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Halifax County supes meet tonight with Early Learning Center sale to decide / March 04, 2019

Halifax County supervisors will gather tonight in Halifax for their monthly meeting with a decision pending on the sale of the Cluster Springs Early Learning Center property, among other matters.

The county has received purchase offers on three parcels: the Early Learning Center (formerly Cluster Springs Elementary School) and two other plots where the community’s ball fields are located. New County Administrator Scott Simpson is recommending that supervisors accept the high bids on each of the parcels, for a combined sale price of $110,000.

Dale E. Miller placed the high bid of $50,000 for the 23,784 square foot Early Learning Center and surrounding 7.7 acres, while Steven L. Bryant topped the bidding for the two parcels containing the ball fields, offering $35,000 and $25,000. The county received the offers through a sealed bidding process.

Bryant’s bid is contingent on having road access to the ball fields. Because there is a fourth parcel between the ball field properties and State Route 658, Simpson is recommending the Board of Supervisors also go forward with the sale of that property, which covers 3.42 acres.

Before selling the fourth parcel, the county must first advertise it for sale and hold a public hearing, which is expected to take place April 1.

Other matters that are expected to come before the Board of Supervisors tonight include:

» the appointment of two new members to the county Industrial Development Authority. IDA director Joni Henderson has resigned from the board, and Chairman Chad Francis’ four-year term ended Jan. 31 and he is not seeking reappointment.

Six candidates have applied for the two open seats: retired South Boston businessman Rick Harrell; SVHEC executive director Betty Adams; Tommy Daniel Jr., a local dairy farmer and agribusiness company executive; Derek Mason, vice president and branch manager with the Bank of Charlotte County; Marcia Crowder, a county schoolteacher; and Mitzi McCormick, president and CEO of the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce.

» Supervisors also have a number of other citizen appointments to make, including to the Library Board, Community Criminal Justice Board, VASAP Policy Board, Board of Equalization, Planning Commission, Improvement Council, County Drug Court and others.

» Supervisors have been asked by Simpson to carry over discussion of a developers tax incentive to a future meeting. Local developers have asked the county for tax incentives to promote the construction of residential subdivisions locally.

» Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Lineburg will ask the Board of Supervisors to put in a funding application to Virginia’s Literary Fund, the state’s borrowing pool for school capital projects, for money to rebuild or renovate Halifax County High School. The application is intended to place Halifax County in line for Literary Fund loans; it will not provide specifics on the county’s plans to upgrade HCHS.

» Simpson will ask board members to approve a contract, for roughly $30,000, with a mover to set up the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office in rental space across from the courthouse on Edmunds Boulevard. The prosecutors’ office is being moved out of its existing building ahead of its pending demolition as part of the Courthouse Renovation Project.

Simpson reports that the county has been slow to receive detailed architectural plans for a new Commonwealth’s Attorney’s building and courthouse annex. The latter building was recently torn down when it became apparent that a full rebuild was preferable to trying to renovate the structure, which housed General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

“The failure to deliver the drawings on time to the County and contractor has brought the project to a position of little work activity,” Simpson wrote in his notes to supervisors about tonight’s meeting.

The moving company that came in with a low offer of $32,835, subject to price reductions if the job is finished ahead of schedule, is Central Van & Storage.

Tonight’s meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and be held in the second floor meeting room of the Bethune Office Complex in Halifax.

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Instead of selling all these schools built in the 60's they should remodel and use them. But the idiots that think newer is better are costing us millions.


TOTALLY agree with you allpolitical2. These buildings were built better than anything that is going to be constructed today. They could easily be remodeled and kept in use, which would be a great cost savings to taxpayers. The monies they are collecting in selling off these buildings wont even pay the architects they just hired to offer a second opinion on the high school. We need a Board of Supervisors who are more frugal with tax dollars.

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