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Halifax County supervisors allocate $200,000 for temporary court expense / December 07, 2017
Halifax County supervisors Monday night approved the allocation of $200,058.94 from the county’s Capital Improvement Program to cover the higher-than-expected cost of building temporary court facilities while the Courthouse Renovation Project is underway.

Originally estimated to cost $1.8 million, the bids for renovating the Mary Bethune Annex came in for a total of $2,447,585. The annex, which served as the industrial arts building back when the Bethune Complex was operated as a school, will serve as the interim home for the Halifax County Circuit, General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts.

Along with tapping the capital improvement fund, supervisors agreed to reallocate $150,000 set aside for the paving of the Bethune Office Complex parking lot, and take $170,903.28 from the CIP for the relocation of office space, thus giving the county enough money to cover the shortfall.

Explaining the mismatch between the estimated and actual cost of the work, Finance Director Stephanie Jackson noted the county lost three years’ time bidding the project, which added to the expense.

In other business Monday night, supervisors approved a letter of support to Del. James Edmunds endorsing an increase of the speed limit along US 501 from South Boston to the North Carolina border from 55 mph to 60 mph.

Members also:

» heard from Emergency Services Coordinator Chad Loftis on proposed changes to the county’s Emergency Operation Plan which would establish a Joint Operation Center at the Southern Technology Park, Building 1 and would designate the fairgrounds as its point of distribution for food, water, clothing, etc. in the event of a major emergency;

» approved a conditional use permit which will allow Bruce Caldwell to operate a gun shop in ED-1 at 10189 L. P. Bailey Highway. The permit includes 11 conditions which call for the entry to be approved by VDOT, as well as compliance with all federal, state and local regulations;

» recognized and thanked two outgoing board members for their services — ED-2 Supervisor Tom West who served on the Board of Supervisors for 24 years after having earlier spent 20 years on the county’s Planning Commission; and ED-6 Supervisor Larry Giordano for his four years of work giving abundantly of his time and knowledge to enhance economic development opportunities.

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