With $212,270.30 in CARES funding added to the town of Halifax’s recent funding, Halifax Town Council is holding a public hearing Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Halifax Town Hall to amend its fiscal year 2020-2021 budget.
“We have to amend the budget for this year because the budget will increase by more than 1% (with the CARES Act funding),” town manager Carl Espy explained to council at its last meeting.
The 7 p.m. public hearing will immediately follow council’s 6:30 p.m. work session, and following the public hearing, council is slated to amend its budget.
The town plans to use the funding to make improvements to town hall.
Espy previously told council that the town is getting quotes on an automated door system for the front entrance to town hall as well as the police department. In addition, he said he would like to make improvements to the council chambers at town hall to accommodate more room for social distancing during meetings.
Council also is expected to consider a resolution re-adopting emergency ordinance to effectuate continuity of government in response to COVID-19.
In April, Halifax Town Council approved a resolution that gave them the ability to hold meetings electronically if they cannot safely meet face-to-face during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This came after Governor Ralph Northam’s March stay at home order. That order expired June 10.
On Friday, Northam issued new statewide measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 including limiting gathering sizes to 25 and enforcement of wearing masks for everyone older than 5 years of age.
COVID-19 protocol implementation by staff also is on the work session agenda for Halifax Town Council.
Also during the work session, they are expected to hear from the chairs of the business development committee, finance committee and current affairs committee.