At the Tuesday, June 4 regular meeting of the Campbell County Board of Supervisors, the supervisors followed up on business detailed in the May 30 Administrator Report. The first order of business was honoring retired Judge J. Samuel Johnston, who served for nearly 31 years. Brookneal Supervisor Charlie Watts motioned to adopt a resolution, which, with permission from VDOT, will rename a section of 501 after the esteemed judge.
Next County Administrator Frank Rogers focused on new public safety radios. At this time, the county emergency radio system is aging and components are becoming hard to be replaced. The county is working proactively to replace the system with a new one within the next 18 to 24 months. Rogers explained that during this timeframe the current system will continue to function adequately.
Also related to public safety, in April, the Concord Volunteer Fire Department requested permission to obtain a $399,000 tax-exempt loan to construct a new, larger building on their property. The loan will be secured by their property, which is at 12573 Richmond Highway in Concord. Chairman of the Board, Eddie Gunter, Jr., Concord’s representative, described the need for a larger building. The department plans to complete the project from donations and the loan they are seeking. The group is seeking no financial help from the county. At this June 4 meeting, the supervisors approved the group’s request for tax-exempt status to pursue the loan.
An ordinance to include a meals tax in the county code was also passed. This change to the code reflects the April 9th vote by citizens of Campbell County to approve a referendum for a four percent meals tax.
Perhaps the hottest debate was over a rezoning request on English Tavern Road. Property owner and contractor Rick Moorefield requested rezoning a 10.75 acre property from residential-single family to residential-multi family to create a 92-unit town home development, expanding the current Tavern Grove development. Residents of the current development spoke passionately about their enjoyment of a quiet, friendly neighborhood and green space, and they also shared concerns about traffic. In a 4-3 vote, the supervisors accepted the rezoning request.