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Downtown Revitalization Project News Release 09-08-13

     The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is tentatively scheduled to complete surface improvements along the US Highway 501 corridor (South Main Street from the intersection of Mountain Road [VA Scenic Byway 360] to North Main Street at the intersection of Bethel Road [VA Scenic Byway 360]) , on Monday September 9th, weather permitting, beginning at 10:00 am.  Motorists should be alert to machinery operating on Mountain Road, South Main Street and North Main Street during theis period along with personnel directing traffic when necessary. 

    VDOT's painting sub-contractor, Roadmark Corporation is expected to complete painting the traffic lanes, directional arrows and crosswalks from the intersection of Bethel Road (VA Scenic Byway 360) and North Main Street (US Highway 501) and continuing along North Main Street, Mountain Road (VA Scenic Byway 360), and South Main Street (US Highway 501) to Cemetery Street (Rte. #1111).  During this time, on-street parking on South Main Street and Edmunds Boulevard should not be impacted by the painting activity and parking areas behind the businesses well  be unaffected.  Motorists, business owners, customers and pedestrians traveling in this general area should exercise caution at all times when the contractors and sub-contractors are in operation.  VDOT crews have also been installing new pedestrian crosswalk signs at the existing crosswalks and will be addressing potential new crosswalk areas on North Main Street and South Main Street in the near future.  The Townof Halifax Police Department is circulating brochures to better inform pedestrians and motorists on crosswalk safety and how monitoring and enforcement in accordance with the Code of Virginia will be conducted.  The week of Monday September 23rd two-hour parking (between 8am-5pm) signs downtown between Houston Street and Cemetery Street are scheduled tentatively to be installed by VDOT crews.  

    For further information please contact the following Project Management Team representative:

Carl Espy, Halifax Town Manager - 434-476-2343 or

Robbie Love, County Planning Administrator - 434-476-3300 ext. 234

***Revitalization Project Goal***

"To create Economic Opportunity and renew Quality of Life"

The Town and County of Halifax seek the shared community vision to promote the economic vitality of the Town of Halifax downtown commercial area, its approach corridors and gateways in an effort to provide new employment opportunities, capital investments and civic activities which improve the integrity of the historic county seat.

TOWN COUNCIL VACANCY

The Halifax Town Council is accepting resumes from citizens who are interested in serving on Town Council representing Ward D until a special election is held in November 2013.  Eligible candidates must reside in the Town of Halifax within Ward D and be a registered voter.  The Ward D boundary runs on the north side of Mountain Raod (VA Scenic Byway 360) starting at the northwest corner of Maple Avenue (Rte#1105) heading west to Woodview Road (Rte #T1119 and then continuing north to Banister Lake following the Halifax Corporate Limits (HCL) easterly until reaching Buena Vista Drive (Rte #T1115) continuing south along Cary Street until reaching North Main Street/Halifax Road (US Hwy 501) crossing south at Green Street (Rte #T1120) to the Norfolk & Western rail line then heading southeast along the west side of Cowford Road (Rte #651) and then heading west on the south side of Golf Course Road (Rte #783) and then continuing north on the east side of Halifax Road/South Main Street (US Hwy 501) until reaching the intersection of Mountain Road (Ward maps are available upon request).  Town Council meets generally the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month and other times as needed.

If you are interested in serving on the Halifax Town Council, please send a short resume and letter of interest to Assistant Manager/Clerk Denise Barksdale This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to:

Halifax Town Council                                                                                                                                                                                                       Post Office Box 627, Halifax, Virginia  24558                                                                                                                                                                    Attn:  Carl Espy, IV Town Manager/Clerk

Deadline for applications:  February 28, 2013.

Mayor G.F. "Dick" Moore

Police Chief Hire-Kevin Lands

 

 

 

On Monday November 19, 2012, the Halifax Town Council Personnel Committee conducted the final interview for the Chief of Police position and concurred with the recommendation of the VACP Interview Panel and Town Manager Carl Espy with the approval of Mayor Dick Moore to hire Kevin Lands effective 12-03-12 at the annual salary of $42,000 as advertised.

