Board of Supervisors -December 8, 2016 Regular Meeting

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The Wise County Board of Supervisors met in a Regular meeting on December 08, 2016 @ 6:00 PM at the School Board Education Center located on  628 Lake Street 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

Bob Adkins led in prayer.

PLEDGE

All led in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

MINUTES

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Robby Robbins, to approve the minutes as presented.  The motion was unanimously approved.

AGENDA

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

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – CONDITIONAL ZONING – LONESOME PINE MOTOR WORKS

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments on a request from Colby Reasor and Mark Giles dba: Lonesome Pine Motor Works for a Conditional Zoning of property located at 4030 Stewart St. in East Stone Gap for a proposed new subdivision of small single family dwellings.

There being no public comments, the public hearing was closed.

IN RE:  PUBLIC HEARING – CONDITIONAL ZONING – AUTOMOBILE ALIGNMENT SERVICE

A public hearing was duly advertised for this date to receive citizens’ comments on a request from Jason Marshall dba: Automobile Alignment Service for a conditional zoning of property located at 14603 Fairview Road in St. Paul for the purpose of expanding his Automobile Alignment Service Business to allow his business to do State Inspections.

There being no public comments, the public hearing was closed.

IN RE:  NORTON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL UPDATE

Mark Leonard, representing Norton Community Hospital presented an overview of services and programs provided by Norton Community Hospital.  He also briefed the Board on the status of the ongoing merger between Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System.

PUBLIC EXPRESSION

Harold Greear, a resident of Pound, voiced his opposition to the proposed Property Maintenance Ordinance that is before the Board for consideration.  He noted several things that people living in the county do that is not considered to be blighting; such as a barn that needs painting or grass that needs mowing.  He felt that this ordinance is asking too much of citizens that are elderly and those that have lost their jobs.

Matt Slemp, Sandy Ridge Rescue Squad Captain, approached the Board for financial assistance in maintaining the Sandy Ridge Rescue Squad.  At this point, the squad is barely surviving.  He spoke of the squad’s outdated equipment, the training costs, the change in the service area, and the housing station for his squad, which is located in a barn. 

The Sandy Ridge Squad receives $7,000 from Wise County per year, and $13,000 from Dickenson County, which is not sufficient to cover expenses.   Fundraising, he said, is a thing of the past due to the down turn in the economy.  Mr. Slemp stated that he has, at times, used his own money to make payments.

Supervisor Luntsford questioned the changes in the service area, and whether or not Mr. Slemp was made aware of the changes.

Attorney Mullins stated that a couple of years ago the Board revised the county’s response zones.  It is her understanding that all rescue squads and fire departments were notified of public hearings.

Mr. Slemp said he could not remember being notified of these hearings, and neither was he invited to discussions for the countywide fire/rescue services study that was done in 2013.

After further discussion, Supervisor Shortt encouraged Mr. Slemp to meet with Attorney Mullins regarding his concerns.  He further noted that perhaps the County should reevaluate the response zones to make sure residents are receiving the best coverage.

Administrator Scott told Mr. Slemp that he could also meet with Wise County EOC Coordinator Jessica Swinney, and perhaps she could make a recommendation to the Board regarding his concerns.

Colley McCoy, a resident of Pound, voiced his opposition to the proposed Property Maintenance Ordinance.  Mr. McCoy also explained his frustration with Comcast for several reasons including paying for a service that he does not receive.

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:  APPROPRIATIONS

Approved third quarter appropriations

IN RE: RESOLUTION – HONORING JOSEPH H. KIRK

Adopted the resolution honoring Joseph H. Kirk for his services to Wise County

Resolution #             -2016

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

IN RE:  MOU AMERICAN RED CROSS

Approved the renewal of the MOU between American Red Cross and Wise County, which provides the broad framework for cooperation and support between the Red Cross and Wise County, Virginia in assisting individuals, families and communities who have been or could be impacted by a disaster or an emergency.

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

IN RE:  RESOLUTION ANIMAL CONTROL – HUMANE INVESTIGATOR

Adopted the resolution appointing Beverly Grigsby as Animal Control Officer and Humane Investigator for Wise County

RESOLUTION #      -2016

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

IN RE:  SCHOOL PROPERTY TRANSFER UPDATE

Attorney Mullins asked that the transfer of the J. J. Kelly school property be tabled until next month.  She noted that there has been a change to the R-O-W entrance to the school property from Lake Street.  The School Board will address this change at its January meeting, and the Board will be notified accordingly.

