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Courthouse contract back before Halifax County supervisors

SoVaNow.com / June 03, 2013
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors is expected to finalize a contract for architecture and engineering services with the proposed redesign of the Halifax County Courthouse when members gather tonight for their regular monthly meeting.

The supervisors have a varied agenda, including approval of resolutions in honor of the late Larry Fears, a longtime member of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Department who passed away in April, and Dr. Eugene “Junior” Rogers, a county native who returned to South Boston last month to conduct the Michigan Men’s Glee Club performance at The Prizery.

The meeting will take place tonight at the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex starting at 6:30 p.m.

The first item of business will be to present family members of the late Major Larry Fears with a commendation in his memory, recognizing his service as a law enforcement officer under six sheriffs during the period of March 1, 1977 through April 12, 2013.

A second commendation will honor Rogers for his musical talents and accomplishments, which have included performances with the World Youth Choir, the Portland Symphonic Club, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale and the May Festival Chorus. He is conductor of the world-famous Michigan Men’s Glee Club, which performed May 10 at the The Prizery.

County Administrator Jim Halasz is expected to bring a negotiated contract with CJMW for architectural and engineering services for design and construction work on the Halifax County Courthouse to the board for final approval.

Halasz is also expected to revisit the subject of a proposed amendment to the County Code that would withhold business licenses to companies and individuals that have not paid delinquent tax bills. The supervisors earlier approved the amendment to the County Code to withhold business licenses for those who owe real estate taxes, but delayed implementation of the measure until the treasurer can work out a payment plan for those who may be unable to pay the full amount of delinquent taxes.

The new amendment allows delinquent business owners to stay open for one year, during which time they could pay off back taxes rather than come up with full payment at one time.

Supervisors will also be asked to agree to allow the City of Bedford to withdraw from membership in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority. Bedford is reverting to town status with Bedford County assuming the liabilities for the city.

County Planning and Zoning Administrator Robbie Love will present board members with a letter from the Halifax County Transportation Safety Commission asking that Halifax County’s State Police Area 23 office be fully staffed with the allotted 11 troopers since currently there are only eight located here. Supervisors are being asked to support the safety commission’s request.

The Board also will be asked to make an appointment to the Community College Advisory Board since the term of Valdivia Marshall expires at the end of this month. Also expiring at the end of this month is the term of Mickey Thomas on the local Library Board.

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