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Public mum on Halifax yard sales

No one spoke on proposed amendments to the Town of Halifax town code regarding yard sales at a public hearing held during the Halifax Planning Commission meeting Wednesday night.

The Halifax Police Department has recommended additions to the current policy on yard sales within the town limits. Currently any town resident who wants to have a yard sale must secure a permit from the town prior to the sale. The first four permits are free, but subsequent permits require a $30 processing fee.

One proposed change would be in the information to be provided when securing a permit, “The date, or dates of any other yard sales within a 12 month period starting within the first

permitted yard sale.” The current policy states, “within the current calendar year.”

The second proposed change would add to the section on hours of operation, “Each day shall constitute a separate yard sale.”

The third proposed change would add to the section on advertising signs, “Snipe signs prohibited. No off-premise sign of any material shall be tacked, nailed, stapled, pasted, painted or attached in any way to a post, tree, utility pole, tower, antenna, fence, wall or other supporting structure.”

And the fourth proposed change in the section on exemptions from article would read, “Any sale conducted by a licensed merchant of the town from or at a place permitted by the town manager or his designee.” The current policy reads, “permitted by chapter 14.”

Following a brief discussion by the commissioners on the proposed changes, they unanimously approved Commissioner Beth Gillis’ motion, seconded by Commissioner Sylvia Lovelace, motion to recommend the proposed changes to Halifax Town Council for final approval. Commissioners Jerry Epps and Phil Hammond were not present at the Wednesday meeting.

In other business, Town Manager Carl Espy updated the commissioners on tonight’s Friday Night Jams, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Halifax Farmers Market.

Espy also reminded the commissioners of the planning seminar scheduled for Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. in Boydton. Dr. Michael Chandler, director of education for Citizens Planning Education Association, will be the featured speaker at the seminar, Espy said.

The town manager updated the commissioners on the Banister River Gateway Project. Espy said town staff still is working with Hill Studio and Wiley and Wilson on negotiations on the contract, which must then be reviewed by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).  

Espy also updated the commissioners on the Halifax Downtown Revitalization and Telecommunications projects.

He said town staff continues to work on securing easements in order for Dominion Virginia Power to be able to relocate utility poles and lines.