Board of Supervisors - September 8, 2005 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular Meeting on Thursday, September 8, 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 Peace II

Honorable Leland Branham

Honorable Robert E. 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 Robby Robbins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  AGENDA

Administrator Skinner asked that the following items be considered for addition/deletion to the agenda:

Add to consent agenda under Budget Amendments

No. 21:  Source of revenue-prior years fund balance - $6,232.06 Expenditures-(1230) Geographic Information Systems (503002) Professional Services- Other ($6,232.06)

Add to new business

(1) Establish a Local Citizens Corps Council

(2) Appointments to the Local Corps Council

(3) Authorize to sign agreement for "Be the E (Entrepreneur)" School Program

(4) Authorize County Administrator to sign agreement with King-Moore, Inc. for addressing tools for 911 and for training

Table for further information

(1) Resolution Dedicating Support and Proceeds from the sell of surplus vehicles

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by John Peace to approve the agenda as presented with the additions/deletions and tabling as stated above. 

Virginia Meador stated that she could not vote on these items since they were not available for  review prior to the meeting

Aye-     Robert Adkins                Abstain:  Virginia Meador

            Steve Bates

            Ronnie Shortt

            Fred Luntsford

            Leland Branham

            Robby Robbins

            John Peace

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Bruce Robinette, former LENOWISCO Planning District Executive Director, voiced his concern with the attempts that are being made to "restructure" the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority and the affect this may have on the future of regional cooperation.  Mr. Robinette sent a strong signal that if Dickenson County succeeds in getting Delegate Bud Phillips to submit legislation permitting them to withdraw from VCEDA, he would ask Delegate Terry Kilgore and Senator Wampler to put VCEDA under State control.   

Mr. Robinette unveiled the fact that he and Ron Flanary wrote the original legislation to create VCEDA and presented it to Delegate Ford Quillen for sponsorship with the intent that this would bring the region together in making economic growth a regional effort.

Mr. Robinette brought forth some history on the birth of coal and gas severance tax that was to be used in efforts to further strengthen our regional economic development.

Mr. Robinette urged the Board to reconsider the resolution before them and also the ordinance that has been submitted to create an Economic Development Office.  He noted that the $125,000.00 that has been suggested for the development of this office is only a drop in the bucket as to the actual cost for creating and maintaining the functions of such an office and its staff.

Ron Flanary, Executive Director, LENOWISCO PDC and Chairman of the VCEDA Executive Committee, voiced his concern regarding the recent "white paper" that is under consideration by the Board of Supervisors and the changes it has proposed to the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority.  Mr. Flanary provided written answers to the ten unnumbered bullet points in the draft "White Paper", which, in part, addressed the VCEDA Board and its functions 

In conclusion to his comments, he stated that he disagreed with some of the major ideas, but believes there are a few good points as well.

Mr. Flanary further suggested that the Board reconsider their viewpoints, engage those within the  County who is actually on the front lines of economic development every day and who know and appreciate VCEDA on a far more direct basis, talk to the same state leaders with whom he has spoken, and consider the broader ramifications before acting.

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

There were no remarks from Resident Engineer T. G. Branson.

Board members provided Mr. Branson with needs in their district.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION WATCH FOR CHILDREN AT PLAY SIGNS

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the resolution requesting the Transportation Commissioner and the Virginia Department of Transportation Resident Engineer to install and maintain signs alerting motorists that children may be at play from intersection of Rt. 734 and Rt. 735 to Intersection of Rt. 734 and Rt. 735 "entire loop" in the Pound Bottom section of Wise County.  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 Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the consent agenda as follows:

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARINGS

Set public hearing, to be held at the Coeburn Community Library on October 6 at 6:00 p.m., for public input on a request for a Special Use Permit to establish a family cemetery.

