MINUTES
PAGE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
REGULAR MEETING
JUNE 21, 2005 – 7:00 P.M.

Members Present:Mason Lockridge, Chairman, District 2
 Charlie Hoke, District 1
 Charles Ballard, District 3
 Gerald Cubbage, District 4
 Carol Lee Fischer-Strickler, District 5
  
Also Present: Mark Belton, County Administrator 
 William Aleshire, Assistant County Administrator 
 Rodger Smith, County Attorney 
 Charlie Campbell, Commissioner of Revenue 
 Regina Miller, Executive Secretary 
  
Media & Others Present: Jamie Turner, Page News & Courier 
 Melvin Mason, Daily New Record 
 Approximately 50 Concerned Citizens 

Call to Order:

Chairman Mason Lockridge called to order the regular meeting of the Page County Board of Supervisors on June 21, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in the General District Court Room, noting all members were present. The Call to Order was followed by a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Adoption of the Agenda:

Mr. Belton noted that the agenda needed to be amended for the Resolution – Chairman of the Page County Board of Supervisors to be Elected by the Voters of the County at Large County of Page, Virginia under Action Matters.

Motion:

Supervisor Ballard moved to adopt the agenda as amended.

Supervisor Strickler seconded. The motion carried by a vote of 5-0.

Ayes: Hoke, Lockridge, Ballard, Cubbage and Strickler.

REPORTS

Page County Health Department:

Steve Lee, Manager, Lord Fairfax Health District, introduced himself and Andrew Campbell, Supervisor for the Health Departments in Page County, Shenandoah County and Warren County. He encouraged the county to call him or Mr. Campbell anytime anyone has a question.

Mr. Belton asked about the plans to fill the position vacancies. Mr. Lee responded that they are trying to replace every vacant position but that two of the larger counties are only 50% staffed.

Current Fiscal Year CSA Funding:

Georgia Sours, CSA Coordinator, informed the Board that the children they serve are the most important aspect of the CSA Program. There are two different populations – mandated and non-mandated. The non-mandated are the children deemed appropriate to receive CSA funding in hopes of keeping them from becoming mandated. The second population of children is what is considered as mandated including foster care and special education children. The second largest aspect of CSA is the funding. She said they cannot predict the number of children the court system will place in the foster care system or how many children will be eligible for special education. With that said, she noted that CSA came in under budget last fiscal year. However, the caseload has increased 43% this fiscal year and she will need an additional $540,000 in appropriations of which $154,710 will come from the local share.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Rezoning Request – Clements & Yvonne Berezoski:

Chairman Lockridge opened the public hearing at 7:12 p.m. Mr. Aleshire read the notice of public hearing as follows:

Clements and Yvonne Berezoski, who owns the parcel of property located on U. S. Highway 211 West, and is further identified by tax map number 49-(A)-64. The applicant is requesting that the parcel listed above be rezoned from agricultural to commercial. The density range in this area is medium. If approved, this rezoning would allow for any items listed as a matter-of-right and in compliance with Section 125-12 of the Page County Zoning Ordinance.

Christian Johnson indicated that because his business is growing his plans are to expand the building to house the new custom bike line and to provide more service.

Chet Taylor spoke in support of the rezoning request and asked the Board to approve their request.

Chairman Lockridge closed the public hearing at 7:14 p.m.

Motion:

Supervisor Strickler moved to approve the rezoning request for Clements and Yvonne Berezoski from Agricultural to Commercial located on U. S. Highway 211 West, and further identified by tax map number 49-(A)-64, based on the fact that this will allow Mr. & Mrs. Berezoski to expand their current commercial operation, with the condition if any expansion beyond the provided plat occurs, entrance improvements may be required by VDOT. This rezoning will allow for any items listed as a matter-of-right and in compliance with Section 125-12 of the Page County Zoning Ordinance. Also, the Planning Commission recommended approval by a vote of nine (9) to zero (0).

Supervisor Ballard seconded. The motion carried by a vote of 5-0.

Ayes: Hoke, Lockridge, Ballard, Cubbage and Strickler.

Special Use Permit – Commonwealth Audio Visual Enterprises, Inc.

Chairman Lockridge opened the public hearing at 7:15 p.m. on the special use permit for Commonwealth Audio Visual Enterprises, Inc.

