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Public Gets To Weigh In On Gun Store

The Halifax County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing tonight at 6:30 p.m. on a conditional use permit application from Lemuel Anthony Powell of Powell’s Guns and Ammo.

The county planning commission unanimously recommended approval of the conditional use permit during its meeting last Tuesday.

Powell is seeking to locate a gun and ammunition retail store in ED#6 at the end of State Route 686 at 3102 Mercy Seat Road in Sutherlin.

The public hearing will be held in the public meeting room of the Mary Bethune Administrative Complex in Halifax.

In other business tonight, supervisors will hear monthly reports from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Residency Administrator J. D. Barkley II and Fair Coordinator Donnell Correlle.

In the absence of County Administrator George Nester who is on vacation this week, County Planning/Zoning Administrator
Robbie Love is slated to discuss with supervisors a request from Gov. Bob McDonnell for the county to participate in the Southern Virginia Economic Development Marketing Effort, the Southern Virginia Botanical Garden agreement and offer an update on the restroom facility at Edmunds Park.

Love also is scheduled to report on an increase in fees for the Southside Public Service Authority, on the discontinuance of seven-tenths of a mile of Christie Circle, ask board members to consider amending the application due date for agricultural/forestal districts and discuss other items as necessary.

Also tonight, Love is expected to ask supervisors to set a public hearing date on a conditional use permit application from William Larry Miller to locate a meeting and conference center in District 6 at Cloverdale Quarters located on Route 58, approximately .75 mile east of its intersection with Hackberry Road at Cloverdale Trail.

Finance Director Stephanie Jackson is scheduled to inform supervisors of any new information she has received from the state regarding the FY2011 county budget as well as update the board on real estate and personal property tax bills that are expected to be mailed out later this month. The first installment of taxes is due Monday, June 7.

Under unfinished business, board members are expected to make appointments to fill vacancies on the following boards and commissions:

• Improvement Council:  Fill three vacancies in ED#1, ED#5 and ED#6 for terms that expire Jan. 31, 2011.

• Transportation Safety commission: Fill four-year term vacancy in ED#5 that expires Dec. 31, 2011;

• Southside Regional Juvenile Group Home Commission: Fill two vacancies with one at-large appointment that became effective Jan. 1 of this year with the resignation of Maurice Riddle; and one vacancy for a seat held by the late R. E. “Dickie” Abbott;

• Old Dominion RC&D: Replace James Edmunds as an alternate for Carlyle Wimbish for a term that expires Sept. 30 of this year.

• Southside Community Services Board: an at-large unexpired term ending June 30, 2013;

•  Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority: The terms of County Administrator George Nester and Finance Director Stephanie Jackson (alternate) expire on June 30 of this year.

• Halifax County Service Authority: Confirm appointments of Dexter Gilliam and Stuart Nelson for four-year terms.

•  Economic Development Council: Make eight at-large appointments to two year terms that expired Nov. 30 of last year currently held by Lowell Ferguson, ED#1; Jeff Francisco ED#2; Donald Muse ED#3; Ted Bennett ED#4; Hill Felton Jr., ED#5; Ed Talbott ED#6; Weldon Shelton ED#7; and Aubrey Houghton, ED#8.

At the conclusion of tonight’s meeting, supervisors are scheduled to go behind closed doors in an executive session to discuss the acquisition or disposition of property; a prospective business or industry or expansion of an existing business; consult with legal council; and discuss award of a public contract involving public funds.