Board of Supervisors - August 9, 2007 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on August 9, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. 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
Karen T. Mullins – County Attorney
Michael Abbott – Assistant County Attorney
Annette Underwood – Executive Secretary

ABSENT

Honorable Robert R. Adkins
Shannon C. Scott – Assistant County Administrator

PRAYER

Steve Bates led in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

MINUTES

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

 AGENDA

Chairman Shortt stated that the School Board’s request for funding had been left off the agenda for consideration.  He asked that it be placed under New Business for discussion.

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by John Peace, to approve the agenda as presented with the addition of the request from the School Board for additional funding.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RADA PRESENTATION

Angie Sproles, representing the Rural Areas Development Association, Inc (RADA), provided a power point presentation on RADA’s services to Southwest Virginia.  RADA was organized in 1965 and has responded to the needs of the low income population by providing quality services and programs.

It is the vision of RADA to establish and maintain a well managed, fully funded program of resources, services, and community efforts.  This is believed to enhance and empower the lives of all residents in the service delivery area which includes Lee, Wise, and Scott Counties and the City of Norton, with limited services in Dickenson County.

Ms. Sproles gave an overview of the many services offered by RADA which include Housing services, Weatherization, Child Care Connect, Homeless Intervention, Water/Wastewater and Chore Service to mention a few.

David Gilmer, Housing Director/Coordinator, gave a brief explanation of the funding that is received by RADA for emergency home repairs and grant funds that are used for the low income housing.  The major problem is that the need is greater than available funding.

IN RE:  DOMINION POWER PLANT UPDATE

James Beazley, External Affairs Representative for Dominion Resources Services, Inc., provided a power point presentation on the Southwest Virginia Power Station noting that the name has been changed to Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center.  He gave an overview of the 2008 Substantial Project activities and a status report on the Air Permit.  The FCC issued today the public hearing date for Richmond which will be July 8, 2008.

PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Larry Bush, resident of the Exeter area, addressed the Board requesting assistance in getting more law enforcement in the Appalachia area for the purpose of ticketing the speeding and overloaded coal trucks and more enforcement of the reclamation laws for strip mining.  He noted that the roads and bridges are being destroyed by the overloaded coal trucks, the land is being destroyed with removal of our mountain tops and no reclamation is being provided to restore the land.

Mr. Bush also voiced his concern about the potential poisons that would pollute the air from the coal-fired power plant to be constructed in the St. Paul area.  He acknowledged the need for jobs but stated that jobs don’t take place of lives.  Further concerns were the removal of mountains for coal to burn in the power plant.

Kathy Selvage, a resident of the Stephens area, posed several unanswered questions to the Board regarding the power plant such as the source of fuel to be used.  She continued with citizens’ concerns about various pollutants that would be transmitted from the power plant that have been known to be hazardous to health.  Ms. Selvage asked the Board to carefully consider all the concerns that have been brought before them regarding the power plant.

Hannah Morgan, a resident of the Appalachia area, voiced her concern that the initial cost of the power plant was $800,000,000 and since that time, the cost has doubled to $1.6 billion.  It is understood that plans have already been made to add an addition to the plant.  She asked that this figure be made available to the public.  

Sister Jaculyn Hanrahan, a resident of Tacoma, spoke on behalf of the residents of Central Appalachia and the powerlessness that was felt by their forefathers in meeting the needs of the people.  With changes in the economy, using the government for the common good, finding a path of restoration and re-create sustainable communities is desired by all and regenerates the web of life.

Sister Beth Jaspers, a resident of the Stephens area, voiced her concern about the power plant and the air pollution to an environment that already has a very high cancer rate especially in children.  She further noted the devastation that has been cause by strip mining with no laws being enforced for reclamation.  Sister Beth stated that jobs are needed and appreciated but the citizens can’t give up everything for a few jobs.  Perhaps there’s another way.
 
Gary Hillman, a resident of Rt. 655, voiced his support for the Dominion Plant.

