Two conditional use permits were issued when Halifax County Board of Supervisors met Monday evening for their monthly meeting in Halifax.

One is for White Trail Run Storage Buildings on Clays Mill Road in Halifax and the other for Southern Restorations Cabinet and Design Co. on Philpott Road in South Boston.

Supervisors unanimously agreed to accept recommendations from Halifax Planning Commission for the two permits.

White Trail Run Storage Buildings was submitted by Alvin Hershberger Jr. and was approved with 14 conditions.

The planning commission had made a recommendation to supervisors to approve the permit with 13 conditions including items such as any proposed expansions, change of activity or additional facilities or activities must come before the Halifax County Planning and Zoning Office, and all entrance permits must be authorized by Virginia Department of Transportation.

ED-2 Trustee Jeffrey Francisco said he was excited for Hershberger to operate his new business but had one concern.

He said there was an access road on his property, and he wanted to add an additional condition stating that access road could not be permanently blocked at any time.

The ED-2 trustee then made a motion to that effect accepting the permit with the 14 conditions, which was unanimously approved by supervisors.

In speaking about his business Hershberger said he was just trying to make his living that way.

Daniel Payne submitted southern Restorations Cabinet and Design Co. permit application, and he said he and his wife have been in the business for about 20 years, but had been in their current space for about two.

They have a retail space on Highway 58, but he said they “immediately” outgrew that space and are in need of storage space.

Currently, he said they employ five people including an in-house contractor, and “take pride in hiring local people.

“We desperately need the space,” he added.

ED-6 Trustee Stanley Brandon asked Payne if he had determined how he would have water and sewer on the property, and Payne said he would have town water and a septic tank.

With that Brandon made a motion to accept the permit that was subsequently approved by supervisors.

Supervisors also heard citizen comments from Mattie Cowan, who had an outburst during the Jan. 22 special called meeting when she pleaded to supervisors to “stop their foolishness.”

Cowan apologized to supervisors Monday for her outburst, but said she was not sorry for the love that she has for this county.

“I chose Halifax County, and it has afforded me a great quality of life. I want my children and grandchildren to have the same quality of life, but that meeting could very well have jeopardized the future of Halifax County,” said Cowan.

She told members of the board they need to do what’s right for Halifax County and not work towards personal agendas, and asked them to remain peaceful and respectful.

They also heard an update from Otis Vaughan, county building official, on a courthouse project update.

He said those driving by should be able to notice changes daily with walls going up on the inside, and the sidewalk complete.

“We’re moving in the right direction and rather quickly,” said Vaughan.

Brandon told Vaughan he appreciated the work that has been completed.

“It looks like we found the path,” he added.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

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