Board of Supervisors - April 14, 2005 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a regular meeting on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting 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 John W. Peace, II

Honorable Robert Robbins

Honorable Leland Branham - 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

 

PRAYER

Bob Adkins led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

 

MINUTES

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The following item was added to the consent agenda:

(1)  Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. May 5) on a proposed Conditional Zoning on 3.93 acres of property located in Section II of the Barnette, Sergeant, and Green (BSG) Subdivision off Washington Road in the Esserville section of Wise for the purpose of constructing an assisted living facility.

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the agenda as presented with the addition as stated above.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  MECC UPDATE

Terrance E. Suarez, President of MECC, gave the Board an update on activities and events at the College.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Larry Baker voiced his support of the proposed US 58 Connecter Road.  He said this would be the most feasible and most economical by-pass with fewer displacements of families and businesses.

Walter Crouse supported the Bear Creek Route in that the this route would help the flow of traffic in the Town of Wise and is more economical.

Mr. Crouse voiced his concern of the proposed plans to move Food City across from Lowe's and the potential traffic problems that would be created in this move.

He asked for public participation in the Wise County Annual clean up to take place on April 23rd.

He asked that plans be made to renovate the schools as soon as possible.

Blaine McCoy addressed the Board regarding the Fairview Community Center.  He stated that the walking track was in need of repair, the under penning of the building is almost gone, the lawn needs mowing and more chairs are needed inside the building.

After discussing these needs, Chairman Luntsford advised that the County will have its Maintenance Department look at the facility and make the needed repairs.

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Ron Flanary, representing VDOT, came before the Board in the absence of Highway Resident Engineer T.G. Branson.  Mr. Flanary gave a brief update on the Williams Road.

Board members discussed needs in their district.

 

IN RE:  WORKSHOP MEETING PLACE CHANGE

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Bob Adkins, to change the May Workshop meeting place to the Town of Pound Council Chambers.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

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

 

IN RE:  CONDITIONAL ZONING

A public hearing was set for (6:00 p.m. May 5) on a proposed conditional zoning for multi-family residential/student housing from an R-1 District to a R-2 District.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION / DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN

A resolution was adopted amending the Deferred Compensation Plan.

RESOLUTION #           2005

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

 

IN RE: APPROPRIATIONS

The fourth quarter appropriations were approved.

 

IN RE:  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 & 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 $2,500.00

No. 30:  Source of Revenue-2005 DEVELOP Grant $100,000.00-Expenditures DEVELOP Budget-salaries and wages part-time-$74,314.90-FICA $5,685.10-Professional Services $10,000.00 and Travel $10,000.00

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 (CIP)

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by John Peace, to approve the Capital Improvements Plan with the deletion of the School Board.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  ZONING ORDINANCE #2-1991 AMENDMENT

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the amendment to Wise County Zoning Ordinance #2-1991 - PD-BT Planned Development Business Technology District

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

 

IN RE:  ORDINANCE CIVIL ENFORCEMENT OF LITTER ORDINANCES

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the ordinance for civil enforcement of the County Litter Ordinances.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ORDINANCE #            2005

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

 

IN RE:  ZONING ORDINANCE #2-1991 AMENDMENT

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the amendment to Wise County Zoning Ordinance #2-1991 - Section 5-13 Conditional Zoning.  The motion was unanimously approved.

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

 

IN RE:  E-911 ROAD NAMES

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the fifty-three (53) E-911 road name additions with the deletion of Creekside Road.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  AGREEMENT / DANIEL PAUL SHORT

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to authorize the Chairman to sign the agreement between the Board of Supervisors and Daniel Paul Short for the use of a parcel of property located in Pound for recreational purposes.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE: AGREEMENT / COMMUNITY HELPERS

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Bob Adkins, to authorize the Chairman to sign the Agreement between Wise County and the Community Helpers, which allows the Community Helpers to operate and manage the food distribution center under certain conditions as, outlined in the agreement.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION / CABLE TRANSFER / RAPID COMMUNICATIONS

