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Halifax supervisors hold budget session, four public hearings today

Halifax County Supervisors will get their first glimpse of the 2012-2013 county budget this afternoon when they hold an initial budget work session at 3 p.m. prior to their regular monthly meeting that gets under way at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Bethune Office Complex in Halifax.  Before supervisors hold four public hearings tonight, they are scheduled to present a resolution of appreciation to former ED-5 Supervisor Ronnie Snead for his service on the board.

Four public hearings are slated with the first getting under way around 6:30 p.m. on an ordinance amending county code to allow the county to collect an annual local alcoholic beverage license and tax from businesses who sell alcoholic beverages in the county.

The second hearing is on an ordinance amendment that levies a 4 percent tax on food and beverages sold by restaurants.

The third hearing is slated on an ordinance amendment that changes the location of the Central Absentee Ballot Precinct from its current location in the Halifax County Courthouse Annex on South Main Street in Halifax to the Mary Bethune Office Complex on Cowford Road in Halifax.

The final hearing tonight is slated on an ordinance amending the Urban Development Area zoning and subdivision code as recommended by the Halifax County Planning Commission following its public hearing last month.

Following the hearings, Kenneth Martin of the Virginia Department of Transportation is expected to give a monthly status report, and Cheryl Watts of the County Humane Society is expected to offer an annual report on the humane society.

County Administrator George Nester is expected to inform board members of a request from the Southern Virginia Botanical Garden to make a minor modification to add a pavilion on the existing foundation laid by the Heritage Foundation.

The original plan called for creation of a cottage gift shop, but a pavilion will provide more utility and flexibility for the Botanical Garden.

The Southern Virginia Botanical Garden, not the county, will cover all expenses for garden improvements made at Edmunds Park including the proposal to build a pavilion.

“The pavilion would be less costly than the cottage concept that was originally explored,” Nester said.

Since the project and expense is borne totally by Southern Virginia Botanical Garden, county staff has no objection to this amendment, Nester added.

Nester also is expected to inform supervisors the annual strategic planning sessions for supervisors and staff will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, from 8:30 to 5 and Friday, Feb. 17, from 8:30 to noon at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston.

In other items, Nester is slated to ask the board to approve a resolution authorizing him to complete an amended mutual aid and support agreement between Halifax and Campbell counties extending an agreement that has been in place since March 4, 2008.

Also tonight, Nester is expected to seek affirmative action from the board on participation in the state storm water management plan.

The state has adopted a statewide storm water management plan. Local governments are allowed to participate by being trained at state expense to administer the storm water management program.

However, Nester said if the local government elects not to participate, the state will implement the storm water administration.

The choices are whether the local government participates in the application and plan review or whether this is handled by the state, Nester explained.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation is making the circuit to gauge interest in local participation, he added.

Also tonight, the county administrator is expected to update supervisors on the Halifax County Fairground Master Plan and dates established for the Halifax County Fair.

At the conclusion of Monday night’s meeting, supervisors are expected to go behind closed doors in an executive session to discuss 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 council and discuss award of a public contract involving public funds.


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

Consider approval of an amended Virginia International Raceway 2012 schedule;

Set public hearings on six conditional use permit requests including one from Wayne Tribble for an automotive repair shop in ED-1; one from Mervin H. Miller for a small engine repair shop in ED-2; one from Robert G. Potts amending a permit to include a bed and breakfast in ED-3; one from Casey B. Owen to locate a small engine repair shop in ED-5; one from Walter T. Simmerman to locate an automotive repair shop in ED-5; and one from Lemuel Anthony Powell and Justin McNeil Powell to locate a gun and ammunition store in ED-6.

Hear a financial report from Financial Director Stephanie Jackson;

Hear a report from the coyote population management ad hoc committee with no action to be taken; and

Make appointments to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Halifax County Improvement Council, Southside Regional Group Home Commission; Airport Commission, Industrial Development Authority, Planning Commission, Southside Planning District Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Transportation Safety Commission.