Board of Supervisors - December 14, 2006 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on Thursday, December 14, 2006, at 6:00 PM in the Board of Supervisors 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 Virginia Meador
Honorable John W. Peace, II
Honorable Robert E. Robbins
Honorable Leland Branham – members of said Board and
Glen A. Skinner – County Administrator
Shannon C. Scott – Assistant County Administrator
Mike Abbott – Assistant County Attorney
Annette Underwood – Executive Secretary

ABSENT

Honorable Steve Bates
Karen T. Mullins – County Attorney

PRAYER

Jim Collie, Associate Pastor Wise Baptist Church, led in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

IN RE:  AGENDA

The following items were reviewed for addition to the agenda:

  1. Add to New Business:  Set time for Organizational meeting
  2. Delete from New Business:
    1.  Treasurer’s request for additional P/T money
    2.  Resolution Supporting Region Wide “Regional Tourism Development Fund”

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the Agenda with the additions/deletions as stated above.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  PRESENTATION-HIGHWAY SAFETY OF US 23

Jessica Swinney, representing the GIS Department and Sheila Hamblin, representing NASA Development Scholars, provided a power point presentation to the Board on  highway safety of US 23 with a notation of increased traffic and accidents.    Special emphasis was given to State Route 757 (Innovation Highway) on Wise/Norton road between Walmart and the Town of Wise.  Construction of Phase I and Phase II were reviewed and discussed.

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Walter Crouse, a resident of the Hurricane section, spoke to the Board regarding the following items:

  1. Keep convenience centers open until 7 PM
  2. Keep the Coeburn Headquarters for VDOT open
  3. The proposed power plant and air pollution problems. Consider monitoring stations to check air quality
  4. Make juvenile facility out of the old jail and keep our children here instead of paying the high cost for their keep in other facilities
  5. Build recycling center behind convenience center

 

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

IN RE:  ROADS & HIGHWAYS

Jackie Christian, representing VDOT, provided an update on the status of the bridge on Rt. 83.

Board members provided Mr. Christian with needs in their districts for VDOT review.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - COAL & GAS SURPLUS FUNDS

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the resolution of the Coal and Gas Road Improvement Committee approving an amendment to the Annual Plan for Roads and Bridges for the period of July 1, 2005 thru June 30, 2006.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #            2006

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION - REVENUE SHARING FUNDS

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by John Peace, to approve the resolution regarding the submission of an application for an allocation of funds up to $1,000,000 through the Revenue Sharing Program.  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 Leland Branham, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARINGS

  1. Set public hearing (6:00 PM – January 4) on twenty proposed E-911 road name additions
  2. Set public hearing (6:00 PM – January 4) on a proposed ordinance for Special Assessments for Horticultural Real Estate

 

IN RE:  REFUND REQUEST

Approved a refund to Roth LLC in the amount of $3,565.93 for erroneously assessed 2006 tangible property.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – DESIGNATION OF APPLICANT’S AGENT

Approved resolution authorizing Glen Skinner to execute for and in behalf of Wise County, Virginia, documentation regarding the National Domestic Preparedness Office Grant Program.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #         2006

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

IN RE:  SUPPORT AGREEMENT – SANDY RIDGE WATER PROJECT

Approved the support agreement for the Sandy Ridge Water Project.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION-MORAL OBLIGATION-SANDY RIDGE WATER PROJECT

Approved the resolution regarding the issuance of a water and sewer revenue bond by the Wise County PSA and providing for Wise County’s moral obligation to make certain appropriations for said project.

RESOLUTION #                 2006

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

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

Approved budget amendment #32:  Source of Revenue-Library of Virginia Grant -$3,360
Expenditures (2106) Circuit Court Clerk’s Office (505810) Grant expenses-$3,360

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  ORDINANCE – SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

A public hearing was held on December 7 to receive comments from citizens regarding a proposed amendment to Wise County Subdivision Ordinance #2-1976.

There was no opposition to the proposed amendment.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Leland Branham, to adopt the amendment to the Subdivision Ordinance as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

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

IN RE:  SPECIAL USE PERMIT – CARMIE KAY COLLINS

A public hearing was held on December 7 to receive comments from citizens regarding a request from Carmie Kay Collins for a Special Use Permit to designate part of an 18 acre tract of land, which she owns, for a private cemetery.

There was no opposition to the proposed Special Use Permit.

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the request from Ms. Collins for the Special Use Permit for a private cemetery.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – INNOVATION HIGHWAY

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the resolution expressing its support for a public-private partnership to enable the subsequent construction of a four-lane highway between U.S. 58-Alternate and the Coeburn Mountain Road as a viable and low cost alternative to previous proposals espoused by the Virginia Department of Transportation for this specific area.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #              2006

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION-MANDATORY RECORDING OF REAL PROPERTY TRANSFER DEEDS

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the resolution requesting the Virginia General Assembly to adopt legislation requiring the mandatory recording of all real property transfer deeds within a specified time frame.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                 2006

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION-VDOT’S COEBURN AREA HEADQUARTERS CLOSURE

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Leland Branham, to approve the resolution regarding its support for keeping VDOT’s Coeburn area headquarters open since such closing would impact the safety of workers and traveling public of Wise County.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #              2006

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

IN RE:  AUDITHEAD AGREEMENT

Administrator Skinner explained that AuditHead is a firm that searches for billing errors in utility bills.  A fee is only paid if savings are found.  The “finder’s fee” is being reduced from 50% to 40% since the County is jointly considering this service with the School Board.

Supervisor Meador recommended that items that are already considered for reduction be deleted from the agreement.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Leland Branham, to authorize the County Administrator to execute the Service Agreement with AuditHead as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  MAGISTRATE’S OFFICE SPACE

Administrator Skinner provided the Board with options that have been reviewed for possible space for the Magistrate’s. One of the options would require a temporary addition to the courthouse for a cost of approximately $47,000.

After discussing the different options and the proposed cost for adding an addition to the courthouse, it was recommended that the option on renovating a portion of the jail be revisited.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – LONESOME PINE YOUTH SERVICES BOARD

Ronnie Shortt nominated Phillip Marshall for reappointment to the Lonesome Pine Youth Services Board.

Fred Luntsford asked that nominations cease.

Phillip Marshall was reappointed, by acclamation, to the Lonesome Pine Youth Services Board for a term of one year.

IN RE:  ORGANIZATION MEETING

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Leland Branham, to hold the Organizational meeting on Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 5:50 PM.  The motion was unanimously approved.

BOARD COMMENTS

Board members wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

ADJOURN

There being no further business, a motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Bob Adkins, 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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