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Council appoints pair to serve on library working committee

Halifax Town Councilmen Bill Confroy and Tom Brown will join two South Boston Town Council representatives and two Halifax County Supervisors serving on the joint library working committee.

 

Halifax Town Council approved Mayor Dick Moore’s appointment of Confroy and Brown to the library committee during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night following a committees meeting and work session held earlier that evening in Halifax Town Hall.

Each municipality in Halifax County has now appointed two people to the committee charged with finding a solution for operating the Halifax County/South Boston Library System more efficiently.

Brown and Confroy join South Boston Councilmen Ed Owens and Bill Snead along with Supervisors J. T. Davis and Lottie Nunn on the committee. 

Mayor Moore said Tuesday night he is opposed to consolidating the libraries adding Halifax County is a large area that needs two libraries.

 In other business Tuesday night, Town Manager Carl Espy announced a swearing in ceremony will be held for the newly elected councilmen during the Dec. 11 committees meeting and work session. 

Judge Joel Cunningham will conduct the swearing in ceremony.

During the committees meeting and work session, Espy informed council three bids had been received on the Farmers Market bathroom facilities improvements. 

Council went behind closed doors to discuss the lowest bid on the project as well as to further discuss the vacant police chief position.

 Also during the committees meeting and work session, Espy updated council on demolition of the Burlington property.

D. H. Griffin, the firm who recently purchased the property, continues to wait for the final permits and anticipates starting demolition at anytime. Espy said D.H. Griffin anticipates demolition to be complete by March or April. 

The town manager also updated council on several derelict properties in the town limits stating some property owners have been responsive to notifications, while others haven’t.

Overall, Espy said he has seen some improvement in problem areas in town. 

In other business, Espy updated council on scenic river designation for the Banister River informing council all necessary resolutions have been signed and sent to Del. James Edmunds to be introduced during the 2013 session of the Virginia General Assembly.

 Concerning the Banister River Gateway Project, Espy recently attended a two-day workshop on what work needs to be done in the construction phase of the project. 

Espy said two environmental documents had been sent out to adjacent property owners, and he planned to speak with the developer and contractor so they would be in coordination with the local assistant from the Virginia Department of Transportation, and everyone would be on the same timeline for the Banister River Gateway Project.

 Also Tuesday night, Espy informed council the town was currently working with the Virginia Department of Transportation to update the signage throughout town limits, and once that is complete, they will work on two-hour parking signs that will go on the decorative post and street lights as part of the Halifax Downtown Revitalization Project.

Events Coordinator Susi Robbins reported on 2012 Halifest describing it as a success with 500 people attending. 

Robbins said during the next event, she plans to position the fire department in a different location because they didn’t get a lot traffic were they were during Halifest.

 Denise Barksdale told council Farmers Market activities this season “went well,” with the market gaining a new meat vendor who has drawn more customers to the market.

 Barksdale and Espy also updated council on the status of the new town clock. Jerry Epps continues to work on a preliminary site design, and the county has agreed to allow the clock to be placed in front of the library.

Also Tuesday night Mayor Moore reminded council of upcoming town events including the annual Children’s Christmas parade slated for Friday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m., the annual Halifax Fire Department Christmas dinner slated for Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m., and the town open house set Dec. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.