Board of Supervisors - January 10, 2008 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable Robert R. Adkins – Chairman
Honorable Virginia Meador – Vice-Chair
Honorable Robert E. Robbins
Honorable Dana G. Kilgore
Honorable J. H. Rivers
Honorable Fred Luntsford
Honorable Ronald Shortt
Honorable Steve Bates, 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

MINUTES

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

IN RE:  AGENDA - ADDITION / DELETIONS

Administrator Skinner asked that the following resolutions authorizing Administrator Skinner, Chairman Adkins and Treasurer Smith to exercise powers granted in said resolutions from the Powell Valley National Bank be added to the consent agenda for consideration by the Board:

  • Resolution County General Fund
  • Resolution Lower Birchfield Water Project
  • Resolution Strawberry Mountain Self Help Water Project
  • Resolution South Fork and North Fork Water Project
  • Resolution Business Tech Park Access Road
  • Resolution Imboden Fund
  • Resolution Coal Road Improvement Fund
  • Resolution Blackwood Landfill Enterprise Fund
  • Resolution Emergency Numbers Fund
  • Resolution Sewer Enterprise Fund
  • Resolution Landfill Fund

Add to the consent agenda: Resolution from Miner’s Exchange Bank authorizing Delores Smith and Melanie Fulks to exercise powers granted in said resolution.

  • Resolution County General Fund

Add to the consent agenda:  Resolution from New Peoples Bank authorizing Delores W. Smith and Melanie Fulks to exercise powers granted in said resolution.

  • Resolution County General Fund

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the agenda as presented to include the additions as listed above.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

There was a large delegation of citizens that addressed the Board regarding the proposed Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center.  Their concerns and complaints were:

  • Board’s approval prior to all permits being approved
  • Opposition for the plant has been greater than support
  • Mountains will be removed for coal and area will become a wasteland
  • Pollutants from plant will cause diseases, birth defects, asthma. etc   These pollutants are particulate pollutants and mercury
  • The natural beauty of our area will be destroyed, discouraging any hope for tourism
  • The air, water and environment will be polluted destroying our health and wild life
  • Wise County is being used as a guinea pig and is being viewed as hillbillies and ignorant
  • Our County deserves more than prisons and power plants that spews poisons in the air
  • The Board has sold out the citizens of Wise County for money
  • The Board should improve the beauty of our County, and use its natural resources for revenue and improve the quality of life rather than destroying it
  • The mercury from the plant will reap devastation on the health of everyone especially the children and the elderly.  Mercury exposure can result in attention and language deficits, impaired memory, and impaired visual and motor functions
  • The Board should look at long term effects of the plant
  • This is not progress; its destroying our people and its livelihood
  • Not enough information on the plant and its power source after the coal in Wise County is gone
  • Will garbage be burned?  If so, will it come from other areas, states or countries?  How will it be monitored?
  • The citizens have been sold out for money with no concern for their health and the environment
  • Dominion is already Virginia’s biggest corporate emitter of toxic mercury pollutants
  • Appealed to the Board to re-consider their decision
  • Hearing in Richmond—122 spoke of which 29 was in favor and 93 oppose
  • The Board has not done their home work
  • Look for another source of power such as wind

The following individuals spoke opposing the power plant:

Marlene and Larry Bush                       Jane Branham
Kathy and Gary Selvage                   Diana Withen
Jaclyn Henry                                 Carman Cantrell
Dr. Lara Miller                                  Walter Crouse
Pamela Gilmer                                Rev. Cooper
Mark Hamilton                             Ben Boggs                          
Matthew Sutherland                           Anna Hess
John Messer                              

The following individuals spoke in favor of the power plant because it would bring growth to the County and provide revenue for schools and economic development:

Jack McClanahan
Jeff Heberlan

Paul Varson addressed the Board stating that the power plant will be required to meet all State and Federal guideline before being approved.

