Updike expresses concerns for shoulders along roadways

Published 10:05 am Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Southampton County supervisors on Monday:

• Heard from Newsoms District Supervisor Glenn Updike, who noted there have been three instances in which tractor-trailers have gone into ditches on Sandy Ridge Road and destroyed the road’s shoulders. Updike said shoulders also need rebuilding on Statesville and Monroe roads. The request will be passed onto the Virginia Department of Transportation.

• Heard from Treasurer David Britt, who reported as of Friday, the county collected 91.3 percent of this year’s real estate taxes, leaving $862,000 uncollected; 78.4 percent of personal property taxes were collected, leaving $1.1 million outstanding. One year ago, the collection rates were 91.6 percent for real estate and 78.4 percent for personal property.

• Agreed to ask local Virginia lawmakers not to support spending $150 million in state monies to build a sports arena in Virginia Beach. City leaders are working with a Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company to lure an NBA franchise to town by building a $300 million, 18,500-seat arena eight blocks from the ocean.

• Reappointed E. Beale Carter Jr. of Newsoms to another four-year term on the Industrial Development Authority. Carter has served on the authority since it was created in February 1969 and is chairman.

• Reappointed June Steele to the Western Tidewater Community Services Board for a third, three-year term.

• Chose Brian Steelman to serve on the Board of Directors for the Tidewater Emergency Medical Services. He will fill the unexpired term of Robert Grizzard.

• Learned the Sheriff’s Office investigated 525 traffic offenses in November, including nine arrests for drunken driving. The county collected $116,000 in fines and costs in November and $935,500 for the year.

• Issued building permits in November for construction valued at $1.5 million. The Industrial Development Authority applied for a building permit for a $1.2 million elevated water tank at the Turner Tract Industrial Park

• Accepted retirements from John Jenkins in Community Development and Jesse Council in Public Works.