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Board splits on holding hearing

Mathews supervisors had a split vote during last month’s board meeting, held on Sept. 27, on whether to hold a public hearing on updating the county code to indicate the name change of the polling location for the Chesapeake precinct.

The Mathews School Board voted last year to change the name of the former Lee-Jackson Elementary School to Mathews Elementary School. Interim county administrator Sandy Wanner said during the September meeting that, while reviewing the county ordinance, he had noticed that the name of the polling place was incorrect. He said it needed to be changed to reflect the current name of the school.

However, supervisor Paul Hudgins questioned whether the time was right to be changing anything to do with voting at the polls. County Attorney Andrea Erard assured the board that it was acceptable, since the location wasn’t being changed, just the name.

Hudgins said he was puzzled about why the issue had been brought before the board of supervisors rather tha...

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