Mr. Aleshire read the public hearing notice as follows:

Commonwealth Audio Visual Enterprises, Inc., who owns a parcel of property located at 1057 U. S. Highway 211 West, Luray, VA, and is further identified by tax map number 41-(A)-88 and 41-(A)-89. The applicant is requesting that a special use permit be granted for a telecommunication tower, as provided in Section 125-12 and Section 125-30.3 of the Page County Zoning Ordinance, on the above-referenced property. The density range in this area is medium.

Paula Figgatt, Shentel Personal Communications, spoke in support of the request as well as the special use request for Cingular Wireless. She noted that Shentel will be locating on both of these sites.

Chairman Lockridge closed the public hearing at 7:17 p.m.

Motion:

Supervisor Ballard moved to approve the Special Use Permit request by Commonwealth Audio Visual Enterprises, Inc., 1057 U. S. Highway 211 West, Luray, VA, and further identified by tax map numbers 41-(A)-88 and 41-(A)-89 for a telecommunication tower, as provided by Section 125-12 and Section 125-30.3 of the Page County Zoning Ordinance, with the recommendations provided by the Atlantic Group Technology Consultants. This will allow Commonwealth Audio Visual Enterprises, Inc. to replace their current failing tower. Also, it is in accordance with Goal 4, objective two and objective three of our Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Commission recommended approval by a vote of seven (7) to zero (0).

Supervisor Cubbage seconded. The motion carried by a vote of 5-0.

Ayes: Hoke, Lockridge, Ballard, Cubbage and Strickler.

SPECIAL USE PERMIT CONDITIONS – COMMONWEALTH AUDIO VISUAL ENTERPRISES, INC.

  1. This special use permit is non-transferable and shall meet all requirements under Page County Zoning Ordinance.
  2. There shall not be any advertising message/sign affixed to the tower or antenna.
  3. Towers shall not be artificially illuminated unless required by FCC or FAA regulations.
  4. This special use permit may be revoked upon non-compliance with the terms of the permit or upon violation of any other terms of the Zoning Ordinance of the County of Page, Virginia.
  5. The Zoning Administrator or his designated representative may visit site at any time to ensure compliance with special use permit conditions.

Special Use Permit – Cingular Wireless:

Chairman Lockridge opened the public hearing on the special use permit for Cingular Wireless at 7:19 p.m. Mr. Aleshire read the public hearing notice as follows:

Cingular Wireless, who owns a leases of property located on Highway 211 East, Luray, VA, and is further identified by tax map number 44-3-4, 44-3-5 and 44-3-6. The applicant is requesting that a special use permit be granted for a telecommunication tower, as provided in Section 125-9 and Section 125-30.3 of the Page County Zoning Ordinance, on the above-referenced property. The density range in this area is light.

Jim Michael, Cingular Wireless, commented that the County’s consultant is in support of the application for the site off of Highway 211.

Paula Vile spoke outlining her concern about the placement of the tower because it is only 170 yards from her property. She said she is also concerned about the detrimental health effects from the radio frequency emissions. She asked that the Board conduct a study before making a decision. Lastly, another concern was with her property values.

Jim Michael informed that the towers do not pose any health risk and regarding the emissions they are several hundred times under the allowable standard of federal regulations. In addition, the tree cover offers screening of the tower. He said the benefits are far greater than the risks.

Joe Vile asked the Board to not make a decision on this matter tonight but to review it and decide if it is worth someone’s health.

Chairman Lockridge closed the public hearing at 7:28 p.m.

Motion:

Supervisor Hoke moved to approve the special use permit request of Cingular Wireless, Highway 211 East, Luray, VA and further identified by tax map number 44-3-4, 5, 6 for a telecommunication tower, as provided by Section 125-9 and Section 125-30.3 of the Page County Zoning Ordinance, with the recommendations provided by the Atlantic Group Technology Consultants. This will allow for better communication in the County. Also, it is in accordance with Goal 4, objective two and objective three of our Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Commission recommended approval by a vote of nine (9) to zero (0).

Supervisor Ballard seconded. The motion carried by a vote of 5-0.

Ayes: Hoke, Lockridge, Ballard, Cubbage and Strickler.

