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Halifax Council updated on water repairs, restaurant

SoVaNow.com / October 22, 2020
After taking off September, Halifax Town Council reconvened on Tuesday with a committee work session and regular monthly meeting. Council members heard an update from Mark Estes, Executive Director of the Halifax County Service Authority, on water line repairs in town. Also, the meeting included updates on Viny’s Italian Restaurant at the Halifax Marketplace and the town’s use of federal CARES Act funds.

Estes spoke about work to fix two manholes on Maple Avenue and Church Street that have filled in with sand over the years and needed to be replaced. The old concrete pipes have disintegrated and many sections are being replaced with PVC pipe, which is easier to manage than concrete.

Eight-inch PVC pipes can be inserted inside concrete pipes through manholes without having to excavate the roadway, Estes noted.

The repair work of the HCSA drew praise from Mayor Dexter Gilliam, a past board member of the water and sewer authority. “I think it was a wise decision to bring the Halifax Service Authority in 2007,” he said.

In other matters, the Here’s Halifax committee is working on plans to place a vertical banner in front of the historic Halifax Roller Mill building to raise the town’s profile with visitors. The banners will promote Historical Downtown Halifax.

There is ongoing construction at the Halifax Marketplace. A new wall has been constructed at the back of the facility and drop tile ceiling will be reinstalled soon. Along with expansion of the marketplace, the construction of Viny’s Italian Restaurant is on track, and the new eatery will open soon.

“There has been an overwhelming support from the community to help raise monies for air conditioning for the market,” said assistant town manager Denise Barksdale. The market raised $1,000 during a recent barbecue sale event.

Town Manager Carl Espy added that restaurant owner Viny Sarnataro is well on his way to opening soon.

Town staff is awaiting more price quotes for the expenditure of $212,000 in CARES Act pandemic relief funds. Council members agreed to push back the next monthly meeting to Nov. 17 to allow for a public notice to amend the budget, taking into account the CARES Act funds.

Council members also approved the reappointment of Fields Thomas to a second term on the HCSA board.



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