Halifax Town Council authorized town manager Carl Espy to move forward with a Southside Economic Development grant when they met Tuesday evening.

Council members unanimously agreed to sign a resolution allowing him to execute all the necessary documents related to the grant. The application was submitted on July 25.

The application is for the amount of $179,000 to assist with extending decorative street lighting, signage and landscaping around the Halifax County War Memorial connecting it to the Halifax Courthouse Square.

This is just part of the project.

The Halifax Downtown Streetscape Extension Project previously merged with the VDOT Smart Scale Project to improve the turning radius at Mountain Road and Main Street.

Council also signed a resolution in support of National Farmers Market Week.

National Farmers Week is held Aug. 4 – 10, and was celebrated at both Halifax Farmers Market and South Boston Farmers Market through collaborative efforts.

They also heard the Halifax Police Department reports for June and July from Halifax Police Chief Stuart Comer.

Comer said there was five felony arrests, seven misdemeanor arrests, one protective order, no medical transports and no accidents, and police gave 70 warnings in the month of June.

During July, there was 19 misdemeanor arrests, no protective orders, no medical transports with 585 calls for service, 76 traffic summons and one traffic accident.

Prior to the monthly meeting, council heard from three concerned citizens, Tim Hudgin, Craig Wofford and Harvey Throckmorton.

Hudgin and Wofford are neighbors on North Main Street who are concerned about personal and commercial trucks, the speed they drive and the noise they emit.

Since April, Comer said he has had his team increase patrols and has spoken with some of the men with loud engines.

Wofford also asked council to look into smoothing out a knoll in the road.

Throckmorton attended the meeting in support of his daughter Erin Shaughnessy.

Council denied Shaughnessy’s request for a special use permit to operate as a LuLaRoe consultant from her Halifax home at 615 Mountain Road.

Her father told council he had hoped they all had “seen a noticeable change since she moved in.” He said she has cleared the area, cleaned and sprayed.

“She is an asset to Halifax County,” said Throckmorton.

Halifax Town Council is awaiting a recommendation from the Halifax Planning Commission on any possible changes to make to the zoning ordinance.

Council members also heard reports from the current affairs chairman Bill Confroy, business development chair Mike Trent and finance chair Bill Convington.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com