Supervisors are set to decide on one of three financing options presented by Davenport and Company for the final phase of the courthouse renovation project at Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting.
The meeting, scheduled for Tuesday due to the Labor Day holiday, is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 201 in the Mary Bethune Office Complex in Halifax.
Business items and reports at Tuesday’s meeting begin with a pair of public hearings, the first on a conditional use permit application for Dale Miller to operate TJM Community Center in the building formerly housing the Cluster Springs Early Learning Center at 1011 Huell Matthews Highway.
Miller plans to use the community center for weddings, day care services, a food pantry, conference center, after school programs and a gym area.
The second public hearing is on an erosion and sediment control ordinance and accompanying permit fee structure resolution.
Following the public hearings, a key agenda item during the meeting is a courthouse financing presentation.
Construction is starting to show progress at the courthouse renovation project in Halifax, and Davenport Public Finance is scheduled Tuesday night to present information detailing the proposed financing in order to complete the project.
Davenport, in concurrence with the supervisors’ finance committee, recommends the county work through VRA’s 2019 fall pool financing in order to utilize the approximate $2.4 million in courthouse reserve balance funds to reduce the borrowing amount necessary for the $12.5 million it would take to complete the project.
Costs for the project have increased since the county adopted a resolution dated June 24, 2013, authorizing the reimbursement of expenditures in an estimated amount of $15 million, with the final price tag currently estimated at $29.8 million.
Demolition of the original Main Street retaining wall has been completed, and rebar for the foundation for the new wall is currently being installed, with construction of footings at the new Main Street wall due to start in the next 30 days, according to Scott Simpson, county administrator.
Due to begin in then next 30 days are continuing construction of concrete walls, digging and pouring of foundations, forming and pouring elevator pits and bracing the south concrete foundation wall at the portico area.
Work is scheduled to begin inside the historic courtroom building, with demolition of the wainscot at the 1834 building courtroom, demolition of the lobby and wall on the second floor of the 1834 building, and installation of flooring in the 1834 courtroom and hallway also is set to begin, Simpson added.
County building official Otis Vaughan is scheduled to give supervisors a courthouse project update at Tuesday’s meeting, and supervisors are scheduled to consider a reimbursement resolution and lease financing resolution.
Each requires a roll call vote.
In other action Tuesday evening, supervisors are expected to take the following actions:
• Be introduced to Brian Brown, Halifax County’s newly hired Industrial Development Authority executive director;
• Receive the monthly Virginia Department of Transportation status report;
• Consider adoption of a Constitution Week proclamation;
• Receive an update on the SOVA Innovation Hub building and Mid-Atlantic Broadband expansion currently planned for downtown South Boston;
• Consider a resolution establishing the personal property tax relief percentage for 2019 personal property tax bills;
• Consider support for the Walkway of Honor at the Virginia War Memorial; and
• Hear a recycling update, be informed on conflict of interest training and get information on the upcoming VaCO Conference, as well as hear supervisors’ and citizens’ comments.
Supervisors are expected to go into closed session at the end of Tuesday’s meeting to discuss the performance of a public official; discuss a prospective business or industry; and consult with legal counsel regarding opioid litigation.
Supervisors are scheduled to return from closed session and make appointments before adjourning.