Board of Supervisors - December 8, 2011 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular Meeting on Thursday, December 8, 2011 @ 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 J. H. Rivers
Honorable Fred Luntsford
Honorable Ronald L. Shortt
Honorable Steve Bates
Honorable Robert E. Robbins, Jr. – members of said Board and
Shannon C. Scott – County Administrator
David L. Cox – Finance Administrator
Karen T. Mullins – County Attorney
Annette Underwood – Executive Secretary

PRAYER

George Aichel – Retired Minister, led in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

MINUTES

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

AGENDA

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the agenda as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

No requests for VDOT.

IN RE:  CROOKED ROAD UPDATE

Jack Hinshelwood, Executive Director for Crooked Road, addressed the Board with an update on Crooked Road / WiseJam.  He stated that they are working together with other organizations at Heartwood to showcase all of the artisans, music, cultural assets, and outdoor recreation authors in the communities of Wise County.  The whole purpose of Heartwood, being a gateway to Southwest Virginia, is to entice tourists to come into Wise County to see what each community has to offer.  Also, in the making, is the endeavor to develop another Crooked Road wayside for the Town of Wise.  There are presently 26 waysides along the 330 mile route of the Crooked Road. 

The main reason for coming before the Board is to brief the Board on the Traditional Music Education Plan for Southwest Virginia.  This plan includes two (2) pilot programs that are to be placed in communities.  One of the programs has been chosen for Wise, which has been a text book example of how these after school programs called WiseJam, teaches children how to play music.

Jonathan Ramero, Project Manager for Crooked Road, addressed the Board regarding the traditional education plan which is a new addition to the Crooked Road to increase traditional music education in this region; mainly the WiseJam Program.  He explained the mechanics of the program, the different funding sources, and how it has brought the many organizations together to accomplish the goal for this program.  Further funding sources are being sought from private, corporate, and civic organizations sponsorships.  He noted that any financial assistance that the Board could provide would be appreciated.

Finance Administrator Cox was asked to ascertain if there is any funding in the budget that can be put toward this program.

PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Skip Skinner, representing LENOWISCO Planning District Commission, addressed the Board with a brief report on the return on local Government Investment in LENOWISCO.  He noted that for every $1 Wise County invested in LENOWISCO (2006 – 2011) it received in return $5.23 of direct funding and $47.28 of in-direct funding assistance.  These figures represent approximately 1,000 new or improved water / wastewater connections through the County.

Other LENOWISCO benefits to Wise County / City of Norton are as follows:

  • Assistance with 2010 Census Redistricting Map updates

  • Assistance to various towns in Wise County through the Comprehensive Plan update process

  • Coordination between various local, state, and federal agencies on a wide range of transportation, infrastructure, funding and long-term planning needs and issues

Zelma Aichel, a resident of Wise, voiced her appreciation for the Christmas poster that has been placed in the window at the Wise Inn, which was appropriate for the season and also implied that the restoration of the Inn is still ongoing.

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

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the consent as follows:

IN RE:  E-911 ROAD NAME ADDITION

Set public hearing (January 5, 2012 @ 6:00 PM) on a proposed E-911 road name addition

IN RE:  MATH/SCIENCE FUNDS

Authorized the use of math/science funds for ISS Downlink - $6K

IN RE:  RESOLUTION REVENUE SHARING PROJECT – TRANSFER OF FUNDS

Approved resolution to de-allocate previous Revenue Sharing funding from completed or dropped projects and move those funds to active ongoing projects

RESOLUTION #                   2011

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION AMENDING CURRENT SECONDARY 6-YEAR IMPROVEMENT PLAN

Approved resolution designating three (3) projects as Revenue Sharing Projects and amending the current Secondary Six Year Plan

RESOLUTION #                       2011

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION HONORING STATE SENATOR WILLAM C. WAMPLER

Administrator Scott advised that Senator Wampler has recently had surgery and was unable to attend the meeting.

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to approve the resolution honoring State Senator William C. Wampler, Jr. for his distinguished service in the Virginia State Senate to the citizens of the 40th Senatorial District and the entire State of Virginia.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #                         2011

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

It was agreed that Senator Wampler be asked to come to a later meeting to accept the resolution.

IN RE:  RECYCLING CENTER VISIT

Board members discussed possible dates in January or February for a visit to the Recycling facility located in Bedford.

After discussion, a motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Bob Adkins, to set Wednesday, January 25 or Friday, January 27 as tentative dates for visiting the Recycling Center and this topic is to be placed on the January agenda for a final decision.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Chairman Kilgore asked that Litter Coordinator Greg Cross communicate with the Bedford facility to ascertain which of these dates would be more feasible for them.

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve budget amendments #18 thru #21 as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – PLANNING COMMISSION

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to re-appoint Randy Hamilton to the Planning Commission for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – RECREATIONAL AUTHORITY

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to appoint Kay Shortt to the Recreational Authority for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – SOCIAL SERVICES BOARD

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to appoint Larry Joe Hill to the Social Services Board for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Steve Bates, to table the appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals until the January meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  T&L CONTRACT – MECC ACCESS ROAD

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to approve the Engineering Contract with T&L, Inc. for the design of the MECC 2nd  access road.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Bob Adkins, to go into closed session to discuss the following as permitted by the Code of Virginia:

  • Section 2.2-3711(A)(1) – Personnel

  • Section 2.2-3711(A)(6) – Discuss investing of public funds

The motion was unanimously approved.

After closed session, a motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Bob Adkins, to reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – CLOSED SESSION

Secretary Underwood read the certification for closed meetings.

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to approve the resolution verifying matters discussed while in closed session.  The motion was unanimously approved by roll call vote.

RESOLUTION #                        2011

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

IN RE:  SEWAGE DISPOSAL STUDY 
  
A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Robby Robbins, to authorize an expenditure of up to $25,000 for a study on a long term septic sewage disposal.

Aye-       Steve Bates                           Abstain – Virginia Meador
                Ronnie Shortt
                Robby Robbins
                Dana Kilgore
                J. H. Rivers
                Fred Luntsford
                Bob Adkins

Motion carried

IN RE:  ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING DATE

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to move the January Workshop meeting to January 9, 2012 @ 6:00 PM and set the Organizational meeting on January 9, 2012 @ 5:50 PM.

After some discussion of these dates Bob Adkins asked for a brief recess to check his calendar.

Supervisor Robbins withdrew his motion and Supervisor Luntsford withdrew his second on the motion as noted above.

RECESS

A recess was taken at 7:35 PM
The meeting reconvened at 7:40 PM

IN RE:  ORGANIZATIONAL/ WORKSHOP MEETING DATES

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to set the Organizational meeting for Monday, January 9, 2012 @ 5:50 PM and change the January Workshop meeting to Monday, January 9, 2012 @ 6:00 PM.  The motion was unanimously approved.

BOARD COMMENTS

There were brief comments from Board members.

Chairman Kilgore asked that a representative from Comcast come before the Board with an update on program changes, services being offered and any package deals that would benefit the elderly and low income families.

ADJOURN

There being no further business, a motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ATTEST:                                                               WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

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

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