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Halifax County supervisors have four public hearings on tap / September 02, 2013
Halifax County Supervisors will host four public hearings when they gather Tuesday for their regular monthly session. The meeting comes a day later than usual due to the Labor Day holiday.

Before the public hearings begin, however, board members will present a resolution honoring the late Dwight Waller to members of his family. The resolution notes that Waller worked for Halifax County for 11 years, serving as its building official for nine of those years.

He “was considered by many to be a valued adviser in the construction community” the resolution states.

The first public hearing focuses on a request from Walter Coates in ED-1 for a conditional use permit to allow him to operate a gun shop out of an accessory building adjacent to his home on Parsonage Road in Nathalie. County Planners have recommended approval of the permit.

The second hearing is on a request from Mary Blakeslee in ED-5 who is asking that that the M-1 zoning in the Shapard’s Gate community be changed to limited R-1. Currently under the present zoning, a dwelling is permitted to be occupied by only a guard, caretaker or watchman employed in connection with the primary use of the property. The change was recommended by Planners on a split 4-3 vote.

The South Boston Foursquare Church (The Worship Center) is asking for a rezoning of the site of the former South of Dan School from A-1 agricultural to R-2 residential. The change would allow the church to renovate four classrooms of the school which they now own into apartments for temporary housing to serve displaced families who have suffered losses to their homes from fires or natural disasters.

The fourth and final hearing deals with the County’s amending boundaries of its Enterprise Zone which offers certain incentives to businesses or companies who locate within the zone. No properties currently located within the Enterprise Zone are recommended for removal and the newest additions would allow the former Halifax Burlington Plant property and that of Huber to be added in the extended zone.

In other business County Administrator Jim Halasz will update Supervisors on the requested $12,500 grant which the Ag office is seeking to lead to the construction of a USDA inspected meat processing plant in Halifax County. The plant would serve all of Southside Virginia where there is a lack of sufficient meat processing for the area.

Halasz will also report to the board on a proposal made by the Prizery Board to repay the $60,000 loan that the board made to The Prizery last year. They are proposing to repay the loan in six $10,000 annual installments starting this month and continuing through September 2018. The Prizery president, Barbara Speece, noted in her letter to Halasz if this proposal is not acceptable she would like to meet with Supervisors to discuss another repayment plan. Halasz is recommending that he, along with Supervisors Bowman and Claiborne, meet with Prizery representatives to discuss repayment.

Halasz will also advise Supervisors that the County IDA is planning to refinance the $10.2 million debt that was borrowed to finance the expansion of ABB back in 2008. Refinancing the debt lowers the interest rate from 5.81 percent to 4.81 which will result in a $500,000 savings over the life of the loan.

But in order to take advantage of the refinancing, the Supervisors must provide a pledge of moral obligation to honor the debt.

Halasz points out that the county also has an obligation to satisfy the debt; therefore the Board would be taking on no additional obligation.

Also tonight Planning Administrator Robbie Love is expected to ask Supervisors to set a public hearing for their next meeting on a request from Willie T. Francis to provide him with a conditional use permit to allow for an auto body shop to be located in ED-6 on Oak Level Road.

Nancy Chandler is also expected to come to the Board tonight seeking recognition of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.

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The taxpayers of Halifax County built ABB, a multinational corporation with global revenue of $40 billion for 2011, a new building costing over $10.2 million. $10 million is approximately the cost of our courthouse rennovation. How about you leaders on the board of supervisors figure out how to get ABB to pay for our courthouse rennovation. I think they can afford it.

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