Board of Supervisors - October 12, 2006 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on Thursday, October 12, 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
Glen A. Skinner – County Administrator
Shannon C. Scott – Assistant County Administrator
Karen T. Mullins – County Attorney
Annette Underwood – Executive Secretary

PRAYER

Bob Adkins led in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

IN RE:  AGENDA ADDITIONS

The following item were presented for possible addition to the agenda:

  1. Budget amendments #25 thru #27

 

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the agenda as presented with the additions listed above.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Kathy Selvage, a resident of the Stephens area, brought before the Board a map and pictures showing the stripped mine land in Wise County.  She commented on the impact strip mining has on our water quality, air quality and wild life.  The beauty of the land and its historical culture is being removed with no enforcement of land reclamation.  She asked for Board assistance in getting relief from the “over done” strip mining in our area.

Charlene Green, a resident of the Stephens area, stated, for informational purposes, that the mining company that was in operation in the Stephens area has gone bankrupt.  She asked that the following items be addressed:

  1. Children at Play signs  for Mosswood Lane in Timberville Acres
  2. Children at Play signs for Old Indian Creek Road from ATS to Rocky Fork Road
  3. Reduce speed sign on Old Indian Creek Road from ATS to Rocky Fork Road

 

Regarding the proposed Noise Ordinance, Ms. Green stated that several counties have some type of Noise Ordinance to help protect the citizens.  She asked that the County Attorney be directed to research other ordinances and render a legal opinion on her findings.  She also asked that Attorney Mullins and Administrator Skinner not squelch the proposed Noise Ordinance and give the citizens a right to vote for or against the ordinance.  Citizens do want peace and quite in their communities.

Ms. Green provided the Board with a sheet of questions that need to be answered by Dominion Power at its next meeting.

Larry Bush, a resident of the Appalachia area, provided pictures of the damage that has been done by strip mining and the poor reclamation of the land that has been provided by the coal operators.  He stated that the coal companies are destroying our county and leaving nothing but “gob piles” in return for raping the land.  The water and air is polluted with cancerous elements that are killing citizens of Wise County.  The people have no one to turn to for enforcement of mine and reclamation laws.  Those agencies that could provide help have turned a deaf ear to the voice of the people.

Mr. Bush spoke briefly on the proposed Dominion Power Plant that is to be constructed in Virginia City and the concerns that he and others have regarding environmental issues.  He provided a facts sheet on land mine waste.

Pete Ramey, a resident of Big Stone Gap, spoke briefly on Mountain Top Mining.  He stated that the devastation to our County can be limited with control from local authorities.  He asked that the Chairman meet with the citizens to discuss this issue in further detail.

Jim Stanley, a resident of the Dotson Creek area, ask the Board to consider placing a building at each convenience center to collect items that would benefit citizens in need.  This would save space in the landfill and also cut costs.

Mary Ellen Kelley, a resident of the Hurricane area, extended to the Board an invitation  to attend the AARP Mobility Forum to be held in Richmond on October 30-31.  She explained the program and the representatives that will be attending Forum.

Mary Pilkenton addressed the Board regarding an amendment to the Animal Control Ordinance whereby dogs could be picked up with or without a tag if they are destroying property, attacking other animals or people.  She explained the necessity for people to be responsible owners of their animals and respect the property of others.  Without an amendment to the present Animal Control Ordinance, animals with tags are being allowed to destroy property, leave their waste in neighbors yards, chase people walking, chase children riding bikes, and etc.  She asked the Board to consider the welfare of those  citizens that do not have animals and make adjustments in the existing ordinance to protect them as well.

Simeon Rose voiced his opposition to the proposed Dominion Power Plant that is to be constructed at Virginia City in St. Paul.  He noted the toxins from this plant that would be leached out into the air and water with its cancerous chemicals.  This in turn would cause health costs to rise in an area that is already poverty stricken and noted to have the highest cancer rate in this area.

Carl Curtis, a resident of the Wise area, addressed the Board regarding school consolidation and the benefits that would be reaped by the students.  He asked the Board to consider building a “combined school” rather than keeping these smaller school open that does not allow the students to excel.  This would allow the students to have all their classes under one roof, which would be fully equipped with “state of the art” equipment to help educate our children with up-to-date technology.  More classes would be made available to prepare them to meet the challenges and competition for future employment.

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

In the absence of Highway Resident Engineer T. G. Branson, VDOT Contract Administrator Jeff Sams, reminded the Board of the upcoming public meeting on Candidate Transportation Projects for the FY 2008-2023 Six-Year Improvement Program to be held at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon on October 18, 2006.

