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Halifax extends Council deadline / February 14, 2013
Citizens in Halifax’s Ward D who are interested in serving on Town Council to fill out the term of former Councilman Phil Hammond have a new deadline to come forward: February 28.

Halifax Town Council voted Tuesday to extend the deadline following a closed session to discuss personnel. The opening was created by Hammond’s recent move to North Carolina. The appointed member will serve until a special election is held in November 2013.

Town Manager Carl Espy confirmed yesterday morning that to date, the Town has received only one resume for the position. However, said Espy, several others have inquired about the vacancy.

“Council just decided to give people a little more time to consider submitting their resumes,” Espy said.

Following the Feb. 28 application deadline, Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. to consider the applications.

During the regular monthly session Tuesday night, Council members approved the installation of four “Watch for Children” signs at various locations in the town. The first will be placed on Maple Avenue, according to Councilman Ronnie Duffey, who spearheaded the effort. Duffey advised his fellow councilmen of the expected costs of the signs which should total around $470.

Duffey had discussed the measures the Town needs to take in installing the signs with highway department officials prior to their placement within the Town.

During Council’s work session which was held prior to their regular meeting, Business Development Chairman Tom Brown advised that the local merchants have changed the name of their organization to the Halifax Village Association and are now filing for a corporate charter. They subsequently expect to apply for 501C3 status which will allow donations made to the group to be tax exempt.

After reviewing activities of the Farmers Market, Council was advised that community yard sales will be held on the first Saturday of each month beginning in May and running through October. Several of the market’s vendors were attendance at the meeting and one, Walter Kraft, asked if the Town could provide a simple shelter for vendors located closer to the road.

“We’re stuck down here off the street and people may not see us until after they have passed us by,” Kraft told Council. “We’re just asking for a simple shelter, nothing fancy, just a roof over our heads.”

Council responded that they will look at their options to see how the market can be improved.

Current Affairs Committee Chairman Bill Confroy told fellow councilmen that the “Scenic River Designation” (HB 2220) for the Banister River is moving through the state legislature and will become official on July 1.

Council also received an update on the efforts resulting from the enforcement of the Town Code on derelict properties and their maintenance.

Espy reported that of the 16 properties cited, five had been properly abated and five have not yet completed the necessary work.

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