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Halifax County supervisors extend 2 percent raise to county employees
SoVaNow.com / August 08, 2013Halifax County Supervisors following Monday’s closed session, approved a two percent salary increase for full time county employees, beginning in October. The increase is expected to cost the county approximately $102,000.
Earlier in their Monday meeting board members heard public comment on a request from hog farmer Page Wilkerson, who is requesting to expand one of his farrowing barns at his Spring Hill Farm located at 1055 Wilkerson Trail. Wilkerson said he is not expanding his operation, but rather is working to make it a more efficient one. His request was supported by Ag Development Director Leah Brown who said Wilkerson’s request leads to best management practices.
Supervisors only recommended their support of Wilkerson’s request to the Board of Zoning Appeals which met yesterday afternoon to take action on it.
The Board also heard from Don Burge, Director of the Southside Community Services Board who reviewed the economic impact of his agency on the community. Burge said SCS provided 67 jobs in Halifax County, 111 in Mecklenburg and another 47 in Brunswick, the three counties it serves and is one of the 25 largest employers in the region. It also spent over $221,000 for local goods and services and provided services for 3.8 percent more people than in the prior year.
Of the 4,513 consumers served in FY13, 1,813 were residents of Halifax County. One of the county’s representatives on the SCSB, Elsie Gladding, explained that the agency is now expanding its community based services to enable those with intellectual disabilities (mental retardation) to live a more normal life, in a normal neighborhood and closer to family and friends. She also sought more public support since public safety is a top priority for county officials through the provision of greater mental health services for diagnostic work-ups, referral to hospitals and discharged planning and institutional aftercare for many who find themselves marginal in their social functions and lack of significant family support.
The Board approved the scheduling of three public hearings for their September meeting, the first from Walter Coates in ED-1 who wants to operate a gun shop out of an accessory building adjacent to his home at 1043 Parsonage Road, Nathalie.
The second hearing scheduled is on a request from Mary Blakeslee in ED-5 to allow for the former Belt Subdivision, now the Shepards Gate community, to be rezoned to R-1 residential from the current zoning of M-1. Finally the South Boston Foursquare Church (The Worship Center) is asking that the site of the former South of Dan School be rezoned from A-1 agricultural to R-2 residential so that four classrooms can be made into apartments for temporary housing for families displaced by house fires or natural disasters.
Supervisors also named Otis Vaughan to serve as a replacement for the late Dwight Waller on the Southside Planning District Commission Housing Rehabilitation Board.
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