 

Mr. Lands scored as the top candidate based on the evaluations conducted by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) Interview Panel and the VACP recommendation for the Town of Halifax Police Chief Position.  12 applicants submitted their names for the chief's position by the 09-15-12 deadline with 5 candidates selected by the VACP Panel for interviews.  The Chiefs serving on the Panel ranked the top 3 candidates based on their evaluations stemming from the interviews.  Serving on the VACP Interview Panel were A.J. Panebianco, Chief of Middleburg, VA, Chris Spare, Chief of Warsaw, VA and Dave Sloggie, Chief of Williamsburg, VA.  VACP Executive Director Dana Schrad has been coordinating the application review and interview process as she outlined to Halifax Town Council on 09-11-12 working closely with Town Manager Espy, Mayor Moore and the Personnel Committee.

 

Kevin Lands served as the Chief of Police in Waverly, VA when he was appointed shortly after his hire as an officer in August 2008 through July 2012. Since that time he has been engaged by the Hopewell Sheriff’s Office as range master. During Chief Lands’ tenure in Waverly, he worked tirelessly to improve the effectiveness, professionalism and integrity of the department. He developed protocols and enforced a dress code to make the officers look professional.  He sought training, grant funding, and advice from other professionals and greatly improved the community’s opinion of the local police force. While serving as the Chief, Mr. Lands spearheaded many community focused programs, making a positive impact on the town and the police department. In its evaluation, the VACP Interview Panel described the candidate as a strong leader who is budget conscious and a skilled grant writer. Chief Panebianco, who lead the Panel noted, “Kevin appears to understand the fine line between community policing and the need to enforce; a skill that is essential in a small police department.” Chairman of the Personnel Committee Holt Evans reflected on the decision “The selection process was very professionally conducted and therefore time-consuming, but the result couldn’t be better. Kevin Lands and the Town of Halifax will be an excellent match.” Town Manager Carl Espy supported the high expectations of the new chief to help reinvigorate the department while at the same time commending the efforts of the current full-time and part-time staff under Lieutenant David Irby’s interim supervision, noting that it has been a challenge for Acting Chief Irby, who was also considered for the position to maintain the operations of the department with limited staffing until the Chief's vacancy was filled.  "I am certain Chief Lands will well with our officers interacting with them to assess the strengths of the department and areas in need of improvement.  Kevin has developed a strong and natural leadership style in which he earns the respect of those with whom he serves in law enforcement", Espy said.  The new Chief also scored very high in his ability to reach out to the community and to be very visible and accessible to business owners and citizens who have particular concerns about crime and safety.  From his extensive work history in restructuring a police department, the new Chief has also demonstrated his ability to work with elected officials and operate effectively on a limited budget.  Upon Mr. Lands accepting the town's offer for employ, Mayor Dick Moore commented, "First let me thank our Town Manager Carl Espy and our Personnel Committee working with VACP for all their hard work in finding us what I would say to be an excellent police chief.  Chief Kevin Lands will bring to our community experience in all facets of law enforcement.  I feel Chief Lands will be a great asset to our town and community.  I welcome Chief Lands, his wife Chantelle, and sons Cody and Brandon to Halifax."  Chief Lands will officially start work at the Halifax Police Department on Monday, December 3rd and will in the meantime communicate with town staff, police personnel and Town Council.  Mayor Moore anticipates introducing Chief Lands and his family at the December 11th Holiday Social at Town Hall starting at 5:30 pm prior to the Town Council Work Session & Regular Meeting.

 

Kevin Lands "Mini" Biography:

 

Kevin Lands was born in 1973 and is the son of a Baptist minister father and homemaker mother. He grew up hunting and fishing with his father and two brothers and enjoys the outdoors. In 1994 he began his law enforcement career as a correctional officer and four years later became a certified police officer the City of Petersburg, VA where he was a member of the SWAT team and served on several Narcotics and Street Crimes units and was a community policing officer in the Weed and Seed unit. In 2005 he left the police force to run an armed security company and in 2008 he accepted the position of Chief of Police with the town of Waverly VA where he served until July of this year.

 

During his time as Chief he was awarded over $220,000 in grant funds and updated the department’s equipment, vehicles, uniforms and technology. He also instituted a revolutionary in car mobile system that has received state and national attention from the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He also instituted multiple community policing projects and reduced crime drastically.

 

Kevin has a wife, Chantelle Lands, and two children, Cody, age thirteen and, Brandon, age three. His family is very active in community and they take joy in helping those who are less fortunate. The Lands frequently volunteer in food pantries and recently adopted a family who lost everything during Hurricane Sandy helping to raise over $5,000 in donations and driving to New York City to personally deliver them.

