Board of Supervisors -March 13, 2014 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular Meeting on Thursday, March 13, 2014 @ 6:00 PM in the School Board Education Center located on Lake Street in Wise.  The following members were present:

Honorable Robert R. Adkins – Chairman
Honorable Dana Kilgore
Honorable Robert E. Robbins, Jr.
Honorable J. H. Rivers
Honorable Fred Luntsford
Honorable Steve Bates
Honorable Ronald L. Shortt – 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 Virginia Meador

PRAYER

Bob Adkins led in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

MINUTES

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

AGENDA

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the agenda as presented to include items in red.  The motion was unanimously approved.
 
ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

None

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

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding the proposed E-911 road name addition (Campus Ridge Drive) located on road off Coeburn Mountain Road for the new apartment buildings located near the college.

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

IN RE:  WISE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Mary Lou Prior, representing the Wise County Public Library, stated that the LP Regional Library has been selected for the fourth time to receive the Big Read Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  She gave an overview of the programs that are being offered to the children, young teens, and adults.  The book True Grit and a schedule of events were provided to each Board member.  Ms. Prior thanked the Board for its support in providing reading and a public library for its citizens.

IN RE:  SANDS ANDERSON UPDATE ON REFINANCNG

Finance Administrator Cox stated that he, Chairman Adkins and Supervisor Rivers went to Richmond to meet with the Virginia Public School Authority to discuss the possibility of refinancing VPSA debt for Wise County, which would benefit the County in its budget shortfall for cash flow.  Finances and opportunities for Wise County were discussed.   He noted that this is not any new money for schools but a refinancing of the existing debt for Wise County and obtaining a different debt structure to free up cash flow to help alleviate some existing budget pressures.

Dan Siegel, representing Sands Anderson, explained that this action does require some restructuring of existing debt without extending the maturity of the major debt, and at the same time, will put the County in the position for some relief from the budget stress this year.  A number of Virginia Public School Authority loans were identified, which is most of the county and school debt plus a few literary loans.  A meeting was held with representatives of the Virginia Treasurer Department that controls the Virginia Public School Authority to discuss the County’s financial status and the possibility of restructuring the County’s existing debt.     

Mr. Siegel explained that the School Board at its last meeting adopted a similar resolution that is before the Board for the issuance of bonds for the restructuring of its existing obligations, which will allow this process to move forward, if adopted.  He noted that the feedback from their presentation in Richmond has been positive and the next step is to move forward with the adoption of the resolution that is currently before the Board.

 IN RE:  HEALTH CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

Dr. Sue Cantrell, representing the Wise County Health Department, addressed the Board with a power point presentation on health issues that face our county.  Charts showing median income, children living in poverty, and the complications associated with different types of diabetes were reviewed and discussed.  She noted that prevention and quality care for diabetes has declined especially for those uninsured.  Health disparities and challenges that face our area were reviewed.  In closing, Dr. Cantrell voiced her concern for the lack of proper health care being accessible to our citizens. 

Mark Mutter, CEO for the Norton Community Hospital, addressed the Board regarding access to care for citizens of Wise County.  He spoke briefly on the proposed resolution before the Board urging the Virginia General Assembly to develop and implement in the Commonwealth of Virginia a plan to provide more Virginians with access to the benefits of the Virginia Medicaid Program.   He noted that in the Commonwealth of Virginia, if coverage for Medicaid was expanded, approximately 400,000 citizens would receive that increased access and 2500 additional Wise County residents.  The Affordable Care Act has had a negative impact on reimbursements to hospitals, which has created an increased burden for hospitals and other health care providers.  It’s a struggle to meet the needs of the citizens and associated financial obligations.  He asked for the Board’s consideration in approving this resolution supporting a Virginia Plan to enhance the Medicaid Program. 

