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Witt, Pannell tapped to lead Halifax supervisors / January 09, 2018
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors on Monday night unanimously elected ED-4 supervisor Dennis Witt to serve another term as chairman. ED-3 supervisor Hubert Pannell will serve as board vice chairman.

County Administrator Jim Halasz was confirmed as clerk of the board with Debbie Forlines named as deputy clerk.

The actions were approved at the beginning of Monday’s organizational meeting as the supervisors convened for the first time in 2018.

Upon resuming his post as board chairman, Witt named J. T. Davis, Garland Ricketts and Jeff Francisco to serve on the finance committee.

Pannell and Jeff Francisco will serve on the policy and personnel committee, while Joey Rogers will lead the building and grounds committee along with Stanley Brandon.

Brandon will chair the recreation committee and Rogers will head the airport committee. Francisco and Pannell will head the Fire Commission.

Also Monday night, supervisors approved a low bid of $14,824,000 by Blair Construction to carry out the courthouse renovation project. The vote was 7-1, with only ED-6 Supervisor Stanley Brandon opposing the motion.

The approval came after Halifax Town Manager and Zoning Administrator Carl Espy asked that the bid award be delayed for 30 days until a change to the traffic pattern on Edmunds Boulevard could be approved by the Department of Transportation.

But ED-1 supervisor Davis said he did not believe the change in the traffic pattern would substantially affect the courthouse bid.

Espy argued that the change in the traffic pattern and the subsequent change in parking, especially for ADA parking spots, needed to be considered before the bid was finalized. Espy pointed out the application for the zoning sought from the Town of Halifax did not reflect the proposed changes.

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