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Larry Fears honored with resolution
SoVaNow.com / June 06, 2013The Halifax County Board of Supervisors honored the memory of the late Major Larry Fears as members presented a framed resolution of commendation to his family on Monday night.
Flanked by fellow supervisors, Chairman Tom West presented the commendation not only to family members, but also to representatives with the local Sheriff’s Department who worked with Fears during his 36 years of service as a law enforcement officer.
“He was a good man,” West said. The resolution called for a salute “to the gentleman who proudly wore Gold Badge No. 1802.”
In other actions, supervisors delayed taking action on an amendment to the County Code that would allow businesses owing delinquent real estate taxes to remain active until a payment plan can approved for them to pay their back real estate taxes over a year’s time. ED#3 Supervisor William Fitzgerald asked that the board delay taking action on the matter until language in the amendment could be clarified. The board is expected to approve the amendment at its June 24 meeting.
Board members quickly gave their approval on a 7-0 vote (ED#1 Supervisor J. T. Davis was absent from the meeting)
to authorize the withdrawal of the City of Bedford from the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority. Bedford City is reverting to town status, so the County of Bedford will take on the financial responsibilities that the City had previously shouldered.
On another 7-0 vote, supervisors approved an easement for CenturyLink on county-owned property on Plywood Trail. Members also approved a 29 percent personal property tax relief act credit to local taxpayers for the first $20,000 value of their personal use vehicles.
Responding to a request from the local Transportation Safety Commission, supervisors unanimously offered their support for a letter which is being sent to the head of the Virginia State Police asking that the local State Police headquarters be fully staffed with the allotted eleven troopers. Currently the local office only has eight troopers serving the area.
The Board also approved a request from the Virginia Department of Transportation to host a public hearing on the County’s Six Year Secondary Plan on June 24.
The top priorities listed for funding include relocation work on Meadville Road, the paving of Buckskin Trail and bridge approaches over the Banister River on Wolf Trap Road. They also voted to waive building permit fees for the Dan River Baptist Association’s project for building handicap ramps for the elderly and disabled. And they adopted the updated Hazard Mitigation Plan which applies to the counties of Halifax and Mecklenburg and which was developed by the Southside Planning District Commission.
They also re-adopted their moral obligation pledge to cover the purchase of ten school buses with Sun Trust Equipment Finance & Leasing Corporation for a total of $744,117.50. (Their earlier pledge had been made with Sun Trust Bank.)
In other business board members re-appointed Valdivia Marshall to the Community Colleges Advisory Board and Mickey Thomas to the local Library Board. Both are for four year terms.
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