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Supervisors To Pay Special Tribute To The Late Rev. Ford

Halifax County Supervisors are expected to honor the memory of the Rev. Roger Ford when they hold their August meeting in the Mary Bethune Office Complex in Halifax tonight at 6:30.

Board members are expected to adopt a resolution honoring Ford and present it to family members attending tonight’s supervisors’ meeting.

Also following the presentation, the board will hold four public hearings on conditional use permit applications from Clear Signal Towers, LLC, three located in ED#1 and one in ED#4.

The hearings will be held in public meeting room 201 of the Mary Bethune Office Complex in Halifax.

Clear Signal Towers is seeking to locate four 300’ telecommunications tower sites, one on the north side of Childrey Church Road on State Route 636 approximately .50 of a mile east of its intersection with L. P. Bailey Memorial Highway (Hwy. 501) and one on the south side of Volens Road (State Route 603) approximately .20 of a mile east of its intersection with L. P. Bailey Memorial Highway (Route 501).

The other two are proposed for a location east of Millstone Church Road (Route 843), approximately .40 of a mile north of its intersection with L. P. Bailey Memorial Highway (501), and the other on the south side of Bessie Marion Trail (Route 842), approximately .20 of a mile west of its intersection with Murphy Grove Road (Route 610).

On the consent agenda tonight, supervisors are expected to approve a supplemental appropriation of $2,500 to replace a river gauge on the Dan River in South Boston.

According to Emergency Services Coordinator W. Kirby Saunders, since the flooding in November 2009, he has been working with officials from the Town of South Boston, the National Weather Services, and the United States Geological Society to replace the worn out river gauge that originally was installed in the mid to late 1920s.

“The inadequacy of this gauge is a true public safety concern, not only for the business owners in the Riverdale area, but also critical infrastructure such as the Halifax County Service Authority. An up-to-date river gauge would allow a more reliable forecasting of the river status, thus improving early warning,” Saunders said in a letter to County Administrator George Nester.

Saunders has requested a supplemental appropriation of $1,500 to secure the new gauge and $1,000 for maintenance costs.

The USGS has matching funds for the locality contribution, he said, noting that amount will be combined with funds from the Town of South Boston, and the Corps of Engineers will provide the remainder of the funds for the installation.

Maintenance costs of the gauge are expected to be around $5,000 annually; $2,000 of those costs will be split jointly between the county and Town of South Boston, he added.

Also during tonight’s meeting, supervisors are expected to take the following actions:

• Receive updates from Industrial Development Authority Executive Director Mike Sexton on the 115kv transmission line proposed to be designed and engineered to provide the power infrastructure needed to attract a data center or large power user to the Riverstone Technology Park;

• Hear a monthly status update from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Resident Administrator Joe Barkley II;

• Receive a summary of the Virginia Department of Forestry’s recent work in Halifax from Forester Alex Stace;

• Adopt a proclamation presented by the Emergency Services Coordinator declaring September as Emergency Preparedness Month;

• Approve the annual report from Southside Community Services and meet Donald A. Burge, MS, who has been hired to fill the position of Southside Community Services Board executive director;

• Receive an update from Halifax County Fair Coordinator Donnell Correlle on the 100th Anniversary Fair;

• Listen as the county administrator discusses implementing fees for zoning permits; reports on Virgilina Elementary School property; reports on Code Red System; suggests approval of allocation to Southern Virginia Economic Development; discusses standby drought resolution; suggests approval of a resolution developing a Pine Height Neighborhood Planning Grant; and discusses the Department of Social Services’ request for a $41,608.55 carryover;

• Hear County Attorney Jeremy Carroll discuss an ordinance authorizing charges for list of probate heirs and discuss an update on ordinance changes for animal control;

•  Respond to a request from Planning/Zoning Administrator Robbie Love to approve a fireworks permit for VIR for Aug. 14;

•  Hear a report from Finance Director Stephanie Jackson;

•  Receive a report from the building and grounds committee and discuss board authorization to receive statement of qualifications for energy conservation projects for Mary Bethune Complex, County Administration Office and Courthouse; and discuss board authorization to proceed with installation of a gravity sewer to the transfer station from the fairgrounds;

•  Make appointments to fill vacancies on the following councils, commissions and boards:

Improvement Council – ED#5  and ED#7 unexpired terms ending Jan. 31, 2011;

Southside Regional Juvenile Group Home Commission – at large appointment with the resignation of Maurice Riddle effective Jan. 1, 2010 and vacancy for seat held by R. E. Abbott;

Southside Planning District Commission – vacancy for unexpired term of Rev. Roger Ford that ends Jan. 31, 2012; and
Southside Community Services Board – unexpired term ending June 30, 2010;

Lake Country Area Agency on Aging – Victoria Jackson’s term ends Sept. 30, 2010;

Old Dominion RC&D – Carlyle Wimbish Jr. and Supervisor Ronnie Snead (alternate) whose terms end Sept. 30, 2010;
w Hear citizens comments; and

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