Due to the 4th of July holiday, the Halifax County Board of Supervisors meets a week early Monday (today) for its regular monthly meeting.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Mary Bethune office complex in Halifax.
When the supervisors meet, the public will have the opportunity to weigh in on the potential disposal of county-owned property on Plywood Trail and an unused portion of the fairgrounds lot.
The properties available for disposal are PRN 26305, approximately 24 acres, located on Plywood Trail; part of PRN 33430, approximately 36 acres, also located on Plywood Trail; and a portion of PRN 14195, approximately 100 acres, which is located adjacent to Route 360 and is an unused portion of the Fairgrounds parcel.
On May 31, the Buildings and Grounds Committee declared the properties potential surplus and on June 6, supervisors ordered publication and notice of the public hearing to receive comments.
Following the public hearing, supervisors should review the process to follow if the property should still be considered for potential disposal.
This process could be sealed offers, a letter of interest/request for proposal or a negotiated sale with any interested party.
Also on Monday evening, supervisors are due to consider a recommendation from the finance committee regarding the disbursement of funds from the Waterstrider Solar project grant.
The committee recommended that $110,000 be donated to the North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of an ambulance; $100,000 to be donated to the Economic Development Encouragement Fund; an additional $110,000 to be paid to the county’s 11 volunteer fire departments divided into $10,000 each excluding NHVFD; $10,000 be donated to the Brookneal Volunteer Fire Department; $50,000 to go to the Fire/EMS Training Reimbursement Fund; $100,000 to donate to EMS/Rescue personnel; and $95,000 to be used for the communications tower generator match and site work.
The committee also recommended transferring the remaining $425,000 to a reserve fund to be used for future EMS needs or as directed by the board.
Other new business includes the review of a staff recommendation to initiate a zoning change to properties on Halifax Road and Avondale Drive.
Owner Melvin Stevens has been notified by letter that his property, located at 1056 Avondale Drive, and other adjacent properties may be “erroneously zoned” as B-2, Commercial.
Stevens currently has his house for sale and upon searching his property with Halifax County zoning maps, it was determined that the property was zoned commercial and not residential. Stevens, nor his family, recall asking for or receiving a zoning change notice. Other adjacent landowners were also unaware of a change in zoning classification.
A B-2, Commercial zoning district does not permit the construction or placement of a single-family home, and furthermore, does not permit any additions or alterations to an existing home located within a Commercial zoning district.
County staff believe this identification of this property as B-2, Commercial was made in error and was not requested. In 2016 the Southside Planning District used an existing map to create a zoning layer on Halifax WebGIS, which is the county’s official zoning map. Speaking with SPDC, this map is no longer in their possession and it is believed that the current electronic GIS map may simply be incorrect.
Therefore, in an effort to rectify the problem and adjust the zoning from B-2, Commercial, to R-1, Residential, supervisors should consider initiating a zoning change for eight parcels, 23623, 11122, 11121 , 11124,27148, 27149 , 27150 and 9544.
The supervisor must also review a framework agreement containing the terms of acceptance of Commonwealth of Virginia State Aviation funding for capital, plant and equipment, security, maintenance and promotion of aviation.
Also of consideration is the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services performance contract for FY22-23.
Supervisors are also instructed to consider awarding selection for county meeting room audio and visual services to Exclusive Technologies. The other provider was Justice AV Solutions.
The approximate cost of turnkey work is $58,000 with no recurring costs; and supervisors plan to use American Rescue Plan Act funding for this.
County staff also contacted two vendors for the County’s RFP for airport consultant services for William Tuck Airport. These suppliers were Delta Airport Consultants and Parrish & Partners.
Staff recommends the selection of Parrish & Partners as County Airport Consultant for a one-year term with up to four additional one-year terms.
An update on the Blue Ridge Rock Festival to be held Sept. 7-11 at VIRginia International Raceway is also scheduled for Monday’s meeting, along with an update on the status of opioid regulations.