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Courthouse architectural contract up for approval

Halifax County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a contract with CJMW Architecture of Lynchburg for architectural and engineering services for the historic Halifax County Courthouse tonight when it meets at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune office complex in Halifax.

Since the supervisors’ special called meeting on May 20, County Attorney Jeremy Carroll and County Administrator Jim Halasz have worked with CJMW representatives to present a contract to the board for consideration and approval during tonight’s meeting.

“Good progress is being made on all matters that have been considered, and I am very optimistic negotiations will be completed and terms agreed upon by the June 3 meeting,” the county administrator said last week.

However, as of last week, Halasz said negotiations were ongoing and he did not have a contract to present to board members at that time.

Jimmy Epps of B&B Consultants in South Boston said earlier this month, if supervisors award the contract to CJMW Architecture, B&B Consultants will partner to perform the civil engineering and surveying for the project.

Acting on a recommendation from the building and grounds committee, supervisors last month narrowed the list of nine potential firms down to the top three, with CJMW Architecture ranking first on the list.

Supervisors also are expected to present a resolution of commendation in memory of Major Larry Wayne Fears Sr. to family members tonight.

Fears served as a law enforcement officer in the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office under the administrations of six sheriffs from March 1, 1977 until his death on April 12.

No public hearings are scheduled for tonight’s board meeting.

In other county business, supervisors are expected to take the following actions tonight:

Consider adopting a resolution establishing a 29 percent tax credit due to personal property taxpayers on qualifying vehicles as of Jan. 1;

 Consider adopting a resolution and agreement allowing the City of Bedford to withdraw from membership in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority;

 Consider granting CenturyLink Telephone permission to place a communication cable on county property;

 Consider amending county code requiring no business license to be issued until satisfactory evidence has been provided that all delinquent real estate taxes have been paid;

 Consider supporting a letter recommending full staffing of the Virginia State Police Area 23 office since the local office is allotted 11 troopers, and currently only eight positions are filled;

 Approve a resolution commending Dr. Eugene Rogers (Junior) who grew up in the Bold Springs area who recently performed at The Prizery in his Virginia tour as conductor with the Michigan Men’s Glee Club;

 Hear a monthly status report from Kenneth Martin of the Virginia Department of Transportation;

 Make appointments to fill vacancies on the Southside Regional Group Home Commission, Transportation Safety Commission, Improvement Council, Lake Country Area Agency on Aging, Community Colleges Advisory Board and Halifax/South Boston Library Board. 

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; 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; to consult with legal council; and to discuss award of a public contract involving public funds.