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County supervisors, councils gather tonight to hear uranium report

Andrew Lester, president of the Roanoke River Basin Association, is slated to present the association’s report on Virginia Beach Uranium Mining Phase II Study to the Halifax County Board of Supervisors and the South Boston and Halifax town councils tonight at 6 p.m. when they hold a joint meeting in the second floor conference room of the Mary Bethune Office Complex in Halifax.


Lester’s presentation will be a follow-up on the initial findings from Virginia Beach’s Study presented to the three governing bodies last October on the Impacts of Uranium Mining and Milling on the Banister River and Dan River in Halifax County along with the entire Roanoke River Basin downstream of the proposed uranium mining and milling operation at Coles Hill in Pittsylvania County, according to Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy.

Jack Dunavant, chairman of We the People of Virginia, said the program is expected to last about 20 minutes as supervisors and council members view a DVD program about the dangers uranium mining poses to the Banister River, Kerr Lake and Lake Gaston.

After the joint meeting ends, the Halifax County Board of Supervisors is expected to convene to consider adopting a resolution approving the building inspections agreement with the Town of Halifax.

According to the resolution, the county will assist the town in the administration and enforcement of the county building code within the corporate limits of the town.

In addition the county will participate in a cooperative building inspection program with the town by making its county building official and county board of building code appeals available to assist the town and its staff in a cooperative building inspection program.

Also tonight, supervisors are expected to consider approving two resolutions appropriating Community Development Block Grant funds – one for an urgent needs project and the other for the Pine Height Trail Project.

According to the urgent needs resolution, the county has been awarded $320,550 for the rehabilitation or reconstruction of four low and moderate income housing units damaged by two tornadoes that struck the Virgilina and Nathalie communities in April of last year.

The Pine Height Trail Rehabilitation Project involves an $840,169 Community Development Block Grant to rehabilitate 11 owner-occupied and three investor-owner housing units, substantial reconstruction of five owner-occupied housing units and clearance of debris and trash throughout the project area.

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