No action was taken on the school property transfer at this time.

IN RE:  ORDINANCE  PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

Supervisor Kilgore felt that this ordinance should be tabled to give the public more time to review the language of the ordinance, and the impact it would have on property owners living in the County.

Attorney Mullins noted that the purpose of this ordinance is to ensure that structures are safe,  sanitary, and fit for occupation and use, and not for unpainted barns and unkept lawns.

After discussion, a motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by  Virginia Meador, to table the proposed ordinance.  The motion was unanimously approved.

 IN RE:  PROPERTY MAINTENANCE -  PUBLIC HEARING

A motion was made by Dana Kilgore, seconded by Virginia Meador, to take no action on setting a public hearing on the proposed Property Maintenance Ordinance.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  FAIRVIEW COMMUNITY CENTER UPDATE

Attorney Mullins advised the Board that she, Supervisor Robbins, and Maintenance Supervisor Tony Honeycutt, met with representatives from the Fairview Community Center to discuss the needed repairs for the Center.  At this time, the building is being winterized, and the representatives of the Center are pursuing the possibility of making the Center a Historical Landmark, which will enable them to get grants to help upgrade the building to its original state.

IN RE:  CONDITIONAL ZONING – LONESOME PINE MOTOR WORKS

A public hearing was held on December 8, 2016 with no public opposition to the proposed conditional zoning for property located at 4030 Stewart Street in East Stone Gap for a new subdivision for single family dwellings. 

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to approve the conditional zoning as requested by Colby Reasor & Mark Giles dba: Lonesome Pine Motor Works.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  CONDITIONAL ZONING – MARSHALL’S AUTOMOBILE ALIGNMENT SERVICE

A public hearing was held on December 8, 2016 with no public opposition to the proposed conditional zoning for property located at 14603 Fairview Road in St Paul for the purpose of expanding the business of Automobile Alignment Services to allow the business to do State Inspections.

A motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by Dana Kilgore, to approve the conditional zoning as requested  by Jason Marshall, dba: Marshall’s Alignment Service.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  “GO VIRGINIA” INITIATIVE UPDATE

Chairman Adkins stated that the “Go Virginia” Initiative is in a stale mode at this time.  However, discussions are ongoing, and more information is being brought to the table everyday emphasizing the need and benefit in establishing a joint partnership through Go Virginia.

IN RE:  BUDGET COMMITTEE

Chairman Adkins appointed J. H. Rivers and Dana Kilgore to serve on the Budget Committee for 2017.

IN RE:  ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to set the Organizational meeting for Thursday, January 12, 2017 @ 5:50 PM at the School Board Education Center.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  SIGNING OF CHECKS

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to authorize Chairman Adkins to sign checks until new signature plates arrive for the 2017 Board Chairman.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  CLOSE SESSION

A motion was made by Virginia Meador, seconded by Robby Robbins, 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 Dana Kilgore, seconded by Robby Robbins, to reconvene the regular meeting.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:  RESOLUTION – CERTIFICATION FOR CLOSE MEETING

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 close meeting, were discussed or heard by the Board of Supervisors.  The motion was unanimously approved by roll call vote.

RESOLUTION #           -2016

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

IN RE:  CIRCUIT CLERK’S OFFICE - VACANT POSITION

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by Steve Bates, to authorize the Circuit Court Clerk to advertise for a position in his office that has been recently vacated, for which money is already budgeted.  The motion was unanimously approved.

IN RE:     REMOVAL OF  AGENDA ITEM

A motion was made by Ronnie Shortt, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to remove recess of meeting from the agenda.  The motion was unanimously approved.

BOARD COMMENTS

There were few comments from Board members.

Supervisor Rivers stated in his comments, that he felt EastSide and Central High schools should be recognized for their recent wins in the State Championship One Act Play competition.

Supervisor Shortt agreed that perhaps the Board could adopt resolutions for both teams honoring them for their winnings.  

ADJOURN

There being no further business, a motion was made by Robby Robbins, seconded by J. H. Rivers, to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 PM.  The motion was unanimously approved.

ATTEST:                                                              WISE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

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

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