Board of Supervisors - August 7, 2014 Regular Meeting

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Memo for Record:  The Board of Supervisors did not have a meeting in July.

The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular Meeting on Thursday, August 7, 2014 @ 6:00 PM in the School Board Education Center located in Wise.  The following members were present:

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

Mike Winters, Pastor Wise Baptist Church, led in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

MINUTES

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on June 12, 2014 as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the minutes of the Recessed Meeting held on June 26, 2014 as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

AGENDA

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to approve the agenda as presented to include item in red.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

None

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – SOLID WASTE ORDINANCE #3-1975 (CONSTRUCTION/DEMOLITION)

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments regarding a proposed amendment to Solid Waste Ordinance #3-1975 regarding fees for disposal of Construction / Demolition Waste.

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

IN RE:  EXTENSION AGENT INTRODUCTION

Emily Pomfrey, the new Extension Agent for Wise County, introduced herself to the Board with an overview of her duties.

IN RE:  WYMT  TV  UPDATE

Steve Blankenbecler, representing Virginia/Kentucky Communications, addressed the Board regarding the possibility of restoring the WYMT TV station to Wise County citizens.   At the present time, an option is being pursued to receive the WYMT Kentucky station signal from the water tower located at the old Appalachia Regional Hospital in Wise.  From that point, the signal would be sent to the Courthouse, and on to county residents through the County’s Channel 19.   Once the cost for the equipment to meet this transition has been received, and all requirements met by Comcast, WYMT, and the County, restoration should be in place before cold weather.

There was some discussion and concern on whether or not putting WYMT on Channel 19 would interfere with the County’s regular programming.

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

 Richard Mullins, a citizen of upper Exeter, addressed the Board requesting a Noise Ordinance for Wise County.  He explained problems with loud noise that occur in his neighborhood that is very disruptive to his family as well as other neighbors.  The Sheriff’s Office has been good to respond to this problem but without some type of Noise Ordinance being in place to control the noise, nothing can be done.

Attorney Mullins stated that it has been several years since the Board looked at a Noise Ordinance.  Since that time, there has been new regulations adopted that may give the Board some options to control noise to a certain degree.  She said she would prepare a draft for the Board to review prior to the next meeting.

IN RE:  CONSET AGENDA

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

IN RE:  ORDINANCE RECOGNIZING LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL IN LINE OF DUTY 

Approved setting a public hearing (9-11-2014 @ 6:00 PM) on a proposed amendment to the ordinance recognizing certain law enforcement, fire, and rescue personnel as official and integral parts of the safety program of Wise County

IN RE:  RESOLUTION HONORING GRACIE HENSLEY

Adopted a resolution honoring Gracie Hensley for her 44 years of faithful service to Wise County and its citizens

RESOLUTION #         2014

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

The motion to approve the Consent agenda was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  CONDITIONAL REZONING – SCOTTIE SKEENS

A public hearing was held on June 26, 2014 for public comments on a request from Scottie Skeens for a Conditional Rezoning of 2.868 acres of property located at 4943 Dan Hall Road in the Coeburn section of Wise County for the purpose of constructing a recreational vehicle park.

The Board, at its meeting on June 26, discussed several issues with Mr. Skeens and asked that he provide to the Board, at its meeting in September, plans for meeting the concerns of the residents located near the proposed park, and plans to meet the requirements as noted by the Building & Zoning Department.

In the absence of Mr. Skeens at this meeting, there was some discussion on the location of Skeens property in relation to the proposed development of Spearhead Trails.  It was noted that there are many unanswered details regarding the trail’s route at this time.  

Attorney Mullins advised the Board that Mr. Skeens is asking for a conditional rezoning for a RV Park, which is a different issue from the trail head.  However, the Board can put restrictions on the rezoning but not on the trails or on private property.

There was some discussion on preparing a uniform policy for RV Parks in the County since this may be an ongoing request due to the development of the Spearhead Trails.  It was noted that a policy of this nature would not be fair because every request would be in a different location with different needs.

After further discussion, a motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to table this request until the September meeting for more information from Mr. Skeens on his plans for the RV Park.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  ORDINANCE #3-1975 AMENDMENT ON SOLID WASTE (CONSTRUCTION/DEMOLITION)

A public hearing was held on 8-7-2014 to receive citizens input on a proposed amendment to Wise County Solid Waste ordinance #3-1975 on construction/demolition ).  There were no public comments regarding the proposed amendment.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the amendment to the Solid Waste Ordinance #3-1975 on construction/demolition waste as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ORDINANCE AMENDMENT-#3-1975 SOLID WASTE (CONSTRUCTION/DEMOLITION)

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

IN RE:  ORDINANCE #3-1975 AMENDMENT ON SOLID WASTE (LITTER)

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Robby Robbins, to set a public hearing 9-11-2014 @ 6:00 PM to receive citizens’ comments regarding an amendment to Solid Waste Ordinance #3-1975 regarding Litter.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  ORDINANCE  ELECTRONIC SUMMONS SYSTEMS COST ASSESSMENT

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to set a public hearing for 9-11-2014 @ 6:00 PM to receive citizens’ comments regarding a proposed ordinance on electronic summons systems cost assessment.   The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve budget amendments #1 & #2 as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – IDA

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to re-appoint James K. Gilley to the IDA for a four (4) year term.  The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Bob Adkins, to appoint Russell Wampler to the IDA for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – SOCIAL SERVICES BOARD

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Bob Adkins, to re-appoint James W. Bryant to the Social Services Board for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – WISE COUNTY TOURISM COMMITTEE

A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by Robby Robbins, to re-appoint Sara McReynolds to the Wise County Tourism Committee for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

Supervisor Kilgore asked that citizens come forward and serve on the different boards, commissions and committees.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT –LONESOME PINE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by Bob Adkins, to table the appointment to the Lonesome Pine Library Board of Trustees until the September meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Robby Robbins, to go into closed session as permitted by the Code of Virginia per the following Code Sections:

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

(A)(7)  Consultation with legal counsel
(A)(1)  Personnel

After a lengthy closed session, a motion was made by Dana Kilgore, 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. Rivers, to adopt the resolution certifying that only matters lawfully exempted from open meeting requirements as were identified in the motion convening the closed meeting were heard or discussed in closed session.  The motion was unanimously approved by roll call vote. 

RESOLUTION #         2014

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

IN RE:  MAINTENANCE  DEPARTMENT SALARY INCREASE

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to approve a one step increase for the Maintenance Supervisor in the Maintenance Department effective July 1, 2014.  The motion was unanimously approved.

BOARD COMMENTS

There were brief comments from Board members.

ADJOURN

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved. 

ATTEST:                                                                                 WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

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

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