the Board room and switch back to the studio as previously promised. 

Supervisor Shortt asked that the County Administrator and/or the County Attorney to do whatever is necessary to have Adelphia provide the connection needed for the Board of Supervisors meetings to be live.  He asked that this be done as soon as possible. 

 

IN RE:  POUND HIGH SCHOOL BAND BOOSTERS REQUEST FOR FUNDS

Supervisor Bates stated that this request should have been brought before the Recreational Authority and the School Board.

Administrator Skinner advised that he has received word that the trip has been cancelled. 

 

IN RE:  WORKSHOP MEETING DATE CHANGED

The Board will move its Workshop meeting for May to the Pound Town Hall.

 

IN RE:  OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED

(1)  Adelphia PEG Channel Board Appointment

(2)  Appointments

(3)  Board comments

 

ADJOURN

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:43 p.m.

 

ATTEST:                               WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

___________________     ___________________________________

Glen A. Skinner, Clerk         Fred A. Luntsford, Chairman

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