|The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 6:00 PM 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 Leland Branham, members of said Board and
Shannon C. Scott – Assistant County Administrator
Karen T. Mullins – County Attorney
Annette Underwood, Executive Secretary
Honorable Robert Robbins
Honorable John W. Peace, II
Glen A. Skinner – County Administrator
T. G. Branson led the Board in prayer.
All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
IN RE: REDEVELOPMENT & HOUSING AUTHORITY UPDATE
Charles McConnell, Director Wise County Redevelopment & Housing Authority, addressed the Board with an update of the Housing Authority’s purpose, goals and accomplishments.
IN RE: DOMINION UPDATE
Carl Snodgrass, Director of Economic Development, provided the Board with a status report on the Dominion Project to be located in Virginia City. He explained the requirements that the localities will have to meet to insure the success of that project. Once the facility is completed and operational, the capital investment of the project will account for approximately 42% of the present total value of the tax base for Wise County. It is projected to produce a revenue stream equivalent to the 32 cent tax increase for the County. The lengthy process of permitting is yet to be done but every effort will be put forth by the citizens of Wise County to make this endeavor a reality. He briefly commented on the agreements that must be agreed upon by the County and the Town of St. Paul. The construction of this project will take approximately four (4) years which is expected to begin late 2007 or early 2008 and employ 800 construction workers. The Clean Coal Power Station is expected to begin operations in 2012.
Mr. Snodgrass also gave a brief report on the Visador Holding Company that will be occupying the old Bush building in St. Paul within the next few months. This company will employ up to 300 employees.
IN RE: PUBLIC EXPRESSION
Joy Collins, representing students of the Wise County Career-Technical Center of Practical Nursing Program, stated that on March 16, six members from Chapter 59 of Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) traveled to Roanoke, Virginia to represent Wise County in a State Leadership Conference. Of the seven (7) events in which the group competed, four (4) gold medals, one (1) silver medal and one (1) bronze medal were won.
Having done so well at the state competition, the graduates of the Practical Nursing Class has the opportunity to represent Wise County at the National Leadership Conference to be held in Anaheim, California in late June. She noted that efforts are being made to raise funds to make this trip and asked for any financial assistance that may be available from the Board. If the students are unable to achieve their financial goal, all donated funds will be refunded.
Chairman Luntsford asked that an attempt be made to provide some funding for this endeavor.
Walter Crouse asked that citizens stop littering the highways and make our County more attractive for tourism. He briefly commented on the State budget.
There being no further comments, the public expression period ended.
IN RE: ROADS AND HIGHWAYS
Highway Resident Engineer T. G. Branson informed the Board that as of the year all Federal Funds that are a part of the Secondary Construction Budget have to be applied to a major federal highway collector road. There are two such roads in this year’s Six Year Plan for which these funds can be applied. However, this will influence the development of the future Six Year Plan.
The contract has been awarded on Brown Street and a promise has been made that repaving will be done in Appalachia by June 15.
Mr. Branson reviewed the Resolution Approving the Annual Plan for Roads & Bridges 7-1-06 thru 6-3-07 and the Resolution Watch for Children Signs on Lock Street in East Stone Gap.
Board members provided needs in their districts for VDOT review.
IN RE: CONSENT AGENDA
The following items were reviewed under the Consent Agenda:
- Set public hearing (6:00 PM – July 6) on proposed E-911 road name addition
- Resolution Participation in the Regional Water Supply Plan
- Budget amendments No. 96 and No. 97
IN RE: OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED
- Proclamation – Memorial to Sam Gilbert
- Continue June 8th meeting until June 22nd @ 5:30 PM
- Agenda Items for June 22nd meeting
- Resolution Approving Wise County FY 2006-07 Annual Budget
- Resolution Approving Wise County Public Schools FY 2006-07 Budget by Expenditure Classification/Category
- Amendment to Resolution to Appropriate Funding for School Construction Projects
- County Administrator’s Report
- Board Comments
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:55 PM.
ATTEST: WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Glen A. Skinner, Clerk Fred A. Luntsford, Chairman