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Boards hold joint meeting, consider potential water deal

SoVaNow.com / April 19, 2010
Members of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors will be meeting with members of South Boston and Halifax Town Councils this afternoon beginning at 6 p.m.

The three groups will first present a resolution honoring the late Alex Williamson for his many years of service and community involvement prior to his untimely death last month.

Two other guests are expected to bring information to the Supervisors and Council members — Dr. Charles Devine who will discuss Lyme Disease, its symptoms and its dangers.

Also John Feild, chairman of the Roanoke River Basin Bi-State Commission will update the governing body members on plans for allocating stored water from the Kerr Lake Basin. Last week Feild told Mecklenburg County Supervisors that the Bi-State Commission may recommend that Virginia and North Carolina buy the available $11 million Kerr Reservoir water supply so they can independently allocate their shares.

Feild told neighboring Mecklenburg Supervisors that the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers which currently allocates water storage has requested recommendations from the commission on how water should be allocated. The Corps has postponed acting on a request from Raleigh/Durham for about 95 percent of the remaining water store, he said, as he offered five possible options for dealing with the issue.

The first option, Feild said, would continue the current system under which the Corps of Engineers makes the allocation decisions and could result in the transfer of water out of state. Feild warned his Mecklenburg County listeners, “As we export water, we export jobs and opportunities for the future of our citizens.”

Option 2, he said, would keep the current system, but enable the states to consult back and forth and give input to the Corps. That option, Feild said, would not guarantee the availability of water to the Mecklenburg County area.

Option three calls for each state (Virginia and North Carolina) to purchase one-half of the available water and assume responsibility for allocating it. That option puts allocation and management decisions in the realm of the states’ authority, he said.

That option, Feild pointed out, comes with a high price tag of more than $5 million for each state.

Option four calls for the creation of an interstate compact to outline a process for managing the river basin’s water resources with a commission created to do the planning and oversight responsibilities.

Option five simply allows for the purchase of the water allocation by a third party.

Under new business the Supervisors will be asked to participate in a study, along with members of Halifax Town Council and Dixie Youth officials, to find a new home for Dixie Youth League activity. Halifax Council has requested that the ballfield at the former Halifax Elementary School not be used by DY after the conclusion of the 2010 season.

Halifax Council is also requesting that Supervisors join in sending a letter to the Virginia Department of Transportation requesting the donation of Kings Bridge Road right-of-way to the Town to be used for the Banister River Gateway Project.

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