Board of Supervisors - March 9, 2006 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on March 9, 2006 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

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 Robby Robbins, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

AGENDA

Administrator Skinner read the following items to be considered for additions to the agenda:

Consent Agenda Add

Resolution Setting the Property Tax Rate

Resolution Emergency Medical Transport services

Budget Amendments No 73 and No. 74

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the agenda as presented with the additions as stated above.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Don Green, a resident of the Paramont Subdivision, voiced his opposition to the proposed conditional zoning of property located at 9506 Coeburn Mountain Road for the purpose of constructing housing.  Mr. Green presented a petition signed by several residents of the Paramont Subdivision opposing the housing that is being proposed by Ms. Edmondson.   He asked that the request be denied.

Attorney Greg Gilbert stated that this project is to build condominiums for housing that is desperately needed in Wise County.  This project is feasible and is in harmony with the Comprehensive Plan.  He asked that the Board  vote in favor of this project, which will provide additional revenue for the County.

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

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

There were no remarks from VDOT.

Board members provided Highway Resident Engineer, T. G. Branson, with needs in their districts for VDOT review and comments.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION-ABANDONMENT ON RT. 83

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to adopt the resolution requesting the Virginia Department of Transportation to abandon the part of the secondary system of state highways as a result of Project 0083-097-103, C501 due to construction on Rt. 83 (Pound High School Turn Lane Project).  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #             2006

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

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

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

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARINGS

Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. April 6 @ UVA-Wise Slemp Building) on two (2) proposed E-911 road name additions

Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. April 6 @ UVA-Wise Slemp Building) on a request for conditional zoning for three (3) lots located at 6230 Hurricane road for the purpose of building multi-family housing

Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. April 6 @ UVA-Wise Slemp Building) on a request for conditional Change of Use for a 1.50 acre parcel of land located on 1605 Artesian Well Hollow Road, Big Stone Gap

Set public hearing (6:00 p.m. April 6 @ UVA-Wise Slemp Building) on a proposed amendment to the Real Estate Tax Exemption for Elderly and Disabled Ordinance

Budget Amendments

No. 72:  Source of Revenue-IT Improvement Fund - $857.50
               (1220) Automated Data Processing
                            (507007) ADP Equipment & Software - $857.50

No. 73:  Source of Revenue - Prior years fund balance - $1,200.00
               (4304) Court Service building
                            (50510) Electrical Services - $1,200.00

No. 74:  Source of Revenue - Prior Years fund balance - $3,000.00
               (4302) Courthouse
                            (505408) Vehicle and powered equipment supplies - $3,000.00

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PLAN (CIP)

A public hearing was held on March 2 to receive citizens' input regarding the Wise County Five (5) Year Capital Improvements Plan FY 2007-2011.  There was no opposition to the proposed plan.

Administrator Skinner stated that he had neglected to mention in his review of the CIP, a $75,000.00 Community Development Block Grant for the Town of Big Stone Gap if the project is not a VDOT eligible cost.  It will be for the southern section of Big Stone Gap to alleviate some flooding problems and to improve some housing and sewer as a joint project with the Town of Big Stone Gap.  This will be used to replace the boxed culvert, which will hopefully alleviate some of the storm water backup.

Also there is a reduction in the E-911 department in the amount of $60,000.00 regarding the dispatch mapping.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the CIP for FY 2007-2011 as presented with the amendments as noted.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - BRIDGE- OSCAR F. POOLE

A public hearing was held on March 2 to receive citizens' input regarding the proposed naming of a bridge located on Rte. 612, which is over South Fork Powell River, Oscar F. Poole Bridge.  There was no opposition to the proposal.

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the resolution requesting the Commonwealth Transportation Board to name bridge number 6020, structure number 24363 located on Route 612, which is the bridge over South Fork Powell River, Oscar F. Poole Bridge.  The motion was unanimously approved. 

RESOLUTION #                2006

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

 

IN RE:  REZONING -ELLA JANE MULLINS

A public hearing was held on March 2 to receive citizens' comments on a request from Ella Jane Mullins to rezone approximately 17 acres of property adjacent to the Wise County Christian School for the purpose of selling for commercial use.  There was no opposition to this request.

