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Supervisors to memorialize building official at meeting

Halifax County Board of Supervisors plan to present a resolution in memory of Dwight Waller, former county building official, to his family Tuesday night during its regular monthly meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room of the Mary Bethune office complex in Halifax.

The 65-year-old lifelong county resident had been employed by the county since Sept. 2002 and served as building official from June 2004 until his death on June 26. 

Supervisors are expected to extend to Waller’s family their condolences and appreciation for his dedication and faithful service to county citizens.

Following the presentation, four public hearings are scheduled to be held Tuesday evening.

The first hearing is on a conditional use permit application from Walter Coates of ED-1 to operate a gun shop out of an accessory building adjacent to his home at 1043 Parsonage Road in Nathalie. 

Halifax County Planning Commission held a hearing on Coates’ request on Aug. 27 and is recommending board approval.

The second hearing is on a land use application from Mary Blakeslee to allow a single family dwelling in the Shepherd’s Gate subdivision in ED-5.

Planners also by a 4-3 vote recommended approval of this application.

The third hearing is on a request from South Boston Foursquare Church (The Worship Center) to rezone 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.

Following their Aug. 27 hearing, planning commissioners recommended approval of this request as well.

The fourth hearing is slated on a request to adopt a resolution amending the Enterprise Zone.

According to County Administrator Jim Halasz, from time to time it is important to review the areas of the county set aside to be included in the Enterprise Zone. Over the past several months, county staff, staff from the towns of South Boston and Halifax, the county industrial development authority and planning district commission have worked to review the existing district boundaries and potential parcels for addition to the district.

No properties are recommended for removal from the district, and the largest additions being recommended are for the former Burlington Plant in Halifax and the Huber property in Crystal Hill.

In other business Tuesday night, supervisors are expected to take the following actions:

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

 Hear a request from Nancy Chandler of the Berryman Green Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to proclaim the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week;

 Receive an update from Ag Development Director Leah Brown on the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development grant for a livestock processing facility study;

The proposed project is to study the practicality of constructing a USDA inspected meat processing plant within the county to serve Southside Virginia.

 Consider a proposal from The Prizery to forgive repayment of the $60,000 loan, and if forgiveness is not granted to allow repayment in $10,000 annual installments over a period of six years starting in September of this year and concluding in September of 2018;

 Consider a request from the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority to extend a pledge of moral obligation to refinance the ABB loan which means supervisors agree to honor the $10.2 million debt but legally are not bound to make the payments should the authority fail to meet the debt obligations from a 2008 borrowing that was used to finance the ABB expansion;

 Set a public hearing on a conditional use permit application from Willie T. Francis Jr. to operate an auto body shop at 7077 Oak Level Road in ED-6;

 Hear a financial report from Finance Director Stephanie Jackson;

 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.

At the conclusion of Tuesday night’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.