The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the School Board Education Board Room located at 628 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
David L. Cox – Finance Administrator
Karen T. Mullins – County Attorney
Annette Underwood – Executive Secretary
Shannon C. Scott – County Administrator
Adrian Dale led the Board in prayer.
All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the minutes as presented. The motion was unanimously approved.
A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: HOPE HOUSE UPDATE
Mary Beth Adkins, Director Family Crisis Support Services, addressed the Board with an update on the services that are provided by the Family Crisis’s Center that grew out of individuals’ and agencies concern for the unmet needs of families facing various crises. Their organization serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness. She noted that volunteers are always welcome to work in the various programs
IN RE: KIDS CENTRAL UPDATE
Darrell Edwards, representing Kids Central, provided the Board with an update on children at risk from the stand point of Kids Central. He felt that all children are at risk due to economic hardship, poor health conditions, lack of resources to compete, and extreme poverty conditions to mention a few. Kids Central is set up to provide some assistance for those that fall in these categories. However, he feels that more organizations are needed to assist with these problems among our youth. Programs such as after school programs, summers programs, and Boys & Girls clubs would be most helpful in giving these children a better chance in life.
Reba Darter Ramey came before the Board requesting assistance in getting a trailer that is near her home removed because it is infested with snakes. This is a 1954 trailer that has been empty for 35 years, in very poor condition, and not fit to live in. She provided pictures of snakes that she has killed including a copperhead. The snakes are in her yard, and on her porch. To her dismay, a building permit has been given to restore the trailer, and she is concerned that this will be a bigger problem for her and for anyone that would live in the trailer because of the snakes. Any help will be appreciated.
Attorney Mullins said she would check into the situation and get information regarding the building permit.
The Board discussed the problem that the County has with unkept properties, and the problems that are associated with buildings that are unsafe. Supervisor Rivers asked that the Administration prepare, for next month’s agenda, what options the Board has to address this issue.
Attorney Mullins reminded the Board that a few years ago the Board reviewed a proposed Property Maintenance Ordinance for the County that was not approved. She said she could revive that ordinance for Board review and comments.
Jim Cox, speaking for a group of citizens living around the Data Center that has recently been constructed in the Industrial Park on Coeburn Mountain, asked the Board for information regarding the Data Center and its contents. The people are concerned for their safety because of the high security that surrounds the Center. They feel they may be a target for terrorist. He said the residents were not informed about a facility such as this being built that close to their homes nor the purpose prior to it being constructed.
Several Board members explained that the facility has high security due to the highly classified information that is housed there by the government and other state agencies. There is no need for feeling unsafe. The facility contains data that needs to be kept in a safe environment, which may be compared to citizens placing their valuables in a bank vault. The answers were not sufficient to please Mr. Cox.
Jim Cox mentioned that the noise from the Frontier facility A/C unit is very loud and troublesome for the nearby citizens and their peace of mind. He asked if something could be done to muffle the sound.
Another problem he mentioned was the hunting that is ongoing on the airport property that has the neighbors deeply concerned for their safety. Gun shots can be heard in the wee hours of morning waking residents not knowing if there is trouble, people hunting, or doing target practice.
Walter Crouse, a resident of Hurricane, addressed the Board with suggested measures that he feels would make Wise County a better and more beautiful place to live.
Terry Church, a resident living behind the Frontier facility, stated that the A/C from the Frontier facility is very loud and annoying to the residents living in that area. He told the Board that anything they could do to muffle the noise would be appreciated.
There being no further comments, the public expression was closed.
IN RE: PUMP AND HAUL PERMIT
A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the request from Wayne Wheatley, President of the Nash Historical Preservation Corporation, that the Nash House be added to the County’s Pump and Haul Permit. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: BUILDING/DEMOLITION POLICY DISCUSSION
Due to the nature of the building /demolition policy, and to save time, Supervisor Luntsford suggested that a committee be appointed, with assistance from the Leadership Team, to prepare a proposed policy on the building/demolition needs for the Board to review for possible adoption. J. H. Rivers and Fred Luntsford agreed to assist the Leadership Team in preparing this policy.
Attorney Mullins asked that Board members provide any suggestions they may have to be included in the policy.
A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Steve Bates, to appoint Fred Luntsford, and J. H. Rivers to serve on a committee with assistance from the Leadership Team to prepare a Building/Demolition Policy for Board review. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: BUDGET AMENDMENTS
A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to approve budget amendment #6 and #7 as presented. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: APPOINTMENT – LONESOME PINE YOUTH SERVICES BOARD
A motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to re-appoint Lester Bowman to the LP Youth Services Board for a term of four (4) years. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: APPOINTMENT – PLANNING DISTRICT 1 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES BOARD
Dana Kilgore nominated Michael O’Donnell for re-appointment to the Planning District 1 (Behavioral Health Services Board for a term of three years.
J. H. Rivers made a motion that nominations cease and Michael O’Donnell be re-appointed by acclamation. Fred Luntsford seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.
Virginia Meador nominated Paxton Wright to the Planning District 1 (Behavioral Health Services Board for a term of three (3) years.
J. H. Rivers made a motion that nominations cease and Paxton Wright be appointed by acclamation. Fred Luntsford seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: APPOINTMENT- RECREATIONAL AUTHORITY
A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Dana Kilgore, that Allen Couch be re-appointed to the Recreational Authority for a term of four (4) years. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: APPOINTMENT - REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING AUTHORITY
A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to re-appoint Karon Johnson to the Redevelopment and Housing Authority for a term of four (4) years. The motion was unanimously approved.
A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to re-appoint Helen Markham to the Redevelopment and Housing Authority for a term of four (4) years. The motion was unanimously approved.
IN RE: CLOSE SESSION
A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Fred Luntsford, 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
The motion was unanimously approved.
Following close session, a motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Steve Bates, 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 Robby Robbins, to approve the resolution certifying that only public business matters lawfully exempted from open meeting requirements as were identified in the motion convening the close meeting were discussed or heard by the Board of Supervisors. The motion was unanimously approved by roll call vote.
(Said resolution is on file in the County Administrator’s Office)
IN RE: GIS OFFICE ASSISTANT POSITION
A motion was made by J. H. Rivers, seconded by Robby Robbins, to authorize the advertisement for a GIS Office Assistant in the GIS Department for which funding is already in the budget. The motion was unanimously approved.
There being no further business, a motion was made by Fred Luntsford, seconded by Steve Bates, to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 PM. The motion was unanimously approved.
ATTEST: WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Shannon C. Scott, Clerk Robert R. Adkins, Chairman
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