The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, February 1, 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 John W. Peace, II
Honorable Robert E. Robbins
Honorable Leland Branham
Honorable Fred A. Luntsford – 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
Honorable Robert R. Adkins
Jeff Rolen led in prayer.
All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
There were no changes to the agenda as presented.
IN RE: TOURISM UPDATE
Jeff Rolen, Chairman Wise County Tourism Committee, addressed the Board with an invitation to the “Wise County Tourism Summit” to be held at the Goodloe Center located on the campus of MECC on February 27 at 1:30 pm. The purpose of the Summit is to target the development of a strategic plan for tourism across Wise County. The invitation will also be sent to town managers, and those involved in tourism or related industries. Kitty Barker with the Tourism Development Department of the Virginia Tourism Corporation will be assisting with the development of a comprehensive plan for tourism development over the next 3 to 5 years.
Mr. Rolen provided the Board with brochures and gave a brief overview of the Tourism Committee’s goals and its vision to increase tourism. He noted that tourism is a magnificent tool to bring growth and increased revenue for Wise County.
IN RE: WISE COUNTY’S EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN UPDATE
Jane Bennett, Assistant Emergency Services Coordinator, provided a power point presentation to the Board regarding Wise County’s Emergency Operations Plan. Ms. Bennett said she is working with state officials and state organizations to implement this plan.
IN RE: TOBACCO CESSATION PROGRAM
Shirley Miller, representing the Wise County Health Department, provided a power point presentation on Tobacco and Teens with an overview of the negative effects of tobacco use. She further explained the harmful chemicals that are in all forms of tobacco; the personal effects of tobacco; societal effects of tobacco, and illnesses related to respiratory and circulatory systems. Ms. Miller asked the Board’s consideration in supporting a Proclamation proclaiming March 31, 2007 as “Kick Butts/Breathe Day.”
IN RE: PUBLIC HEARING – SIX YEAR SECONDARY CONSTRUCTION PLAN
A joint public hearing between the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Board of Supervisors was duly advertised for this date to receive public input on the proposed Secondary Six Year Plan for Fiscal Years 2007-08 through 2012-2013 for Wise County and on the Secondary System Construction Budget for Fiscal Year 2007-08.
Residency Administrator T. G. Branson reviewed the proposed Plan as presented.
Leland Branham asked that spot widening and guardrails at the intersection of Rt. 651 and Rt. 652 be included in the Plan for consideration. He also asked for site distance to be considered for improvement on Rt. 650 & Rt. 652 and include Rt. 757 on the Wise Norton Rd in the Plan.
Robby Robbins asked that guardrails off Gray Hill in St. Paul be considered in the Plan.
Mr. Branson stated that this is a primary route and cannot be included in this Plan.
There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.
IN RE: PUBLIC HEARING – BURN ORDINANCE
A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding a proposed ordinance on Regulation of Open Burning for Wise County.
The purpose of this ordinance is to protect public health, safety, and welfare by regulating open burning within Wise County to achieve and maintain, to the greatest extent practicable, a level of air quality that will provide comfort and convenience while promoting economic and social development. This ordinance is intended to supplement the applicable regulations promulgated by the State Air Pollution Control Board and other applicable regulations and laws.
Walter Crouse voiced his support for the Burn Ordinance which will enhance our air quality.
There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.
IN RE: PUBLIC EXPRESSION
Ron Elkins, Acting Commonwealth Attorney, voiced his appreciation to the Board for the new office space that has been provided for the overcrowded Commonwealth Attorney’s Office staff. He said this will improve the staff’s work flow and provide needed privacy for one-on-one counseling.
Juanita Wells, representing St. Paul’s Keep Wise County Beautiful Committee, gave the Board a brief overview of the Committee’s goals and its continued efforts in working with the different counties and the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable in promoting litter prevention and beautification for our region. She asked for a letter of support whereby the Board endorses the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable’s application for regional affiliation through Keep America Beautiful, and to support the efforts of Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful.
Walter Crouse spoke briefly on: (1) the Bear Creek Connector Road (Rt. 58); (2) upcoming cleanup events; (3) recycling (4) County’s support for the filming of “Big Stone Gap” here in Wise County.
There being no further comments, the public expression period was closed.
IN RE: ROADS & HIGHWAYS
Jackie Christian, representing VDOT, had no remarks at this time.
Board members provided needs in their districts for VDOT review.
Chairman Shortt asked for “Watch For Children” signs on South Fork of the Pound.
Mr. Christian advised that a resolution is needed for these signs.
IN RE: OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED
- Set public hearing (6:00 PM-March 1) on proposed E-911 road name additions
- Set public hearing (6:00 PM-March 1) on the proposed Wise County CIP FY 2008-20012
- Authorize advertisement for RFP for County Audit Services
- Revised Resolution-School Board Classification By Category
- Authorize former Chairman Fred Luntsford to sign checks until implementation of new check writing system
- Proclamation Kick Butts/ Breathe Day
- Budget Amendments
- Valley Volunteer Fire Dept (The Board asked that a representative of the Valley Fire Dept. come before the Board at its next meeting to address their request.)
COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
Administrator Skinner gave a brief overview of the meeting in Richmond with the Legislators.
There were favorable comments regarding the trip to Richmond that were both informative and productive.
Administrator Skinner was directed to continue contact with Alltel for cell towers in the Appalachia, St. Paul and Pound areas.
Administrator Skinner was asked to write a letter to the parents of Thomas Jones expressing the Board’s appreciation for Thomas being such a good “role model” for our children and for making Wise County proud as our representative on the “Bears” football team.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:40 PM.
ATTEST: WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Glen A. Skinner, Clerk Ronald L. Shortt, Chairman