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Voting precinct move on agenda for supervisors

Two public hearings are scheduled tonight at 6:30 p.m. when the Halifax County Board of Supervisors holds its final meeting of the year in the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune office complex in Halifax.


The first hearing will be to receive comments on a proposed ordinance amendment to move the location of the Republican Grove Precinct polling place from North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department to First Baptist Church of Republican Grove.

The second hearing is on a conditional use permit application request from Barbara Tucker to operate a beauty salon and school at 9044 James D. Hagood Highway in ED-2.

In other action tonight, supervisors are expected to receive a monthly status report from Kenneth Martin of the Virginia Department of Transportation.

County Administrator Jim Halasz is expected to recommend supervisors adopt the 2013 meeting schedule resolution that includes regular monthly meetings on the first Monday of the month excluding holidays which will be held on the following Tuesday, and the July meeting is scheduled for June 24.

An annual strategic planning work session for board members is slated for Jan. 24-25 in Riverstone Technology Park Conference Room, and joint meetings with the Halifax and South Boston town councils are set for Jan. 22, April 15, July 15 and Oct. 21.

A series of budget meetings are set for Feb. 4, March 4, March 18 and April 1.

During tonight’s meeting, supervisors are expected to act on the county administrator’s recommendation to adopt a resolution of support for the tobacco commission grant application for the $1.3 million Green View Advanced Manufacturing Center renovation with the county agreeing to provide a $150,000 local match for grant during FY 2014.

Halasz also is expected to update supervisors on the treasurer’s office activities to collect current and delinquent real estate and personal property taxes.

According to the county administrator, Treasurer Linda Foster has outlined a narrative of activities in the treasurer’s office that pertain to the collection of taxes.

“Ms. Foster does appear to be willing to pursue other means of improving collection rates for these important sources of county revenue and working to insure that the taxpayers of Halifax County who routinely pay their taxes on time can see that their contributions to support the county are appreciated and respected,” Halasz said.

He recommended the treasurer and administrator be permitted to explore the use of other tools and means of improving delinquent tax collections.

Supervisors also are expected tonight to accept terms of a grant agreement from the Virginia Department of Aviation for installation of an automated weather observing station at William M. Tuck Airport.

Following the county administrator’s reports, Planning/Zoning Administrator Robbie Love is expected to ask supervisors to approve annual events schedules and fireworks permits for VIR and South Boston Speedway.

At the conclusion of tonight’s meeting, supervisors are expected to fill vacancies on the Southside Regional Group Home Commission, Transportation Safety Commission, Lake Country Area Agency on Aging, Airport Commission, Improvement Council, Industrial Development Authority, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Recreation Commission, Southside Planning District Commission and Southside Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program.

After hearing comments from citizens, supervisors are expected to go behind closed doors in an executive session to discuss specific personnel matters, the acquisition or disposition of property; the protection of the privacy of individuals in personal matters not related to public business; a prospective business or industry or expansion of an existing business; consult with legal counsel and discuss award of a public contract involving public funds.