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Posted on: January 19, 2021

Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors Hold Productive Day of Meetings

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The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors held a productive afternoon and evening of meetings on Tuesday. This was the first time that the Board of Supervisors were able to meet in the newly renovated ECC Auditorium. Below are some of the highlights of the meetings. 

Adopted 2021 Legislative Priorities 

During its Tuesday night business meeting, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors approved its legislative priorities for 2021, which largely revolve around funding with the Commonwealth of Virginia and ensuring that rights - including the Second Amendment Rights and Virginia's Right to Work laws - are not compromised in any way. 

"This Board of Supervisors feels very strongly about these diverse priorities and wants to ensure that our legislators understand how important these items truly are" said Charles Miller, Chairman of the Pittsylvania County Legislative Committee. 

Pittsylvania County leaders will advocate for these priorities to state legislators that represent Pittsylvania County. Some of those items include: 

  • Securing funding for two dam rehabilitation projects and the future construction of a new Pittsylvania county jail. Both of these infrastructure projects are crucial and will require significant outside funding. 
  • Opposing any unfunded mandates from the Commonwealth of Virginia and pressing for adequate funding for COVID vaccine distribution and program administration. 
  • or any measures that reduce Pittsylvania County's ability to generate revenue from its landfill. 
  • Increasing localities' ability to tax solar projects and allowing counties to tax the same as cities and towns. 
  • Advocating that Second Amendment Rights and Virginia's Right to Work laws remain in place
  • Utilizing pre-COVID-19 average daily membership in the school division to determine state funding. 

Resolution Supporting Renaming of Chatham South Bridge after the late Clyde Banks Sr. 

The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in support of renaming the Chatham South bridge the Clyde L. Banks Sr. Memorial Bridge during the Tuesday night business meeting. A Pittsylvania County native and lifelong resident, Banks was a respected Civil Rights and community leader who died in 2008 at the age of 84. 

"Mr. Banks was a very conscientious member of our community. He was a business man, a vocal civil rights leader, an advocate of equal pay for African-American teachers, a proponent for equal education," said Charles Miller, Supervisor for the Banister District. "There has never been an instance in which the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors has shown its courtesy, its love, and respect for the African American community like they have tonight with their vote." 

After serving in the United States Navy, Banks operated the Travelers Inn in Chatham for nearly 40 years. During the Civil Rights movement, Banks was jailed during sit-in in Danville, helped many African-Americans find work, lobbied to get black people hired as Sheriff's Deputies, and fought to ingrate schools and secure equal salaries for black and white teachers. Banks was also very active in the Pittsylvania County branch of the NAACP. 

The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors is passing this resolution onto the Commonwealth Transportation Board, which has the authority to name highways, bridges, and other transportation facilities. 

"Just as we recently recognized the late Roy Byrd, a respected member of this community, with a bridge named in his honor, so now we hope to honor someone who made such a positive influence on Pittsylvania County through his Civil rights efforts and community involvement," said Bob Warren, Chairman of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors. 

Chatham Mayor Will Pace also attended the Tuesday meeting and spoke in support of naming the Chatham South bridge after Clyde Banks Sr. 

Supervisors Begin Discussion of Revised Extension Policy for Service Authority 

During a Tuesday afternoon meeting of the Pittsylvania County Service Authority, the Board of Supervisors began discussing the development of a extension policy for the Service Authority. 

"It's important that the process for extending water and wastewater services is uniform and that the policies that guide these extension are clear and not influenced by politics," said Charles Miller, Chairman of the Pittsylvania County Service Authority. 

The Pittsylvania County Service Authority, which provides water and wastewater services to thousands of Pittsylvania County households and businesses, was brought into the Pittsylvania County Public Works department. Charles Archer, Principal, with Freese and Nichols, which is helping develop a master plan for the Pittsylvania County Service Authority, provided a presentation and requested that the board begin thinking about what the policy should look like both for new developments and existing developments that request service. The Board of Supervisors will discuss this further during its retreat later this month.

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