The re-organization of Halifax Town Council and the presentation of Halifax Police Department’s annual awards top the agenda for town council’s first work session and business meeting of 2021.
The work session is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Halifax Town Hall at 70 S. Main St., with the regular business meeting to follow immediately thereafter.
Town council is slated to elect a vice-mayor in the regular business meeting, after Mayor Dexter Gilliam reviews the steps for the vice-mayor nomination and election process during the work session.
Prior to the election of the vice-mayor, Halifax Police Chief Stuart Comer is slated to give the police department’s report for the month of December and present the department’s annual awards.
The newly elected and re-elected council members as well as an outgoing council member all are expected to be recognized at Tuesday’s work session.
Gilliam is slated to present certificates from the electoral board to re-elected councilman Mike Trent, who also is a local attorney, and newly elected councilman Malcolm Bowen, who also is an officer with the Halifax Police Department. Trent and Bowen have already been sworn in as members of council.
Bowen fills the seat of former, veteran councilman William E. “Bill” Confroy, whose term concluded at the end of December. Mayor Gilliam and the council plan to recognize Confroy for his years of service to the town of Halifax with a certificate of appreciation.
Not only does Halifax Town Council have a new member in the New Year, but council members also plan to have different roles starting Tuesday evening.
Mayor Gilliam is slated to make committee assignments for the newly reorganized council during the work session.
Halifax Town Council has a business development committee, a finance committee and a current affairs committee.
Councilman Trent previously chaired the business development committee, councilman Bill Covington previously chaired the finance committee, and former councilman Confroy previously chaired the current affairs committee.
Other items of business on the council work session agenda are as follows:
• An update on the Smart Scale Project and Halifax Downtown Streetscape/ War Memorial Enhancement Project;
w Planning for the Crossing of the Dan’s 240th Anniversary tentatively set for Feb. 20 at the South Boston-Halifax Museum of Fine Arts & History/ Banister River Rural Historic District Eligibility;
• FEMA approval of the 2020 Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan prepared by the Southside Planning District Commission;
• Business Development Committee “Here’s Halifax!” working groups: business development/ marketing; beautification/ greenspace; and traffic/ parking/ pedestrian connections;
• Halifax Marketplace Redevelopment and town of Halifax Farmer’s Market activities: review of holiday season at the market and Viny’s Italian Restaurant ribbon cutting;
• Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act resources for localities and local businesses-DHCD Community Development Block Grant for Halifax County;
• December 2021 finance report;
• 2020 real estate and personal property tax update;
• Status of Creedle Jones & Alga, PC annual audit and June 2020 financial statement for HTC distribution/review; and
• Extension of CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) expenditures completion to 12-31-2021.