Board of Supervisors - August 13, 2015 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular Meeting on August 13, 2015 @ 6:00 PM at the Wise County School Board Education Center located on Lake Street in Wise.  The following members were present:

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

Robby Robbins led in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

MINUTES

A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

AGENDA CHANGE

A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to combine public expression and presentations to expedite the meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

AGENDA

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

ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Administrator Scott provided an update on new additions and the lack of funding going into the unpaved road fund for new additions.

Supervisor Rivers asked Mr. Scott to provide him with a status report on the speed study he asked for recently.

PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Gloria Bryant, a resident of Norton, spoke to the Board about the possibility of purchasing the old J. J. Kelly High School and the old Pound High School for the purpose of creating Youth Centers.  She expressed the need for some recreational facilities to keep the kids off of the streets and give them a place for extracurricular activities.  Ms. Bryant said she is in the process of preparing a proposal that will be completed shortly at which time a copy will be given to the Board for review. She noted that she has also spoken to the School Board regarding the purchase of these two schools.

Adam Wells, representing Appalachian Voices as Economic Diversification Program Coordinator, came before the Board to encourage the Board to adopt the resolution POWER + PLAN that is on the Board’s agenda for discussion and to encourage Federal  Legislators to pass legislation associated with the POWER + PLAN.  Mr. Wells noted the following benefits for coal producing localities:

  1.  Economic aid to communities that have suffered from coal mine closures and power plant conversions from coal to natural gas

  2. $1 billion dollars would come from the “Sunset Fund” of the AML Program  over 5 years ($200 million per year)

  3. $6 million dollars per year for the State of Virginia

  4. $35 million dollars would go  now thru ARC to local entities  such as LENOWISCO PD1, Cumberland Plateau PDC, Workforce Investment Board Area One and other local agencies

  5. Financial Assistance made available to the UMWA Health and Pension Plan

Mr. Wells notes too that some other localities have already approved the resolution.

The following individuals voiced their support for the Power +Plan:

Diana Withen
David Dotson
Laura Miller
Willie Dotson
Debbie Gillespie

There being no further comment, public expression was closed.

CONSENT AGENDA

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION SUPPORTING IMPROVEMENTS TO RT. 619

Approved the resolution encouraging VDOT to make certain improvement to Rt. 619 in Scott County that would enhance traffic to the High Knob area in both Wise and Scott counties

Resolution #                 2015

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

IN RE: RESOLUTION POWER + PLAN

Approved the resolution supporting initiatives such as the proposed increased funding noted in the POWER+ Plan and further that the County encourages Senators Kaine and Warner and Congressman Griffith to support such plans that target redevelopment funding opportunities for our region

Resolution #            2015

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – SUPPORT AGREEMENT FOR RODA, OSAKA & STONEGA SEWER PROJECT

Approved the resolution authorizing the execution of a Support Agreement providing for Wise County’s Moral Obligation to make certain appropriations with respect to a water and sewer revenue bond of the Wise County PSA

Resolution #          2015

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

IN RE:  RODA, OSAKA, & STONEGA SEWER PROJECT

Adopted the Rural Development’s Review Record for the Roda, Osaka, & Stonega Sewer Project

IN RE:   MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT ON ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW REQUIREMENTS

Approved the Memorandum of Agreement – Environmental Review Requirements between DHCD and Wise County for ARC construction Projects Managed by DHCD;   Roda, Osaka, &  Stonega Sewer Project

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENT

A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve budget amendment #1 – DMV Stop Administrative Fees in the amount of $5,685.00. The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT  PLANNING COMMISSION

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to appoint Duane Miller to fill the unexpired term of Randy Hamilton on the Planning Commission.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT BUILDING CODE AND APPEALS BOARD

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Virginia Meador, to re-appoint Dan McCoy to the Building Code and Appeals Board.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT BOARD OF ZONING  APPEALS

A motion was made by Steve Bates, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to table the appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals until next month.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT HIGHWAY SAFETY COMMISSION

A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by Robby Robbins, to re-appoint Tony Bates to the Highway Safety Commission.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT RECREATIONAL AUTHORITY

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to re-appoint Debbie Baca to the Recreational Authority.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA COMMUNITY CRIMINAL JUSTICE BOARD

A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by  J. H. Rivers, to re-appoint David Cox to represent Wise County on  the Southwest Virginia Community Criminal Justice Board.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT  WISE COUNTY TOURISM COMMITTEE

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt,  seconded by Dana Kilgore, to table the appointment to the Wise County Tourism Committee until next month.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT WISE COUNTY IDA

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to appoint Debbie Baca to fill the unexpired term of James E. Short on the Wise County IDA.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  CLOSE SESSION

A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Steve Bates, to go into close 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 close session, a motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION CERTIFYING MATTERS DISCUSSED IN CLOSE SESSION

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the resolution certifying that only public business 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.

RESOLUTION #                  2015

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

IN RE:  CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE LAW CLERK POSITION

A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to hire a replacement for the Circuit Court Judge’s Law Clerk position.  The motion was unanimously approved.

BOARD COMMENTS

There were brief comments from Board members.

Supervisors Rivers stated that he keeps getting complaints on residential property that is not being mowed and kept up, which is causing rats and snakes to invade neighbor’s property.  He asked Attorney Mullins to ascertain any legal solution to this situation.

He also asked Administrator Scott for an update on the Food Bank Building.  He stressed the need to proceed in haste to complete this facility due to the needs of the Citizens.

Administrator Scott stated that a memo went out today to Board members giving a status report on  both financial and physical aspects of this project.  He said he is working aggressively with the Food Bank Board and others to expedite the construction of this building and reduce costs as much as possible.

ADJOURN

There being no further business, a motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 PM.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ATTEST:                                                                                     WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

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

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