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VIR, trash sites, trail extension top agenda for Halifax supes / November 06, 2017
_Halifax County supervisors have a busy agenda for their meeting tonight in Halifax, with the Courthouse Project and trash collection sites topping the list of items for debate.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex in Halifax.

Other issues before the supervisors include a spending request for an economic impact study of VIR, which would be used to support a regional GoVirginia grant application to pay for a line extension from the City of Danville water system to VIR.

Backers say the project is needed because the water system at VIR is not adequate to provide for the road racing course’s future growth. The economic study is needed to support that case.

Halifax County is being asked to contribute $5,000 of the study’s $20,000 cost, a share equal to that of Pittsylvania County, the City of Danville and VIR itself.

Supervisors also will be asked to support a grant application to VDOT to extend the Tobacco Heritage Trail for another 1.6 miles, extending it to Miry Creek. Currently, the 2.5 mile trail begins at the site of the old Cotton Mill and runs past Berry Hill Resort along the Dan River. With the VDOT grant and a matching grant from the Tobacco Commission, the extension is expected to cost the county almost nothing.

The board has only one public hearing set for tonight’s meeting: consideration of a lease amendment with Verizon Wireless for space on the 911 tower site on the Mary Bethune Complex property.

On the issue of solid waste collection, county administrator Jim Halasz is recommending that the county undertake a thorough review of the options for refuse collection before taking action on any new sites for convenience centers and green box locations.

Halasz noted that additional collection centers cost $80,000 to establish, not including site acquisition or personnel. He added that areas in the Omega community, Scottsburg and north of the Town of Halifax need additional collection centers, as well in the Turbeville area where a trash collection site is being used on an interim basis.

Halasz also noted that used tire disposals cost the county $14,598.90 from January-August of this year, but tire disposal fees generated only $4,001.21 during that same period.

Regarding the upcoming Courthouse Renovation Project, Halasz has advised supervisors that a number of projects are needed with the temporary relocation of courthouse activities to the Mary Bethune Complex. Mary Bethune parking areas need to be resurfaced, and the courthouse’s internet equipment must be moved to the Bethune site. As renovation work proceeds at the Courthouse, there will be a further need to change traffic patterns in the Town of Halifax, Halasz noted.

In other business

Supervisors will consider changing land lease fees for five privately-owned law offices on the courthouse grounds from the annual $500 fee to $2,000.

The board will be asked to approve an additional $100,000 from the County’s Capital Improvement fund to use as a cash match for the GoVirginia and Tobacco Commission’s grant proposals for the County‘s broadband Initiative.

The board will be asked to adopt the County’s Strategic Plan for Agriculture and Forestry.

The board will be asked to approve the purchase and installation of a MUNIS module not to exceed $75,000 to support building permits to integrate them with other county programs.

The board will be asked to approve the 2018 schedules for South Boston Speedway and VIR.

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