Board of Supervisors - October 6, 2005 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on October 6, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. in the Coeburn Community Library, Coeburn, VA. 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

T. G. Branson led the Board in prayer.

 

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

 

IN RE:  APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Administrator Skinner asked that the following items be deleted/added to the agenda:

Delete from Presentations

Stephens Church of God - Purchase of Property (Pastor Bowman has temporarily withdrawn his request)

Add to Consent Agenda

(1) Add two (2) proposed additional E-911 road names to the list to be sent out for public hearing in November as follows:

Change Mountain Stream Road to Banner Revival Ctr. Land
Change Bedlington Road to Kilgore Drive

Add to New Business

Authorize the County Administrator to sign agreement for engineering services for the Riverview Sewer Project

Request for funding for supplies for the Circuit Court Judges Office

There were no objections from Board members regarding the addition of these items to the agenda.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING - ORDINANCE CREATING WISE COUNTY OFFICE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding the proposed Ordinance Creating Wise County Office for Economic Development.

Ron Flanary praised the County Administrator for reaching out to others for input and/or comments regarding the proposed Office for Economic Development.  Mr. Flanary stated that LENOWISCO supports the ordinance as revised by the County Administrator, which leans more toward initiatives such as helping small businesses, downtown revitalization and building infrastructure.

There being no further public comments, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN:  PUBLIC HEARING - E-911 ROAD NAME ADDITIONS

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding nine (9) E-911 road name additions.

There being no one to speak, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING - SPECIAL USE PERMIT - CEMETERY

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens' comments regarding a request from James E. Rose for a Special Use Permit to establish a family cemetery on acre of property located at 7230 Rocky Fork Road, Wise, VA.

There being no one to speak, the public hearing was closed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Sue Bentley, a resident of Lynn Crest Drive, which is a part of a subdivision, addressed the Board regarding the poor condition of the subdivision road and asked that it be taken into the secondary system for maintenance and upkeep.  The developer of the subdivision left owing taxes and she was told that the road now belonged to the County.  The subdivision is located in Coeburn just outside the corporate limits and sewer lines have been laid along side of the road that may cause problems in getting the road repaired.  She asked for Board assistance in getting the road paved if at all possible.

Chairman Luntsford asked Ms. Bentley to meet with the County Administrator after the meeting with more information on the road, which can be passed on to VDOT for review and consideration.

Ron Flanary gave a brief history on the steps that were taken to build the industrial development park in Duffield.  He expressed the need for an extended outreach to enhance economic growth in our region.

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

 

IN ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Highway Resident T. G. Branson asked the Board to place the Six Year Improvement Program for Secondary Roads on the agenda for a public hearing for next month.

 

RESOLUTION - TRAFFIC STUDY

Mr. Branson reviewed the resolution requesting a traffic study on Rt. 74 in the Ramsey section of Wise County.

 

BOARD COMMENTS

Board members provided needs in their district for VDOT review.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

The following items were reviewed:

(1)  Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. November 3) on a request from Tommy Bright for Conditional Zoning

(2)  Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. November 3) on five (5) proposed E-911 road name additions

(3)  Budget Amendments as follows:

No. 23:  Source of Revenue - VA Dept. of Health - $30,987.00
Prior years fund balance - $30,987.00 - Total $61,974.00
Expenditures Local Health Department (5101)
Payments to Local Health Dept (505601) - $30,987.00
Grant Expenses (505810) - $30,987.00

No. 24:  Source of Revenue - VA Dept. of Elections - $13,000.00
Expenditures - Electoral Bd of Officials (1301) - Education (502013)-$8,500.00  Machinery & Equipment (507001) - $4,500.00

No. 25:  Source of Revenue-Prior Years Fund Balance - $500.00 Expenditures - Community Organizations/Events (1102)Discretionary Funds (505804) - $500.00

No. 26:  Source of Revenue - VA State Litter Grant - $14,421.00 Expenditure - Litter Control (4206) -Grant Expenses (505810) $14,421.00

No. 27:  Source of Revenue - Prior Years Fund Balance - $2,250.00  Expenditure - Community Organizations/Events (1102)  Discretionary Funds (505804) - $2,250.00

No. 28:  Source of Revenue - Prior Years Fund Balance - $1,822.00  Expenditure - Sheriff - Law Enforcement (3102)
Police Supplies (505409) - $1,822.00

No. 29:  Source of Revenue - Transfer from the IT Improvement Fund-$15,874.65 to General Fund Expenditures Automated Data Processing (1220) ADP Equipment and Software (507007) - $15,874.65

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - SELL OF SURPLUS POLICE VEHICLES

Administrator Skinner stated that he is waiting on further information from the Sheriff's Department regarding this request.

 

IN RE:  DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN

In l982, the Board of Supervisors adopted the National Association of Counties Deferred Compensation Program, which established the County of Wise Deferred Compensation Plan for its employees.  The IRS now requires that a written Plan be on file and submitted to the Deferred Compensation agent.

Said Plan was submitted for Board review and consideration.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - WINGS AIR RESCUE

Jason Hefner, Flight Team Manager, and Tom Nixon, Flight Team member, representing WINGS Air Rescue, addressed the Board with its intent to obtain an EMS agency license in the Commonwealth of Virginia in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth by the Office of EMS.  It is part of the application process to obtain local government approval in order to obtain an EMS agency license in Virginia.

Mr. Hefner noted that WINGS Air Rescue has served the citizens of Southwest Virginia for the last 10 years as a dedicated air ambulance and has abided by all local, state, and federal laws.  He asked that the Board favorably consider adopting the resolution granting approval to WINGS Air Rescue to operate within Wise County.

Catherine ________, Supervisor for the WINGS Air Rescue Program, voiced her support for granting WINGS Air Rescue to operate within Wise County.

Glen Skinner, Chairman of Welmont Board of Directors, gave verbal support, on behalf of Welmont, for WINGS Air Rescue to operate within Wise County.

 

IN RE:  HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT (NIMS CERTIFICATION)

Administrator Skinner explained that the signing of this certification will certify that Wise County has successfully complied with the requirements as set forth by the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and in accordance with ODP's FY05 Homeland Security Grant Program.

 

IN RE:  OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED

(1)  Appointments

(2)  Authorize County Administrator to sign Contract with T&L for Blackwood Landfill

(3)  Authorize County Administrator to sign contract with Joyce Engineering for Appalachia Landfill

(4)  Resolution Ratifying the Declaration of State of Local Emergency in Big Stone Gap

(5)  Authorize County Administrator to sign agreement for engineering services for the Riverview Sewer Project

(6)  Request for funding for supplies for the Circuit Court Judges Office

 

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR'S  REPORT

Administrator Skinner reported on the following:

(1)  Water shortage in Big Stone Gap

(2)  Request from VDOT to bring contaminated solid from Dickenson County to Blackwood Landfill.  There were some reservations brought forth by Board members that this is in violation of the County ordinance for bringing solid waste from another county.

(3)  Update on transfer station and the disposal and hauling of waste

(4)  Data Center update

 

BOARD COMMENTS

There were brief comments from Board members.

 

ADJOURN

There being no further business to come before the Board the meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

 

ATTEST:                               WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

____________________         ____________________________

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

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