Charlie Watts

Brookneal Dist. Supervisor Charlie Watts was voted chairman by his fellow supervisors at their meeting last week. (Contributed photo.)

CAMPBELL COUNTY — At the Campbell County Board of Supervisors’ first meeting of 2020, the group selected Supervisor Charlie Watts, who represents the Brookneal District, as its chairman. It chose Supervisor John Hardie as vice chairman. Board members also chose the committees they intend to staff.

In other matters during the Jan. 7 regular meeting, supervisors:

• Committed to commence work on a possible code update that could help Campbell military veterans. Hardie, who represents the Rustburg District, proposed the idea, which would offer disabled veterans personal property tax exemption on vehicles.

“I think it’s very important that we look after those who have served our country and given everything that they have to give to protect all of us,” Hardie said. “It’s especially important for us to take care of our disabled veterans.”

• Listened as Matt McLearan talked about the county’s audited 2019 financial statements and offered to answer any questions. McLearan works for Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates, the accounting and consulting firm that performed the audit.

• Heard requests for special use permits or rezoning. The board approved Jason Keesee’s request to open a car repair shop on Wards Road in Evington. Another special use permit request was for a daycare facility on Pershing Drive in Lynchburg. That request, made by Brittany Noel, was previously recommended for approval by the Campbell County Planning Commission.

The board voted to approve Noel’s request. However, it did strike the language that outlined operating hours of 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Supervisor Cline, who raised the possibility of removing the time limits said that he wanted to avoid a “box-in a business model.” He added, “It seems like that could be a constraint to her as she manages her business going forward in case she decides to keep teacher’s children, for example. He noted teachers’ time needs could be different. 

For the full story, be sure to pick up a copy of the Jan. 15 print edition of The Union Star. It’s available NOW on newsstands throughout the Brookneal area!