- Last Updated on 07:31 AM 08/05/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
A public hearing is set tonight at 6:30 at the Mary Bethune office complex in Halifax on a variance request by W. Page Wilkerson to add a 14-foot extension of farrowing space to an existing barn at his hog farm on Wilkerson Trail in Alton.
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors will conduct the hearing tonight, and on Wednesday at 6:30 another hearing will be held before the county board of zoning appeals.
Wilkerson currently operates Spring Hill Farm & Livestock, Inc. in ED-7 on property located at 1055 Wilkerson Trail, approximately .50 miles beyond the end of state maintenance.
Although the board will take no action on the variance, supervisors are required to receive public comment on the proposed variance, and then they will forward the request to the board of zoning appeals, according to County Administrator Jim Halasz.
County Agricultural Development Director Leah Brown has expressed her support for Wilkerson’s variance application for the extension of farrowing space.
According to Brown, farrowing marks the end of the gestation period for sows or gilts, and the farrowing barn is where baby piglets are born and raised until weaning. Increasing the farrowing space will increase the animal comfort in the barn as well as increase the efficiency of the operation.
“This is a bonus both from the animal welfare and the producer management,” Brown said.
In other action at tonight’s meeting, supervisors are expected to hear updates, reports and presentations from Kenneth Martin of the Virginia Department of Transportation and Don Burge of Southside Community Services Board.
Also the county administrator is expected to recommend supervisors approve a reimbursement resolution so the county can begin to segregate costs associated with several other capital investment projects either associated with the courthouse project or stemming from other necessary capital investments.
Facility improvements under consideration include the sheriff’s department, USDA Farm Services lease, industrial arts building and temporary courts and administrative space.
These projects and costs may ultimately be considered for financing along with the courthouse financing to be considered by the board this coming spring, Halasz said. If so, this resolution would permit the board to entertain this option when permanent courthouse financing is discussed.
In other county business tonight, supervisors are expected to take the following actions:
• Set public hearings regarding a conditional use permit in ED-1, a land use application in ED-5 and a rezoning request in ED-7;
Walter Coates is seeking a conditional use permit application to operate a gun shop out of an accessory building adjacent to his home at 1043 Parsonage Road.
Mary Blakeslee is seeking a land use application to allow a single family dwelling in the Shepherds Gate Subdivision.
South Boston Foursquare Church – The Worship Center is seeking rezoning of the former South of Dan School site from A-1 to R-2 to renovate four classrooms into apartments for temporary housing to serve displaced families due to house fire, natural disaster, etc.
• Consider making appointments to fill vacancies on the Southside Regional Group Home Commission, Transportation Safety Commission, Improvement Council, Lake Country Area Agency on Aging, Lake Country Development Corporation, Board of Equalization and Southside Planning District Commission Housing Rehabilitation 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.