2 percent pay raises go into effect Nov. 1

Published 10:37 am Friday, October 28, 2011

COURTLAND—Southampton County supervisors on Monday voted 7-0 to grant 2 percent raises to employees effective Nov. 1.

Supervisors in May initially approved the raises when they approved a $52.1 million budget that called for a 1.3 percent

tax increase. The proposed pay increases will cost the county $335,605. The last pay raises were given in 2008.

In other business, supervisors:

■ Voted 6-1 to provide a letter of support to the Virginia Department of Transportation for building a new Route 460. The letter is needed for VDOT to apply for a low-interest loan to increase its portion for building the 55-mile, $1.4 billion to $1.8 billion expressway from Suffolk to Petersburg. Supervisor Ron West voted against it, noting there are better ways the money could be spent and the project will divide the community.

■ Learned the Sheriff’s Office arrested three for drunken driving in September, for a total of 35 for the year. Sixteen drivers were cited for reckless driving last month.

■ Allocated $14,000 to Drewryville Volunteer Fire Department to make a payment on a its brush unit.

■ Learned Animal Control picked up 25 strays in September; 21 dogs were euthanized.

■ Reappointed Gene Drewery to the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program to represent the county.

■ Learned 29 people assigned to the litter control program picked up 94 bags of garbage and 100 tires along 58 miles of roadways in September.

■ Learned the county issued 63 building permits with construction valued at $558,399 last month. Two permits were for single-family homes valued at a total of $240,000. Year-to-date, 20 permits for new homes have been issued valued at a total of $4 million.

■ Hired Garland Bryant in public works at $25,780 annually and Dustin Atkins in the sheriff’s department at $29,843 a year.