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Halifax County supervisors to convene tonight

SoVaNow.com / February 03, 2014
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors will tackle a light agenda when members hold their monthly meeting tonight. in the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Supervisors will receive a report from the Virginia Department of Transportation in response to a prior request to install school zone signs at Pathways Day School, located on State Route 613 (Bagwell Drive) in Scottsburg. VDOT Assistant Residency Administrator Jay Craddock has indicated that due to low student enrollment and the school being located near the end of a dead end road, the establishment of a school zone is not warranted.

Craddock also has responded to two other requests: the first, to bring Cornick Lane, located off Route 57, into the state-maintained highway system. Examining the request, Craddock said the road is not platted for public use and VDOT does not have funding to perform necessary upgrades to bring the road up to highway standards.

The second request is to bring St. Michael Drive, located off Riverdale Drive, into the state system. To do so, says VDOT, five utility poles, three water meters and two fire hydrants would have to be moved, likely costing some $30,000. Since VDOT does not have the funding to pay for the relocations, Craddock suggested that if Halifax County wants to fund the changes, VDOT can provide an estimate of Rural Addition funds available for the project.

In other business, supervisors will consider a resolution opposing Sunday hunting although the General Assembly has advanced legislation in the current session to lift Virginia’s ban on the practice. The Board also will consider a resolution asking the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to reduce the number of days when antlerless deer can be harvested in Halifax County (since the county allows more than neighboring counties).

Supervisors are also expected to approve the 13-event schedule proposed for VIR which begins on March 29 and ends in December. They are also expected to set a public hearing during their March meeting to consider a request by W.A. Stratton Construction Company to allow Pulliam Motorsports to operate a race shop at 2103 Alton Post Office Road.

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