Halifax Town Council will take action on an agreement with Halifax County for the use of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds and a transportation project at its regularly scheduled July meeting.
Council’s work session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Halifax Town Hall at 70 S. Main St., followed immediately by council’s regular meeting, which will start around 7 p.m.
Town manager Carl Espy shared with town council at a June 24 budget meeting that Halifax County received $2.9 million in CARES Act funds, and the town of Halifax is entitled to $106,000 of those funds based on its population. Espy said the funds would be for expenses the town incurs from March 1 through Dec. 20, following federal guidelines associated with responses to COVID-19.
The town council brainstormed ideas for the use of the CARES Act funds during the June meeting. Allocating funds to the fire department, police department and sanitation department, which are categorized as “essential” and continued to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, is one of the ideas that was discussed.
“The fire department has had some expenses that they have incurred through this (pandemic) and the police department, as well,” said Mayor Dexter Gilliam. Councilwoman Gail Bosiger noted that the sanitation department had operated throughout the duration of the pandemic and was worthy of the CARES Act funds, as well.
A transportation project will be another main topic of discussion at Tuesday’s meeting. Council is set to vote on a resolution to support a Smart Scale application for the L.P. Bailey Memorial Highway (U.S. 501)/ Bethel Road (Va. Scenic Bypass 360) roundabout by Southside Planning District Commission and Halifax County.
Transportation will be a hot topic of discussion in council’s work session preceding the regular meeting, as well. Current affairs chairman Bill Confroy will update fellow council members on the Halifax Downtown Streetscape/War Memorial Enhancement Project, which is underway. Business development chairman Michael Trent will update council on the status of several proposed transportation projects: a request to VDOT for additional crosswalks on North and South Main Street, the Norfolk & Southern U.S. Highway 501 railroad crossing conditions, and a VDOT task order for a Halifax Transportation Safety and Operations Study pertaining to sidewalk maintenance.
Council members at Tuesday’s regular business meeting also will consider the finance committee’s recommendations for a SunTrust bond refinance/new note and authorizing a resolution to set a public hearing for Aug. 11.
The Halifax Police Department’s report for the month of June and a resolution in support of the police department also are on the agenda.