After last week’s snowstorm, the Halifax County Board of Supervisor’s meeting was postponed to tonight.
The reorganizational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Bethune Office Complex in Halifax.
Supervisors are slated to discuss the process of appointing a new person to the tiebreaker position on the board and funding for school facilities following the election of chairman and vice chairman.
The tiebreaker seat is currently vacant following the election of previous tiebreaker Larry Roller to serve as the ED-2 representative. Supervisors now must consider the process to fill the position by appointment as well as the timeframe of the special election.
According to the registrar’s office, the cost of a countywide election is approximately $25,000.
As stated in state code, when a vacancy occurs in a local governing body or an elected school board, the remaining members of the body or board, respectively, within 45 days of the office becoming vacant, may appoint a qualified voter of the election district in which the vacancy occurred to fill the vacancy. The person appointed would hold the office until a special election, according to state code.
Supervisors also are slated to receive a school facilities financing update.
The board previously approved staff to begin securing $135 million in funding with $105 million used for a new Halifax County High School, $25 million used for elementary school renovations and $5 million saved for contingency.
As discussions begin, Bond Counsel has indicated a tax exempt requirement of an initial 3-year reasonable expectation to spend the funds, according to county staff.
County administrator Scott Simpson has discussed this with superintendent Dr. Mark Lineburg to determine if the school board will make a formal decision related to elementary school facility needs prior to the end of March.
If no specific project definition is adopted by the school board, then the funds for that $25 million allocation would not be able to be secured in the April 2022 bond sale, as stated in the board packet for Monday’s meeting.
Other action expected for Monday include:
• Receive an update on the $69 million broadband grant EMPOWER Broadband the Southside Planning District Commission that was announced on Dec. 13;
• Consider appointments to the ARPA community advisory committee;
• Receive staff update on various inquiries;
• Appointment of clerk and deputy clerk and confirmation of seating assignments of board members;
• Adoption of meeting schedule, bylaws, meeting guidelines, code of ethics, standards of conduct and 2022 holiday calendar; and
• Confirmation of director of emergency services (chairman).