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Confroy recognized by Halifax Town Council, Bosiger named vice mayor / January 14, 2021

William “Bill” Confroy was honored at Tuesday night’s meeting of Halifax Town Council for his service as vice mayor from 2008-2020.

“Bill [Confroy] has held numerous leadership positions in our town and county,” said Mayor Dexter Gilliam in praising the veteran councilman. Confroy is a past executive director of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority and board member of Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital.

During council’s regular meeting, Gail Bosiger was elected as Halifax’s new vice mayor. There were no other nominations nor opposition.

A major topic of discussion during the work session revolved around traffic concerns. There will be two virtual meetings held with Virginia Department of Transportation officials in coming weeks. These meetings will be announced in the media and on the town website.

“The public is strongly encouraged to voice their opinions,” said Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy.

The town has ordered a Speed Trailer, an electric speed-reader, to be placed around the town to monitor the rate at which drivers are traveling. The Speed Trailer has a digital sign which lights up to alert drivers when they are exceeding the posted speed limit. The machine will also collect data that could possibly be used in traffic studies.

Tim Hudgins, a resident on Halifax who lives on Main Street, addressed Council members to renew longstanding concerns about the speed and noise generated by traffic flowing down Main Street. This was the third time Hudgins has appeared before Town Council asking for help.

“I have a radar gun, a decibel reader, and video camera that has recorded 50 drivers traveling between 32 and 52 miles per hour” on the 25 mph section of Main Street, said Hudgins.

“We are in hopes the speed trailer will help to slow the traffic and the noise,” said Gilliam. "I understand the frustration.”

In other business the Current Affairs Committee chaired by Bosiger noted that this year’s Crossing of the Dan celebration will be scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m very disappointed the sixth graders’ field trip to the Crossing of the Dan exhibit (now housed at the South Boston/ Halifax Museum) will not happen this year,” said Bosiger, adding the King’s Bridge Crossing will coincide with the weekend-long event scheduled for Feb. 20, 2021.

Michael Trent, chairman of the Business Development Committee, expressed how pleased he is that the Halifax Market Place has been functioning during the pandemic, “and it’s very nice to have Viny’s Italian Restaurant down there.”

Halifax Town Council will meet again on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. to hold a work session followed by the regular monthly meeting.

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