Board of Supervisors - March 13, 2008 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on Thursday, March 13, 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 Fred Luntsford
Honorable Steve Bates
Honorable Robert E. Robbins
Honorable J. H. Rivers – 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 Ronald L. Shortt
Honorable Dana Kilgore

PRAYER

Bob Adkins led the Board in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

MINUTES

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  AGENDA

The following items were reviewed for addition / deletion to the agenda:

Under Presentations

Delete:  Update on Big Stone Gap Tornado Event

Delete:  Wise County Firefighters Association’s funding request

Under Old Business

Delete:  Fire Department and Rescue Squad Funding

Under New Business

Delete:  Good Friday, March 21st (Day off for County employees)

Add:  Appropriation - $1,000 ATV Trails

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the agenda as presented to include the additions/deletions as noted above.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  UPDATE ON BIG STONE GAP TORNADO

Billy Chandler gave a brief report on the ongoing clean up in the Big Stone Gap area from the recent tornado.  He explained that everyone has come together with foods, clothing, and shelter.  The removal of trees and debris has been a major under taking.

Board members offered their appreciation to all the fire departments, rescue squads, the many businesses and individuals that have sacrificed their time and efforts to help with these needs.

IN RE:  RECYCLING PLAN UPDATE

Litter Control Warden Greg Cross provided a power point presentation on the Litter Control & Recycling Comprehensive Plan.

Wise County’s current recycling program consists of recycling metal goods in the form of scrap metal and appliances, paper, office paper, magazines, cardboard, electronic waste in the form of computers, printers, televisions, stereos, copiers, faxes, etc., glass, both clear and colored, and number 1 and 2  plastics.

After studying the ongoing recycling program, Mr. Cross recommended the following:

  • The County to construct a building to be used exclusively for the County’s recycling operations.  He suggested building an addition to the proposed maintenance and storage building that is proposed for constructed in Esserville.  All recycling operations would be at this facility with the exception of the metal, which needs to be done at the landfill.  Inmate and probation labor could be used to assist with the day to day operations.
  • Put all recycling operations for the County under the Litter Control & Recycling Department
  • Have the convenience center workers responsible for diverting as much of the recyclables as possible into the recycling stations as opposed to the dump trailers.
  • Allow all recyclables revenue come back to the department for necessary up front purchases.
  • Hire a full-time employee to assist with the day-to-day recycling duties such as picking up the recyclables and baling them.
  • Invest in mobile recycling trailers for all of the convenience centers.
  • Consider an ordinance requiring mandatory recycling for all businesses.
  • Purchase a single axle tractor to haul the recycling education trailer.

An equipment list for recycling totaling $500,000 was presented.

Mr. Cross foresees an estimated increase of between 10 to 25 percent in annual recycling revenue by the second year of instituting a more aggressive recycling campaign that targeted more businesses and the college and school systems.

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Danny White, Fire Chief for the Sandy Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, expressed his appreciation to the Board for its continued financial support of the Sandy Ridge Volunteer Fire Department.  Mr. White stated that his department reserved funds from one year to the next to make a large purchase such as a “ pumper” or other equipment that is beyond repair.  Other times, funds are used as “matching” to purchase other items.  When dealing with grants, there are deadlines to meet.  If this new procedure is implemented, and the County is slow in responding with payment, the deadline could be missed and the grant would be lost.  The existing procedure would be more beneficial for the Sandy Ridge Volunteer Fire Department.  A yearly audit is done by Robinson, Farmer, Cox & Associates of Christiansburg, VA of which is available for public view.  The audit and receipts for purchases are available upon request.  Mr. White asked that the County’s method of distributing the fire & rescue funding remain the same.

Clara Jones, a resident of the Wise area, voiced her opposition to the proposed power plant because of the poisons that will be emitted into our environment.  These pollutants are known to cause brain damage especially to children and the elderly.  She spoke on the heart break of being disabled and the financial hardship on the families.  The health of the community and surrounding areas are at stake.  She asked the Board to consider the things she has said and deny the request from Dominion for the Power Plant to be located in Wise County.

Diane Withen, member of the Keep Wise County Beautiful Committee, addressed the Board regarding recycling in Wise County.  Ms. Withen emphasized the hard work that has been done to improve the litter problems in our county.  Much has been accomplished in removing illegal dumps and through recycling programs in the schools.  She voiced here support for a recycling center. 

Ms. Withen invited Board members to attend a strategy session on March 14 at the Rikemo Lodge in Dungannon regarding the region’s hemlocks.  In our area, the role of hemlocks in water quality protection is essential since the Clinch watershed is home to 40 threatened and endangered aquatic species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world and are extremely sensitive to water quality degradation.

Hemlocks are a keystone species in our region, maintaining cool water temperatures, preventing erosion on steep slopes, and mitigating flooding.  Unfortunately, the future of hemlocks in our region is in doubt due to the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid which has recently been sighted in many locations between Bristol and Kentucky.

This Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Strategy Session on March 14 will bring together individuals and groups with an interest in preserving the hemlocks in the Clinch Ranger District and across the region.

Amy Bond, Director of the Lonesome Pine Regional Library, extended a personal invitation to all the Supervisors to join the libraries in the celebration of the “Big Read”.  She briefly reviewed the upcoming events to be sponsored by the Library which will begin on March 26 with a reading on the courthouse steps. 

Harold Greear addressed the Board regarding the school issue of consolidation or renovation.  He provided his views and recommendations to the Board.

