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Halifax Courthouse design tweaks come before Halifax council / November 13, 2017
Halifax Town Council will meet this Tuesday evening with Halifax County courthouse renovations once again on the agenda.

Council’s Current Issues Committee is set to review the county’s alterations to the portico design of the Courthouse Renovation Project, developed by architectural firm CJMW. Other revisions announced to the courthouse plan include changes in the location of ADA-compatible parking sites, as well as making Edmunds Boulevard behind the courthouse into a one-way street. Edmunds was envisioned as a two-way street in the zoning permit application that Halifax County submitted to the town, which was subsequently approved.

Supervisors also learned last week from B&B Consultants that all trees on the courthouse square will have to be cut down when a new rock perimeter wall is built to replace the existing brick wall.

The monthly work session is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. The regular monthly meeting of Town Council will follow.

During the regular meeting, Council members will be asked to approve an agreement with the county to move the internet network for the court system to the Mary Bethune Annex building. The old industrial arts building at the Bethune complex will serve as a temporary site for Juvenile and Domestic, General District and Circuit Court while courthouse renovations are taking place.

Also during the regular session, Council will receive the monthly report from the Police Department.

During the work session, Council will get an update from Denise Barksdale on upcoming events at the Farmers Market, including include Virginia Cooperative Extension’s planned 5K run on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Other events in town include the annual Christmas Open House which is set for November 25 and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony which is set for December 3.

Council members also will be advised that a delay in getting proper information from the county for the personal property tax has led to a delay in mailing personal property tax notices to town residents. As a consequence, the Town of Halifax has extended the deadline for payment of personal property taxes until Feb. 5. The deadline for paying real estate taxes remains Dec. 5.

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