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Halifax Market Place gears up for holiday season / November 19, 2020
The Halifax Market Place will expand hours for the holiday season and add Thursday evening on the calendar as the Town welcomes its newest business tenant, Viny’s Italian Restaurant.

The Market will be open on Thursdays, Nov. 11 and 19 and Dec. 3, 10, 17 from 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday hours will be extended through Dec. 19 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sundays through Dec. 20 from 1-5 p.m. With the holiday season, the Market will feature more vendor specials and giveaways.

With Viny’s Italian Restaurant now serving patrons at the Market Place, “this will be another great opportunity to shop and dine locally in Halifax,” said Michael Trent, chair of Town Council’s business development “Here’s Halifax” committee.

At the monthly meeting of Halifax Town Council on Tuesday, two residents stepped forward to speak about traffic on Main Street, picking up the topic from last month’s meeting. Main Street residents complained at the time of loud cars and trucks speeding all hours of the day and night through town.

“The police upped their enforcement for about three days, then everything went back to normal,” said Tim Hudgins, who pointed to one lasting change — the jarring jake breaking of trucks has seemed to end.

“There is not a soul on the Council who does not take the traffic concerns to heart,” said Mayor Dexter Gilliam.

Town Council and the mayor have held extensive meetings with VDOT to address concerns over pedestrian safety, roadway travel, and the impact of traffic noise on residences on the main thoroughfares of Highways 501 and 360. Two public hearings will be set soon by VDOT to hear public comments regarding traffic safety.

The meetings will probably be virtual, “but I encourage participation because from what I understand, we’ve got to be on our toes. If no one attends, they (VDOT) will think these problems are not a concern to the community,” said Mayor Gilliam.

There will be two stakeholder meetings and two public hearings to comment on traffic patterns. The meetings will be publicized at town meetings and in messaging as well as advertised in the newspaper.

Town Council approved two items on its agenda Tuesday. The first was an amendment to the town budget to allocate federal CARES Act funding for pandemic relief. The town budget will increase $212,270 with the CARES Act Relief funding, along with other amounts — a $33,723 grant/loan from USDA Rural Development to purchase a sanitation truck, $93,800 from USDA-RD for two police patrol vehicles and equipment, and $22,463 in other federal funds to purchase other police department equipment.

Council members also approved a resolution to re-adopt an emergency ordinance to conduct business during the COVID-19 pandemic. The previously-adopted resolution allows for online meetings and other arrangements for the town to conduct business.

The next meeting of Town Council will be held Tuesday, Dec. 8 beginning with the work session at 6:30 p.m. followed by the monthly meeting at 7 p.m.

The Halifax Market Place is located at 209 South Main Street. For more information visit the town website at or on Facebook at /halifaxmarketplace

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