Board of Supervisors - February 12, 2015 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular Meeting on Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 6:00 PM in The Wise County School Board Education Center located on Lake street in Wise, VA.  The following members were present:

Honorable Robert R. Adkins – Chairman
Honorable Virginia Meador – Vice-Chair
Honorable Dana Kilgore
Honorable J. H. Rivers
Honorable Robert  E. Robbins, Jr.
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 Steve Bates, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

AGENDA

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to approve the agenda as presented to include the items in red.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Supervisor Robbins asked that VDOT be encouraged to correct the curve on Rt. 58 in Tacoma outside corporate limits toward Coeburn.

Supervisor Shortt asked that VDOT be contacted regarding center lines needing to be painted in the South Fork section of Pound.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING “THE NASH HOUSE”

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments on a proposed ordinance for a tax exempt status for property owned by The Nash Historical Preservation Corporation.  There was no public opposition to the proposed ordinance.
There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed.

IN RE:  SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA CULTURAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION UPDATE

Becky Nave and Jack Morgan, representing the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation , provided a power point presentation on Southwest Virginia cultural heritage noting that the rural Appalachia, Southwest Virginia has seen strong downward trends in the traditional economic sectors of manufacturing, mining, and agriculture over the last four decades

Beginning in the early 2000’s, Southwest Virginia began to look at its unique assets for economic development.  A strategy for a creative economy based off of the region’s authentic, distinctive, and alive assets of traditional music, art and craft, local food and drink, and outdoor beauty and recreation has been put into motion.  From this, The Crooked Road and “Round the Mountain” were developed, branded and marketed.   The entire region itself also began community development efforts and a branding/marketing campaign under the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission (now called Foundation).

The development of a creative economy in Southwest Virginia has had a significant impact on tourism and the economy.  They expounded with excitement on the endeavors that are being put forth by community leaders to make Southwest Virginia a good place to visit and to make it a permanent dwelling.

Board members were given a SWVA Economic Analysis Report showing  Travel Expenditures Charts, Meals and Lodging Tax Revenue Graphs, and Human Capital Charts.

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to approve the consent agenda as follows:

IN RE:  COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE  REQUEST

Approved the request from the Commissioner of Revenue for a personal property refund to Lisco Industries, Inc., T/A VA-KY Communications, adjusted per Audit & Corporate,  in the amount of $17,537.00

IN RE:  RESOLUTION (AMENDMENT) POWELL VALLEY CAMPUS ROAD PROJECT

Approved the amended Resolution for the Powell Valley Campus Road Project

RESOLUTION #               - 2015

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION FOR SPEED STUDY RT. 885

Approved resolution requesting Speed study on Route 885

RESOLUTION #    -2015

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

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  ORDINANCE  TAX EXEMPT STATUS – THE NASH HOUSE

A public hearing was held on February 12, 2015 to receive citizens’ comments on a proposed tax exempt status ordinance for The Nash House.  There was no opposition to the proposed ordinance.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to approve the Tax Exempt Ordinance for The Nash House as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ORDINANCE #        -2015

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

IN RE:  PURPLE LADYBUGS REQUEST

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to place a memorial plaque at the Justice Center in memory of Emma Marie Baldwin, the two year old who died as a victim of domestic violence on October 22, 2012. The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  CSA BUDGET INCREASE  FOR FY 2014/15 BUDGET

Finance Administrator Cox explained that the CSA Board continues to see increased expenditures through additional cases and more expensive placements of the County youth.  That increase has shown to be an amount greater that 1% of the County’s FY 2014/15 budget, which requires a public hearing.  He asked that a public hearing be set for the March meeting for public input on this proposed increase.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to set a public hearing on March 12, 2015 @ 6:00 PM to receive citizens’ input on a proposed increase in the County’s FY 2014/15 budget that totals an amount greater that 1% of the adopted 2014/15 budget.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION BARK CAMP LAKE ELECTRICAL UPGRADES

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to approve the resolution encouraging the United States Forest service to implement applicable electrical upgrades to the campground facilities at Bark Camp Lake.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #    -2015

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION REGARDING COALFIELD EMPLOYMENT ENHANCEMENT TAX CREDIT

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the resolution opposing reduction or elimination of the Coalfield Employment Enhancement Tax Credit.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #       -2015

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

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve budget amendments #15 thru #17 as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT  COMMUNITY POLICY AND MANAGEMENT BOARD

Ronnie Shortt nominated Brenda Lee for re-appointment to the Community Policy and Management Board.

J. H. Rivers made a motion that nomination cease and Brenda Lee be appointed by acclamation.  Virginia Meador seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING AUTHORITY

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to re-appoint Randy Carter to the Redevelopment and Housing Authority.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT ROUNDTABLE EXECUTIVE BOARD

Ronnie Shortt nominated  Robby Robbins for re-appointment to the Roundtable Executive Board. 

Dana Kilgore made a motion that nominations cease and Robby Robbins be appointed by acclamation.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT PLANNING DISTRICT 1 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES BOARD

Robby Robbins nominated Virginia Meador for appointment to the Planning District 1 Behavioral Health Services Board.

J. H. Rivers made a motion that nominations cease and Virginia Meador be appointed by acclamation.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  LANDFILL ENGINEERING SERVICES

Administrator Scott stated that the County advertised for requests for proposals for engineering services for the solid waste needs of Wise County.  After viewing the responses, the Landfill Committee ranked as #1 and interviewed Thompson & Litton, Inc.  T&L is currently in the process of preparing a new Owner Engineering Agreement for 2015, which the committee will compare to the 2009 Agreement.  In the meantime, T&L was asked to prepare an Interim Proposal for these two projects which total $9,200.00.  These projects represent work that needs to be completed prior to the receipt of the new Owner-Engineer Agreement.   

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the T&L, Inc. Interim Proposal as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION VDOT INTERSECTION RT 630  & Rt. 671

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to approve the resolution requesting the VDOT Bristol District Office conduct a formal traffic study to evaluate the potential for a serious accident at  the intersection on Rt 630 (North Fork) & 671 (South Fork) near Pound, and the need for a warning signal.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #    -2015

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

IN RE:  CLOSED SESSION

A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by Steve Bates, 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

The motion was unanimously approved.

After a lengthy closed session, a motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, 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 approve the resolution certifying that matters lawfully exempted from open meeting requirements, 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 #      -2015

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

BOARD COMMENTS

There were few comments from Board members.

ADJOURN

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 PM.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ATTEST:                                                                    WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

___________________________________                   ________________________________

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

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