Board of Supervisors - August 11, 2005 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a regular meeting on Thursday, August 11, 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 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

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 Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  AGENDA

The following items were presented as possible additions to the agenda:

Add to Roads & Highways

(1)  Resolution "Watch for Children" signs

Add to Consent Agenda

Budget Amendments:

            No. 8:  Source of Revenue - Virginia Dept of Health-Pass-Thru-Prior year fund balance ($49,550.00) Expenditure (4306) Health Dept Building Capital Outlay (507010)  ($49,550.00)

            No. 9:  Source of Revenue-Virginia Dept of Health refund-($10,450.00)  Expenditure (4306) Health Dept building Capital Outlay (507010)$10,450.00

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Lewis Garrett, a senior at Powell Valley High School, asked the Board to consider providing the needed equipment to allow the NASA program to be placed on channel 97.  He noted the educational and informational benefit of this program.

Wallace Gilliam voiced his support for the AML Project that has been proposed for the fairgrounds.

Jim Blackburn voiced his support for the NASA Program being placed on channel 97.  Mr. Blackburn noted that this would be a great tool to supplement the textbooks and help students to see actual events as they happen.

Mike Holbrook, Chief Investigator for the Sheriff's Department, asked the Board to favorably consider adopting the proposed resolution supporting a salary increase for the medical examiner and to do so as soon as possible.  He stressed the fact that being without a medical examiner will hinder investigations and burial of a loved one that decease because of a suspicious nature. Regarding the towns' participation in paying for those deaths that occur inside the corporate limits, only Big Stone Gap and the City of Norton have responded.  Mr. Holbrook noted that some of the town councils have not met to make a decision on this matter.

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

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

T. G. Branson, Highway Resident Engineer, gave a brief update on construction throughout the County.

Board members provided needs in their district for VDOT review.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

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

 

IN RE:  E-911 ROAD NAME ADDITIONS

Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. September 1) on six (6) proposed E-911 road name additions.

 

IN RE:  PROCLAMATION-NATIONAL ALCOHOL & DRUG ADDICTION RECOVERY MONTH

Approved the proclamation proclaiming the month of September as National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

No.  5:  Source of revenue-Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant ($12,391.00) Expenditures - Sheriff-Law Enforcement budget (3102) Machinery and Equipment line Item (507001) $12,391.00

No. 6:  Source of revenue -Virginia State Compensation Bd ($23,238.00).  Expenditures - Sheriff Law Enforcement budget (3102) - Salaries and Wages (501001) - $19,576.00 - Expenditures-Sheriff E-911 Dispatch budget (3303) - Salaries and Wages (501001) $3,662.00

No. 7:  Source of revenue -Virginia Commission for the Arts - $5,000.00.  Expenditures- Community organizations/events (1102) Discretionary Funds (505804) $5,000.00

No. 8:  Source of revenue -VA Dept of Health - Pass-Thru-Prior year fund balance $49,550.00 

No. 9:  Source of revenue- VA Dept of Health refund $10,450.00.  Expenditure (4306) Health Dept building - Capital Outlay (507010) $10,450.00

The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  GUEST RIVER RESTORATION PROJECT COORDINATOR

Chairman Luntsford directed the Board to a memo in their packet from the County Administrator regarding the Guest River Restoration Project Coordinator's salary supplement. In view of that memo, this request was removed from the agenda.

 

IN RE: E-911 ROAD NAME ADDITIONS

A public hearing was held on August 4 to receive citizens' comments regarding four (4) proposed E-911 road name additions.  There was no opposition to the proposed names.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the E-911 road name additions as advertised.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE AMENDMENT/ADDITION

A public hearing was held on August 4 to receive citizens' comments regarding proposed amendments/additions to Wise County Subdivision Ordinance #2-1976.  There were no public comments regarding the amendments/additions.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the amendments/additions to Subdivision Ordinance #2-1976 as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

(Said ordinance is on file in the County Administrator's Office with said amendments/additions)

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - MEDICAL EXAMINER

The Board discussed, at length, the resolution requesting the state legislature to provide adequate compensation for local medical examiners.  The resolution requests compensation of $150.00 per-case, which is a small sum compared to $350.00 to transport a body to and from Roanoke.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Leland Branham, to adopt the resolution requesting adequate compensation for the local medical examiner in the amount of $150.00 per case.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  CHANNEL 97 RECEIVER

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by John Peace, to approve the purchase of the receiver for channel 97, which will provide the NASA Program as requested.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENT-CHANNEL 97

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the following budget amendment for purchase of receiver for channel 97:

            No. 10:  Source of Revenue-Prior year fund balance ($1,300.00).  Expenditure (9316)- Non-Departmental (503008) Cable TV Public Access Channel 97 ($1,300.00)

The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  MEDICAL EXAMINER - SUPPLEMENTAL PAY

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to provide the $100.00 supplement, per case, to compensate the medical examiner for his expenses.

