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Halifax supes to convene Tuesday

SoVaNow.com / September 01, 2014
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors will host two public hearings Tuesday when board members gather for their regular monthly session, a day later than usual due to the Labor Day holiday.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Bethune Complex second story meeting room in Halifax.

The first hearing deals with a request by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an option to purchase a property easement at the rear of William M. Tuck Airport.

The Corps needs the easement in order to be able to better manage its property and timber assets at the back of the airport, noted County Administrator Jim Halasz. Halasz pointed out that the request could benefit the county by limiting unauthorized access by people who operate four wheelers and sometimes damage runway lights and beacons. The county does not use the property in question.

A second hearing will be held on the possible transfer of the C.H. Friend ball field from the county to the Town of South Boston. Halifax County has owned the property since C.H. Friend School was closed but does not use it. By contrast, the South Boston Recreation Department uses the ball field extensively for youth football and baseball competition.

South Boston also has been paying the electric bill and keeps the grass cut at the site.

The county Recreation Advisory Committee is recommending that the property be turned over to the Town. The transfer would also limit Halifax County’s financial and legal liability, Halasz says.

In other business Tuesday, supervisors are expected to approve a proclamation designating September 17-23 as Constitution Week. The local Berryman Green Chapter of the DAR is seeking the county’s support of the recognition.

Supervisors also are expected to finalize a decision on a conditional use permit request by Michael Allred in ED#6. He is seeking to establish a plumbing and well drilling business at 2074 Old Cluster Springs Road. Board members in August heard public input on the request, but delayed taking action until a clean-up of the site could be completed.

Supervisors also are expected to approve refunds, totaling $1.8 million, from school bonds (for school construction) to be applied for use on the courthouse renovation project.

Board members also have several appointments to consider with the latest being an at-large appointment to the Halifax County Library Board. A replacement is needed for Hope Harris Gayles, who announced her resignation at the end of August.









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