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Supes have four hearings on tap

SoVaNow.com / August 01, 2010
Halifax County Supervisors, meeting this evening at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex after taking the month of July off. Supervisors have four public hearings on their agenda.

The hearings all focus on requests from Clear Signal Towers LLC for conditional use permits which will allow for 300 foot telecommunication towers to be erected along Route 501 North. Three of the four site locations lie in ED-1.

The first site request is located on the north side of Childrey Church Road, about one-half mile east of its intersection with Route 501.

The second site is on the south side of Volens Road, about two-tenths mile east of U.S. 501 and the third site is on the east side of Millstone Church Road, about four-tenths mile north of Route 501.

The last site is located in ED-4 and lies on the south side of Bessie Marion Trail, some two-tenths miles west of Murphy Grove Road.

Following the public hearings Supervisors will get reports from a number of department heads and guests including Industrial Development Authority Director Mike Sexton who will explain the great need for the 115kv transmission line to provide power infrastructure to attract a data center or large power user to Riverstone Technology Park. Sexton will advise the Board that currently Riverstone does not have the power available for a big power user and construction of the line is expected to take less than nine months.

Other reports are expected from Resident Highway Administrator Joe Barkley and from members of the county’s Forestry Department, as well as Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders.

Sarah Chipps, interim director of the Southside Community Services Board is expected to bring her board’s annual performance contract for approval of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, as well as introducing the agency’s new executive director, Donald A. Burge, a former private consultant for Behavior Change Artists of Pittsburgh, Pa.

County Administrator George Nester will bring several reports to the board including a recommendation from County Building Official Dwight Waller suggesting that the old Virgilina school be sold “as is” rather than undertaking extensive renovations to the facility.

Nester will also seek the Board’s guidance on whether or not the County needs to spend $20,250 to continue the Code Red Weather Warning System which formerly was paid for by a federal grant. He will also discuss the county’s expense of $30,604 over the next two years for participation in the Southern Virginia Marketing Effort which includes Patrick, Henry, Pittsylvania and Halifax counties as well as the cities of Danville and Martinsville.

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