The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lake Estonoa facility located in St. Paul. The following were present:
Honorable J. H. Rivers – Chairman
Honorable Dana Kilgore – Vice-Chair
Honorable Steve Bates
Honorable Robert R. Adkins
Honorable Ronald L. Shortt
Honorable Fred Luntsford
Honorable Virginia Meador
Honorable Robert E. Robbins, Jr. – members of said Board and
Shannon C. Scott – County Administrator
Karen T. Mullins – County Attorney
David L. Cox – Financial Administrator
Annette Underwood – Executive Secretary
T. G. Branson led in prayer.
All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Supervisor Meador brought to the Board attention the Cap and Trade regulatory program. She asked that a resolution be placed before the Board for consideration for approval.
Chairman Rivers asked that this item be placed on next week’s agenda as an action item.
IN RE: ROADS AND HIGHWAYS
Residency Administrator T. G. Branson explained that a public hearing on the Six Year Plan was held last year and would not be necessary this year due to the lack of funds for new roads. He reviewed and recommended approval of the Six Year Plan for Secondary Roads 2010/11 through 2015/16 and the Construction Priority List (2010/11 for Wise County.
The following resolutions were reviewed:
Mr. Branson noted that VDOT is in the process of restructuring and District Administrator Ken Riddle will be visiting the different Boards’ to explain what this process involves. He also advised the Board that this would be his last meeting because he was retiring as of the end of April after 47 years of service with VDOT. He expressed his appreciation to the Board for its cooperation through the years and the accomplishments that have been made in Wise County.
Board members voiced their appreciation to Mr. Branson in all that he has accomplished for Wise County in his tenure as VDOT’s Residency Administrator. Many needs have been met because of his dedication and commitment to Wise County and its citizens.
PUBLIC HEARINGS TO BE HELD
April 8: (6:00 p.m.) on the passage of a resolution authorizing the issuance of a solid waste revenue bond
April 8: (6:00 p.m.) on a proposed ordinance authorizing the off-duty employment of the Wise County Sheriff’s Deputies
April 8: (6:00 p.m.) on a proposed ordinance imposing financial liability for persons convicted to certain motor vehicle offenses
Ann Gregory, a resident of St. Paul, and Sharon Steele a member of the St. Paul Town Council, provided information on the Town of St. Paul and the efforts being made to revitalize their town and promote tourism for economic growth.
Kyle Fletcher, Mayor of St. Paul, Debbie Baca, resident of St. Paul, Harold Greear, a resident of Pound spoke on school funding and school consolidation.
There being no further comments, the public expression period was closed.
IN RE: CONSENT AGENDA
The following items were reviewed under the Consent Agenda:
Resolution of Recognition for E-911 Dispatch Telecommunicators
Resolution Supporting “The Big Read” in Wise County
Resolution Supporting H.R. 4753 (Stationary Source Regulations Delay Act)
Set Public hearing (May 6, 2010 @ 6:00 p.m.) on a proposed 911 road name addition
Appropriation 4th Quarter
Approval of Audit Ending June 30, 2009
Budget Amendments #21- #23
Supervisor Kilgore asked that the budget amendments be placed under new business for discussion.
IN RE: OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED
Five (5) CIP Plan
Approval of Lease with Christian School
Appalachia Cultural Arts Council Request for tax exempt status
Closed Session (Investing of public funds)
IN RE: SOUTHWEST REGIONAL RECREATION AUTHORITY
Wise County is being requested to approve the use of a portion of the fairground property to facilitate the periodic operation of an ATV training site. The training would be conducted by certified instructors and would be held on weekend dates. The dates would be scheduled well in advance to not interfere with any VA/KY District Fair, Inc. events. The Fair Committee is aware of this request and has no objections subject to the Board of Supervisors approval and the required insurances being provided with them being named as an additional insured.
When asked if the Southwest Regional Recreation Authority was insured, Attorney Mullins noted that they were.
It was mentioned that perhaps businesses that provide this type of training may lose business if the County government get involved.
Attorney Mullins was asked to ascertain if there were any businesses that do this type of training and report back to the next Board meeting.
There was some discussion on the rules and regulations for the ATV riders.
Attorney Mullins said she could have someone at the next meeting to answer any further questions the Board may have.
IN RE: VETERINARIAN FOR LARGE ANIMALS
A letter was received from Mary Fleming, Secretary for the Wise Dickenson County Farm Bureau, advising the Board that USDA has a new program regarding the encouragement of large animal veterinarians to locate to areas which are remote and under served.
Wise-Dickenson County Farm Bureau requests that both Wise County and Dickenson County be nominated for this program since neither county has a large animal veterinarian located within the county.
Supervisor Robbins asked that this request be answered with a resolution rather than a letter. He asked that a resolution be placed on next week’s agenda for consideration by the Board.
Chairman Rivers asked Administrator Scott to ascertain from Ms. Fleming as to the method other counties are offering support.
Board members voiced their appreciation to Ms. Vencil and the Lake Estonoa Group for their hospitality and food for the evening. Congratulations were offered for their many awards that have been won and their accomplishments that have been recognized throughout the nation.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.
ATTEST: WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Shannon C. Scott, Clerk J. H. Rivers, Chairman