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Contract awarded for Banister project
SoVaNow.com / December 12, 2013
Halifax Town Council on Tuesday night approved a contract with J. Harmon Saunders who submitted the low bid of $528,575.75 for the Banister River Gateway Project.
Funding for the project comes from the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Enhancement Project money and includes the installation of decorative lighting, interpretive signage, wayside and trailhead leading to a river overlook. A canoe launch will be constructed there by the Roanoke River Basin Association’s Upper Reach funds from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.
According to Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy a pre-construction conference will be held soon with the contractor and members of VDOT and town officials going over plans for the project which is not expected to actually begin until some time in the spring of 2014. The project will take some four to six months, Espy said, with completion coming by the end of 2014.
In other business Tuesday night Council members voted to begin advertising for a new events coordinator for the town after Susi Robbins submitted her resignation in November.
The events coordinator will be expected to plan and carry out the April Earth Day Celebration, Friday night jams, and the October Halifest as well as helping with Farmers Market activities and Village Association events such as those for Halloween and Christmas.
Persons interested in the position have until January 18 to send in their applications to Espy at P. O. Box 627, Halifax.
Council members also heard a report from Assistant Town Manager Denise Barksdale about the Farmers Market Holiday Indoor Market which was open last Saturday and will be open again this Saturday and next Saturday, December 19. Barksdale said there were 30 some vendors on hand for the event who reported they had a very successful day last week selling baked goods, fresh meats, gift baskets, homemade candies and arts and crafts.
Council also passed a resolution supporting Halifax County Supervisors list of 501 Coalition Project Priorities which includes two passing lanes on 501 North. Council also stressed the importance of maintaining the 35 mph speed limit from the Banister River Bridge to the intersection of 501 and State Route 360 and the need for a pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection.
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