Set public hearing, to be held at the Coeburn Community Library on October 6 at 6:00 p.m. for public input on seven proposed E-911 road name additions

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

No. 12:  Source of revenue-Miscellaneous revenue, sale of impounded cow - $125.00 Expenditure (3501) Animal Shelter (505105) Animal Supplies - $125.00

No. 13:  Source of revenue-Misc. revenue -sale of equipt to Carter Machinery, Inc. $5,000.00 Expenditure (4204) Refuse Collection (507010) Capital Outlay-$5,000.00

No. 14:  Source of revenue-Prior year fund balances - $1,500.00 Expenditure (1204) Legal Services (505401) office supplies -$1,500.00

No.15:  Source of revenue-Prior year fund balance - $4,044.00 Expenditure (1204) Legal Services (505308) General Liability Insurance $4,044.00

No. 16:  Source of revenue-Prior year fund balance-$45,169.20 Expenditure (9400) E-911 County Dispatch (503005) Maintenance Service. Contracts $45,169.20

No .17: Source of revenue-Prior year fund balance-$1,500.00
Expenditure (3501) Animal Control (503004) Repair & Maintenance - $1,500.00

No. 18:  Source of revenue-Prior year fund balance - $9,567.65 Expenditure (4205) Refuse Disposal (505801) Dues & Assoc. membership -$9,567.65

No. 19:  Source of revenue-Prior year fund balance - $8,000.00 Expenditure (1209) Commissioner of Revenue (503005) Maintenance Service Contracts $8,000.00

No. 20:  Source of revenue-ARC Grant - $50,000.00
Virginia Tourism Authority Grant - $50,000.00  Expenditure - Virginia Heritage Music Trail - The Crooked road - $87,830.00

No. 21: Source of revenue - prior years fund balance - $6,232.06 Expenditures (1230) Geographic Information Systems (503002) Professional Services - Other  -$6,232.06

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION CABLE TRANSFER-ADELPHIA TO COMCAST

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to adopt the resolution transferring the ownership and control of Adelphia to Comcast.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                      2005

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - SELL OF SURPLUS VEHICLES

This item was tabled until next Board meeting

 

IN RE:  CROOKED ROAD - MOU

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the MOU designating the County as fiscal agent for the Crooked Road Project.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - HAZARDOUS MITIGATION PLAN

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Leland Branham, to adopt the resolution approving LENOWISCO's Hazardous Mitigation Plan.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #           2005

(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrators Office)

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - BUILDING CODE AND APPEALS BOARD

This appointment was tabled until next month.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - COMMUNITY POLICY AND MANAGEMENT BOARD

Ronnie Shortt nominated Gerri Adams for reappointment to the Community Policy and Management Board.

Bob Adkins asked that nominations be closed.

Gerri Adams was reappointed to the Community Policy and Management Board by acclamation.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - VCEDA

Robby Robbins made a motion to postpone any action on this resolution for thirty days for further study.  Bob Adkins seconded the motion. 

John Peace made a substitution motion to accept the resolution as presented.  Ronnie Shortt seconded the motion.

Supervisor Peace spoke briefly on the problems within the structure of VCEDA and its staff.  He noted that since there will soon be a change in that staff, Dickenson County, Buchanan County and Wise County would like a voice in that change. 

Chairman Luntsford voiced his concern that if Wise County does nothing, then there is no avenue for Dickenson County to possibly recant and move away from their original position.  He feels as though there is room for discussion with the adoption of this resolution and that concerns that have been brought forth can be dealt with and Wise County will have made its stand on this issue.

Supervisor Meador voiced her reservations, after being enlightened with more information that the Board could possibly be moving too quickly in adopting this resolution.

Supervisor Peace stated that with the adoption of this resolution, the Board is offering Buchanan County another alternative approach to work out the flaws that have been created with the VCEDA Board.

Supervisor Adkins and Supervisor Robbins stated that they were not against the proposed resolution but feel that a thirty day waiting period would give more time for those involved to "revisit" this problem and work out the problems that exist.

There being no further comments, Chairman Luntsford asked for a vote on the substitute motion. 