SPECIAL USE PERMIT CONDITIONS – CINGULAR WIRELESS

  1. This special use permit is non-transferable and shall meet all requirements under Page County Zoning Ordinance.
  2. The tower shall not exceed one hundred and ninety five feet (195).
  3. There shall not be any advertising message/sign affixed to the tower or antenna.
  4. Towers shall not be artificially illuminated unless required by FCC or FAA regulations.
  5. This special use permit may be revoked upon non-compliance with the terms of the permit or upon violation of any other terms of the Zoning Ordinance of the County of Page, Virginia.
  6. The Zoning Administrator or his designated representative may visit site at any time to ensure compliance with special use permit conditions.

Amendments to the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance: ATTACHMENT #1

Chairman Lockridge opened the public hearing on the amendments to the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance at 7:32 p.m. Mr. Smith read the notice of public hearing.

Jerry Turner commented that this is a controversial issue, however, 85% to 90% of the citizens want Page County to remain a rural county. He said he is in favor of the proposed changes. Measures need to be in place to control growth in the County and direct it in and around the towns where there is public water and sewer and along the foothills of the mountains where the land is less suitable for agriculture. He asked the Board to allow the farmers to keep the agriculture land in use and not development.

Natalie Zuckerman stated that we need to begin to control development and the first reason is to control the tax impact. She said farmland brings in more tax revenue than it demands in services. These amendments will slow the process of development.

J. D. Cave spoke and asked that the Board consider changing the division of a parcel of once every two years to once every year or two parcels every year. He also agreed that it is time to address the issue and move forward with the amendments.

Fred Andreae commented that he supported the restrictions on development and now is the time to take measures to slow development. He said he is in favor of the amendments.

Buddy Cave stated that he is not in favor or against the amendments. He asked the Board to consider changing the division of a parcel to once a year. He encouraged the Board to ask the Planning Commission to review the residential and agriculture zones.

Chet Taylor commented that this matter has been studied for a long time by a lot of people who have concern for Page County. The amendments are the best we can get and he asked the Board to act tonight.

Charlie Newton said the Planning Commission has presented a very good compromise and it will help to protect the water resources for the future. It is time to take action now.

Daniel Presgraves commended the Planning Commission on a lot of hard work. He was not opposing or in favor of the amendments but noted that he was concerned with dividing a lot once every two years.

Chairman Lockridge closed the public hearing at 7:53 p.m.

Motion:

Supervisor Hoke moved to approve the proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 125 of the Code of Page County, and the Subdivision Ordinance, Chapter 100 of the Code of Page County, as presented (as amended). The Commission voted to recommend approval by a vote of six (6) to three (3).

Supervisor Ballard seconded. The motion carried by a vote of 5-0.

Ayes: Hoke, Lockridge, Ballard, Cubbage and Strickler.

The effective date of the ordinance will be June 22, 2005.

PRESENTATIONS

Reassessment Proposals:

Charlie Campbell, Commissioner of Revenue, informed the Board that three responses were received from the RFP for the General Reassessment. He outlined that the three proposals were from Blue Ridge Mass Appraisal Company from Staunton, Pearson Appraisal Service from Richmond and Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Service from Rockbridge. Blue Ridge is considerably less by approximately $100,000. He said he is very familiar with Blue Ridge and would hire them since they have conducted past reassessments for the County. In addition, Blue Ridge is recommended very highly throughout the Commonwealth.

Motion:

Supervisor Cubbage moved to accept Blue Ridge Appraisal.

Supervisor Strickler seconded. The motion carried by a vote of 5-0.

Ayes: Hoke, Lockridge, Ballard, Cubbage and Strickler.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS

There were no speakers during Public Comments on Agenda Items.

ACTION MATTERS

Resolution Elected Chairman of the Page County Board of Supervisors:

Mr. Smith said the resolution is for the Board to acknowledge the passing of the referendum for the Elected Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

Motion:

Supervisor Hoke moved to accept the resolution.

Supervisor Ballard seconded. The motion carried by a vote of 5-0.

Ayes: Hoke, Lockridge, Ballard, Cubbage and Strickler.

