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Halifax seeks to bury power lines / September 14, 2017

Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy has asked Dominion Virginia Power to prioritize Halifax’s eligibility for the Strategic Underground Program so the town can bury its utility lines.

Espy’s request comes on the heels of a string of problems that the Town of Halifax has witnessed over the past several weeks, as transfer trucks rolling through town have sagged utility lines on several occasions. The latest problem occurred just this Tuesday when utility lines were pulled off poles near the post office.

The troubles began on Aug. 13 when an elderly driver struck a pole near the entrance to the Farmers Market on Main Street, splitting it down the middle, causing power lines to sag. A transfer truck later struck down the wires and then a second truck hit other lines, which caused a chain of poles to tumble down the following week.

Recent heavy rainfall caused yet another pole to lean, sending more utility lines down to the ground.

Espy thanked Dominion for its quick response to the problem of downed lines, but noted that Halifax remains vulnerable to man made accidents and natural disasters, raising concerns about property damage, liability, public safety and the town’s power grid.

Espy told members of Town Council on Tuesday that he will keep them apprised of any progress in getting the lines relocated or removed.

In other business Tuesday evening, Council heard Police Chief Stuart Comer announce that Officer Jamar Florence has been promoted to sergeant. Florence, who was earlier employed as an law enforcement officer for the Town of Clarksville, has 11 years of experience in small town police work.

He joined the Halifax Department in September 2014 and has obtained several certifications such as Intox EC/IR II Breath Alcohol Operator, CIT instructor and general instructor.

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