Board of Supervisors - July 14, 2005 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a regular meeting on Thursday, July 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 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 Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  AGENDA APPROVAL

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robbie Robbins, to approve the agenda as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE: RECREATIONAL RESTORATION

Doug Jones, District Forest Ranger provided a power point presentation on "Recreational Opportunities and Needs associated with the proposed Stone Mountain Wilderness".  Mr. Jones expressed the need to restore and upgrade our campgrounds, which is a major tourist attraction in our area.  He asked that a letter of support be sent to Congressman Boucher requesting federal grant monies to restore our recreational areas.  He further stated that letters of support from different organizations would enhance this endeavor.

After further discussion, Chairman Luntsford instructed Administrator Skinner to prepare a letter of support to Congressman Boucher recommending support for this project and to contact local organizations asking them to endorse this concept also.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Dan McCoy, a resident of Big Stone Gap, addressed the Board requesting a clothing allowance for the Sheriff's Department.

Chairman Luntsford asked the County Administrator to meet with the Sheriff, research his budget for possible funding for clothing allowance for his deputies and report back to the Board with a recommendation.

Petie Nelson and Bonnie Aker asked the Board's support in supplementing the salary of Muiread Craft, Project Coordinator for the Guest River Restoration Project.   

Ms. Aker stated that there was a meeting of the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable Board on July 13 at which time they made an endorsement to the request from Ms Craft for a salary supplement to allow her to continue with the Guest River Restoration Project.

Cindy Middleton, a resident of Appalachia, came before the Board, asking the Board to review a petition from the Church Town community located in the Inman area of Appalachia.  She is experiencing an irrigation problem on the property she just purchased and a bridge that is 100 years old.  This problem has been brought to the attention of the Town of Appalachia but has fallen on deaf ears.  The Town of Appalachia told her that she is located in the County not the Town.  Ms Middleton questioned why she pays taxes to the Town of Appalachia and supposedly lives in the County.  She explained that there is an existing well on her property that belongs to the Town of Appalachia, that was burst by the town, and has caused major drainage problems on her property. The town has repeatedly said they will repair the problems with the well but in the sixteen months she has been requesting assistance, nothing has been done.  The bridge is no longer accessible to trucks.  Therefore, emergency vehicles cannot get to her home in case of fire or rescue.

Ms. Middleton asked for some assistance in resolving these problems.

Chairman Luntsford advised that he has talked with the Mayor, and the town attorney, asking that a meeting be held between the parties involved to try and resolve this problem.  Since it is evident that the meeting has not taken place, Chairman Luntsford asked Mike Abbott, Attorney for the Town of Appalachia, to coordinate a meeting between the necessary parties for a possible solution to these problems.

Ms. Middleton noted that she has hired an attorney to represent her but Town Manager Ben Cooper has refused to talk with him.

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

 

IN RE:  ROADS & HIGHWAYS

Jackie Christian, representing VDOT, reported to the Board that the signal lights at Tacoma have been activated.

Board members presented needs in their districts.

 

IN RE: CONSENT AGENDA

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

(1) Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. August 4) on a proposed amendment to Wise County Subdivision Ordinance

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION -BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES PERFORMANCE CONTRACT

The resolution approving the Behavioral Services Performance Contract was approved.

 

IN RE:  APPROPRIATIONS

The first quarter appropriations were approved.

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

No. 1:  Revenue source Wireless E-911 Road Grant-Prior year fund balance $22,799.11.  Expenditure GIS budget (1230) part-time salaries & wages $20,870.78 (501003) and ADP equipment $1,928.33 (507007)

No. 2:  Revenue source Library of Virginia Grant $9,915.00.  Expenditures-Clerk of Circuit Court budget (2106).  Grant expenses $9,915.00 (505810)

No. 3:  Transfer from IT Improvement Fund (24) to General Fund (11) for Data Processing (1220).  ADP equipment (507007) $11,228.04

No. 4:  Source of Revenue-Phone Commission Fund $6,238.28. Expenditures Law Enforcement Budget - Police supplies (3102-505409) $6,238.28

The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  ORDINANCE-VIRGINIA INDOOR CLEAN AIR ACT (AMENDMENT)

A public hearing was held on July 7 to receive citizens comments regarding a proposed amendment to County Ordinance #5-1990 (Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act)(smoking ordinance)

There was no opposition to the proposed amendment.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the amendment to the Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act Ordinance as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

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

 

IN RE:  WISE LIBRARY PROPERTY / LAND SWAP

A public hearing was held on July 7 to receive citizens' input on the proposed land swap between the LP Regional Library/Wise County and Bevton LLC whereby the County would convey land to Bevton LLC in the back of the apartment complex located at 401 Norton Road, in exchange for land in front, along Wise/Norton road, near the Library entrance.

There was no opposition to the proposed land swap.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to convey the property in the back of the apartment complex located at 401 Norton Road to Bevton LLC in exchange for land in front, along Wise/Norton Road, near the Library entrance.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  SALARY SUPPLEMENT / GUEST RIVER RESTORATION PROJECT COORDINATOR

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the $2,000 salary supplement requested by Guest River Restoration Project Coordinator Muiread Craft.

Ronnie Shortt suggested asking other agencies to participate in this supplement since there are others that benefit from this services as well as the County.

Administrator Skinner stated that Ms. Craft has provided him with a list of her operating partners that have been asked for support and could possibly participate in sharing this cost.  However, no response has been received to date.

