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Halifax County Supes take up road projects
SoVaNow.com / June 24, 2013Halifax County supervisors will host their annual Secondary Roads Six Year Improvement Plan for 2014-2019 tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex.
Top road improvement priorities for the next four years include the relocation of 1.1 miles of Meadville Road (Route 642), which is a $6.6 million project. Other projects include the resurfacing of three-tenths of a mile of Buckskin Trail (Route 624) at a cost of $70,000, and 2.2 miles of bridge replacement over the Banister River on Route 716, estimated to cost $2.l3 million.
However there is little money in Halifax County’s allocation for new highway construction — only $82,338 for the coming year.
In other business tonight, supervisors are expected to approve the proposed amendment to the County Code which calls for all delinquent real estate taxes to be paid prior to the issuance of a business license. The matter has come before the board for the past two months, but supervisors delayed approval until a clause could be inserted which would allow for a one-year payment plan rather than the immediate payment of all back taxes by business owners who owe delinquent taxes.
Supervisors also will be asked to consider an extension of a request to the Virginia Retirement System to opt out of the VRS long-term disability program. The delay would allow board members time to consider an alternate proposal for disability programs for all employees hired after January 1, 2014.
Supervisors also are expected to approve a resolution segregating costs associated with the Courthouse Project (not to exceed $15 million), which will ultimately be rolled into the final financing of the Courthouse renovations.
Supervisors are also expected to approve a resolution of commendation honoring retiring Halifax County Service Authority Executive Director Willie Jones for his service in updating water/sewer equipment and infrastructure in the urban area of the county, and for establishing a cohesive staff and overseeing the construction of a new building for the agency.
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