There was some discussion as to whether or not Rapid Communications would provide cable modems to the residents of Pound and St. Paul.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to table this item until the May meeting for further information from Rapid Communications regarding the services that will be offered to its subscribers.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT / ADELPHIA PEG CHANNEL BOARD

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to appoint Skip Skinner to represent the County on the Adelphia PEG Channel Board.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT / BUILDING CODES AND APPEALS BOARD

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to re-appoint Bill Wampler to the Building Codes and Appeals Board.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENTS / COMMUNITY CRIMINAL JUSTICE BOARD

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Bob Adkins, to re-appoint the following individuals to the Community Criminal Justice Board:

William H. Price - Currently Chief of Police Representative

Chuck McHugh - Community Services Representative

Ida Ashbrood - Education Representative

Kevin Tiller - Defense Attorney Representative

Honorable Birg E. Sergent - Circuit Court Judge Representative

Honorable Elizabeth S. Wills - Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Representative

Honorable Suzanne K. Fulton - General District Judge Representative

The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT / SOCIAL SERVICES BOARD

Robby Robbins made a motion to re-appoint J. D. Cassell to the Social Services Board.

Leland Branham made a substitute motion to appoint Rita McReynolds.

Chairman Luntsford asked for a vote on the substitute motion to appoint Rita McReynolds to the Social Services Board.

Aye-     Steve Bates                  Nay-     Bob Adkins

Virginia Meador                         Robby Robbins

John Peace

Leland Branham

Ronnie Shortt

Fred Luntsford

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by John Peace, to re-appoint Marilyn Bumgarner to the Social Services Board.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT

Administrator Skinner reported that one of the County's trucks was in an accident this afternoon with no personal injuries but the truck may be a total loss.  A report from the insurance company is forthcoming.  Due to the emergency situation of being without a truck that is needed on a daily basis, a replacement truck is being pursued with the Superintendent of Public Works contacting all known possible suppliers.

Administrator Skinner briefed the Board on the following:

(1)  Bid documents on the proposed transfer station are being reviewed prior to sending out to bid.

(2)  The County FY 2005-2006 is being finalized for Board review

 

CHAIRMAN'S  COMMENTS

Chairman Luntsford addressed the article that appeared in the Coalfield regarding the resolution on school consolidation and the action the Board took on its Capital Improvements Plan.  It has been the Board's intent to establish a better line of communication with the School Board by having Joint meetings.  When the concept of consolidation surfaced the Board of Supervisors reacted.  The resolution was purely an exercise in fiscal responsibility.  Nothing more.  In addition, Chairman Luntsford has approached members of the School administration offering assistance in establishing a Task Force to address the school issues and to establish a plan for the future of the schools.  This would include, but not limited to, remodeling of the existing buildings and/or new construction.  This concept, as viewed by Chairman Luntsford, and after speaking with other members of the Board of Supervisors, could be viewed as the School Board taking a proactive approach to the problems and issues that the schools are now facing.  After reading the articles in the paper, and speaking with School Board Chairman Margaret Craft, apparently the School Board has mistakenly interpreted the Board's intentions as an effort to usurp its authority.  That was not the Board's intention.  Because of the position that has been taken by the School Board, Chairman Luntsford withdrew the Board's offer of support, therefore, placing the school issues solely upon the shoulders of the School Board.  However, the line of communication is still open and the Board will continue to monitor and exercise its fiscal responsibility.

There was a brief discussion on the proposed Lake Street By-pass and whether or not the Board should express its concerns regarding this proposed route.

Administrator Skinner stated that it was not necessary for the Board to respond to this proposal since it's the equivalent of a planning document as in a PER.  This is an environmental hearing and not a location & design hearing.

After further discussion it was the consensus of the Board to have Administrator Skinner prepare a letter to Virginia Department of Transportation and Thompson and Litton stating the Board's concerns regarding this particular route and the comments that have been voiced from citizens opposing this route.

 

ADJOURN

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

 

ATTEST:                                WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

_____________________    _____________________________

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

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