Board to consider state’s model open burning ordinance

Published 10:38 pm Tuesday, November 28, 2023

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The Southampton County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Nov. 28, to direct County Administrator Brian S. Thrower to create an open burning ordinance draft that mirrors the state’s model ordinance, allowing for some open burning within prescribed conditions.

A public hearing on the matter will be advertised.

Among other issues discussed Tuesday at the board’s regular meeting was what can be done to make the Storys Station Road/U.S. Route 58 intersection in Courtland safer.

The board learned about the signalized Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT) that could prove to be a long-term solution to improving the intersection.

However, Central District Supervisor and Board Chairman Dr. Alan W. Edwards made clear to Virginia Department of Transportation representatives present at the meeting that the board also wants solutions that can be implemented now. 

Ideas for short-term solutions included adding rumble strips and/or flashing lights in advance of the intersection.

While not dismissing the long-term solution idea, Edwards also asked VDOT representatives to look into the short-term solution options.