The Halifax Board of Selectmen met on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Jonathan Selig remains the sole Selectmen until the Special Town Election on November 8.
Selig said, “We have accepted a $900 donation from Flower and Soul here in Halifax… the Police Department is using this donation to purchase a police mountain bike.” Selig said that publicly thanking entities or people for sizeable donations is standard practice.
Selig gave an update on the Green Communities Grant saying, “grant has a value of $2,000 and will be used as follows: the Water Department will use the money for an air conditioner to be replaced with a heat pump and the oil heat be replaced with electric heat. For the Fire Station, they are going to rework the mini splits, replace the attic insulation and a new unit for the bunk room, for the Town Hall they are going to replace the insulation in the attic with spray foam to try and tighten that up and Building Maintenance will remove the existing insulation to try and save the town money instead of paying someone to do it. For Town Hall, the sewer line from the downstairs bathrooms to the septic system has rotted, a new cast iron pipe will be installed and the cost of that is $1,200.”
Selig also read a report from the Maintenance and School Building Committee. He said that of three condensing boilers, one is having issues, and another is beginning to also have problems. Selig said that Scott Materna with the Building Department would be looking into it.
Selig read correspondence from Coleen Burgess in which she requested use of the Town Green for Boy Scout Troop 39 for Saturday, Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a bottle drive fundraising event. Selig approved the request.
Several members of the Halifax Fireworks Committee attended the meeting asking for use of the upstairs at the Town Hall on Saturday, Dec. 3 for a craft fair. Selig approved the request pending availability.
Selig had an appointment with the Beautification Committee to discuss the potential appointment of Diane Salvetti. Selig asked Salvetti the usual questions asked of all appointees. Salvetti said she has lived in town since 1996 but acknowledged that she doesn’t regularly attend town meeting. Selig asked her what she would bring to the Committee. Salvetti said, “I’m a retired high school science teacher and so I’ve lived in Halifax, as I said, for these many years and I would kind of like to get involved with the Town and the Committee and I thought I might start seeing how the Beautification Committee works for me.” Committee member Amy L. Troup told Selig that they interviewed Salvetti for half an hour saying, “We like her.” Salvetti also responded that she didn’t see any time constraints that would prohibit her from making meetings. Selig appointed her to a term ending June 30, 2023.
Andrew Saviano and Jill McKee were appointed by Selig as election workers.