Board of Supervisors - January 11, 2007 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 6:00 PM in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable Ronald L. Shortt – Chairman
Honorable Steve Bates – Vice-Chairman
Honorable Virginia Meador
Honorable Robert R. Adkins
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
Karen T. Mullins – County Attorney
Annette Underwood-Executive Secretary

ABSENT

Honorable Fred A. Luntsford

PRAYER

T. G. Branson led in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

MINUTES

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by John Peace, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  AGENDA – ADDITIONS/DELETIONS

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

(1)  Add to Consent Agenda:   Budget amendment #37
(2)  Add to New Business:  Resolution in Support of Filming Incentives for Andriana Trigiani’s “Big Stone Gap”

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the agenda with the additions as stated above.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING

Travis Anderson addressed the Board regarding the following:

(1)  The County’s E-911 system
(2)  Emergency Response Calls
(3)  Increased funding for Emergency services

Robert Anderson, Sr., former Appalachia Fire Chief, voiced his support for more funding for emergency services to allow them to upgrade equipment and hire more man power to meet the needs of the citizens.

Marlene Bush, a resident of the Exeter area, spoke briefly on the status of renovating the schools.  She asked if cost estimates have been provided by the School Board per the Board’s request.

Since the Board has not received any cost estimates, Ms. Bush stated that she would approach the School Board regarding this matter.

There being no further comments, the public expression period ended.

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Residency Administrator T. G. Branson briefed the Board on the upcoming public hearing to be held on the Six Year Secondary Construction Plan.

Board members provided needs in their districts for VDOT review.

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

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

IN RE:  SIX YEAR SECONDARY CONSTRUCTION PLAN

Set public hearing (6:00 PM – February 1) on Six Year Secondary Construction Plan.

IN RE:  ORDINANCE – REGULATION ON BURNING

Set public hearing (6:00 PM – February 1) on a proposed ordinance on Regulation of Open Burning.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – SIGNING OF CHECKS

Adopt Resolution authorizing appropriate signatures for signing checks.

RESOLUTION #                 2007

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

IN RE:  APPROPRIATIONS

Approve Third quarter appropriations.

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

Approve budget amendments # 34 through #37

IN RE:  PROCLAMATION – PROJECT ASK

Approve the Proclamation proclaiming February 14 as “Project ASK” Have a Heart Day in Wise County.

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  TREASURER’S REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the request from Treasurer Holbrook for an additional $15,000.00 to be used for part-time monies for the remaining six (6) months of this fiscal year.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  E-911 ROAD NAME ADDITIONS

A public hearing was held on January 4 to receive citizens’ input on twenty additional E-911 road names.  There was no opposition to the proposed names.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the twenty (20) additional E-911 road names as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  ORDINANCE – SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS FOR HORTICULTURAL REAL ESTATE

A public hearing was held on January 4 to receive citizens’ input on the proposed ordinance regarding Special Assessments for Horticultural Real Estate.  There was no opposition to the proposed ordinance.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by John Peace, to adopt the ordinance on Special Assessments for Horticultural Real Estate.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ORDINANCE #                    2007

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

IN RE:  SIGNING OF CHECKS

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Leland Branham, to authorize former Chairman Luntsford to sign checks for the month of January 2007.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – LITERARY LOAN – PV PRIMARY SCHOOL

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by John Peace, to adopt the resolution approving the submission of an application to the State Board of Education of Virginia for a loan of $4,015,000 from the Literary Fund for the purpose of adding to and improving the present school building at the Powell Valley Primary School.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                   2007

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – LITERARY LOAN – COEBURN MIDDLE SCHOOL

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Leland Branham, to adopt the resolution approving the submission of an application to the State Board of Education of Virginia for a loan of $3,457,500 from the Literary Fund for the purpose of adding to and improving the present school building at the Coeburn Middle School.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                  2007

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

IN RE:  ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE

Assistant County Administrator Shannon Scott reported that $98,112.00 had been placed in the proposed budget for FY 2006-07 but was removed prior to its adoption.  He provided cost estimates of approximately $125,000 for the salary, office supplies, etc to implement this position.  There was discussion as to whether this month is the time to consider this position or possibly wait until the budget process because of the unknown costs associated with the extension agent’s position and the possible renovation of the high school buildings.  After further discussion, a motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by John Peace, to reinstate and re-advertise the position for the Economic and Community Development Director for the same qualifications and salary range of $125,000.

Aye-     Steve Bates                Nay-            Bob Adkins              Abstain-Robby Robbins
            John Peace                           Virginia Meador
            Leland Branham
            Ronnie Shortt

Supervisors Meador noted that no figures have been received from the School Board regarding the renovation on the high schools and it would be best to consider this position in the upcoming budget process.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-BUILDING CODE AND APPEALS BOARD

Leland Branham nominated Steve Brooks for reappointment to the Building Code and Appeals Board.

Bob Adkins made a motion to close nominations.  John Peace seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Steve Brooks was reappointed to the Building Code and Appeals Board by acclamation.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-COMMUNITY POLICY AND MANAGEMENT BOARD

Bob Adkins nominated Carolyn Jones for reappointment to the Community Policy and Management Board.

John Peace made a motion to close nominations.  Bob Adkins seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Carolyn Jones was reappointed to the Community Policy and Management Board by acclamation.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-REDEVELOPMENT & HOUSING AUTHORITY

Ronnie Shortt made a motion to reappoint Randy Carter to the Redevelopment and Housing Authority.  Bob Adkins seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION SUPPORTING FILMING INCENTIVES FOR ADRIANA TRIGIANI

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the resolution supporting the filming of Adriana Trigiani’s “Big Stone Gap.”  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                         2007

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

BOARD COMMENTS

Board members voiced their support for the filming incentives for Adriana Trigiani’s “Big Stone Gap” and the recognition it will bring to our County.  There were favorable comments regarding economic growth and the need for a boost in our infrastructure and housing.

ADJOURN

There being no further business, a motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Robby Robbins, to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ATTEST:                                              WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

_______________________________            ______________________________________
Glen A. Skinner, Clerk                           Ronald L. Shortt, Chairman

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