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Halifax promotes cleanup, Earth Day

SoVaNow.com / February 14, 2019
In its Tuesday night session, the Halifax Town Council approved a resolution proclaiming March 16 as Halifax County Community Clean-Up Day.

On this day, members of the community will be able to use plastic bags provided by the Halifax County Improvement Council to help to clear the streets of any litter leftover from the winter. All filled bags will be collected by the Virginia Department of Transportation, as well as the Halifax County Public Works Department.

The Council resolution states that “litter is not only an eyesore, it profoundly indicates a lack of pride in community.”

In addition, a second resolution was discussed in regard to Earth Day. Council approved a proclamation to make April 22 Earth Day in the Town of Halifax.

With events such as the Earth Day Extravaganza and community paper shredding, as well as a spring event to kick off the month, the town hopes to encourage the community to take care of the Earth all year round.

During the work session, Council members also discussed the Barn Quilt Trail. Starting at the Famers Market where walkers can park their vehicles, the trail will take them 1.8 miles out and then loop back around. Several different art pieces will be showcased along the trail, each showing a bit of Halifax’s history.

Additional information on the trail can be found at http://www.facebook.com/halifaxva.

Council also authorized an application to FEMA for a Public Assistance Grant on damage caused by Hurricane Michael. The grant would allow the Town Hall, Police Department and Farmers Market to receive assistance for replacing any water-damaged roofing, gutters, and an emergency generator as well as a chainsaw for first responders.

Council approved the appointment of Paul Butler to the Town of Halifax Planning Commission.

An amendment was also discussed in regard to the Halifax Town Code regarding health and sanitation. This amendment would provide clarification on the definitions of certain weeds, debris, and bamboo. The Council decided to wait on the topic, stating that they would come back to the subject in one month after making sure the amendment is clearly stated.

The final topic up for discussion was brought up by Council Member Jack Dunavant. He expressed his concern for the lack of attention given to the railroad tracks in the area - specifically those across the highway.

“It’s like a speed bump in the middle of the highway, which we all know is illegal.” Dunavant said.

The next Town Council meeting is March 12.



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