Jeff Rolen, Chairman of the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Committee, addressed the Board regarding the Tourism Committee.  He stated that his term will end as of January 31 and he asked if it were possible that his term be extended to the end of February to allow time to complete a few projects that are near completion.  He also apologized for the debt owed to the County and asked that it be forgiven to allow the Tourism Authority the opportunity for a fresh beginning.  Mr. Rolen expressed his views on the potential of the Authority and the need for a strong voice in its leadership.

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

RECESS

A recess was taken at 7:15 p. m.

The meeting reconvened at 7:28 p. m.

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Residency Administrator T. G. Branson gave a brief update on projects ongoing.

Mr. Branson stated that he has reviewed the Six Year Plan noting comments from County residents.  He asked the Board to wait until next month to vote on the Plan to allow time for further information that is forthcoming.

Board members provided needs in their districts.

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

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

IN RE: PUBLIC HEARING- SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET AMENDMENT

Set public hearing (February 7 @ 6:00 p.m.) on an appropriation to school operating fund in the amount of $465,867.29 and with other journal entries, takes the FY 2007-2008 budget to the 1% overage point which requires a public hearing

IN RE:  APPROPRIATIONS

Approved the third quarter appropriations

IN RE:  RESOLUTIONS OF AUTHORIZATION

Approved the following resolutions authorizing Administrator Skinner, Chairman Adkins, and Treasurer Smith to exercise powers granted in said resolutions from the Powell Valley Bank:

Resolution #________  2008 (County General Fund)
Resolution #________  2008 (Lower Birchfield Water Project)
Resolution #_________2008 (Strawberry Mountain Self Help Water Project)
Resolution #_________2008 (South Fork and North Fork Water Project)
Resolution #_________2008 (Business Tech Park Access Road)
Resolution #_________2008 (Imboden Fund)
Resolution #_________2008 (Coal Road Improvement Fund)
Resolution #_________2008 (Blackwood Landfill Enterprise Fund)
Resolution #_________2008 (Emergency Numbers Fund)
Resolution #_________2008 (Sewer Enterprise Fund)
Resolution #_________2008 (Landfill Fund)

(Said resolutions are on file in the County Administrator’s Office)

Approved Resolution from Miner’s Exchange Bank authorizing Delores W. Smith and Melanie Fulks to exercise powers granted in said resolution.

Resolution #____________2008 (County General Fund)

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

Approved Resolution from New Peoples Bank authorizing Delores W. Smith and Melanie Fulks to exercise powers granted in said resolution.

Resolution #__________2008 (County General Fund)

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

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN (5) YEAR

A public hearing was held on January 3 to receive citizens’ comments regarding the proposed Five (5) Capital Improvements Plan for Wise County.

There was no opposition to the proposed plan.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to approve the Five (5) Year Capital Improvements Plan for Wise County (2009-2013) as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  E-911 ROAD NAME ADDITIONS

A public hearing was held on January 3 to receive citizens’ comments regarding the addition of nineteen E-911 road names.  There was no opposition to the proposed names.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the 19 additional E-911 road names as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – PAYDAY LENDERS

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to table the resolution regarding the capping of interest rates payday lenders can charge.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS # 54 - # 62

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the following budget amendments:

#54 –    Source of Revenue-Correcting Prior Entry Change in Account Numbers from (505610) Contributions to Local Welfare to (505611) Comprehensive Service Act-$12,142.00
            Expenditures: (5301) Welfare Administration (505610) Contributions to Local Welfare - $12,142.00
            (5301) Welfare Administration (505611) Comprehensive Service Act -<$12,142.00>

#55 –   Source of Revenue-Virginia Department of Social Services
           Expenditure: Reductions for month of September, October, November and December <$28,882.88>
           (5301) Welfare Administration (505611) Comprehensive Service Act <$28,882.88>

#56 –   Source of Revenue-Prior Year Fund Balance- $8,500.00
           Expenditure: (8104) Cumberlands Airport Commission (505804) Discretionary Funds - $8,500.00

#57 –   Source of Revenue-Prior Year Fund Balance - $5,490.00
           Expenditures: (1201) County Administrator (507010) Capital Outlay-$5,490.00

