The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Special Called Meeting on Monday, December 20, 2010 @ 9:30 p.m. in the Wise County School Board’s Education Center. The following were present:
Honorable J. H. Rivers – Chairman
Honorable Dana Kilgore – Vice-Chair
Honorable Robert E. Robbins, Jr.
Honorable Steve Bates
Honorable Robert R. Adkins
Honorable Fred Luntsford
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
Honorable Virginia Meador
PURPOSE OF MEETING
Chairman Rivers advised that two Board members have requested this Special Called Meeting for the purpose of approving a Literary Loan Application, including all necessary authorizations and signatures.
IN RE: RESOLUTION APPROVING LITERARY LOAN APPLICATION
A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the resolution including all necessary authorizations and signatures.
Chairman Rivers voiced his opposition to approving the proposed resolution for the Literary Loan Application because he feels the PPEA has been violated by the School Board. He felt that there should be solicited and unsolicited proposals which would allow more competition. Ten days would not be sufficient time to allow contractors to prepare a valid proposal. He understands that there will not be any favorable action from the Virginia Department of Education until detailed plans are submitted. He further explained that his vote will be “no” on the resolution because he feels that it is wrong.
Supervisor Kilgore explained that the purpose for the special called meeting is to adopt a resolution to submit the application to qualify for literary funds. This is a part of the process that must be done before the PPEA process begins. The School Board may or may not get the literary funds. However, if the funds are received it will save several million dollars over a period of time in interest. If the funds are approved and not needed, they can be denied.
Chairman Rivers stated that this was not the only day the Board could vote to apply for the funds. This does not get the County on the waiting list; it only gives a stamp of being received.
Supervisor Robbins asked that an Economic Impact Study be done by an independent company which will provide information as to how this will affect tax payers, economy of the towns, and the income of Wise County. He’s not willing to vote until he sees an Economic Impact Study. The Weldon Cooper Study was not complete. He further noted that the proposed resolution mentions consolidation and he will not vote for the resolution for that reason. He agrees with applying for the literary loan funds. To approve the resolution for funding for consolidation is putting the stamp of approval on that concept that he does not agree with.
Supervisor Bates asked for an Economic Impact Study to ascertain the impact if the County does not move forward.
After further comments, it was noted that this item be placed on the January agenda for further discussion.
Chairman Rivers stated further reasons why he was voting against the proposed resolution for the literary funds. He said the resolution was wrong. The Board of Supervisors did not vote to give $69M to the 2-on-1 project as noted in the resolution. $2M of that $69M was committed for the Appalachia Elementary Gym as noted in their resolution adopted by the Board of Supervisors on October 26, 2010.
The votes to adopt the resolution approving the submission of the application for the literary loans are as follows:
Aye- Fred Luntsford Nay- Robby Robbins
Steve Bates J. H. Rivers
RESOLUTION # _________________2010
(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator’s Office)
A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Bob Adkins, to adjourn the meeting. The motion was unanimously approved.
ATTEST: WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Shannon C. Scott, Clerk J. H. Rivers, Chairman