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Town of Halifax seeking events planner

The Town of Halifax will be advertising for a new events coordinator to fill the position left vacant by the resignation of Susie Robbins.

Halifax Town Council authorized staff to advertise for the position during its monthly meeting following a work session and committees meeting Tuesday night in Halifax Town Hall.

On a contract basis, the events coordinator will continue the coordination of events currently conducted in the Town of Halifax and plan, organize, complete and evaluate results of all events. 

Staff seeks an enthusiastic, highly organized and independent candidate who works effectively with others, can manage a budget, media relations and marketing responsibilities in addition to successfully recruiting and retaining volunteers, vendors and talent. 

According to Town Manager Carl Espy, the events coordinator will report to him and Assistant Manager Denise Barksdale and will have general oversight under the town council business development committee.

Also Tuesday night, council approved the finance committee’s recommendation to join the VML Insurance Program Lincoln Financial Group Plan and adopted a joint powers association agreement resolution to join the Virginia Local Government Insurance Association.

Benefits from the new insurance program are effective Jan.1.

In other action Tuesday night, council awarded a contract to J. Harman Saunders Construction for construction and signage for the Banister River Gateway Project in the Town of Halifax in the amount of  $528,575.75.

Council also adopted a resolution and 501 Coalition’s priority list outlining U. S. Highway 501 improvements.

The current affairs committee recommended council adopt the resolution and 501 Coalition priority list along with affirming the town’s position on maintaining the 35-mile per hour speed limit on L. P.  Bailey Memorial Highway in the corporate limits to support future safety enhancements at the U.S. 501 Scenic VA Byway 360 intersections.

 In other business discussed during the committees meeting and work session Tuesday night, Councilman Dennis Witt updated   council on the 2013 financial statement and annual audit performed by Creedle, Jones and Alga.

 According to Witt, the town has a stable financial position and is able to provide the citizens essential and desired services at a favorable cost compared to many localities.  He attributes this to the dedicated performance of town service departments. He said the town should continue to pursue excellence and efficiency in providing town services.

Recent real estate reassessment has trended downward, which may put some strain on upcoming revenue if tax rates remain constant, Witt added.

 He pointed out the financial highlights of the 2013 fiscal year.

At the close of the fiscal year, the assets of the town exceeded its liabilities by $1,476,255. Of this amount $614,459 is unrestricted and may be used to meet the government’s ongoing obligations to citizens and creditors. 

For the fiscal year, general and program revenues of the town’s governmental activities were $919,153, and expenses amounted to $863,629. The town’s total net position increased $55,524.  

 As of June 30, the town’s governmental funds reported combined fund balances of $682,330, an increase of $9,640 in comparison with the prior year. The entire amount of the combined fund balances is available to meet the town’s current and future needs.