IN RE:  ROADS & HIGHWAYS

Jackie Christian, in the absence of Residency Administrator T. G. Branson, gave an update on the work that is being done in Big Stone Gap after the recent tornado.  He noted that permits may need to be obtained from the Corps of Engineers for removal of trees that are in the river.

The resolution supporting projects identified for revenue sharing was reviewed.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION-REVENUE SHARING PROJECTS

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Steve Bates, to adopt the resolution supporting projects identified for revenue sharing funding.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                 2008

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

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the consent agenda as follows with the removal of setting the public hearing (April 3 @ 6:00 p.m.) on the proposed bond issuance by Wise County:

 IN RE:  BOLD CAMP SEWER PROJECT AGREEMENT

Authorized the County Administrator to execute the Bold Camp Sewer Project Agreement

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – NEW CHECKING ACCOUNT-TREASURER

Adopted the resolution authorizing the Treasurer to open a new checking account with First Bank & Trust.

RESOLUTION #                2008

(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator’s Office)
The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  COURTHOUSE EXTERIOR – ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES

Attorney Mullins stated that after speaking with Mr. Scott and Mr. Skinner and reviewing the exterior courthouse need, the Board is asked to make the declaration necessary for Thompson and Litton to proceed with architectural services for the exterior courthouse repair.  

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to ratify the procurement of architectural services for the courthouse exterior needs.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  COURTHOUSE INTERIOR-ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES

Attorney Mullins asked that the Board authorize the County Administrator to proceed with the advertisement for RFP’s for architectural services for the courthouse interior needs.

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Steve Bates, to authorize the County Administrator to proceed with the RFP’s for architectural services for the interior courthouse needs.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  CONDITIONAL CHANGE OF ZONING

A public hearing was held on March 6, 2008 to receive citizens’ comments regarding a request from Johnny & Janet Chandler for a Conditional Change of Zoning of 0.90 acres located at 711 Orby Cantrell Highway in Big Stone Gap for the purpose of placing an additional manufactured home on said property.

There was no opposition to the proposed Conditional Change of Zoning.

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to approve the request from Johnny & Janet Chandler for a Conditional Change of Zoning on property located at 711 Orby Cantrell Highway for the purpose of placing an additional manufactured home on said property.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  BOARD OF SUPERVISORS RULES & PROCEDURES AMENDMENT

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the amendment to the Board of Supervisors Rules & Procedures, Section 3-1 Order of Business as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – PROPERTY TAX RATES FY 08-09

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the resolution approving the property tax rates for FY 2008-2009.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                 2008

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

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS #67 THRU #71

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve budget amendments #67 thru #71 as follows:

#67       Source of Revenue – Prior Year Fund Balance: $7,773.00
            Expenditures: (4302) Courthouse (507010) Capital Outlay: $7,773.00
#68       Source of revenue – Dept. of Criminal Justice Services: $9,057.00
            Expenditures: (8170) SWVA Community Corrections (501001) Salaries and   
            Wages: $9,057.00
#69       Source of Revenue-Prior Year Fund Balance:  $4,655.40
            Expenditure: (8102) Economic and Community Development (503002)
            Professional Services Other:  $4,655.40
#70       Source of Revenue – Virginia Wireless Service Board Revenue:  $12,775.00
            Expenditures: (1230) Geographic Information Systems (503002) Professional
            Services Other:   $12,775.00
#71       Source of Revenue – Revenue from Sale of Wise County Maps by GIS
            Department:  $450.00
            Expenditures:  (1230) Geographic Information Systems (503002) Professional
            Services other:  $450.00

The motion to approve the budget amendments was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – LOCAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to adopt the resolution Ratifying Declaration of State of Local Emergency for Wise County.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #              2008

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

IN RE:  ATV TRAILS

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to appropriate $1,000 to the ATV Trails Project.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  WORKSHOP FOR APRIL – TIME CHANGE

Due to the meeting that has been scheduled for Dominion Resources, Inc. in St. Paul on April 3 at 7:00 p.m., there was some discussion on changing the Board of Supervisor’s April 3 Workshop meeting time, which would allow Board members time to attend that  meeting.

After discussion, a motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to change the meeting time for the Board of Supervisors April 3 Workshop from 6:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., with any presentations being deferred to the April 10 meeting and the public expression period be no more than three (3) minutes.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – SCHOOL BOND ISSUE

Robby Robbins made a motion to set the public hearing for the proposed bond issuance by Wise County for April 10, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.  J. H. Rivers seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT LENOWISCO DISABILITY SERVICES BOARD

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Virginia Meador, to reappoint Larry Blann to the LENOWISCO Disability Services Board for a term of three (3) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT RADA

J. H. Rivers nominated Jim Johnson to the RADA Board.
J. H. Rivers made a motion that nominations cease.  Virginia Meador seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Jim Johnson was appointed to the RADA Board by acclamation.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT TOURISM COMMITTEE

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Bob Adkins, to appoint Suzanne Lawson to the Wise County Tourism Committee for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  COUNTY ATTORNEY’S REPORT

Attorney Mullins gave an update on the Big Stone Gap clean up after the recent tornado.

BOARD COMMENTS

Board members commented on the tornado in Big Stone Gap and how the surrounding communities have joined together in helping in this need.

Supervisor Robbins stated that a trip to Africa is being planned by the St. Paul High School Ecology Group.  The school has made a request to the Board of Supervisors for financial support to assistance with the expenses for this trip.  Mr. Robbins noted that he has spoken with the sponsors at the school to advise them that the County’s participation would be limited to $200.00.

Supervisor Luntsford ask the Board to consider making a donation of $15,000 toward the construction of the new tower located on high knob.

ADJOURN

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Steve Bates, 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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