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Halifax police chief ad gets green light

Halifax is looking for a police chief, it’s official now.

Halifax Town Council gave a green light to the police chief advertisement prepared by Town Manager Carl Espy with assistance from council member Terrie Lantor and Councilman Bill Confroy during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night in Halifax Town Hall.

Council authorized Espy to post the advertisement in local newspapers and on the Internet.

Currently, David Irby is acting as interim police until council fills the vacancy created by the resignation of David Martin in December.

In other action Tuesday evening, council approved amendments and addenda to the town’s personnel manual contingent on small changes being made in the hiring authority policy.

Originally, acting on a recommendation from Confroy, council discussed changing the policy to give the town manager complete authority for hiring, promoting and discharging employees in accordance with policies.

However his decisions would be subject to approval by the mayor and council.

The newly adopted addenda changes that.

Now the town manager would only have to receive approval in hirings, firings and promotions from the mayor after council’s review.

Council also authorized Espy to get an estimate on how much it would cost to put restrooms in the Farmers Market building.

Council will confer with consultants to determine the number and location of restrooms for the building.

A request from Dixie Youth to use the PA system at the ball field located next to the former Halifax Elementary School was approved for this year, but council agreed to help find a more suitable ballfield for the team’s next year due to previous complaints from local area residents brought to the attention of council by Councilman Jack Dunavant.

Uranium was a topic of discussion Tuesday night when Dunavant said he had received a slide presentation that simulated what would happen if one of the holding cells were to contaminate the Banister River.

The river would be destroyed forever, Dunavant said telling council the presentation is something members definitely need to see.

Council requested the town manager ask County Administrator George Nester place the presentation on the agenda for the joint board of supervisors meeting in April.

Lantor updated council on application submissions for the events coordinator’s position left vacant when Erin Shaughnessy resigned last month.

Lantor said 12 prospective candidates have submitted applications, and the closing date is Friday.

Council also discussed the annual Banister River Festival. Councilman Thomas Brown and Lantor have agreed to co-chair the event and work with the new events coordinator, Dan River Basin Association, and Upper Reach to make this event a success.

Brown said the event has been tentatively set for Oct. 27.

Mayor Dick Moore requested an update on council’s decision not to renew the lease on the Convergence Art Guild building.

According to the town manager, the lease ends in July and Convergence Art Guild members have expressed an interest in talking with the owner about possibly renewing the lease.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Confroy raised concerns about green boxes located in front of the jail suggesting stones or rocks be placed between the curb and the box so people won’t have to step in mud and slush when they discard their trash.

Council went into closed session following the meeting to discuss overall personnel issues, but no action was taken.