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Supervisors to catch up on projects

W. A. Stevens has withdrawn his request for a conditional use permit to locate an Internet gaming café in the office suite located behind Roma’s Restaurant, according to Halifax County Administrator George Nester, so a public hearing scheduled for tonight will not be held. Nester is expected to update county supervisors on various projects tonight during the board’s regular monthly meeting that gets under way at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Mary Bethune Office Complex in Halifax.

Included in the update is a report on the fairground sanitary sewer project.

According to Nester, the sewer addition has been completed, and the sewer is operational for the fair.

Carrington Brothers was the contractor that provided the low price for the work at $12,900, he said.

The health department required the county amend the original design plans to locate a sewer clean-out every 100 feet along the length of the sewer project, the county administrator said. Effluent from the septic tank is now flowed by gravity to the solid waste transfer station off Plywood Trail which allows county crews to clean out a stoppage without needing to rent or borrow expensive sewer flushing equipment.

With the sewer being installed, the recent rain has displayed a heavy flow of water into a holding tank at the solid waste transfer station where it was connected, Nester said.

“This tells us that there is a direct connection of surface drainage into the sewer somewhere in the system. Our staff is working to smoke the lines to see if we can locate the source of this inflow. Once the source is identified it will be eliminated from the sanitary sewer,” he added.

Nester pointed out the health department approved the county’s plans for extending the sanitary sewer from the fairgrounds to the Halifax County solid waste transfer station on Aug. 25.

“This was a short timeline to complete the work, so it is reassuring that the work is now completed in  time for the 100th anniversary of the fair,” he added.

Nester also is expected to ask supervisors to endorse the Virginia Association of Counties’ (VACO) 2010 Legislative Program and to adopt a resolution that will permit the celebration of Halloween in the county on Saturday, Oct. 30, with “trick or treat” times designated from 6 until 9 p.m.

Nester also is expected to notify board members that Southside Health District Director Dr. Charles Devine  has accepted a similar position the Lord Fairfax Health Department in the northern part of the state with his last day of work set for Oct. 26.

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

• Listen to Virginia Department of Transportation Highway Residency Administrator Joe Barkley give his monthly status update;

• Set public hearings on agricultural forestal district (AFD) applications as well as on a land use application for a conditional use permit request in ED-3 by Charles, Barbara and Brad Nutter to locate a metalcraft fabricating shop known as BSN Fabricating on Ridgeway Road in Vernon Hill;
The shop’s proposed location is on the east side of Ridgeway Road (Route 675), approximately .40 of a mile south of its intersection with Cheerful Lane, according to the application.

• Hear a report from Finance Director Stephanie Jackson and entertain committee reports;

• Make appointments to fill two vacancies on the Halifax County Improvement Council for two-year terms that expire Jan. 31, 2011 made necessary by the resignations of Bobby Wilkerson in ED-6 and Elsie Griles in ED-2;

• Make appointments to fill two vacancies on the Southside Regional Juvenile Group Home Commission effective Jan. 1, 2010 created by the resignation of Maurice Riddle and death of former ED-1 Supervisor R. E. Abbott;

• Make an appointment to the Lake Country Area Agency on Aging to fill the term held by Victoria Jackson that expires Sept. 30 since Jackson is not eligible for reappointment;

• Hear citizens comments; and

At the conclusion of Monday night’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; an investment of public funds; consult with legal council; and discuss award of a public contract involving public funds.