Chairman Luntsford reiterated to the Board that Ms. Craft, at the Workshop meeting, stated that this position would be funded but not until September. 

Ronnie Shortt made a substitute motion to direct the County Administrator to approach these other operating partners to determine whether or not they would be willing to assist financially to fund the $2,000.00.

After further discussion, and since the motion did not receive a second, Supervisor Shortt withdrew his motion.

Noting that Ms. Craft receives her pay check on the 15th and last working day of the month, Supervisor Shortt made a second substitute motion to table this request until the next Board meeting in August for further information from the other agencies as to whether or not they would participate in funding this salary supplement.  Bob Adkins seconded the motion.

Aye-     Ronnie Shortt                Nay - Leland Branham

            Steve Bates                             Robby Robbins

            Virginia Meador

            John Peace

            Fred Luntsford

            Bob Adkins

The motion carried.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT/COMMUNITY CRIMINAL JUSTICE BOARD

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to reappoint Shannon Scott to the Community Criminal Justice Board .  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT/COMMUNITY POLICY & MANAGEMENT BOARD

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Leland Branham, to reappoint Donna Boggs to the Community Policy and Management Board.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE: APPOINTMENT/LENOWISCO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A motion was made by Robby Robbins to reappoint Susan P. Harrison.

Leland Branham nominated Jack Kiser.

Bob Adkins seconded the motion to reappoint Susan P. Harrison.

The vote for Susan Harrison is as follows:

Aye-     Bob Adkins                   Nay-     Steve Bates

            Robby Robbins                         John Peace

            Virginia Meador                         Leland Branham

                                                            Ronnie Shortt

                                                            Fred Luntsford

Motion failed

Ronnie Shortt seconded the motion to appoint Jack Kiser.

The vote to appoint Jack Kiser is as follows:

Aye-     Ronnie Shortt                Nay-     Bob Adkins                   Abstain-Virginia Meador

            Steve Bates                              Robby Robbins

            John Peace                              

            Leland Branham

            Fred Luntsford

Motion carried.

Supervisors Shortt nominated Bobby Dorton to the LENOWISCO Board of Directors.  Fred Luntsford seconded the nomination.  The nomination was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  MECC BOARD

Steve Bates nominated Dan Roop.

Bob Adkins nominated Teresa Adkins for reappointment.

The vote for Dan Roop is as follows:

Aye-     Steve Bates                  Nay-     Bob Adkins                 Abstain - Virginia Meador

            John Peace                               Robby Robbins

            Ronnie Shortt

            Leland Branham

            Fred Luntsford

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by John Peace, to reappoint Harry Meador to the MECC Board.  The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Virginia Meador, to appoint Everett Sadler to the MECC Board.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  MERBI BOARD

 Leland Branham nominated John Peace.  Ronnie Shortt seconded the nomination 

Robby Robbins nominated Bob Adkins for reappointment.

The votes for John Peace is as follows:

Aye-     Steve Bates                  Nay-     Bob Adkins

            Ronnie Shortt                            Robby Robbins

            Virginia Meador

            John Peace

            Fred Luntsford

            Leland Branham

Motion carried.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - WISE COUNTY TOURISM COMMITTEE

Fred Luntsford made a motion to nominate Louise Henegar for reappointment to the Wise County Tourism Committee.  The motion was unanimously approved.

John Peace nominated Stan Botts for reappointment to the Wise County Tourism Committee. 

The nomination was unanimously approved.

Bob Adkins nominated Phillips Prince for reappointment.

Steve Bates nominated Betty Bolling.

The votes for Phillip Prince is as follows:

Aye-     Bob Adkins                   Nay-     Steve Bates

            Robby Robbins                         John Peace

            Virginia Meador                         Ronnie Shortt

                                                            Fred Luntsford

                                                            Leland Branham

Motion failed.

The votes for Betty Bolling is as follows:

Aye-     Steve Bates                  Nay-     Bob Adkins

            Ronnie Shortt                            Robby Robbins

            Leland Branham                        Virginia Meador

            Fred Luntsford

            John Peace

Motion carried.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-LONESOME PINE YOUTH SERVICES BOARD

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Bob Adkins, to reappoint Anna Grabinski (Student) to the LP Youth Services Board for a period of one year.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  E-911  ADDRESSES/TIMMONS GROUP - CHANGE ORDER

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve change order #2 from the Timmons Group for the Addressing and E-911 Professional Consulting Services Contract dated 12/03/03.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  ADELPHIA TRANSFER

Attorney Mullins informed the Board that she has reviewed the contract and there are some portions of the contract that she would like to discuss with David Harris, the Regional Cable Administrator for Custom Communications.  She asked that the motion to execute the contract be made subject to the review of the terms in question.

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to authorize the County Administrator to execute the contract with Custom Communications subject to modifications of the contract and reaching an agreement with David Harris.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  TRANSFER STATION BID

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Steve Bates, to award the bid for construction of the transfer station to be located at Blackwood to the low bidder, Quesenberry's Inc.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to go into closed session as per Section 2.2-3711(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia to discuss personnel.  The motion was unanimously approved.

After a lengthy closed session, a motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - CERTIFICATION OF CLOSED MEETING

The certification was read by Supervisor Peace.

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the resolution certifying matters discussed while in closed session.  The motion was unanimously approved by roll call vote.

RESOLUTION #          2005

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

 

BOARD COMMENTS

Brief comments were made by Board members.

 

ADJOURN

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 Luntsford, Chairman

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