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Halifax Town Council holds meeting, work session Tuesday

SoVaNow.com / July 07, 2014
Halifax Town Council meets Tuesday with committee meetings beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by Council’s regular monthly session.

During the regular session, a public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. for comments on proposed new parking regulations and accompanying increased fines.

Council is also expected to elect a vice-mayor and to approve a resolution asking that VDOT take in the Banister Cemetery Road - which leads into the cemetery that serves several African-American churches - into its secondary system.

Work on the narrow road which veers off Gatha’s Trail has been ongoing over the past several months, as town officials and property attempt to bring the road into compliance with state standards.

Council members are also expected to approve the advertisement of bids for a demolition contractor to proceed with the removal of derelict properties. These are properties where owners have not made improvements after being notified of defects.

Police Chief Kevin Lands will also make his monthly report of police activities within the town.

During the early work session, Council members will be introduced to Pat Anderson Flowers, who is the managing director of The Prizery and who is expected to bring a report on the summer activities that are ongoing there. Members also will hear from Mark Estes, executive director of the Halifax County Service Authority, who will bring an update on projects that affect customers within the town.

Mayor Dick Moore is expected to announce committee assignments for Council members for the coming year.

The business development committee, headed by Kristy Johnson, will hear from Events Coordinator Rebecca Ramey about plans for the September 13th Wild Blue Festival and also from Marsha Hite on the advertisement of bids for the Community Clock Project. Denise Barksdale will bring a report on the Farmer’s Market activities which have drawn good crowds to the town each Saturday.

Finance chairman Dennis Witt will bring the town’s monthly financial report and Bill Confroy, who heads the current affairs committee, will review the proposed amendments to the town code regarding changes in parking violations.

He will also ask Council to approve the advertisement for a demolition contractor to proceed with the removal of derelict properties within the town.

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