Board of Supervisors - May 11, 2006 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable Ronnie Shortt - Vice-Chairman

Honorable John Peace, II

Honorable Robert R. Adkins

Honorable Steve Bates

Honorable Virginia Meador

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

 

ABSENT

Fred A. Luntsford - Chairman

 

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 Leland Branham, seconded by John Peace, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  AGENDA APPROVAL

Administrator Skinner asked that the following changes/additions be made on the agenda:

(1)   Change the public hearing date on the proposed FY 2006-07 County Budget from June 1st to the 8th to allow more time to prepare for the advertisement

(2)   Move presentation on the Certificate of Achievement for Justin Allen Wingler to the June meeting

(3)   Under Presentation add- proposed School Board Budget FY 2006-2007

(4)   Under consent agenda add budget amendment No. 94 and No. 95

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by John Peace, to approve the agenda with the additions/changes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  MECC UPDATE

Dr. Suarez, President of Mountain Empire Community College, addressed the Board with a Fact Sheet of MECC's 2004-2005 academic year, a brief history of its establishment, and the many programs that are offered to the students for workforce training.

 

IN RE:  SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET FY 2006-07

Ron Vicars, Supervisor of Business/Finance, provided the Board with a copy of the proposed FY 2006-07 School Board budget totaling $81,709,300.00.  The summary section of the School Operations budget was reviewed with an estimated $34,719,900.00 forthcoming from the State and $9,535,200.00 expected from federal funds.  The proposed operations budget allows for pay increase of 5.8% for teachers and 10% for support staff.  All of the anticipated revenues of $825,200 from the Board of Supervisors will be applied to this pay increase.  This budget allows for capital outlay expenditures of $10,766,300 which includes $7,472,500 for the Powell Valley Primary and Coeburn Middle gymnasium projects.    

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING-CHANGE OF ZONING-WILLIAM STURGILL

A public hearing was held on May 4 to receive citizens' input regarding a request from William Sturgill for a Change of Zoning on property located at the intersection of US 23 and South Fork Road exit in Pound.

William Sturgill, co-owner of the property, addressed the Board stating that the proposed change of zoning will enhance commercial development in that area.  He asked for Board's approval of his request.

There being no public comments opposing the requested Change of Zoning, the public hearing was closed.

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the Change of Zoning on property located at the intersection of US 23 and South Fork Road exit in Pound.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  BUDGET FY 2006-07 PRESENTATION

Administrator Skinner provided a brief review of the proposed budget for FY 2006-2007.  The proposed General Fund budget totals $44,922,804.16 before consideration of funding for Wise County School system.  Revenues are approximately $505,733.00 less than last year due primarily to the fact that the County will not finance as much this year as they did last year which shows less loan proceeds.  With funding for the schools, a transfer from the General Fund balance of $1.7 million might be needed.

 

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

D.J. Barker, member of Lee County Board of Supervisors, and on behalf of the Veterans, ask the Board to consider naming the portion of U.S. Alternate 58 (currently named Pennington Gap Highway") from the Lee/Wise line to the corporate limits of Big Stone Gap as "Veteran's Memorial Highway.  Mr. Barker noted that the veterans would pay any costs involved in this change.

Mr. Barker was advised that prior to any road name change there must be a public hearing for public input.

Supervisor Branham asked Mr. Barker if it is the intent to change the name all the way to US 23.

There was some concern regarding residents living along that highway that would have to bear the cost of changing their addresses.

There was some discussion that perhaps this portion of the highway could be dedicated to the veterans rather than changing the name of the highway.

Bonnie Aker and Connie Clark, teachers at J. J. Kelly High School, both expressed support for a pay increase for teachers at the top of the pay scale for School System employees.

Walter Crouse thanked all those that participated in the Wise County Annual Clean-up to make our County more attractive for tourism.  He stated that the Board needs to work with the Board of Education to start renovating the high schools and work with the towns to expand sewer.

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

 

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

T. G. Branson stated that he would review the options on Mr. Barker's request and report back to the Board.

Mr. Branson reported that the naming of the Oscar Poole Bridge will be on the May Commonwealth Transportation Board agenda as well as the limited access break request at the Food City located in Wise.

Board members provided needs in their districts for VDOT review.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - ROUTE 793

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the resolution requesting VDOT to take the necessary action to post a notice of intent or "willingness" for said discontinuance of a portion of Route 793.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #             2006

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

There was some discussion as to whether or not there would be a public hearing on this discontinuance and if the property could be gated.

Mr. Branson stated that the Board has the option of posting a "willingness" to hold a public hearing and if requests are received to have the public hearing, that can be scheduled.

Attorney Mullins reported that she has reviewed Mr. Wells request for placing a gate to his property which consists of approximately 80 acres.  A contract agreement can be made with the property owner which would allow the gating since there are no other property owners in that area and Mr. Wells would be responsible for any maintenance.  She suggested posting the property, show a willingness to hold a public hearing, and provide a contract agreement with Mr. Wells to allow the gate to be installed after the discontinuance process is completed.  She further stated that this action would take care of the trash dumps that are being accumulated on the property and the partying that has been taking place at any given time through the night and on week ends.

There was some discussion on the option of abandoning rather than discontinuing the road.

Mr. Wells spoke to the Board stating that this land is mostly hillside with only three or four house sites if the land was ever sold, which he has no intention of doing.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - PRIMARY ROAD PROJECTS -SIX-YEAR PLAN

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by John Peace, to approve the resolution supporting inclusion of certain primary road projects in the Virginia Department of Transportation Six Year Improvement Plan.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #             2006

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

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - ANNUAL PLAN FOR ROADS & BRIDGES

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Steve Bates, to adopt the resolution approving an amendment to the Annual Plan for Roads and Bridges for the period of July 1, 2005 thru June 30, 2006 as submitted by the Wise County Coal and Gas Road Improvement Advisory Committee.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                2006

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

Supervisor Robbins asked the Board to consider sometime in the future the possibility of a bike lane between UVA-Wise and the Town of Wise.