There was some discussion as to whether or not this would include the incorporated towns.

It was noted that BSG and the City of Norton have agreed to pay the $100.00 for deaths occurring within their incorporated towns that would require a medical examiner and the other towns have this item on their agendas for their next council meeting.

Leland Branham made a substitute motion that Wise County pay the $100.00 per case in all jurisdictions except Big Stone Gap and the City of Norton.  Steve Bates seconded the motion.

Supervisor Meador stated that she did not think it fair that Big Stone Gap pay and the other towns do not.

After further discussion, Supervisor Branham amended his motion to provide the supplement pay of $100 per case for a period of 90 days for all jurisdictions except Big Stone Gap and the City of Norton.

Supervisor Meador stated that was not fair either.

After further discussion, Supervisor Branham withdrew his substitute motion and Supervisor Bates withdrew his second.

Bob Adkins amended his motion to provide a supplement of $100, per-case, to the local medical examiner, for a 90-day period for both county and incorporated towns, which will allow the towns ample time to consider this matter.  Steve Bates seconded the amendment.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENT / MEDICAL EXAMINER

Administrator Skinner explained that this budget amendment of $20,000 for the medical examiner is based on the anticipation of 200 cases per year.  This money would come from previous fiscal year's fund balance and placed in "Professional Services" line item of the Board of Supervisors budget for disbursement when needed.  Any unspent money will be returned to the general fund

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve budget amendment #11 as follows:

            No. 11:  Source of Revenue-Prior year fund balance - ($20,000.00) Expenditure - (1101) Board of Supervisors - Professional Services - Other ($20,000.00)

The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  AML PROJECT - FAIRGROUNDS

Administrator Skinner recommended to the Board that Wise County move forward with the proposed AML Project and that he be authorized to continue negotiations with DMME and the IDA because of its procurement advantages.  This project will enhance growth in that area as well as benefit the fairgrounds, the RAM Program, and other events that take place in that area.

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Bob Adkins, to proceed with the AML Project for the fairgrounds and authorize the County Administrator to work out the necessary agreements with DMME and the Wise County IDA.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  WORKSHOP MEETING PLACE CHANGE

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to hold the September 1 Workshop at the Appalachia High School Auditorium.  The motion was unanimously approved

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-BUILDING CODE AND APPEALS BOARD

This appointment was tabled until September Board meeting for information on qualifications of member.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-COAL & GAS ROAD IMPROVEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

John Peace nominated Donald Ratliff to be recommended to the circuit court judge for reappointment to the Coal & Gas Road Improvement Advisory Committee.

Bob Adkins asked that nominations be closed.

Donald Ratliff was recommended for reappointment to the Coal & Gas Road Improvement Advisory Committee by acclamation.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-LONESOME PINE YOUTH SERVICES BOARD

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Robby Robbins, to appoint Britney McReynolds, a senior at St. Paul High School, to the Lonesome Pine Youth Services Board.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT

Administrator Skinner reported on the following items:

1.       Status of new transfer station

2.       Complaints regarding Rapid Cable Company

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - CHILDREN AT PLAY SIGNS

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Steve Bates, to adopt the resolution requesting the installation and maintenance of "Watch for Children" signs to be located on Wheatley Road on State Route 753.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                  2005

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

 

IN RE:  CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Robby Robbins, to go into closed session to discuss personnel as per Section 2.2-3711(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia.  The motion was unanimously approved.

After a lengthy closed session, a motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Robby Robbins, to reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - CLOSED SESSION

Supervisor Peace read the certification for closed meeting.

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the resolution verifying matter discussed while in closed session.  The motion was unanimously approved by roll call vote.

 

IN RE:  COUNTY ATTORNEY CONTRACT

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by John Peace, to approve the contract for the County Attorney as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

BOARD COMMENTS

Board members made brief comments.

Administrator Skinner was directed to send a letter to each of the towns encouraging them to participate in providing a resolution of support for increasing the pay for the medical examiners.

 

ADJOURN

There being no further business, a motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by John Peace, 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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