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Halifax to start river gateway construction

SoVaNow.com / February 14, 2014


Halifax Council on Tuesday night gave its blessing for construction of the Banister River Gateway Project, a new boat launch and overlook on the river.

The $528,575.75 contract with J. Harman Saunders Construction Company calls for a 240-day construction period. The contract includes the addition of bridge street lights, a gateway sign and a wayside area for parking where there will be interpretive signage, a river overlook and river access for canoe and kayak launches.

Council subsequently authorized Town Manager Carl Espy to develop interim financing proposals to reimburse the town’s general fund once the permanent funds come froma VDOT SAFETEA grant.

During Council’s earlier work session, Finance Chairman Dennis Witt advised members that the Town’s current budget needs to be amended since general fund revenues will exceed those counted in the current budget.

Most of the increases come from the Virginia Department of Transportation SAFETEA grant in the amount of $582,000 for the Banister River Gateway Project, along with smaller increases from law enforcement funds, fire funds and personal property tax collections. Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed amendments at its March meeting. No changes in tax rates or fees are included in the proposed amended budget.

Council also approved the use of the special “kill permits” granted to the local Halifax Police Department to harvest nuisance deer which may be involved with property damages and potential dangers for vehicle accidents.

Town Police Chief Kevin Lands reported that his office has made no arrests in the January 3, 2014 shooting into a residence on Back Street of the Town. Lands said residents of the rental property have left the town, but he continues to follow up on all leads.

The department posted a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the shooting when the suspect walked onto the porch of the home and fired five rounds from a handgun into the living room of the house.



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