Board of Supervisors - December 3, 2009 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County courthouse.  The following were present:

Honorable Robert E. Robbins, Jr. - Chairman
Honorable J. H. Rivers – Vice-Chairman
Honorable Virginia Meador
Honorable Dana Kilgore
Honorable Steve Bates
Honorable Robert R. Adkins
Honorable Ronald L. Shortt – members of said Board and
Shannon C. Scott – County Administrator
David L. Cox – Financial Administrator
Karen T. Mullins – County Attorney
Annette Underwood – Executive Secretary

ABSENT

Honorable Fred Luntsford

PRAYER   

T. G. Branson led in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

AGENDA

No additions

IN RE:  ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

There was no update on road construction.

Board members provided Mr. Branson with needs in their district for VDOT review and response.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – ENTERPRISE ZONE AMENDMENT

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments on a proposed amendment to Wise County Ordinance #06-2002 regarding a change in the existing Enterprise Zone.

There being no comments regarding the proposed amendment, the public hearing was closed.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – E-911 ROAD NAMES

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding five (5) proposed E-911 road name additions.

There being no comments regarding the proposed names, the public hearing was closed.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – SPECIAL USE PERMIT – CEMETERY

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding a Special Use Permit for a family cemetery in the South Mountain Community of Pound.

Royce Mullins, applicant for a Special Use Permit, asked the Board to consider approving his request for a family cemetery.

There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – SPECIAL USE PERMIT – CEMETERY

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding a Special Use Permit for a family cemetery in the Powell River Community located on Laurel Grove road.

Shannon Scott, applicant, asked the Board to consider approving his request for a Special Use Permit for a family cemetery to be located on property belonging to the family.

There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.

PUBLIC EXPRESSION

G. Lynn Well’s addressed the Board on the Bull Hill Transfer Station.  He explained that the transfer station has been closed for approximately two (2) years for needed repairs.  The Town of Coeburn and the Town of St. Paul are having to haul their garbage all the way to the Blackwood landfill.  He said that the frequent trips to the landfill, the man hours, and wear and tear on their trash truck are becoming very expensive.  Mr. Well’s asked the Board for assistance in getting the transfer station repaired.

Kyle Fletcher, Mayor of St. Paul, expressed his concerns for getting the transfer station back in service for the Town of Coeburn and the Town of St. Paul.  He explained the cost involved in traveling the distance for disposing of their garbage.  He urged the Board to assist with the cost of the needed repairs for the transfer station.

Danny Sloan, a resident of Fox Run Road located on Guest River, explained to the Board that the County has allowed a septic system to be put in for Stella Collins, his neighbor which has dead ended the R-O-W from his house and his son’s house.  Mr. Sloan said he was an adjacent property owner to the alleyway and was not notified that the alleyway was being considered for abandonment.  He asked for assistance in getting the work stopped. 

Chairman Robbins asked the County Attorney to halt the work being done for Ms. Collins at this time for further input into Mr. Sloan’s concerns.

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

IN RE:  COMCAST TV UPDATE

Russell E. Byrd, representing Comcast TV, provided the Board with an overview of the projects ongoing with Comcast in bringing more channels and better reviews for the citizens of Wise County.

Supervisor Kilgore asked that the cost for basic cable service be kept at a minimum for the benefit of the elderly. 

Mr. Byrd stated that there is a plan in motion to address this need but he is not at liberty to discuss that plan at this time.  Regarding the recent rate increase, that was due to rising fuel cost and health care for Comcast employees.

Supervisor Bates commented on several areas that have no cable service.

Mr. Byrd asked that individuals not having cable to contact him with their information and each request will be reviewed to ascertain whether or not they would fall within Comcast’s cable service area.

Supervisor Shortt stressed to Mr. Byrd that he make sure the local channel carrying the Board of Supervisors meeting is accessible to Wise County citizens. 

There was further discussion on providing a basic cable service for the elderly, getting cable to those areas that have no cable at all.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – MATH/SCIENCE INITIATIVE FUND

There was some question as to whether or not the Math/Science Program included books or whether or not the books would be provided by the school system.  After discussion it was concluded that the school would continue providing the books.

Regarding the funds for the program, Supervisor Kilgore felt that this should be a budget item and not paid out of a special fund.

IN RE:  BULL HILL TRANSFER STATION

Chairman Robbins stated that Coeburn and St. Paul have asked for help on making repairs to the Bull Hill Transfer station.  He asked that the Board consider assisting with these repairs to alleviate the burden from the towns.

The Board, after briefly discussing the request, asked Finance Administrator David Cox to do some research for any funds that may be available to assist with these repairs.

Supervisor Kilgore suggested that this request be considered in the upcoming July 2010 budget.

IN RE:  OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED

  • Presentation by Planning Commission (Dec. 10, 2009)

  • Presentation by MEOC (Dec. 10, 2009)

  • Budget Amendments

  • Request for Pump & Haul Permit

  • Appropriation / Sheriff’s Confidential Fund

  • Set Organizational Meeting for Jan. 7, 2010 @ 5:45 p.m.)

  • Appointments

  • Closed Session (Investing of public funds)

  • Reports:  County Attorney, Financial Administrator, & County Administrator

BOARD COMMENTS

There was a brief discussion on the school funding and whether or not the amount given by the Board of Supervisors would meet the need of any of the proposed options available to the School Board.

Financial Administrator David Cox suggested utilizing the firm of Davenport & Company to assist the County and work with the School Administration on how to use the $42M committed by the Board of Supervisors as loan funds to the public school system.

ADJOURN

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

ATTEST:                                             WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

________________________________        _________________________________________
Shannon C. Scott, Clerk                                   Robert E. Robbins, Jr., Chairman

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