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Halifax Council to host HCSA reps Tuesday

The ongoing controversy surrounding the Halifax County Service Authority’s (HCSA) quest for a new building adds another chapter tomorrow night when Halifax Town Council hosts HCSA representatives at its regular monthly meeting that begins at 7:30 in Halifax Town Hall.

At council’s direction, Town Manager Carl Espy has invited HCSA Chairman Doug Bowman and the town’s two representatives on the HCSA board, Dexter Gilliam and Major Wray, to council’s meeting.

The purpose of the invitation is to ascertain the HCSA board’s reasoning behind its decision to approve a lease to own agreement with the South Boston Industrial Development Authority for a new $600,000 building located in the Houghton Industrial Park.

Vice-Mayor Bill Confroy and Councilman Jack Dunavant have researched actual costs in order to compare renting versus the lease to own agreement.

Council held a lengthy discussion on the matter at its work session last week and decided then to put the question to the service authority representatives.

In other business, council is expected to set a public hearing for its March 8 meeting for conveyance of easements and properties to the HCSA according to terms of the 2007 comprehensive agreement.

Council is scheduled to make a recommendation on reorganization of the Halifax County Farmers Market Association and amendments to the bylaws.

Members also are slated to make appointments to the Town of Halifax Planning Commission to fill the unexpired terms of Evelyn Allocco and Beth Gillis who recently resigned from the commission.

Planning commission members have recommended Ron Reiter and Kathy Farley as replacements on the commission.

Under old business, council is expected to approve certificates of appreciation for Allocco and Gillis for their service to the town as members of the planning commission.