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For the birds? Buzzards cause woes in Halifax

Halifax County Circuit Court Judge Joel C. Cunningham Jr. will swear in newly appointed Halifax Town Council member Janice B. Powell when council holds a special called meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Halifax Town Hall.

Council appointed Powell to fill the vacant Ward A seat on council earlier this month.

The seat was left vacant after former Councilman Tom Brown resigned effective June 30 due to family health issues. Powell will fill the Ward A seat until a special election is held in November.

A resident of Hedderly Street, Powell has worked in the Halifax County School System for over 40 years.  

In other action taken Tuesday night, council is expected to discuss a recommendation from the Halifax County Animal Control Department and Halifax Police Department concerning buzzards that have become a public health nuisance in the town.

Also slated on Tuesday night’s agenda are two public hearings to receive comments on allowing special use permits for Larry Elam’s Ollie’s mobile hot dog cart and Ronnie Duffey’s home-based business.

According to Elam, the cart will be located in the parking lot of the Exxon beside town hall. Hours of operation for the cart will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and if there is demand, Elam said he might stay longer.  

The restaurant owner said the cart will offer two types of hotdogs, bologna burgers, barbecue, chips, soft drinks and few minor snacks.  While he has some equipment to cook the food on sight, he said the food will primarily be cooked at his restaurant and warmed to the proper 165 degree temperature onsite. The griddle on the cart is too small to make bologna burgers for the masses, Elam said. 

Concerning his home-based business, Duffey has said he has a vinyl machine in his home and sometimes is asked to make logos for go carts, signs for politicians and print designs on T-shirts. 

He said it’s not really a business but more of a hobby, and he wants to have the proper permits just in case he decides to sell something. 

Following the two hearings, council is expected to take action on the special use permits before adjourning.