Board of Supervisors - May 12, 2005 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable Fred Luntsford - Chairman

Honorable Ronnie Shortt - Vice-Chairman

Honorable Robert R. Adkins

Honorable Steve Bates

Honorable Virginia Meador

Honorable John W Peace, II

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

 

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 Bob Adkins, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  AGENDA

The following items were added to the agenda:

Add to Consent agenda:

            Resolution - Homeland Security Grant

Budget Amendments:

            No. 40:  Increase revenue from DMV STOP Grant - $875.00.  Increase budget for expenses of Treasurer - Salaries and wages part-time - $875.00

Add to New Business:

(1)  Budget Amendment No. 41:  Increase Enterprise Fund - $300,000.00

(2)   Amendment to School Board FY 2004-2005 budget-Transfer of $300,000.00

(3)   Set Workshop Meeting to discuss the FY 2005-2006 County Budget

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the agenda as presented to include the additions listed above.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Dan Fast, representing MidSouth Development, addressed the Board regarding the conditional zoning request for property located on Coeburn Mtn. to construct multi-family residential/student housing. Mr. Fast said he wanted to set the record straight in that this housing project is neither for HUD nor low-income families.  He proceeded to explain the development project and the benefits it will bring to Wise County due to the housing shortage and the lack of housing for college students.  He asked that the Board act on the recommendation of the Planning Commission to approve the request.

Caynor Smith, a partner with MidSouth Development, asked the Board to ignore the false rumors that have been spoken and support the housing project.  He stated that the project is to provide much needed housing and create a better and cleaner environment for the college students.

Donnie Seymore, President of the Wise County Firefighters Association, addressed the Board asking for increased funding for the eight (8) Wise County fire departments for FY 2005-2006.  He asked that each department receive an additional $10,000 to their proposed budget of $21,000 making the annual appropriation $31,000.00.

Robert Anderson, Appalachia Fire Chief, advised the Board that he would be retiring in June.  He explained the decrease in volunteers and the increase in fire equipment.  He asked the Board to look favorably on increasing the fire departments budgets to allow better service to the citizens.

Mr. Anderson suggested a tax increase that would be dedicated to the fire departments.

Roger Williams thanked the Board for its efforts in getting Williams Road into the secondary system.

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 road projects in the County.

Board members presented needs in their district for Mr. Branson's review.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - WATCH FOR CHILDREN SIGNS

A motion was made Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the resolution requesting installation and maintenance of Watch for Children signs on State Route #695.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #             2005

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

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

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

 

IN RE:  REZONING / BEAR CREEK SUBDIVISION EXPANSION

Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. June 2) on a proposed rezoning / boundary adjustment for property consisting of 13.774 acres located in the Bear Creek Subdivision in the Hurricane section of Wise for the purpose of expanding the existing subdivision

 

IN RE:  REZONING / BIG STONE GLASS EXPANSION

Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. June 2) on a proposed rezoning of property located at 2815 3rd Avenue East, in BSG for the purpose of expanding a business.

 

IN RE:  E-911 ROAD ADDITIONS

Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. June 2) on four (4) proposed E-911 road name additions.

 

IN RE: COUNTY BUDGET FY 2005-2006

Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. June 2) on the proposed County annual budget for FY 2005-2006

 

IN RE:  PROCLAMATION / POUND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Adopted a Proclamation Saluting the Pound High School Students participating in the FCCLA competition.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION-HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT

Adopted resolution - Designation of Applicants Agent - for the Homeland Security Grant

RESOLUTION #               2005

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

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

No. 33:  Increase revenue from DMV STOP Grant-$130.00.  Increase budget for expenses of Treasurer-Salaries and Wages part-time-$130.00

No. 34:  Increase revenue from transfer from the RAID Fund to the General Fund-$1,000.00.  Increase budget for expenses for Sheriff's Office Correction and Detention-Salaries and wages-$1,000.00.

No. 35:  Increase revenue from prior years fund balance-$2,600.00.  Increase budget for expenses for Economic Development-Advertising-$2,600.00.

No. 36:  Increase revenue from prior years fund balance-$1,500.00-Increase budget for expenses for Treasurer-Salaries and wages-part-time-$1,500.00

No. 37: Increase revenue from prior years fund balance-$290.00-Increase budget for expenses for Circuit Court furniture and fixtures-$290.00.

