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Halifax County supervisors hold two public hearings tonight

SoVaNow.com / June 02, 2014
Halifax County Supervisors will meet this evening at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex with two public hearings on their agenda. They also will receive a number of reports to consider as well as the need to make several appointments.

Their first public hearing focuses on a request for a conditional use permit requested by SBA Towers to erect a 135 foot monopole telecommunications tower on the south side of Bellevue Road about two-tenths mile west of it intersection with US Route 360. County Planners are recommending approval of the permit with 14 conditions attached.

The second public hearing deals with the repeal of the County’s Stormwater Management Ordinance which will allow the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to manage the local stormwater issue.

Supervisors will be asked to allocate funds for the upcoming 150th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Staunton River Bridge set for June 21 and 22. Charlotte County has promised to provide up to $5,000 for the event provided that Halifax County matches its funding.

Also Tourism Director Linda Shepperd will present the board with information about the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway and the recreational and tourism assets it will bring to Halifax County. The Blueway launch is scheduled for June 16.

Board members will also address a two percent pay increase for county employees including constitutional officers and their staffs, library, social services, E-911 and grant funded employees.

Not included in the increase are school, tourism, IDA, soil and water employees, the county administrator, part-time employees and board members. Supervisors had earlier indicated approval of the increase after the Heath Care Plan for FY2015 was approved which passed along a sizable share of the plan’s cost to employees.

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