Carl Ramey, a resident of the Big Stone Gap area, asked that the Board not destroy our environment.  He stated that Wise County is becoming a waste land with all the pollutants that are being poured into our environment.

There being no further comments, the public expression period was closed at 7:00 p.m.

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Jackie Christian, representing VDOT in the absence of Residency Administrator T. G. Branson, gave the Board a progress report on the bridge replacement project on Rt. 83 in Pound.

He noted that the resolutions for “Watch for Children” signs were reviewed by VDOT and is ready for the Board’s consideration.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION “WATCH FOR CHILDREN” SIGNS

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Steve Bates, to adopt the resolution requesting the Transportation Commissioner and VDOT’s Resident Engineer to install and maintain signs alerting motorists that children may be at play on Short Hollow Road located on Rt. 632 in the Pound section of Wise County.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                  2007

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION “ WATCH FOR CHILDREN” SIGNS

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by John Peace, to adopt the resolution requesting the Transportation Commissioner and VDOT’s Resident Engineer to install and maintain signs alerting motorists that children may be at play on Drulu Road located on Rt. 714 in the South Fork section of Pound.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION#              2007

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

Board members reported needs in their districts for VDOT review.

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION –BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES PERFORMANCE CONTRACT

The resolution approving the Planning District One Behavioral Health Services FY 2008 Performance Contract

RESOLUTION #                 2007

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION PINE MOUNTAIN TRAIL PROJECT

The resolution authorizing the County Administrator to execute documentation for the Pine Mtn. Trail Project

RESOLUTION #                     2007

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION FOR COMPLIANCE – BOLD CAMP SEWER PROJECT

The Resolution for Compliance as required by the DHCD for the County of Wise Bold Camp Sewer Project

RESOLUTION #                  2007

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION FOR FAIR HOUSING – BOLD CAMP SEWER PROJECT

The Resolution Endorsing the Concept of Fair Housing

RESOLUTION #                   2007

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

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARINGS

Set the following public hearings for September 6 @ 6:00 p.m.:

  1. On a proposal to temporarily close a section of Rt. 610 for removal of a rock cliff

  2. On nine (9) E-911 additional road names

  3. On a proposed E-911 Ordinance of Wise County

IN RE:  RELOCATION OF RT. 655 – DOMINION POWER PLANT

Ratified a Letter of Support for the relocation of a section of Rt. 655 due to the construction of the Dominion Power Plant in the Virginia City area of Wise County

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  CONDITIONAL CHANGE OF ZONING & ALLEYWAY ABANDONMENT

A public hearing was held on August 2 to receive citizens comments regarding a request from B&L Properties, LLC for a conditional change of zoning and an alleyway abandonment for property on Fourth Avenue in Big Stone Gap for the purpose of constructing a fast food restaurant on that site.

There was no public opposition to the request.

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the Conditional Change of Zoning and Alleyway Abandonment as requested by B&L Properties, LLC.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION-CABLE TV FRANCHISE TO JETBROADBAND

Attorney Mullins explained that the Board needs to rescind the resolution adopted at its meeting on May 10 approving the assignment of the Cable Television Franchise to Jetbroadband VA, LLC due to some minor changes, specifically, the removal of the transfer fee.

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by John Peace, to rescind the resolution adopted on May 10 approving the assignment of the Cable Television Franchise to Jetbroadband VA, LLC and approves the second resolution with minor changes and removal of the transfer fee.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                    2007

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – SUPPORT OF DENTAL SCHOOL

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the resolution supporting the initiatives of the IDA of Wise County in its efforts to secure funding for the Dental School Project from VCEDA, the Virginia Tobacco Commission, ARC, and any other funding agencies that may be available to provide funding for this project.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                2007

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

There were comments of appreciation made to those individuals that have spent a lot of time and effort in keeping this project ongoing.

IN RE:  SCHOOL BOARD REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the additional funding for the School Board in the amount of approximately $485,000 to be placed in the Instructional Category line item for use in Technology.

Virginia Meador made a substitute motion to give the School Board one half of their requested funding.