 

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

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

 

IN RE:  BUDGET FY 2006-2007

Set public hearing 6:00 PM June 8 on the proposed County annual budget FY 2006-2007

 

IN RE:  TREASURER'S REQUEST

Authorized the County Treasurer to destroy paid personal property tax tickets and paid real estate tax tickets from January 1998 - December 1999.  

 

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

No. 87:  Source of Revenue - DMV STOP Grant - $285.00
               Expenditure (1213) Treasurer
                      (507001) Machinery & Equipment - $285.00
               No local funds required

No. 88:   Source of Revenue - (9316) Non Departmental (509011) allowance for emergency/contingency - $6,500.00
                Expenditures (1103) Sesquicentennial celebration
                       (502820) Awards- $4,000.00
                       (505506) Travel $1,000
                       (505306) Supplies $500
                       (505413) Other supplies$1,000
                No additional local funds required

No. 89:  Source of Revenue - LENOWISCO Grant funds - $9,500
               Expenditures (4316) Sewer services/Projects
                      (505810) Grant expenses-$9,500
               No local funds required

No 90:  Source of Revenue - Insurance recovery - $11,320.00
              Expenditures (9400) E-911 County Dispatch
                     (507001) Machinery & Equipment-$11,320.00
              No local funds required

No. 91: Source of Revenue-Transfer from Law Library Fund-$45,000 to General Fund
              Expenditures (2108) Law Library
                     (503004) Repair & Maintenance-$25,000
                     (507001) Machinery & Equipment $18,000
                     (505401) Misc. supplies-$2,000
              No local funds required

No. 92: Source of Revenue - Virginia State Wireless Board Grant - $39,269.80
              Expenditures (9400) E-911 Fund
                     (503005) Maintenance Service Contracts-$39,269.80
              No local funds required

No. 93: Source of Revenue - Prior Year's Fund Balance - $17,400.00
              (9302) Capital outlay projects
                     (507010) Capital outlay-$17,400
              All local funds

No. 94: Source of Revenue - Prior Year's Fund Balance - $800.00
              Expenditure (1213) Treasurer
                     (505203) Telecommunications - $800.00

No. 95: Source of Revenue - Prior Year's Fund Balance - $1,463.76
              Expenditure (8110) Industrial Development Authority
                     (505604) Contributions to Civic Organizations - $1,463.76

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - TRANSFER OF CABLE FRANCHISE-CEBRIDGE

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to adopt the Resolution of the County of Wise (Portion), VA Approving the Assignment of the Cable Television Franchise from Charter Communications Operating, LLC to Cebridge Acquisition Co. LLC.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                       2006

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

 

IN RE:  E-911 ROAD NAME ADDITIONS

A public hearing was held on May 4 to receive citizens' input regarding (11) E-911 road name additions.  There was no opposition to the proposed road names.

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the (11) E-911 road names as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

(Said road names are on file in the County Administrator's Office)

 

IN RE:  SPECIAL USE PERMIT - CINGULAR WIRELESS

A public hearing was held on May 4 to receive citizens' input regarding a request from Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC for a Special Use Permit to construct / install a cellular U-Tower on property located in an A-RR District off Orby Cantrell Highway in the Big Stone Gap area at the Wise County /Lee County line.  There was no opposition to the proposed Special Use Permit.

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by John Peace, to approve the Special Use Permit as requested by Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  CHANGE OF ZONING - VIRGINIA CITY

A public hearing was held on May 4 to receive citizens' input regarding a request from the Wise County IDA for a Change of Zoning from an A-RR District to an M-2 District on property located in Maize, Caledonia, and Curley Hollows of the Virginia City section of St. Paul for the purpose of commercial development.  The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, Steve Bates, Virginia Meador, John Peace, Ronnie Shortt, Leland Branham, Robby Robbins, seconded by Bob Adkins, Steve Bates, Virginia Meador, John Peace, Ronnie Shortt, Leland Branham, Robby Robbins, to approve the request from the Wise County IDA for a Change of Zoning on properties in Virginia City for commercial development.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  ORDINANCE - PROHIBITING DOGS AND CATS FROM RUNNING LOOSE

A public hearing was held on May 4 to receive comments from citizens' regarding a proposed Emergency Ordinance Prohibiting Dogs & Cats from Running at Large in Wise County for the Period of May 15, 2006 thru June 12, 2006.  There was no opposition to the proposed ordinance.

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the Emergency Ordinance Prohibiting Dogs & Cats from Running at Large in Wise County for the Period of May 15, 2006 thru June 12, 2006.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ORDINANCE #                2006

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

 

IN RE:  BUDGET WORKSHOP MEETING

It was the consensus of the Board to hold a Budget Workshop on Thursday, May 18 @ 5:00 PM in the Conference Room located in the County Administrator's Office.

 

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT

Administrator Skinner gave a brief review of the Dominion Power Plant site selection at Virginia City and the economic impact it will have on our County and the surrounding area.

 

BOARD COMMENTS

Board members voiced their appreciation to all those that have labored to bring this power plant project to our region and to make it a reality.

Supervisor Meador asked that a Proclamation of Appreciation for Sam Gilbert be placed on next month's agenda.

 

VIDEO PRESENTATION

A video was shown on which included footage on the Harry Meador Coal Museum, Southwest Museum and The June Tolliver House.

 

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 Skinner, Clerk                   Fred Luntsford, Chairman

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