No. 38: Increase revenue from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant-$12,391.00-Increase budget for Sheriff's Office-Machinery and equipment-$12,391.00

No. 39: Increase revenue from prior years fund balance-$16,530.00.  Increase expenses-Welfare Administration-Comprehensive Services Act-$16,530.00

No. 40: Increase revenue from DMV STOP Grant-$875.00.  Increase budget for expenses of Treasurer-Salaries and wages part-time-$875.00.

The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - CABLE TRANSFER - RAPID COMMUNICATIONS

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the resolution transferring a portion of the cable television system owned by Charter Communications to Rapid Communications to own and operate.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #               2005

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - APPALACHIAN JUVENILE COMMISSION

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the resolution stating that Wise County will participate in the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act in a combined plan with Washington County, Smyth County, Tazewell County, Buchanan County, Dickenson County, Lee County, Scott County, Russell County, City of Norton, City of Bristol and accept funds appropriated for the purpose set forth in this Act until written notice to the contrary is provided to the Department of Juvenile Justice and further that the County Administrator is hereby authorized to execute a local plan on behalf of Wise County.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #             2005

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

 

IN RE:  CONDITIONAL ZONING / MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING / MIDSOUTH DEVELOPMENT

A public hearing was held on May 5 to receive citizen's input regarding the request from MidSouth Development, LLC for multi-family residential/student housing to be located at 9635 Coeburn Mountain Road.

There was opposition from two residents living near the proposed project.  Their main concerns were traffic flow in an area that is heavily traveled and the proposed housing is being structured in such a fashion that it will be occupied by low-income and HUD families.

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the conditional zoning for a multi-family housing project as requested by MidSouth Development.

Aye-     Steve Bates                  Nay-Ronnie Shortt         Abstain-Bob Adkins

            John Peace

            Virginia Meador

            Fred Luntsford

            Robby Robbins

            Leland Branham

 

IN RE: CONDITIONAL ZONING / ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY / FWB  MINISTRIES

A public hearing was held on May 5 to receive comments from citizens regarding the request from FWB Ministries to construct an assisted living facility in Section II of the Barnette, Sergeant and Green (BSG) Subdivision off Washington Road in Esserville.

There was no opposition to the proposed facility.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the conditional zoning for an assisted living facility as requested by the FWB Ministries.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENT NO. 41: LANDFILL ENTERPRISE FUND

Administrator Skinner advised the Board that he received a request just before the meeting began for a budget amendment to the Landfill Enterprise Fund in the amount of $300,000.00.

This deficit is due to several problem areas in the refuse disposal and refuse collection budgets such as replacement of tractor/truck that was a total loss due to an accident and several line items that were under budgeted for this year.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by John Peace, to approve budget amendment No. 41:  Increase revenue from prior fund balances - $300,000.00-Increase expenses for budget of "Non Departmental" - Transfer - Landfill Enterprise Fund - $300,000.00

The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  SCHOOL BOARD - AMENDMENT TO RESOLUTION #29-2004/CLASSIFICATION/CATEGORY

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the request from the School Board to amend its budget by transferring from Other Operations $100,000.00 for School Food and $200,000.00 for Operation/Maintenance for a total of $300,000.00.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BUDGET WORKSHOP MEETING DATE

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Bob Adkins, to hold an informal Workshop on the County budget for FY 2005-2006 on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the County Administrator's Office located in the courthouse.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - TAZEWELL COUNTY / REGIONAL JAIL AUTHORITY

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by John Peace, to approve the resolution adding Tazewell County to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #               2005

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION-STRAIGHT CREEK WATERSHED

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the resolution supporting the development of a TMDL Study for the Straight Creek watershed.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                  2005

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION-ABANDONED MINE LAND RECLAMATION

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the resolution supporting the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation and Remining Provisions in Virginia.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                    2005

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

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-BUILDING CODE AND APPEALS BOARD

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by John Peace, to reappoint Dan McCoy to the Building Code and Appeals Board for a term of five (5) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING AUTHORITY

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to reappoint Fred Pack to the Redevelopment and Housing Authority for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT

Administrator Skinner gave the Board an update on the status of the proposed transfer station.

 

ADJOURN

There being no further business, a motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, 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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