BOARD COMMENTS

Board members provided needs in their districts for VDOT review.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION-WATCH FOR CHILDREN SIGNS-FRANKLIN ROAD

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by John Peace, to adopt the resolution for “Watch For Children” signs to be placed on Franklin 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:  RESOLUTION –AMENDMENT TO COAL & GAS ROAD PLAN

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the Resolution Amending the Annual Plan for Roads & Bridges for July 1, 2006 thru June 30, 2007.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                 2006

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

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

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the Resolution Regarding Primary Road Projects in Six Year Improvement Plan for 2008-2013.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

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

IN RE:  APPROPRIATIONS

The second quarter appropriations were approved.

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

No. 14   Source of Revenue-Prior Year Fund Balance - $1,140.00
              Expenditure (9316) Non-Departmental (503008) Cable TV Public Access Channel 97 - $1,140.00
 No. 15  Source of Revenue – Law Enforcement JAG Grant - $12,391.00
              Expenditure (3103) Sheriff’s Office-Investigative (505409) Police Supplies – $12,391.00
No. 16   Source of Revenue – Virginia ABC Grant - $5,000.00
              Expenditure (3102) Sheriff-Law Enforcement (501002) Salaries and Wages – Overtime - $5,000.00
No. 17   Source of Revenue – Homeland Security Grant - $12,800.00
              Expenditure (3103) Sheriff-Investigative (505409) Police Supplies -$12,800.00
No. 18   Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance - $2,000.00
              Expenditure (4206) Litter Control (502012) Clothing Allowance- $2,000.00
No. 19   Source of Revenue-Virginia Commission of the Arts Grant - $5,000.00
              Expenditure (1102) Community Organizations/Events (505804) Discretionary Funds - $5,000.00
No. 20   Source of Revenue-DMV STOP Grant Revenue - $3,225.00
              Expenditure (1213) Treasurer (505203) Telecommunications $158.00 (505401)
              Office Supplies $1,209.00 (507001) Machinery and Equipment - $1,858.00
No. 21   Source of Revenue-Prior Year Fund Balance - $1,250.00
              Expenditure (1102) Community Organizations/Events (505804) Discretionary Funds - $1,250.00
No. 22   Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance - $20,000.00
              Expenditure (7302) Lonesome Pine Regional Library (507010) Capital Outlay – $20,000.00
No. 23   Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance - $21,000.00
              Expenditure (3202) Volunteer Fire Department (505622) Coeburn -$21,000.00
No. 24   Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance - $9,000.00
              Expenditure (4206) Litter Control (507010) Capital Outlay - $9,000.00
No. 25   Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance - $30,000.00
              Expenditure (1101) Board of Supervisors (503002) Prof. Serv. Other - $30,000.00
No. 26   Source of Revenue- Flood Prevention Grant Funds - $3,000.00
              Expenditure (3401) Building & Zoning (503002) Prof. Serv. Other - $3,000.00
No. 27   Source of Revenue-Law Enforcement Grant Funds - $26,372.00
              Expenditure (3103) Law Enforcement-Investigative (505419) Criminal Operations - $26,372.00

The motion to approve the Consent Agenda was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - COMPREHENSIVE UTILITY SERVICE

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to adopt the Comprehensive Utility Service Resolution whereby it is the intent of the County that the Public Service Authority become the lead local agency for sewer development in Wise County.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                         2006

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

PSA Director Danny Buchanan addressed the Board stating that 95% of the citizens of Wise County now have water to their homes.  He stated that with team work the vision for sewer to county residents will become a reality.  There are grants and loans that can be secured to control the expense of installing the sewer which will keep the cost for the residents more affordable and more land will be made available for housing as well as businesses.

IN RE:  GRANT AGREEMENT – WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT FUND

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to authorize the County Administrator to execute the Grant Agreement between the County and the Department of Conservation and Recreation whereby the Water Quality Improvement Fund will provide funding for water quality improvement throughout the Commonwealth.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  ESSERVILLE SEWER PROJECT

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by John Peace, to authorize the County Administrator to move forward on Engineering Design for the Esserville Sewer Project.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – LONESOME PINE YOUTH SERVICES BOARD

Leland Branham nominated Tanya Rea McReynolds to the Lonesome Pine Youth Services Board.

Robby Robbins made a motion that nominations cease.

Tanya Rea McReynolds was appointed to the Lonesome Pine Youth Services Board by acclamation.

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

Administrator Skinner gave a brief report on the Table Top Mock Disaster that was held in the Goodloe Center at MECC.

IN RE:  BOARD COMMENTS

Brief comments were made by Board members.

IN RE:  CONTINUED MEETING

Assistant County Administrator Shannon Scott stated that with November 11 being Veterans Day, he asked if the Board could possibly consider changing its November 9 meeting place to a larger facility such as one of the school auditoriums to allow for a tribute to all the veterans.  He suggested that after the Board adjourns its meeting, a short program would follow to honor the veterans.  He asked that the Board consider continuing this meeting until next week to allow him time to find a meeting place that would provide space for a larger number of people.

There being no further business to come before the Board, a motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by John Peace, to continue this meeting until Wednesday, October 18, 2006 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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