#58 –   Source of Revenue-Prior Year Fund Balance - $36,250.00
           Expenditures: (3505) Emergency Services (505810) Grant Expenses-$36,250.00

#59 –   Source of Revenue-Prior Year Fund Balance - $1,500.00
           Expenditures: (1204) Legal Services (505401) Office Supplies-$1,500.00

#60 –   Source of Revenue – Grant from the State Board of Election - $11,400.00
           Expenditures: (1302) Registrar (507001) Machinery & Equip. - $11,400.00

#61 –   Source of Revenue-VA State Compensation Board-Vacancy Savings Funds - $7,762.39
           Expenditures:  (2201) Commonwealth Attorney (505401) Office Supplies-$7,762.39

#62 –   Source of Revenue-Transfer from (2201) Commonwealth Attorney (505401) Office Supplies - $5,150.00
           Expenditures: (501001) Salaries & Wages $4,800.00; (501003) Salaries & Wages – Part-time  $350.00

The motion to approve the budget amendments was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION MULTI-USE TRAIL

The resolution on the multi-use trail system in Southwest Virginia was reviewed.

There was some discussion regarding the language in the last paragraph of the resolution as to the County obligations and commitments.

Attorney Mullins stated that the resolution does not obligate the Board financially.  The intent is to get support for the concept from each jurisdiction.  If the Board so desires, the resolution could be adopted by omitting the last paragraph.

Jack McClanahan, a resident of Big Stone Gap, gave a brief overview of the meeting he attended at the OxBow Center in St. Paul regarding the multi-use trail system.  The rough draft of this resolution was amended to include blue ways or water trails in the system.  Mr. McClanahan stated that the County of Buchanan has adopted the resolution.  The County of Tazewell has not but they have earmarked $1,000 toward the Feasibility Study.  The County has been asked for a Letter of Support as well as other counties and communities, which will be used as a tool for seeking funding for the Feasibility Study.

After further discussion, a motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to adopt the resolution with the deletion of the last paragraph and to authorize the County Administrator to prepare a Letter of Support to accompany the resolution and forwarded to the General Assembly.

RESOLUTION #                     2008

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – VIRGINIA CITY HYBRID ENERGY CENTER

Administrator Skinner read the resolution supporting the proposed carbon capture cable technology for the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center as amended.

Chairman Adkins asked for a motion on the proposed resolution.

The Board took no action on the proposed resolution.

IN RE:  SIGNING OF CHECKS

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to authorize/ratify the signing of checks by Board member Ronnie Shortt until the signature plates arrive for the new chairman.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-COAL & GAS ROAD IMPROVEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Supervisor Rivers recommended, by nomination, that John M. Prince be re-appointment to the Coal & Gas Road Committee.

Supervisor Meador made a motion that nominations cease.  Supervisor Kilgore seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

John M. Prince was recommended for re-appointed by acclamation.

Supervisor Meador recommended, by nomination, that J. H. Rivers be appointed to the Coal & Gas Road Improvement Advisory Committee.

Supervisor Kilgore made a motion that nominations cease.  Supervisor Robbins seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

J. H. Rivers was recommended for appointment by acclamation.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT –LOCAL CITIZENS CORPS COUNCIL

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded Dana Kilgore, to appoint the following individuals to the Local Citizens Corps Council:

Michael Wampler- MEOC
Greg Mullins – (Alternate Dr. Greg Killough) – Wise County Schools
Michael Mullins – Social Services
Bobby Cassell – Wise County Health Department
Michele McPheron (Alternate Delilah Long) – Health Services
Shannon C. Scott – County Administration – Chief Financial Officer
Jane Bennett – Emergency Operations
Major Gene Vanover – Law Enforcement
Ronnie Shortt, Director EOC
Steve Blankenbecler – Communications
Ben Murphy – Churches
Greg Mullins – Transportation
Delilah Long – Citizens Emergency Response Team
Phillip Barker (Alternate Billy Chandler) – Fire Department
Tim Dotson (Alternate Phillip Cantrell) – EMS / Rescue

The motion to appoint the Local Citizens Corps Council was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  LENOWISCO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to appoint Robby Robbins to the LENOWISCO Board of Directors for his term of office.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Ronnie Shortt made a motion to re-appoint Steve Bates to the LENOWISCO Board of Directors.

