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Turbeville speakers ask for convenience center

SoVaNow.com / August 10, 2017
More than 20 residents of the Turbeville community appeared before Halifax County Supervisors Monday night to plead for a convenience center to dispose of trash and recyclables.

Mark Gosney was the first speaker to address the problem, noting that green boxes at the Turbeville Ruritan Club have been recently removed, leaving residents with no place to get rid of their solid wastes.

Gosney said he takes his trash to News Ferry some 15 miles away (round trip), or he could go to Delila some 22 miles away or make the 36-mile round trip to the South Boston convenience center.

He also questioned whether it is advisable to pay employees to oversee convenience sites around the county, since he had not seen an attendant at any county site offering help to residents. At one convenience center, he said, the attendant was just sitting there, watching TV in an air-conditioned office.

Gosney was not alone in calling for a convenience center in the Turbeville area. Thomas Hudson also said many of his neighbors have been inconvenienced by the lack of a place to dispose of their solid wastes.

“We need a convenience center,” said Hudson as he asked members of the audience who had come to the board meeting for help with the matter to stand. A large number of residents rose from their seats to show support for a convenience center.

Supervisors indicated they will address the problem at a later meeting.

In other business Monday night, supervisors unanimously approved the rezoning of 2.42 acres of land in ED-1 from A-1, agricultural to B-2, commercial. The property is owned by Jacob and James Jennings. Construction of a Dollar General store is being proposed at the property, which is located in the Volens area on US Route 501 near the intersection with State Route 603 (Cody Road).

ED-1 Supervisor J. T. Davis, who moved for approval of the rezoning, said residents of the area were happy to learn of the Dollar General store, noting it would eliminate their “20 mile trip to town to buy a loaf of bread.”

The board also unanimously approved vacating a 0.24 mile section of Cousin Lane which serves no public purpose. The request for vacation was made by Brian and Ashley Hall, who live at the end of the dead-end road.

Supervisors also approved a request from South Boston Speedway to have a fireworks show Aug. 26 at the conclusion of their 60th anniversary race.

However, supervisors delayed taking action on a joint request by South Boston Speedway and VIR to exempt the two racetracks from certain provisions of the County’s Noise Ordinance. That request was sent to the Planning Commission, with a request to prepare a recommendation to the Board for appropriate action.

Supervisors also were asked to review a proposed zoning ordinance for solar farms in the county. The ordinance notes that there will be two kinds of solar farms allowed — large scale solar facilities which could only be built in A-1 agricultural districts, coupled with a conditional use permit, while small scale solar farms will be allowed in A-1, M1, and M-2 districts.

The proposed ordinance calls for 100-foot setbacks from roadways as well as fencing and vegetative buffers around the solar panel arrays. The ordinance also calls for a distance of two miles separating solar farms. It also spells out specific decommissioning requirements once a facility has outlived its usefulness.

Supervisors were asked to study the proposed ordinance before the September board meeting when the matter will be considered again.

Supervisors also approved a mutual aid agreement with Pittsylvania County for animal control measures. The agreement states that the two counties will try to provide each other with mutual aid animal control service when needed with each county reimbursing the other for any expenses incurred.

Also J. T. Davis of the county’s broadband committee expressed hope that the county will soon be able to begin to roll out broadband internet service to those areas of the county where internet service is non-existent or inadequate. He said the board will decide in September what it can do to help to begin the work on the much needed project. “I believe this is the single most important thing to help Halifax County as it will enables us to offer on-line classes and attract more businesses,” Davis said.

Two residents of ED-3, Sandra Tucker and James Payne asked that the board move toward paving Route 915 which was once listed on the county’s list of unpaved roads, but on which nothing has been done. They said the road, on which three families live, is dusty in the summer and muddy in the winter.

The Board named Sandra Garner Coleman to serve a two year term on the Lake Country Development Corporation to fill the seat held by former Supervisor Barry Bank.

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Here is the real purpose of a "convenience" center and why you are being conditioned to accept someone watching you haul trash to a gated dumpster.
Notice of Ordinance Violation: Any resident using the Convenience Centers to dispose of garbage without a decal is doing so in violation of the Johnston County Solid Waste Ordinance. If the decal is not affixed on the vehicle's windshield, the site attendant is required to record the license plate number and document the incident as a violation of the ordinance. Civil penalties up to $500 may be assessed for each violation. Information on the Solid Waste Ordinance and other violations may be obtained from the Johnston County Solid Waste Division at 919-938-4750.

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All part of UN Agenda 21. That's right the UN is giving your local officials instructions on waste management. It's called the "polluter pays" principle and we're all polluters. Read chapter 21.

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http://www.un-documents.net/a21-21.htm

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Considering Halifax County hasn't had County decals in over 5yrs it would be hard for attendants to monitor that issue.

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Be careful what you ask for. When they say convenience center and put up a chain link fence with barbwire and a gate they're not scared the trash is gonna climb out and walk away in the middle of the night and they don't mean your convenience. They mean a convenient way for government to take more of your money.
https://theintercept.com/2015/07/28/garbage-cans-watching/
Just a matter of time.


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