Aye-     John Peace                   Nay-     Bob Adkins

            Ronnie Shortt                            Virginia Meador

            Steve Bates                               Robby Robbins

            Fred Luntsford

            Leland Branham

Motion carried.

RESOLUTION #                          2005

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

 

IN RE:  SOCIAL SERVICES DEPT. - MOU

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the MOU between the Wise County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Social Services for a building maintenance and upkeep fee in reference to the building which houses the Department of Social Services.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  PROCLAMATION - PHIL ROBBINS

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the proclamation honoring Phil Robbins for his outstanding achievements in his community and with the youth of Powell Valley High School.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  WORKSHOP MEETING PLACE

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Leland Branham, to hold the October Workshop at the Community Library in Coeburn.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - HURRICANE KATRINA

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to adopt the resolution of sympathy for the victims of hurricane Katrina with a contribution of $5,000.00 to be divided equally between the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #               2005

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

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENT # 22

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve budget amendment # 22 regarding the distribution of $5,000.00 equally between the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  ORDINANCE - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Leland Branham, to hold a public a public hearing on October 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Coeburn Community Library to receive citizen's comments regarding the proposed Ordinance Creating Wise County Office for Economic Development.

Aye-     Steve Bates                   Nay-     Virginia Meador

            John Peace                               Bob Adkins

            Leland Branham                       Robby Robbins

            Fred Luntsford

            Ronnie Shortt

                       

IN RE:  LOCAL CITIZENS CORPS COUNCIL - ESTABLISHMENT

Assistant Administrator Shannon Scott stated that the purpose of the Local Citizens Corps Council is  to request and accept state Emergency Services grants and to act as an umbrella agency for the CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team) and the MRC (Medical Rescue Corps).

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by John Peace, to establish the Local Citizens Corps Council as requested.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT - LOCAL CITIZENS CORPS COUNCIL

The Board was provided a list of individuals that have been contacted and have agreed to serve on the Local Citizens Corps Council if appointed by the Board.

After reviewing the list, a motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to appoint the following individuals to the Local Citizens Corps Council and further authorize the County Administrator and the Director of Emergency Services to add additional individuals, if needed;

Mike Wampler -Transportation

Tim Dotson - Rescue Squads

Mike Mullins - Shelter

Delilah Long - Health Administration

Dr. Eleanor Sue Cantrell - Health Services

Shannon C. Scott - County Administration

Major Gene Vanover - Law Enforcement

Robert Adkins - Director of Emergency Services

Steve Blankenbecler - Communications

Ben Murphy - Churches

Ron Vicars - Shelter & Transportation

Teresa Meade - Neighborhood Watch

Robert Anderson, Jr. - Fire Dept

Bobby Cassell - Health Administration

The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  ARC FLEX - E-GRANT PROGRAM

Administrator Skinner stated that Wise County has been awarded $25,000 through the Department of Housing and Community Development ARC Flex -E-Grant Program to assist the community in funding the "Be the E (Entrepreneur)" School Program.  The grant requires the County Administrator to execute an agreement between VDHCD and Wise County for the grant funding.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Leland Branham, to authorize the County Administrator to execute the Agreement between DHCD and Wise County for funding for the ARC FLEX - E-Grant Program.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  E-911 ADDRESSING TOOL / AGREEMENT

Administrator Skinner explained that two (2) proposals have been received from King-Moore, Inc. Proposal number one (1) is to provide services for the creation of an emergency services map book and to install addressing tools for use in the maintenance of the addressing system.  Proposal number two (2) is to provide services regarding the training and usage of the GeoXT GPS unit with the addressing system and GIS.

After discussion, a motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by John Peace, to authorize the County Administrator to sign the agreement with King-Moore, Inc. for addressing tools for 911 and for training of same.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  E-911 ROAD NAME ADDITIONS

A public hearing was held on September 1 to receive citizen's comments regarding the addition of E-911 road names.  There was no opposition to the proposed names.

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the six (6) E-911 road name additions as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

BOARD COMMENTS

There were brief comments from Board members.

 

ADJOURN

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