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the rezoning of property located on Coeburn Mtn. Road behind the Wise County Christian School as requested by Ella Jane Mullins.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  CONDITIONAL ZONING - EMILY EDMONDSON

A public hearing was held on March 2 to receive citizens' comments on a request from Emily Edmondson for conditional zoning on property located at 9506 Coeburn Mountain Road from an R-1 District to an R-2 District for the purpose of changing the use of the property from a manufactured home park to a condominium development.

Bob Adkins made a motion to deny the request for conditional zoning at 9506 Coeburn Mtn. Road.  Virginia Meador seconded the motion.

Chairman Luntsford stated that to deny the request means to uphold the denial of the Planning Commission.

Chairman Luntsford asked for a roll call vote on the motion.

Aye:    Bob Adkins                  Nay-    Steve Bates

            Virginia Meador                       John Peace

            Ronnie Shortt                           Robby Robbins

                                                               Leland Branham

                                                               Fred Luntsford

There being some uncertainty as to whether the motion was to approve or deny the request, Supervisor Shortt asked that the motion be clarified by the Attorney.

Attorney Mullins stated that she understands the motion is to deny the conditional rezoning request for the property on Coeburn Mtn. Road.

Chairman Luntsford stated that an "aye" vote would be a vote to uphold the denial of the rezoning, and a "nay" vote would be opposite of that.

Chairman Luntsford asked for a show of hands on the vote.

Aye-    Bob Adkins                  Nay-    Steve Bates

            Virginia Meador                      John Peace

            Ronnie Shortt                           Leland Branham

            Robby Robbins                       Fred Luntsford

Due to a tie vote, the motion failed.

Attorney Mullins advised the Board that this is a "Conditional Rezoning" request, not a "rezoning" request which is different.  This is the first time this request has been before this Board.

Supervisor Meador asked the attorney if another motion was needed.

Attorney Mullins advised that this would be at the discretion of the Chairman to ask.

Chairman Luntsford asked if anyone desired to make another motion.

No further motion was made.

 

IN RE:  BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT/REZONING - VIRGINIA CITY

A public hearing was held on March 2 to receive citizens' comments regarding a request from the Wise County IDA for a boundary adjustment/rezoning of property located in Virginia City from an A-RR District to an M-2 Heavy Industrial District for the purpose of industrial development.

There was one citizen that voiced her concern regarding the impact industrial development would have on the environment and how waste products would be disposed of.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the request as submitted by the IDA for a boundary adjustment/rezoning of property located in Virginia City for the purpose of industrial development.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  SPECIAL USE PERMIT - GARNARD C. KINCER

A public hearing was held on March 2 to receive citizens' comments regarding a request from Garnard C. Kincer for a Special Use Permit for the purpose of erecting a radio tower and transmitter on Buck Knob below Horn Gap in the Pound area on part of an 809 acre tract owned by the Heartwood Forestland Fund IV, LP.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the request as submitted by Garnard C. Kincer for a Special use Permit for the purpose of erecting a radio tower and transmitter on Buck Knob below Horn Gap in the Pound area.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - DUFFIELD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the resolution regarding the Duffield Development Authority's partial dissolution funding in the amount of $150,000.00.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                   2006

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - CDBG FUNDING- LOWER BIRCHFIELD WATER EXTENSION

Administrator Skinner advised that the dollar figures in this resolution will change because final cost estimates have not been obtained.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by John Peace, to adopt the resolution whereby the Board of Supervisors agrees to serve as the legal applicant for the "Lower Birchfield Water Extension" and further authorizes the County Administrator to sign any and all documents relevant to the VCDBG proposal with accurate construction cost estimates forthcoming.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                     2006

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION SETTING THE PROPERTY TAX RATES

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Leland Branham, to adopt the resolution approving the property tax rates.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                        2006

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORT SERVICES

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Leland Branham, to adopt the resolution giving approval to Valley Volunteer Fire Department to operate within Wise County as a First Responder and as Emergency Ground Transport.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                2006

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

 

IN RE:  WORKSHOP - CHANGE OF MEETING PLACE

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Leland Branham, to hold its April Workshop meeting at UVA-Wise on the 5th floor of the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center @ 6:00 p.m.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT

Administrator Skinner reviewed the following topics:

(1) 150th anniversary celebration

(2) Commissioner of Revenue PPTA

(3) Convenience Center Survey

(4) Press release from Governor regarding drought relief

 

BOARD COMMENTS

Brief comments were made by Board members.

 

ADJOURN

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