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Sale of land near airport approved / September 04, 2014
Halifax County supervisors on Tuesday night approved the sale of an easement across the rear of the William M. Tuck Airport. The board agreed to an option on the property to Williams Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company for $687.50.

The easement will allow the US Army Corps of Engineers to better manage their property and timber assets located at the rear of the airport as well as offer greater recreational opportunities.

A Transcontinental supervisor explained that his company customarily seeks easements for the Corps with the understanding that the Corps will allow their pipeline to use the easement.

Supervisors unanimously approved the option for the easement, noting that it would benefit the county by placing a gate at the rear of the property and would limit unauthorized access to the back part of the airport which has on occasion suffered from damage to runway lights or beacons by unauthorized vehicles.

During the advertised public hearing only one speaker addressed the issue, that being the Transcontinental representatives.

Following a second public hearing, Board members approved the transfer of the C.H. Friend ball field from the county to the Town of South Boston after hearing Recreation Director Bill Shortt report that the Recreation Advisory Committee had recommended the transfer.

The county has owned the property since C.H. Friend Elementary School was closed, but has not used the field for any activities. By contrast the field is the home for some the town’s baseball leagues and for the town’s youth football program. South Boston has continued to pay the electric bill and kept the grass cut around the field.

Shortt said town officials had assured the rec commission that they would use the field for nothing other than athletic purposes.

Returning to an issue for which public comment was heard during their August meeting, supervisors approved a conditional use permit for Michael Allred in ED-6 which will allow him to operate a plumbing and well drilling business at 2074 Old Cluster Springs Road. The board had delayed action on Allred’s request for the permit until the site could be cleaned up. County Planner Robbie Love reported to the Board that the area had been cleared of all debris and a new privacy fence erected which ensured that the site would be kept clean and tidy in appearance.

ED-6 Supervisor Larry Giardano, who had recommended that the board’s approval be delayed at the August meeting, thanked Allred for his efforts in cleaning up the site. “Your efforts have not gone unnoticed,” Giardano said to Allred.

In other business, supervisors passed a resolution supporting the designation of parts of the Dan River from Berry Hill Road to Route 880 in Pittsylvania County, some 15 miles, and the section from the North Carolina line to the confluence of Aarons Creek another 38.6 miles as a part of the Virginia Scenic Rivers System.

The Board also appointed San Knapp to the Halifax County-South Boston Library Board to fill the seat being vacated by Hope Harris Gayles.

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