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Powell named to Halifax council

SoVaNow.com / July 11, 2013
Halifax Town Council members unanimously named Janice Powell, a resident of Hedderly Street, to fill the Council seat in Ward A which is being vacated by Ton Brown. Powell, who had earlier submitted a letter advising of her interest in serving on Council will be officially sworn in during a special meeting of Council on July 30. She will hold the seat until a special election can be held to fill it in the November General Election.

Council scheduled public hearings for the same evening on two requests for special use permits. The first of those is from Larry Elam who wants to locate his “Ollie’s Mobile Hotdog Cart” in a C-1 district at 100 South Main Street (the former location of the Halifax Exxon station).

The second application is from Councilman Ronnie Duffey who wants to operate a home-based business in an R-1 zoned district at 389 Lakeside Drive. Duffey says he wants to make small vinyl computer generated signs, mostly as a hobby with the potential of its becoming a business.

Reporting to Council Chief of Police Kevin Lands advised that the Town’s four new police cars are being upfitted and should be in use within the next several weeks. Lands also advised that he is looking at the proper parking of cars on the streets of the town, noting that vehicles generally should only be parked on the right side of the roadway in order to preserve the safely of all residents.

Earlier in their Tuesday work session, Council members heard reports of the success of the Town’s Farmers Market which has attracted a total of 16 vendors this season. The market has drawn about 100 customers each Saturday, with that count being up considerably from last year’s traffic. This Saturday the Market will feature a hupertufa class led by members of the Master Gardeners Association.

Members also heard an update from Town Manager Carl Espy on efforts made to enforce the town code on derelict properties. Espy said the town has now taken liens on three pieces of property — two on Back Street and the other on North Main Street — where owners have not responded to the code violations.

Current Affairs Chairman Bill Confroy reported back to Council on the recent meeting of the Library Advisory Board which is made up of representatives from Halifax County and the towns of South Boston and Halifax. He advised that he was pleased to learn that the Halifax Library will soon reopen for regular hours on Fridays after having been closed on that day for the past several months.

Councilman Ronnie Duffey also reported that the “Watch For Children” sign locations have been approved by the highway department and should be installed very soon. One of the locations is on Maple Avenue behind the War Memorial and another on the connecting Church Street.

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