Board of Supervisors - January 7, 2016 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on Thursday, January 7, 2016 @ 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 Virginia Meador – Vice-Chair
Honorable Dana Kilgore
Honorable Fred Luntsford
Honorable Ronald L. Shortt
Honorable Steve Bates
Honorable J. H. Rivers
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

MINUTES

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, 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 contacted regarding the lack of uniformity in the signage for Bark Camp Lake or Wise-Scott Lake.  He suggested that perhaps VDOT could be contacted to work with the U. S. Forest Service regarding this signage.

IN RE:  CLINCH RIVER VALLEY INITIATIVE UPDATE

Shannon Blevins and Walter Smith, representing the Clinch River Valley Initiative (CRVI), provided the Board with an update on CRVI.

CRVI is a pioneering effort to build local economies in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia, focusing on the Clinch River, one of the most biodiverse river systems in North America.

Project partners are working to connect downtown revitalization, outdoor recreation, water quality, entrepreneurship, and environmental education along the Clinch River.  Using a consensus-based, inclusive approach, action groups are integrating their efforts while also connecting to regional economic development programs.

The vision of CRVI by 2020 is to be global destination based on its unique biodiversity, natural beauty, cultural attractions and outdoor opportunities.  This collaboration will bring measurable economic, environmental and social benefits to the region’s communities while protecting the Clinch’s globally rare species.

Efforts to establish a new state park is underway, new public river access points are being developed, a new “ Hometowns of the Clinch Program” is being launched by local communities, environmental education is increasing, and local entrepreneurs are being nurtured.  There is ever-increasing recognition that the economic health of the region is tied to the well-being of the Clinch River.

IN RE:  PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Chuck Slemp, newly elected Commonwealth Attorney, introduced his office staff to the Board with an update on his goals for the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and the services to be provided to our citizens.

Larry and Glen Roberts addressed the Board regarding the possibility of transferring  the plaque honoring his father Glen Roberts for implementing the “jump shot” in basketball from the former Pound High School to an area such as the Pound Town Hall, which was the former Christopher Gist High School.  Mr. Roberts’s voiced his concern that the history and heritage of Wise County will be lost to the next generation if our past achievements are not preserved.  He realized that some want to make a new start and forget about the past, but people need to know where they’ve been to better understand where they’re going   He said those individuals in our area that have brought recognition to Southwest Virginia should be remembered for generations to come, whether it be small or great.   He suggested the possibility of making a place in the courthouse for achievements of local individuals such as these.  It was further noted that there is a complete history of this plaque in the National Basketball Hall of Fame. 

Several options were discussed  regarding the best location for the plaque with a notation that a follow-up would be made to Mr. Roberts with all options being considered.

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

IN RE:  CONSENT AGENDA

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

IN RE:  AGREEMENT ----- CODERED MASTER SERVICES AGREEMENT

Approved the CODERED Master Services Agreement between Wise County and Emergency Communications Network, LLC as presented

IN RE:  CLOSING OF OFFICE

Ratified the closing of the County Administrator’s Office ½ day on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 and ½ day on Thursday, December 31, 2015

The motion to approve the consent agenda was unanimously approved.

 IN RE:  ARC TV CONTRACT

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Virginia Meador, to approve the renewal of the ARC TV Contract between the Wise County Board of Supervisors and ARC for a term of one year.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  AGREEMENT – WATCH FOR CHILDREN SIGN

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to approve the Watch for Children Sign Agreement as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  BUDGET AMENDMENTS

A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the budget amendments as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT –COAL & GAS ROAD IMPROVEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Virginia Meador nominated J. H. Rivers for re-appointment  to the Coal & Gas Road Improvement Advisory Committee.  Ronnie Shortt made a motion that nominations cease and J. H. Rivers be recommended for re-appointment. 

Aye-      Dana Kilgore                       Nay-  None         Abstain-  J. H. Rivers
                Fred Luntsford
                Robby Robbins
                Ronnie Shortt
                Virginia Meador
                Bob Adkins
                Steve Bates

Motion carried.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – PLANNING COMMISSION

J. H. Rivers made a motion that Dana Kilgore be re-appointed to the Planning Commission.

Supervisor Kilgore declined the appointment.

Mr. Rivers withdrew his motion.

A motion was made by Dana Kilgore to appoint Robby Robbins to the Planning Commission.  Virginia Meador seconded the motion.  The motion was unanimously approved

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – PSA

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Robby Robbins, to re-appoint J. H. Rivers to the Public Service Authority.  The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to re-appoint Fred Luntsford to the Public Services Authority.   The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to reappoint Dana Kilgore to the Public Service Authority.  The motion was unanimously approved.

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Fred Luntsford, to re-appoint Hibert Tackett, Jr. to the Public Service Authority for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – SOCIAL SERVICES BOARD

A motion was made by Bob Adkins, seconded by Ronnie Shortt, to re-appoint Steve Bates to the Social Services Board.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  APPOINTMENT – SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA HEALTH AUTHORITY

J. H. Rivers nominated  Ron Prewitt for re-appointment to the Southwest Virginia Health Authority for a term of four (4) years.

Ronnie Shortt made a motion that nominations cease and Ron Prewitt be re-appointed to the Southwest Virginia Health Authority for a term of four (4) years.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  VCEDA

Robby Robbins nominated Dana Kilgore for re-appointment to the VCEDA Board.
Ronnie Shortt made a motion that nominations cease and Dana Kilgore be re-appointed to the VCEDA Board.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION CONSEALED GUN CARRY PERMITS

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to approve the resolution supporting the reciprocity of State to State recognition of the ability to carry concealed hand guns and Virginia’s recognition of the permits held in certain other states.  The motion was unanimously approved.

RESOLUTION #1-2016

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

 IN RE:  CLOSE SESSION

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, 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 Fred Luntsford, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION CLOSE SESSION CERTIFICATION

A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by J. H. Rivers, 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 heard or discussed by the Board of Supervisors.  The motion was unanimously approved by roll call vote.

RESOLUTION #2-2016

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

ADJOURN

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to adjourn the meeting at 9:45 PM.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ATTEST:                                                               WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

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

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