RESOLUTION CHAIRMAN OF THE PAGE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
TO BE ELECTED BY THE VOTERS OF THE COUNTY AT LARGE
COUNTY OF PAGE, VIRGINIA

WHEREAS, a referendum was held on the question of whether the chairman of the Page County Board of Supervisors should be elected by the voters of the County at large, and,
WHEREAS, the voters of the County of Page, Virginia, approved said referendum by vote held in the last election of November, 2004,
NOW THEREFORE, the Board of Supervisors of the County of Page, Virginia, hereby directs by resolution that the chairman of the Page County Board of Supervisors, to be known as the County Chairman, be elected by the voters of the county at large beginning with the November 2005 election.

Adoption of the FY 2005-2006 Budget:

Mr. Belton noted that a public hearing was held on the budget and the resolutions are to adopt the upcoming budget. He noted the $200,000 cell phone tax that is included in the budget and said that issue will need to be resolved.

BUDGET DISCLOSURE STATEMENT OF CHARLIE HOKE

Prior to the adoption of the FY 2005-2006 Budget, I, Charlie Hoke, District 1 Supervisor, would like to make the following statement:

According to Section 2.2-3112.A.1 of the Code of Virginia, I am required to declare my interest, which I am stating orally, and which is to be recorded in the written minutes of the June 21, 2005 meeting of the Page County Board of Supervisors. I will state the transaction involved, the nature of my interest affected by the transaction, and that I am able to participate in this transaction fairly, objectively, and in the best interest of the public.

The adoption of the FY 2005-2006 Budget only affects my wife, Donna Hoke, who resides within my household. Therefore, I am able to participate in the transaction fairly, objectively and in the public interest without being in any way influenced by the fact that my wife is an employee of the County.”

Motion:

Supervisor Ballard moved to adopt the following four resolutions as attached hereto approving the FY 2005-2006 budget:
* Resolution for the Administration of the FY 2005-2006 Budget
* Resolution to Adopt the FY 2005-2006 Budget, Set the Tax Rates, and Appropriate Funds
* Resolution to Adopt the FY 2005-2006 Page County Comprehensive Services Act Budget
* Resolution to Adopt the FY 2005-2006 Page County Social Services Budget

Supervisor Hoke seconded. The motion carried by a vote of 4-1.

 AYENAYABSENT ABSTAIN
Charlie Hoke X   
Mason Lockridge X   
Charles Ballard X   
Gerald Cubbage X   
Carol Lee Fischer-Strickler X   

Supervisor Cubbage indicated that he votes no because he was not in favor of using the school construction funds to balance the budget.

RESOLUTION FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE FY 2005-2006 BUDGET

WHEREAS, the Page County Board of Supervisors has considered and reviewed many budget requests and presentations;
WHEREAS, the County Administrator, Department Heads, and Agency Heads have made recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on the Fiscal Year 2006 Budget; and
WHEREAS, it is important for the Board of Supervisors to set forth policies on the administration of the Fiscal Year 2006 Budget;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Treasurer is permitted to issue as a Treasurer’s check the following:
1. Sales Tax Disbursements to the three towns.
2. The following revenue refunds:
* Building and Zoning Permits erroneously assessed (per Building or Zoning Official with approval of County Administrator)
* Building and Zoning cash bond deposit refunds (Special Agency Non-budgeted funds)
* Spaying and Neutering Deposits (Special Agency Non-budgeted funds)
* Pre-paid Vehicle Decals.
This authorization applies only to the items listed above, however the Treasurer already has authorization for refunds of erroneous assessments give by the governing body given on January 11, 2000 and authorization to settle with the Commonwealth, without order from the governing body, for state revenues, or other items collected and remittable by him to the State Treasurer (Virginia Code §58.1-3162).
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, the Treasurer is permitted to transfer funds out of the General Fund to other County government funds to provide the cash necessary to cover budgeted and appropriated expenditures.
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, it is the intent of the Board of Supervisors that any grants herein budgeted and appropriated be expended only for the amount that has been actually received as revenue.

RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE FY 2005-2006 BUDGET,
SET THE TAX RATES, AND APPROPROATE FUNDS


WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the Page County Board of Supervisors to approve and control the County’s fiscal plan for FY 2006;
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors has received numerous staff reports; received comments from residents at a duly advertised public hearing, and has reviewed each request for funding;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Page County Board of Supervisors this 21st day of June 2005 that the Page County budget totaling $61,914,256 and the tax rates for CY 2005 are set as given below:
Calendar Year 2005 – County Tax Rates
Real Estate$0.67/$100 of assessed value
Public Utilities$0.67/$100 of assessed value
Mobile Homes$0.67/$100 of assessed value
Personal Property$3.00/$100 of assessed value
Machinery and Tools$2.00/$100 of assessed value
Motor Carriers$2.00/$100 of assessed value
Farm Machinery and Tools$0.60/$100 of assessed value

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, that for budgeting and accounting purposes the adopted budget details are set forth as follows:
Revenues of All Funds
General Fund$ 14,984,703
VPA2,070,105
Comprehensive Services1,215,521
Capital Projects13,000,000
School Operating28,696,549
School Cafeteria1,374,612
Parks & Recreation45,000
Emergency Services E911527,766
Total Revenue of All Funds$ 61,914,256

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, that for budgeting and accounting purposes it is hereby budgeted and appropriated as follows:
Expenditures of All Funds
Board of Supervisors$ 146,851
County Administrator240,463
Finance Department138,126
Legal Services243,000
Commissioner of Revenue 641,920
Assessment 150,000
Geographical Information Systems 127,302
Treasurer 408,819
Information Services 192,689
Electoral Board 37,838
General Registrar 72,630
Circuit Court 10,529
General District Court 12,235
J & D Court 12,880
Clerk of the Circuit Court 309,726
Sheriff-Bailiffs 190,370
Criminal Victim/Witness Assistance 47,189
Magistrates 3,800
Commonwealth Attorney 303,288
Sheriff 1,480,753
Investigations 522,676
Crime Prevention 353,407
Crime Solvers 500
E911 534,564
Wilderness Program (VJCCCA) 42,031
Volunteer Fire Departments 287,845
Volunteer Rescue Squads 176,682
Fire Extinction 1,898
Jail 1,199,389
Care of Juveniles 169,145
Building Inspections 236,881
Zoning 129,168
Animal Shelter 142,202
Animal Law Enforcement 211,656
Medical Examiner 750
Emergency Services 212,885
Concern Hotline 1,800
Lord Fairfax Emergency Medical Services 8,830
Highways and Streets 5,000
Compactor Sites 264,993
Stanley Landfill 289,935
Battle Creek Landfill 1,341,224
General Properties 477,068
Local Health Department 210,664
L.F. Health Advisory Council 1,200
Northwestern Community Services Board 60,000
CHOICES 5,000
Public Assistance 18,345
Social Services 2,070,105
Social Services Board 4,522
Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging 18,000
Senior Citizens 3,400
Shen-Paco Industries 2,250
Access Independence 25,300
Comprehensive Services Act 1,247,837
School Operating 28,696,549
School Food Services 1,374,612
L. F. Community College 29,966
Recreation 85,563
Town Recreation Programs 6,000
Bluemont Series 5,000
Regional Library 150,071
Planning Commission 33,427
County Planner 50,419
Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission 15,231
Zoning Board 3,014
Economic Development 318,969
Tourism Promotions 2,500
Airport Commission 38,050
Chamber of Commerce 130,000
Page County Water Quality Board 6,636
Page County Tree Board5,000
Soil & Water Conservation District 5,500
Environmental Programs 70,302
Virginia Cooperative Extension 77,289
4-H Center 3,500
Employee Benefits 107,500
Reserve for Contingencies 100,000
Debt Service 406,598
Capital Improvements 15,100,000
Recreation/Enterprise Fund 45,000
Total Expenditures of All Funds $61,914,256

RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE FY 2005-2006
PAGE COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES ACT BUDGET


WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors has held a duly advertised public hearing; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors has received comment from staff and citizens and weighed the needs of the Comprehensive Services Act program with the need to provide support for all County services;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Page County Board of Supervisors this 21st day of June 2005, that the Board of Supervisors does hereby budget and appropriate a Comprehensive Services Act Budget of $1,215,521 for the period of July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006; and
BE IT RESOLVED FURTHER, that the local tax-supported expenditure of funds for the period of July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006 for the Comprehensive Services Act Budget shall not exceed $562,900.

RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE FY 2005-2006
PAGE COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES BUDGET


WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors has held a duly advertised public hearing; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors has received comment from staff and citizens and weighed the needs of the social services with the need to provide support for all County services;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Page County Board of Supervisors this 21st day of June 2005, that the Board of Supervisors does hereby budget and appropriate a Social Services Operating Budget of $2,070,105 for the period of July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006; and
BE IT RESOLVED FURTHER, that the local tax-supported expenditure of funds for the period of July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006 for the Social Services Operating Budget shall not exceed $331,968. Budget Changes:

Motion:

Supervisor Ballard moved to transfer or budget and appropriate the requested amounts as detailed in the attachment to this agenda item.

Supervisor Hoke seconded. The motion carried by a vote of 5-0.

Ayes: Hoke, Lockridge, Ballard, Cubbage and Strickler.

Supplemental Appropriations

Item # Department Description/Reason Amount
A EOC Compensation for completion of
LCAR report
$ 2,000
B Recreation Additional appropriation of funds
to pay for programs & supplies
450
C Vol. Fire & Rescue Supplement to Fire Programs
Grant
10,036
D Crime Prevention Bicycle Safety Grant 500
E Crime Prevention Triad Grant 3,707
F Comm. Of Revenue Additional funding for Office Supplies5,710
G Sheriff Funds from auction of Sheriff vehicles
toward purchase of new
6,425
H CSA Increase in case load 540,000
I Lord Fairfax Comm. LFCC Satellite Campus
College
120,000
J School Board Additional funding 360,858
Total   $1,049,686

Budget Transfers

Item#DepartmentDescription/ReasonAmount
A Bailiff PT salary overspent $4,000
B General Fund Transfer school construction fund
to general fund; no budget authority
835,778
C Investigations Local match funding for Edward
Byrne Grant
20,000
D Crime Prevention Salaries 4,000
E Chamber of Commerce Increased tourism collection 20,000
F Legal Services Battle Creek legal expenses 20,000
Total   $903,778

Board, Commission & Committee Appointments:

Lord Fairfax EMS Council:

Motion:

Supervisor Cubbage moved to appoint Jeff Vaughan to the Lord Fairfax EMS Council representing Page County with a three-year term effective July 1, 2005 and expiring on June 30, 2008.

Supervisor Strickler seconded. The motion carried by a vote of 5-0.

Ayes: Hoke, Lockridge, Ballard, Cubbage and Strickler.

Massanutten Regional Library Board:

Motion:

Supervisor Ballard moved to appoint George Shanks to the Massanutten Regional Library Board.

Supervisor Hoke seconded. The motion carried by a vote of 5-0.

Ayes: Hoke, Lockridge, Ballard, Cubbage and Strickler.

(Clerk’s Note: George Shanks was appointed to the Massanutten Regional Library Board representing Page County with a three-year term effective July 11, 2005 and expiring on July 10, 2008.)

CONSENT AGENDA

Motion:

Supervisor Strickler moved to approve the consent agenda as follows:

  • Financial reports for the period of May 1st through May 31st, 2005;
  • Accounts payable checks, payroll checks, payroll direct deposits, and payroll tax related electronic fund transfers totaling $1,254,428.55;
  • Minutes of May 3, 2005, May 17, 2005, May 18, 2005 and May 31, 2005;
  • Coyote claim for Donnie Wood for $50;
  • Resolution/2005 State Homeland Security Program Grant.

Supervisor Ballard seconded. The motion carried by a vote of 5-0.

Ayes: Hoke, Lockridge, Ballard, Cubbage and Strickler.

DESIGNATION OF APPLICANTS AGENT RESOLUTION

BE IT RESOLVED BY Board of Supervisors of Page County that Mark Belton, County Administrator is hereby authorized to execute for and in behalf of Page County, a public entity established under the laws of the State of Virginia, this application and to file it in the appropriate State Office for the purpose of obtaining certain Federal financial assistance under the OJP, National Domestic Preparedness Office Grant Program(s), administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
That, Page County a public entity established under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, hereby authorizes its agent to provide to the Commonwealth and to the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) for all matters pertaining to such Federal financial assistance any and all information pertaining to these Grants as may be requested.

Passed and approved this 21st day of June, 2005
Mason C. Lockridge, Jr., Chairman
Charlie Hoke, Vice Chairman
Charles Ballard, Supervisor
Gerald Cubbage Supervisor
Carol Lee Fischer-Strickler, Supervisor

CERTIFICATION
I, Mark Belton, duly appointed and County Administrator of Page County do hereby certify that the above is a true and correct copy of a Resolution passed and approved by the Board of Supervisors of Page County on the 21st day of June, 2005.