Virginia Meador made a substitute motion to appoint Bob Adkins to the LENOWISCO Board of Directors.  Dana Kilgore seconded the motion.

Chairman Adkins asked for a vote on the substitute motion.

Aye-     Virginia Meador       Nay -      Ronnie Shortt
            Robby Robbins                     Steve Bates
            Dana Kilgore                         Fred Luntsford
            Bob Adkins
            J. H. Rivers

Motion carried.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – LONESOME PINE YOUTH SERVICES BOARD

Virginia Meador nominated Rachel Bentley for re-appointment to the Lonesome Pine Youth Services Board.

Ronnie Shortt made a motion that nominations cease.  Dana Kilgore seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Rachel Bentley was re-appointed by acclamation.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-PLANNING COMMISSION

Dana Kilgore nominated Mark Wooten to the Planning Commission.

Ronnie Shortt made a motion that nominations cease.  Virginia Meador seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Mark Wooten was appointed to the Planning Commission by acclamation.

Steve Bates made a motion to re-appoint Richard Houchins to the Planning Commission.  Bob Adkins seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-PUBLIC SERVICE AUTHORITY

Virginia Meador nominated J. H. Rivers to the PSA.

Ronnie Shortt nominated Fred Luntsford for re-appointment to the PSA.

Dana Kilgore made a motion that nominations cease.  J. H. Rivers seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Chairman Adkins asked for a vote on the nomination to appoint J. H. Rivers to the PSA.

Aye-     Virginia Meador             Nay-       Ronnie Shortt
            Robby Robbins                           Steve Bates
            Dana Kilgore                              Fred Luntsford
            J. H. Rivers
            Bob Adkins

Motion carried.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – SOCIAL SERVICES BOARD

Ronnie Shortt nominated Steve Bates for re-appointment to the Social Services Board.

Virginia Meador nominated J. H. Rivers to the Social Services Board.

Fred Luntsford made a motion that nominations cease.  Ronnie Shortt seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Chairman Adkins asked for a vote on the re-appointment of Steve Bates.

Aye-     Fred Luntsford                      Nay-        Virginia Meador
            Ronnie Shortt                                     Robby Robbins
            Steve Bates                                        Dana Kilgore
                                                                     J. H. Rivers
                                                                     Bob Adkins

Motion failed.

Chairman Adkins asked for a vote on the appointment of J. H. Rivers.

Aye-     Virginia Meador             Nay-             Steve Bates
            Robby Robbins                                 Ronnie Shortt
            Dana Kilgore                                    Fred Luntsford
            J. H. Rivers
            Bob Adkins

Motion carried.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT-SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES COUNCIL

J. H. Rivers nominated Dr. Gary Williams for re-appointment to the Southwest Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council.

Fred Luntsford made a motion that nominations cease.  J. H. Rivers seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Dr. Gray Williams was re-appointed to the Southwest Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council by acclamation.

IN RE:  VIRGINIA COALFIELD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (VCEDA)

J. H. Rivers nominated Dana Kilgore to fill the unexpired term of John W. Peace, II on the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority.

Robby Robbins made a motion that nominations cease.  J. H. Rivers seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Dana Kilgore was appointed by acclamation to fill the unexpired term of John W. Peace, II on the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority.

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

Administrator Skinner commented on:

  • The payday lending rates
  • Funding for the High Knob Tower

BOARD COMMENTS

There were brief comments from Board members.

ADJOURN

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Virginia Meador, to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ATTEST:                                              WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

____________________________            ______________________________________
Glen A. Skinner, Clerk                            Robert R. Adkins, Chairman
     

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