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Halifax County asked to put up match for $1.3 million grant
SoVaNow.com / December 03, 2012Halifax County supervisors will decide tonight whether to support a $150,000 request by the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority for matching funds to accompany a $1.3 million grant application to the Virginia Tobacco Commission.
The Board, meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex in Halifax, had delayed a decision on the IDA’s request last month, asking for more time to consider it.
The IDA is seeking the grant funds to continue the rehabilitation of the Green View Advanced Manufacturing Center, located in the former Daystrom building in the Sinai community.
Phase II of the rehab project is estimated to cost $1,492,000, with most of the funding coming from the Tobacco Commission. Halifax County and the IDA itself would put up $42,000.
IDA Director Matt Leonard advised supervisors at their November meeting that the money would not be needed before July 2013. Consequently, the funds would come from next year’s budget since funding in the current year’s budget has been previously allocated.
The grant application is backed by the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, which hopes to rent space there for specialized training and educational needs for industry such as welding, as well as by the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce and the Riverstone Energy Center.
The board also has two public hearings scheduled for tonight, the first of which involves the relocation of the Republican Grove Precinct polling place from the North Halifax Fire Department to the First Baptist Church of Republican Grove.
According to County Administrator Jim Halasz, there apparently has been some confusion about the move, since an earlier letter from the chairman of the County Electoral Board said conditions at the fire department — including the lack of sufficient heat and air conditioning — had caused problems. However, fire department officials have offered their new addition (rather than the old section of the department) as a place for the precinct.
NHVFD officials have asked that the county consider the use of the new facility for the polling precinct rather than moving it to the church.
In the second public hearing, Barbara Tucker is seeking a conditional use permit to allow her to operate a beauty salon and school in District 2 at 9044 James D. Hagood Highway in the former Max’s Grocery Store.
Supervisors tonight will also consider approval of a grant offer from the Department of Aviation which would allow for the installation of an automated weather observation station at Tuck Airport. The offer expires at the end of January so the board must decide soon whether it is interested in carrying out the project.
Several spots on boards and commissions are also open for the board’s consideration.
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