OLD BUSINESS

Shenandoah River Use Committee Appointment:

Mrs. Miller reminded the Board that a vacancy still exists on the Shenandoah River Use Committee.

The appointment was tabled since there was no individual to appoint at this time.

Consumer’s Utility Tax (Landline Phones) Cell Phone Tax:

Mr. Belton pointed out that when the Board was reviewing the budget for next fiscal year to concept of a cell phone tax was discussed and this was put in the budget as a revenue source. Since that discussion, it has come to light that the Code of Virginia states that the county can consider implementing a cellular utility consumer’s monthly tax but must have in place a similar tax on landlines, as do the three towns in Page County. He stated that the concept would be either implementing a utility consumer’s monthly tax on the landlines in addition to a cell phone tax or reducing the budget for next year by $200,000.

It was the consensus of the Board to further discuss this matter to establish rates at an upcoming work session before holding a public hearing.

NEW BUSINESS

Public Hearing on Abandonment of State Route 715:

Mr. Belton explained that the residents that live on State Route 715 have petitioned the state to abandon that road and the Department of Transportation has no objection to that abandonment. The official process does call for the Board to have a public hearing.

It was the consensus of the Board to schedule a public hearing on the abandonment for July.

OPEN PUBLIC COMMENTS

Natalie Zuckerman addressed the Board regarding a recent 911 call made for an ill friend that lives on Pine Grove Road in Stanley. She explained the situation and pointed out that it took the Stanley Rescue Squad 40 minutes to arrive, which is unacceptable.

Andrew Lyles commented that he recently requested salaries of county employees and a copy of the 911 expenditures. After he made the request, he said he received a subpoena from a Sheriff’s Deputy for court. He also asked the Board to change the ordinance requiring leashes for dogs.

SUPERVISORS TIME

Supervisor Strickler commented that she disagreed with the transfer of money from the school construction fund to the general fund. She said she knows that the Board also has the ability to move the money back.

Supervisor Ballard thanked Lori Nealis for providing services to the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce and he wished her well in her new endeavors.

Supervisor Hoke thanked everyone for attending the meeting.

Chairman Lockridge stated that this was a monumental evening in reference to approving the amendments to the zoning and subdivision ordinance. He thanked the people in the community who worked on this for the past several years.

Recess: The Board took a brief recess at 8:45 p.m.

Reconvene: The Board reconvened at 8:50 p.m.

CLOSED SESSION

Enter Closed Session: 8:50 p.m.

Motion:

Supervisor Hoke moved that the Page County Board of Supervisors convene in closed session under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act in order to discuss the acquisition of real property for a public purpose, under Virginia Code Section 2.2-3711(A)(3) and personnel of specific officers, appointees, or employees of the Page County Board of Supervisors for the purpose of considering such person’s assignment, appointment, promotion, performance, demotion, salary, disciplining, or resignation, under Virginia Code Section 2.2-3711(A)(1).

Supervisor Ballard seconded. The motion carried by a vote of 5-0.

Ayes: Hoke, Lockridge, Ballard, Cubbage and Strickler.

Exit Closed Session: 9:36 p.m.

Motion:

Supervisor Hoke moved the closed meeting be adjourned and the Page County Board of Supervisors convene again in open session.

Supervisor Ballard seconded. The motion carried by a vote of 5-0.

Ayes: Hoke, Lockridge, Ballard, Cubbage and Strickler.

Certification of Closed Session:

“To the best of my knowledge (i) only public business matters lawfully exempted from open meeting requirements under Section 2.2-3711(A) of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, and (ii) only such public business matters as were identified in the motion by which the closed meeting was convened were heard, discussed or considered in the meeting.”

 AYENAYABSENT ABSTAIN
Charlie Hoke X   
Mason Lockridge X   
Charles Ballard X   
Gerald Cubbage X   
Carol Lee Fischer-Strickler X   

No action was taken as a result of closed session.

RECESS: 9:38 p.m.

Chairman Lockridge recessed the meeting until Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at Graves’ Mountain Lodge.

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