Stacy Ely, representing Mountain States Health Alliance, stated that beginning January 1, 2014, Virginia residents began paying taxes to pay for the Affordable Care Act.  Because of this, Mountain States has 750 fewer employees today than one year ago.  If some relief is not given back to the local hospitals, she stated that they cannot continue to operate under these conditions and give the citizens the care they deserve.  Medicaid expansion could alleviate issues involving access to healthcare and other disparities the local residents face.  This would alleviate some of the loss for caring for the uninsured. There have been other cuts to their system as well.  She asked the Board for its support in bringing some relief back to the local hospitals by adopting this resolution supporting a Virginia Plan to enhance Medicaid. 

N RE:  AGENDA ADDITION

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Steve Bates, to amend the agenda to add the resolution supporting the Virginia Medicaid Program for consideration by the Board.

Supervisor Kilgore noted that since the Board only received this resolution prior to this meeting she asked that it be placed on the agenda at the Board’s next meeting to allow time to digest the content of the resolution.

It was noted that this meeting will be continued until March 18.   Supervisor River amended his motion to place the proposed resolution on the agenda for the March 18, 2014 meeting for the Board’s consideration.  The motion was unanimously approved.
   
A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Steve Bates, to address the workshop meeting date of March 18, 2014 for a possible change.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 

PUBLIC EXPRESSION

None
  
IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the consent agenda as follows:

IN RE:  APPROPRIATIONS 4TH QUARTER

Approved the 4th quarter appropriations

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  E-911 ROAD NAME ADDITION

A public hearing was held on March 13, 2014 to receive citizens comments regarding the proposed E-911 road name Campus Ridge Drive.  There was no opposition to the proposed name.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the E-911 road name (Campus Ridge Drive) as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION RODA/OSAKA/STONEGA SEWER PROJECT

Frank Kibler, representing LENOWISCO Planning District, addressed the Board with an update on the Roda/Osaka/Stonega Sewer Project.  He asked the Board’s consideration and approval of the resolution before them in support of the Community Development Block Gran Application for this sewer project.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve the resolution in support of a Community Development Block Grant Application for the Roda/Osaka/Stonega Sewer Project Phase 1.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #9- 2014

(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator’s Office)
 
IN RE:  RESOLUTION GENERAL OBLIGATION SCHOOL BONDS

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to approve the resolution regarding the issuance of General Obligation School Bonds for school purposes to be sold to the Virginia Public School Authority.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION # 10- 2014

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

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENT

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve budget amendment # 15 as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  BOARD OF EQUALIZATION

Robby Robbins nominated Mark Harrison to the Board of Equalization for District 4
Ronnie Shortt nominated Martha Jett to the Board of Equalization for District 1
J. H. Rivers nominated Jim Cornett to the Board of Equalization for District 3
Steve Bates nominated Bill Wampler to the Board of Equalization for District 2

Fred Luntsford made a motion that nominations cease and the slate of appointees as noted be nominated for appointment to the Board of Equalization by acclamation.  Ronnie Shortt seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

J. H. Rivers nominated Ralph Gilley as an alternate to the Board of Equalization.
Robby Robbins made a motion that nominations cease and Mr. Gilley be nominated for appointment as an alternate to the Board of Equalization.  The vote was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – PLANNING COMMISSION

A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by Robby Robbins, to table the appointment to the Planning Commission until the April meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

BREAK

The Board took a break at 7:08 PM
The meeting reconvened at 7:12 PM

IN RE:  CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to go into closed session as permitted by the Code of Virginia as follows:

  • Section 2.2-3711(A)(6)  Investing of public funds

  •                                (A)(1)  Personnel

The motion was unanimously approved.

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by J. H. River, to approve the resolution certifying that only public business matters lawfully exempted from open meeting as were identified in the motion convening the closed meeting were discussed or heard by the Board of Supervisors.  The motion was unanimously approved by roll call vote.

RESOLUTION # 11-2014

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

IN RE:  COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT POWELL VALLEY ROAD

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to approve the Comprehensive Agreement for the Powell Valley Road.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RECESS

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to recess the meeting until Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ATTEST:                                                               WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

___________________________________              ___________________________________

Shannon C. Scott, Clerk                                               Robert R. Adkins, Chairman

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