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Halifax Council presses for more crosswalks / March 12, 2020

The Town of Halifax will press the Virginia Department of Transportation to create a crosswalk at the Halifax Farmer’s Market to lessen the dangers to pedestrians at the busy section of Main Street.

“I have watched mothers, with strollers in one hand while their other hand is holding onto other children, try to cross the street, and sometimes they give up and turn around,” said Debbie Thompson, owner with her husband Sam of The Cozy Cottage across the street.

The Thompsons approached Council members at their Tuesday night meeting at Town Hall, saying they would appreciate any help they can get with a crosswalk.

Council member Mike Trent shared that he has spoken with Jay Craddock, VDOT resident engineer for Halifax and Pittsylvania, about getting a study done on the amount of vehicle and foot traffic near the Farmer’s Market. “I encourage VDOT to count cars and pedestrians on multiple days at varying times of the day and to include weekends,” said Trent.

Council member Janice Powell added that she had just had a conversation with a man outside of the Post Office who told her, “I can’t move that fast,” referring to the speedy traffic on that end of Main Street.

It was suggested by Bill Confroy that the post office and Benchmark Community Bank could be a potential partners in pushing for VDOT crosswalks and signage to make drivers more aware of pedestrian foot traffic.

Police Chief Stuart Comer brought up a related matter: there are surveillance cameras at Town Hall and the police station that have recorded many instances of vehicles failing to stop for people standing in the middle of the crosswalk.

Comer said he has spoken with local trucking company owners to inform their drivers to slow down, be aware of pedestrians, or “we will be issuing warnings and tickets.” He also addressed the issue of school buses trying to pull out of the STEM Center: “People do not even let the buses out.”

Appealing to VDOT for a flashing crosswalk light and an additional crosswalk are items that Gilliam and Town Manager Carl Espy plan to take to VDOT.

Council approved these resolutions at the Tuesday night meeting:

> Support a crosswalk in the vicinity of the Farmer’s Market and Cozy Cottage.

> Saturday April 18, as Halifax County Virginia Community Clean-Up Day.

> April 22, as Earth Day in the Town of Halifax.

> Support of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) submission of an application to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Development.

In other matters, the Town is in the beginning stages of auctioning off properties that are behind on property taxes. There are close to 30 properties that are at least three years in arrears, for tax collections of $9,000. All told, these properties are valued at $480,000.

Spring events in Downtown Halifax are just around the corner, for more information or to be a vendor contact Halifax Town Hall at 434-476-2343, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), and check their Facebook page.

» April 4 Spring Bazaar 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

» April 18 Halifax Clean Up 9 a.m.

» April 23 Free Paper Shredding 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

» April 25 Earth Day Extravaganza 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

» April 25 Barn Quilt Trail

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