 

Public Service Announcement - 2012 Taxes

  •  Public Service Announcement:

The Town of Halifax would like to notify residents, businesses and property owners that 2012 taxes for real estate, personal property and machine & tool taxes are being mailed the week of October 29th.

This year, as an added convenience Halifax is pleased to continue offering the payment option for Real Estate and Personal Property tax bills using Paymentus Corporation, a third party automated payment service that accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Electronic Check.  This payment plan can only be accessed Online or by Phone using Paymentus.  This system will not be set up for payments in person at the Halifax Town Hall, although cash and check payments will continue to be accepted in person.  You may make your payment anytime, any day, 24/7.  Paymentus Corporation will charge a convenience fee for each transaction (the fee covers payment handling and processing charges).  Customers should be ready with the following information:

  • For Real Estate, the 5-digit Parcel ID number (located on your billing statement),
  • For Personal Property, the 4-digit Tax ID number (located on your billing statement),
  • Your Credit Card number or your Checking Account and Routing Number

To pay your bill by phone dial:  1-877-489-1674 to call a secure automated telephone payment system, powered by Paymentus Corporation.

To pay your bill online go to the Town of Halifax website http://www.townofhalifax.com, click on the "Pay Online Taxes" bar at the top and go to a secure third party website at Paymentus Corporation.

In response to taxpayers' preference, for those residents, businesses and property owners which owe both the real estate and personal property/machine & tool tax, separate tax notices will be included in the same envelope mailed by the town.  Checks to the total amound due should be made payable to Town of Halifax.

Please be reminded that the deadline for payment of total tax due (both real estate and personal property/machine & tool) is Wednesday December 5, 2012.  If a receipt is desired, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.  Payments made after the due date are subject to 10% Penalty and 10% Interest Per Annum.  In addition to applicable penalties and interest, after the second notice has been mailed in January 2013, late payments on personal property will be for 100 percent of tax due without regard to any former entitlement to state PPTRA relief.  Also any real estate or personal property taxes not paid after the 2nd notice will have a $15.00 administration fee added to the bill due.  If ownership of property has been transferred during the current tax year, the bill should be forwarded to the responsible party.  For information about the tax assessment of property, please contact the County Commissioner of Revenue's office at 434-476-3314.

If you have any questions about phone or online payments, please call Halifax Town Hall at 434-476-2343

Town of Halifax Downtown Revitalization Project Update 10-05-12

     The current utility relocation phase of the Halifax Downtown Revitalization Project which involved Comcast Cable and Dominion Virginia Power removing overhead wires and poles along Main Street from Houston Street to Cemetery Street has been completed.

     According to Dominion VA Power, their aerial contractor, C.W. Wright completed the pole removal downtown in addition to the sidewalk repair on the east side of South Main Street.  Better Cable Systems' crews finished rerouting aerail Halifax County fiber optic lines with the final splicing and old aerial line removal having taken place.  Previously, Comcast Cable's contractor, Fiber Technologies, Inc., completed relocating the aerial facilities on Cemetery Street and Houston Street, including the service lines to the back of the Main Street storefront properties.  The most recent phase of utility construction involving Comcast and Dominion Power began on March 27, 2012.  The first phase of the utility relocation which involved Centurylink (Embarq) removing overhead wires along Main Street from the Halifax County War Memorial to Cemetery Street and rerouting lines through existing underground conduit was completed in August 2009.  Installation of telecommunication facilities on the Town of Halifax Water Tank also occurred at that time.

     The Town of Halifax is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to replace existing sign poles in the downtown project area along with being issued a permit for restricted parking sign kits to be installed on the decorative streetlight poles.  Motorists, business owners, customers, employees and those attending court services are being reminded of the 2-Hour On Street Parking limitation effective throughout Main Street between 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Additional notification will be made once the signs are installed.

     For further information please contact the following Project Management Team representative:

Carl Espy, Halifax Town Manager - 434-476-2343 or

Robbie Love, County Planning Administrator - 434-476-3300 ext. 234

***Revitalization Project Goal*** - "To create Economic Opportunity and renew Quality of Life"

The Town and County of Halifax seek the shared community vision to promote the economic vitality of the Town of Halifax downtown commercial area, its approach corridors and gateways in an effort to provide new employment opportunities, capital investments and civic activities which improve the integrity of the historic county seat.