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Halifax Council welcomes new members
SoVaNow.com / December 13, 2012Halifax Town Council welcomed two new members Tuesday night in the aftermath of the November elections, which for the first time included balloting for town races.
One new member, Dennis Witt, was elected as a write-in candidate in Ward B, taking over for Terrie Lantor, whose work called her out of town so frequently that she had to give up her seat. Witt was sworn in Tuesday evening and immediately took his place on Council.
Also sworn in on Tuesday night was Ronnie Duffey, who was elected to Council as an at-large candidate during the November general election. He will begin his service in January.
Circuit Judge Joel Cunningham administered the oath of office to the two new Council members as well as the oath of office to newly hired Police Chief Kevin Lands.
Lands thanked Council for offering him the opportunity to work for the Town, saying that he expects to make the department among the best in the state.
Lands said that for the first 30 days, he is observing the department’s operations and expects to make some changes after that time period. He also advised that the department is working work hard to solve some of the recent burglaries that have occurred at businesses in town.
Mayor Dick Moore then presented framed resolutions of appreciation to both Lantor and Evans for their dedicated service to the Town of Halifax.
Council’s work session came on the heels of a holiday celebration which included all personnel of the Town, as well as Council members and their families and other residents.
During the work session, Council heard a glowing report about the success of recent events in the Town. Organizers declared the Children’s Christmas Parade a great success, with some 22 entries by youngsters who transformed their wagons into parade floats.
Assistant town manager Denise Barksdale reported that the Village Association’s Open House event had also been very well attended.
Town Manager Carl Espy reported that the community clock, the purchase of which the Village Association has been working toward over the past two years, is being acquired with a down payment having been made on it. He said the Town is working on the logistics of its installation which should come around April.
Current Affairs Committee chairman Bill Confroy reported that he and Councilman Tom Brown will be meeting for their first session with other members from South Boston and Halifax County on the Joint Library Advisory Committee early next week.
Espy also reported that the State Water Control Board has approved the state scenic river designation for the Banister River, all of which now goes to Del. James Edmunds to present to the state legislature which begins its session on Jan 9.
Confroy asked Espy to check with the Department of Transportation on the two hour signage for parking along the Town’s main business district.
After Council went into regular session and continued discussing the problems of uranium mining, Moore said he wants to invite Gov. Bob McDonnell to meet with Council and review the chemical trespassing ordinance which Council passed in 2010. “If he won’t come here, then we will go to meet him there.”
Councilman Phil Hammond asked about the possibility of offering leaf pick-up for Town residents. He noted the issue had been discussed last year, but no conclusion was reached. Espy said he would check on the possibilities of extending the service and the accompanying costs and bring that information back to Council.
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