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Slow pace of road work criticized at Halifax County supes’ meeting
SoVaNow.com / June 26, 2014Three residents of Memorial Drive in Riverdale questioned highway administrators on Monday evening about why work was not completed on their roadway to bring it into state maintenance.
Clarine Hill-Collins, who lives on the road along with Jeffrey Jackson and Victoria Jackson, all pointed out that a portion of the road from its intersection with US Route 501 to Springdale Drive, had been earlier approved for upgrades.
Part of the work has been done, but never completed, the residents pointed out. After being told by VDOT’s Jay Craddock that some utility poles had to be moved and more right-of-way on either side of the roadway acquired, the speakers said local property owners are willing to donate the needed land to complete the paving.
Supervisors asked VDOT officials to investigate the problem and let them know what needs to be done to resolve the issue.
Also during the public hearing on the county’s Secondary Road Six-Year Plan, Sandra Tucker, who lives on White Oak Trail, said her road is on the county’s priority list, but not yet on the Six-Year Plan.
“It’s time for an update,” Tucker said, noting that three families live on the road that is also traveled by school buses.
“We want to know how to get this (seven-tenth mile) 915 road paved,” she said. Supervisors approved a plan which has money this year for only two road projects — $34,186 for paving of Buckskin Trail and $56,964 for surface treatment of Peaks Trail.
Another $20,000 is approved for countywide traffic services and $6,091 for rural additions.
Resident Highway Engineer Kenneth Martin said VDOT will move to improve other projects as money becomes available.
In other business Supervisors honored former ED#3 board member William I. Fitzgerald with the unveiling of his portrait which will hang in the second-floor meeting room with other former supervisors. Fitzgerald was surrounded by family members — a sister, a niece and grandchildren.
Supervisors also approved a resolution put forth by ED#4 Doug Bowman asking Comcast to reconsider its decision to close its local office in the Centerville area and to renegotiate terms with the Town of South Boston to stay open for a longer time.
Bowman pointed out that the planned June 30 closure of the Comcast office would require local customers to have to travel to a Danville office to discuss matters that needed Comcast’s assistance.
He added that the local Comcast office also provides jobs and tax revenue for the town and county.
The board also heard a report on the status of the feasibility study for a local meat processing center.
County Administrator Jim Halasz said he and County Planner Robbie Love are working with South Carolina consultants to survey livestock producers within a 150-mile radius to identify the number of animals that might be brought to the facility and to estimate the costs of establishing and operating the center.
Halasz said he hopes to complete the study by fall and bring it back to the board.
Supervisors also named Andrea McKinney to serve on the local library board and ED#5 member Barry Bank to a four-year term on the Social Services Board. 1679
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