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Halifax Town Council to meet / May 13, 2013

Halifax Town Council will hold its regular monthly meeting tomorrow night immediately following its committee work session which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

The Finance Committee, with Chairman Dennis Witt leading the discussion, will kick off its session with a representative of the VML insurance program being present to recognize the town for its outstanding risk management performance which resulted in a five year loss ratio of just over five percent.

The committee will also review the town’s proposed $1.4 million FY2013-2014 budget which includes no tax increases for town residents.

Business Development Chairman Tom Brown will review the success of the Town’s Earth Day celebration and its upcoming Blues, Brews & Bar-b-que as well as getting an update on the Village Business Association’s Community Clock Project.

The business committee will also receive a report on interim improvements to the Halifax Marketplace Building as well as an update on the demolition and redevelopment of the former Burlington Industries property. And members will also consider a planned expansion of the local Enterprize Zone to include the Burlington property.

Leading the Current Affairs committee, Chairman Bill Confroy will review the rezoning requests from Eddie Tate which will allow him to operate a mobile food service unit in a C-1 zone.

Committee members will also be updated on the progress of VDOT’s installing “Watch for Children” signs at several locations within the town, as well as for the repaving schedule for 501 and the safety improvements (speed limit reduction) planned for Cowford Road.

Other matters before the issues committee include a resolution welcoming the 1963 class members of the Mary Bethune High School and an update on the enforcement of the derelict properties code within the town. The committee will also consider the appointment of Police Chief Kevin Lands to the Halifax County E-911 board.

Following the committee meetings Council will host a public hearing on amending the town zoning ordinance to include allowing mobile food units in C-1 Commercial or in M-1 Manufacturing Zones.

A second public hearing will focus on a request for a special use permit by Eddie Tate to operate a self contained mobile food unit in a C-1 zone.

Council will also hold the first reading of its $1.4 million FY2013-2014 budget which includes a contribution of $11,000 to the Halifax Library and another $10,000 donation to the Halifax Volunteer Fire Department for help with a new truck.

Council is also expected to appoint Police Chief Kevin Lands to the Halifax County E-911 Board.

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