Board of Supervisors - August 4, 2011 Workshop Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Workshop meeting on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 6:00 PM in the Board of Supervisors meeting room located in the Wise County Courthouse.  The following members were present:

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

ABSENT

Honorable Robert E. Robbins, Jr.

PRAYER

Shannon Scott led in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – E-911 ROAD NAME ADDITIONS

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments on the following E-911 road name additions:

  • Champions Avenue – Located off Powell Valley Rd.- BSG –Requested by school

  • Patriot Drive – Located off Coeburn Mtn. Rd., Wise –Justice Ctr. Location-Submitted by Wise County

  • Zephyr Drive – Located off Windswept Blvd. in Wise – Submitted by Wise County

There being no one to speak, the public hearing was closed.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – BUDGET AMENDMENT – SCHOOL FINANCING

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments on a change to the budget for Wise County for FY 2011-2012 related to school financing.  This change in the budget is an amount greater than 1% of the adopted budget for Wise County for FY 2011-2012, thus requiring a public hearing.

Walter Crouse, a resident of the Hurricane section of Wise, voiced his opposition to the proposed amendment.  He said $45M would be sufficient to fund the proposed school projects.

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

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – QUALIFIED SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION BONDS

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding the intention of the Board of Supervisors to adopt a resolution authorizing the issuance of a not to exceed $15M principal amount of a general obligation school bond of Wise County Virginia.   The bond is to be issued for financing capital projects for public school purposes and is to be sold to the Virginia Public School Authority.

There being no one to speak, the public hearing was closed.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING –ORDINANCE CLINCH VALLEY VOTNG PRECINCT NAME/ADDRESS CHANGE

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments on a proposed ordinance regarding a name/address change for the polling place for the Clinch Valley Precinct in District Four, specifically changing Wise County Christian School to Wise County Justice Center.

There being no one to speak, the public hearing was closed.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – POLLING PLACE CHANGE – APPLACHIA PRECINCT

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding a polling place change for the Appalachia Precinct from Appalachia High School Gym to the Appalachia Civic Center in District One.

Attorney Mullins asked that this item be removed from the agenda since the Appalachia High School Gym will be available for voting in the upcoming election in November.

IN RE:  HEARTWOOD UPDATE

Todd Christensen provided an overview of the Heartwood activities.  He explained that Heartwood is a 27,000 sq. ft. facility featuring traditional music, original crafts, and locally produced cuisine.  There is live music, jewelry, pottery, quilts, and hand turned creations from local artisans available. The facility is also available for weddings and special events.  Heartwood has one of the largest collections of traditional American music in the country and handmade instruments crafted by master artisans in the Crooked Road Store.  A large selection of memorabilia is available for fans of all ages.

The food is grown and harvested locally.  The chefs have travelled Southwest Virginia to find the best country recipes that can be offered as “take and go”, sit-down, or buffet style options for the convenience of the citizens.

Mr. Christensen noted that the Heartwood Center is projected to have an economic impact of more that $28M for the region.

He noted another hospitality spot that will be a tourist attraction to Wise County and that is the historic Wise Inn that is under renovation at this time.  Business people looking for a new location browse the internet for areas that have quality of life, educational opportunities and high speed telecommunications and Wise County has all three.  The key to making Wise County and the surrounding region successful is “working together”.

IN RE:  SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AMBULANCE SERVICES

Angela Ramey, representing the Ramey Family, owners and operators of Southwest Virginia Ambulance Service LLC, addressed the Board requesting approval to assist in transporting Medicaid recipients, citizens with intellectual disabilities and citizens with other developmental disabilities in this area.  She explained that their services consist of a stretch ambulance and a wheelchair ambulance, whichever serves the need of the patient.

Ms. Ramey stated that they would be working primarily with LogistiCare with their transport services.

The Ramey Family has completed all the requirements through the State Corporation Commission and has received their certification as of June 2011.

PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Walter Crouse, a resident of Hurricane section of Wise, addressed the following:

  • Recent flooding in Wise County

  • State and Local representatives

  • TEA Party

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

  • Set public hearing (September 1, 2011 @ 6:00 PM) proposed Precious Metals Ordinance

  • Set public hearing (September 1, 2011 @ 6:00 PM) proposed ordinance prohibiting shooting of compound bows, crossbows, longbows and recurve bows

  • Set public hearing (September 1, 2011 @ 6:00 PM) proposed E-911 road name addition

  • Resolution Recognizing Tim Troutman for his dedicated service for the National Weather Service in Morristown, TN

  • Resolution Residential Anti-Displacement & Relocation Assistance Plan (Bold Camp Phase 11)

IN RE:  OTHER ITEMS REVIEWED

  • Proposed Solid Waste Recycling Ordinance for Wise County

  • Resolution authorizing issuance of Qualified School Construction Bonds

  • Resolution Honoring Citizen

  • Policy on display of National, State and County Flags

  • Policy on providing DVD copies of Board meeting & other events

  • Budget amendments

  • Budget amendments for school bond financing

  • Appointments

  • Closed Session (Investing of public funds)

IN RE:  UPPER EXETER SEWER SYSTEM

Supervisor Luntsford stated that the project is well on its way with approximately 97% of the residents signing on to the sewer service.  There have been problems with land purchases and other items, which has stalled progress, and in turn has caused some monetary shortfalls.

Jeff Cochran stated that the upper Exeter Sewer Project began three (3) years ago to serve 125 homes with either failing septic systems or straight piping, which is contaminating the waters of Wise County.  There is approximately $1.6M in the project with funding coming from DHCD and other agencies.  Bids were received on Tuesday of this week, which show a shortfall of $300,000.   He explained that at the beginning of this project there were sufficient funds to complete this project, but due to several delays in meeting all the requirements for funding, prices have changed which have resulted in this shortfall.  He further explained the different avenues that have been taken in an attempt to get assistance in completing this project.  The PSA has been approached to possibly take over a part of the maintenance operations. 

Mr. Cochran stated that they are coming before the Board as well as other entities requesting assistance to implement this project.  Theses bids will be good for 60 days.  If additional funds have not been made available at that time, there may not be a project.  He suggested that perhaps Coal Severance money could be used to reduce the paving portion of the project.

Wayne Watts, Project Director, explained that it has been suggested that certain areas that have sewer service be combined and have PSA oversee the projects for cash flow purposes that will benefit everyone.  He reviewed the projects that are ongoing at this point in time.

Chairman Kilgore noted that the PSA should be dealing with the water and sewer issues and they are anxious to take on projects such as this.  She asked that this topic be brought before the PSA at its meeting this month.

BOARD COMMENTS

Supervisor Rivers stated that he has received several calls from citizens that are upset with Comcast because they have moved some of the family oriented programs to higher channels which are not accessible to the older model TVs.  He said that anything that can be done to help the citizens with these changes would be beneficial to County citizens.

Administrator Scott suggested providing information to the citizens by means of the crawl on channel 19.

Supervisor Rivers noted that he has received a request from individuals in his community concerning the new consolidated high schools.  They ask if the County has discretionary funds that they could possibly use for new flags to be placed around the stadium and football field to display their mascot flag during the upcoming football season. 

Attorney Mullins stated that with the consensus of the Board this item could be added to the agenda for action at the next meeting.

With consensus being noted by the Board, Mr. Rivers asked that this item be added to the agenda for next week.

Board members noted events ongoing in their districts.

ADJOURN

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

ATTEST:                                             WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

 ______________________________           ________________________________________
Shannon C. Scott, Clerk                                   Dana G. Kilgore, Chairman

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