Supervisor Meador stated that during the preparation of the budget, almost all departments were cut.  These additional items that have been requested by the School Board were not in their original budget request and she thought it only fair that other departments get a share of these funds as well as the School Board.    

The substitute motion died due to lack of a second.

Chairman Shortt asked for a vote on the main motion.

Aye – John Peace               Nay – Virginia Meador
          Robby Robbins
          Leland Branham
          Steve Bates
          Ronnie Shortt
          Fred Luntsford

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to recommend Otho Craft for reappointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals.  The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to recommend Hassel Phillips for appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to appoint Jimmy Scalf to the Wise County IDA.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-PLANNING DISTRICT 1 COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD

A motion was made by John Peace, seconded by Virginia Meador, to table these two appointments until next month.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

A motion was made by Leland Branham, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the following budget amendments:

FY 2006-2007

#77      Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance – $8,676.46
             Transfer:

Unemp. Insurance 8365-502009
< 152.80>
Workers Comp. Ins. 8365-502011
<    2.52>
Postal Services 8365-505201
<   30.00>
Telephone 8365-505203
< 172.84>
Cont. Edu. 8365-505504
< 500.00>
Salaries 8365-501001
2,529.12
FICA 8365-502001
27.68
VRS Retirement 8365-502002
1,206.57
Med. Insurance 8365-502005
5,443.76
Group Insurance 8365-502006
201.89
Travel  8365-505506
125.60
  Total
$8,676.46

#78      Source of Revenue-Prior Year Fund Balance - $1,455.60
            Expenditures: (1210) Assessor (505408) Vehicle & Powered Equip Supplies- $1,455.60

#79      Transfer (3505) Emergency Services Expenditure (505203) Telecommunications – <$1,533.65>
            (501003) Salaries & Wages Part-time – $1,062.12; (502001) FICA $88.00 (505506) Travel – $383.53

#80      Transfer (1209) Commissioner of Revenue (501002) Salaries & Wages Over-time – <$2,000.00>
            (505412) Education & Recreation – $2,000.00

#81      Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance – $2,302.00
            Expenditures:  (1209) Commissioner of the Revenue (505412) Education and Recreation – $2,302.00


FY 2007-2008

#1        Source of Revenue-LENOWISCO Grant Funds – $33,877.70
            Expenditures: (4316) Sewer Services (5055810) Grant Expenses – $33,877.70

#2        Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance – $16,016.38
            Expenditures: (4302) Courthouse (503004) Repair & Maintenance – $16,061.38

#3        Source of Revenue-Prior Year Fund Balance – $23,563.36
            Expenditures: (2106) Clerk of the Circuit Court (505829) Technology Trust Fund – $23,563.36

#4        Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance – $2,505.00
            Expenditures: (4302) Courthouse (505203) Telecommunications – $1,875.00
            (4306) Health Dept Bldg (505203) Telecommunications – $630.00

#5        Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance – $1,453.28
            Expenditures: (2201) Commonwealth Attorney’s Ofc (507007) ADP Equipment and Software – $1,453.28

#6        Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance – $5,513.89
            Expenditures: (1230) GIS Dept (501003) Part-time wages – $5,513.89

#7        Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance - $24,000.00
            Expenditures: (4304) Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Service Ofc (508002) Lease/rent of building – $24,000.00

The motion to approve the budget amendments was unanimously approved.

ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

Administrator Skinner reported that in regard to Mr. Bush’s request for assistance with the coal trucks speeding, etc, he had spoken with Trooper Baldridge with the Virginia State Police for some assistance.  Trooper Baldridge said that during a six month period there has been 548 invested man hours in the Appalachia area with 7,195 patrol miles and 142 summonses were issued to coal truck drivers.

BOARD COMMENTS

There were brief comments from Board members.

Supervisor Robbins asked the Board to consider adopting a resolution at the next meeting supporting the Virginia Employment Commission in keeping the Norton office open.

ADJOURN

There being no further comments, a motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by John Peace, 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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