Board of Supervisors - June 8, 2006 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in Regular session on Thursday, June 8, 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 John W. Peace, II
Honorable Leland Branham
Honorable Robert Robbins, members of said Board and
Shannon C. Scott – Assistant County Administrator
Karen T. Mullins – County Attorney
Annette Underwood – Executive Secretary

ABSENT

Glen A. Skinner – County Administrator

NOTATION FOR MINUTES

Vice-Chair Ronnie Shortt chaired the meeting since Chairman Luntsford had dental surgery earlier today.

PRAYER

T. G. Branson led the Board in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

IN RE:  AGENDA APPROVAL

The items to be added to the agenda were as follows:

Add to the consent agenda the following budget amendments:

  1. No. 98:  thru No. 100

 

Add to Roads and Highways

  1. Resolution “Watch for Children” signs on 3rd Street in Town of Coeburn
  2. Resolution “Watch for Children” signs on Charlotte Rd-Coeburn

 

Add to New Business

  1. Move July Workshop Meeting to Town Hall in Pound

 

Add to Agenda Items for June 22nd Meeting

  1. PPTRA Budget Resolution

 

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

IN RE:  WILLIAM KING REGIONAL ARTS CENTER PRESENTATION

Betsy K. White, Director of William King Regional Arts Center, provided the Board with an update regarding the programming provided to the children of Wise County public schools by William King Regional Arts Center located in Abingdon. 

IN RE:  APPALACHIAN CHILDREN’S THEATRE

Melissa Wharton, representing the Appalachian Children’s Theatre (ACT), addressed the Board with an update on activities that are being provided for the children at their new location on Main Street in Wise.  There are also evening classes for adults on different crafts.  Ms. Wharton thanked the Board for its continued support of ACT which has made it possible to enhance this dream to encourage the talents of our youth.

IN RE:  HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATE

Dr. Eleanor Sue Cantrell gave the Board a brief look at a plaque that has been made with the names of the members of the Wise County Emergency Response Team that worked on the Big Stone Gap water shortage last fall.  These individuals were recognized at the State Emergency Planning and Response Conference held in Fredericksburg and a luncheon is also being scheduled for these members at which time each member will be presented with a certificate of appreciation. 

Dr. Cantrell further provided an update on the work that is being coordinated with the different agencies and towns regarding emergency planning and response plans.  Also work is being continued with the County on updating the County’s Emergency Operations Plan.   

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – COUNTY ANNUAL BUDGET FY 2006-2007

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding the proposed County budget for FY 2006-2007.

Amy Bond, Director of the Lonesome Pine Regional Library, gave a brief history of the Library and its inception in Wise County and a brief overview of the services that are provided to Southwest Virginia, Dickenson County, Lee County, Scott County, and the City of Norton.

 Ms. Bond voiced her concern that she had read in the newspaper that in the early round of the proposed budget the requested increase for funds for the Library had been deleted.  The requested increase of $29,763.00 represents items in the budget that is essential for operations of the Library ($22,254.00 of this requested funding is for the increase in health insurance and $6,038.00 is for the increase in life insurance for employees).  This is not a request for funding for new initiatives but only to maintain the current staffing for library operations.  She asked that the requested funding be restored.  Otherwise, the staffing and services offered by the Library cannot continue at its present level.

Mr. Scott advised the Board that in the final draft of the budget that was advertised, the cuts that were made to the Library budget were restored.

Ilo Stallard, member of the Library Board, informed the Board that Amy Bond was recently awarded “Library Director of the Year” for the State of Virginia.

Board members congratulated Ms. Bond on her winning the award and praised her and the Library staff for the work that is being done in the library and the services that is being provided for the citizens of Wise County and the surrounding areas.
  
Shannon Scott submitted to the Board a summary of the budget as advertised which shows the original requests in the amount of $44.9 million and reflects, after adjustments, the amount that was advertised with a net re-appropriation of $1.8 million.   

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

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

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

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Highway Resident Engineer, T. G. Branson, stated that the pre-construction meeting was held on the Brown Street Wall repairs with an anticipated start up date of June 19.

The contractor has done some paving in the Appalachia Bottom area and it is anticipated that the earlier schedule for resurfacing the streets will remain the same.  However, there is a possibility that the milling process will be done at night.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION ANNUAL PLAN  FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES FY 2006-2007

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Leland Branham, to adopt the Resolution Approving the Annual Plan for Roads and Bridges 7-1-06 thru 6-30-07.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                   2006

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – WATCH FOR CHILDREN SIGNS-LOCK STREET

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by John Peace, to adopt the Resolution “Watch For Children” Signs on Lock Street in East Stone Gap.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                      2006

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION-WATCH FOR CHILDREN SIGNS-3RD STREET-COEBURN

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Robby Robbins, to adopt the Resolution “Watch For Children” signs on 3rd Street in the Town of Coeburn.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                    2006

(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator’s Office)
 
IN RE:  RESOLUTION – WATCH FOR CHILDREN SIGNS- CHARLOTTE ROAD

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Leland Branham, to adopt the Resolution “Watch for Children” signs on Charlotte Road in the Riverview section of Coeburn.  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 John Peace, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:

  1. Set public hearing (6:00 PM-July 6) on proposed E-911 road name addition
  2. Resolution - Participation in the Regional Water Supply Plan
  3. Budget amendments

No. 96:   Source of Revenue – Va. Dept of Emergency Medical Services Grant
               Funds (4-for-Life - $14,447.83
                Expenditures (3202) Ambulance and Rescue Services (505633)
                States 4-forLife pass-thru funds - $14,447.83
No. 97:   Source of Revenue – State of Virginia DMV STOP Grant - $1,940.00
                Expenditure (1213) Treasurer (505401) Ofc Supplies-$1,450.00 &  
                (507001) Machinery & Equipment - $490.00
No. 98:   Source of Revenue–Va. Compensation Bd. Vacancy Savings-$7,431.46
                Expenditure (3102) Sheriff Law Enforcement
                (505203) Communications - $7,431.46.  No local funds to be used.
No. 99:    Transfer from (9316) Non-Departmental (509011) Allowances for
                Emergency/Contingency - $37,000.00 to (1103) Sesquicentennial
                Celebration (505810) Grant Expense $30,000.00 (505413) $5,000.00
                (503006) $1,000.00 (505401) - $1,000.00
No. 100:  Source of Revenue- Va. Compensation Bd. Vacancy Savings-$25,000
                 Grant Funds Department of Criminal Justice - $50,000
                 Expenditure (2201) Commonwealth Attorney
                 (501001)  Salaries & Wages - $45,000
                 (501003) Salaries & Wages Part-time - $30,000

The motion to approve the Consent Agenda was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  PROCLAMATION – SAM GILBERT

The Proclamation for Sam Gilbert was tabled until next month.

 IN RE:  WORKSHOP MEETING FOR JULY

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to move the July Workshop meeting to the Town Hall in Pound.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

Assistance County Administrator briefed the Board on the ongoing activities of the Sesquicentennial celebration noting that the Sesquicentennial signs have been placed in St. Paul, Duffield, and Big Stone Gap.

BOARD COMMENTS

Board member Robby Robbins was welcomed back by all Board members with words of encouragement for his continued recovery from his recent surgery.

BACK YARD TREASURE 

A ten minute video was shown on Back Yard Treasures. 

IN RE:  CONTINUED MEETING

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Leland Branham, to continue the meeting until Thursday, June 22 at 5:30 PM.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ATTEST:                                             WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

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

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