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Fatalities spur plea for road fix
SoVaNow.com / September 04, 2014Halifax County residents called on the Board of Supervisors to press for a traffic study of Buckshoal Road, where four fatal accidents and numerous other non-fatal mishaps have take place.
Joyce Howerton joined several other speakers Tuesday night in imploring the supervisors to take action at their monthly meeting. She presented a petition bearing some 400 to 500 signatures, asking that the roadway be widened and straightened. She said she has contacted Del. James Edmunds to seek his help in getting the road improved.
Howerton said she has received numerous telephone calls supporting the effort to upgrade the road — not just from county residents, but from Mecklenburg County and North Carolina drivers who use the route.
“We’ve lost too many young people there,” Howerton said with tears in her eyes, referring most recently to 17 year old C. J. Phillips, who died in a single vehicle crash on Buckshoal Road (State Route 601) in early July. She also noted the dangers to school buses that travel the route daily.
Jerri Anderson echoed Howerton’s remarks, asking that the road be made safer. “The tree that the driver hit (in the July accident) has been cut down, but that road is still not safe,” Anderson said.
ED-7 Supervisor Lottie Nunn told Howerton she has asked VDOT to conduct a study of the road, and she promised that she will continue to support efforts to make improvements.
Also during the public comment period, Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy asked the supervisors to review an old agreement they made with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to maintain the boat landing area near the Banister River bridge.
Espy pointed to the need for improvements in that area which is now within the boundaries of the Town of Halifax.
Following a closed session, Supervisors on a 5-2 vote approved the hiring of Kimley Blanks as management assistant/agricultural marketing director at a salary of $36,500 annually. Approving the move were Barry Banks, Tom West, J.T. Davis, Doug Bowman and Larry Giardano. Supervisors Lottie Nunn and Ray Owen opposed the hiring.
ED-8 Supervisor Bryant Claiborne was absent from the closed session.
Blanks will be working in the County Administration Office.
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