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Halifax Council takes off in September

SoVaNow.com / September 03, 2020


Halifax Town Council is skipping its regular monthly meeting scheduled for Sept. 8 and will reconvene on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

The decision to cancel the September meeting was announced by Town Manager Carl Espy in a notice provided Wednesday. Reached for comment, Halifax Mayor Dexter Gilliam said Town Council normally skips a monthly meeting either in July or August, but Council’s agenda this summer did not allow for a pause in business.

“We have, historically, for many years taken a break in July or August,” said Gilliam. However, Council members were unable to do so this year while overseeing a bond refinancing of town debt. Council held a public hearing on the matter in August and approved the refinancing.

By contrast, the September meeting has no actionable items on the agenda, “so we’re simply going to take off in September this year instead of July or August as we historically have,” he said.

The cancelled September meeting comes after a contentious session in August in which dozens of people showed up to protest a letter to the editor written by Council member Jack Dunavant. That matter did not factor into the decision to take off in September, said Gilliam. Asked if the perception that Council might be seeking to avoid controversy, he replied, “I can’t help what people say.”

Gilliam added that, to his knowledge, no one had signed up to speak at the September meeting.

Halifax Town Council will resume business on Tuesday, Oct. 13 with the regular 6:30 p.m. committee work session, followed by the regular monthly meeting.

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