The single-person Halifax Board of Selectmen held a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Selectman Jonathan Selig sat with acting interim Town Administrator Sandra Nolan.
The Board had an appointment with a representative from The Farm at Raven Brook regarding some one-day liquor licenses. The Farm at Raven Brook is a Christmas tree farm in Halifax that will be holding a Trees for Troops fundraising event on Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 27. The event will include some local businesses including food trucks and breweries. The breweries involved include Barrel House Z, Black Hat Brew Works, and Article Fifteen Brewing. Representatives were on hand from Black Hat Brew Works and Barrel House Z and one day liquor licenses were approved for them from 11am to 3pm on November 26 and November 27 respectively. While no representative was present for Article Fifteen Brewery, the liquor license was approved contingent upon Fire and Police approval for Friday, November 25 from 11am to 3pm. “I wish you good luck; it’s nice to see local businesses planning events like that,” Selig said.
Selig said that there was a name change to the weekday entertainment license as well as the common victualler license for Lyonville Tavern. The new name is Nonnie’s Italian Grille. He explained, “This project… has already kind of been started, so this is kind of cleaning up the name parts of these changes.” The live entertainment license is for Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Selig said that he had an update from the Veteran’s Agent Steve Littlefield regarding the Veteran’s Day ceremony. Selig said, “Just a reminder to everyone to keep their calendars open for Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the front steps of the Town Hall; that will be where our Veteran’s Day ceremony will take place.” He continued, “I’m sure, judging by our last Memorial Day Parade, Steve does a great job with these. So, again, if anyone’s in the area and would like to pay respect to our veterans on Veteran’s Day.”
Selig also had an appointment with Jeremy Gillespie regarding a potential appointment to the Beautification Committee. “We’ve got to grill you a little bit,” Selig joked. Gillespie, who has lived in town for over three years, said he does try to make it to Town Meeting when he can. Asked what he thinks of Halifax, Gillespie was quick to respond, “I love it.” Selig also asked Gillespie what special talents or skills he felt he could bring to the Town’s Beautification Committee. Gillespie said, “knowing how to plant and maintain landscaping.” He also said that he is well versed in putting messages out on social media. Gillespie also said that he didn’t foresee the time commitment necessary to be a problem. Selig appointed him to the Beautification Committee for a term ending June 30, 2023.
Before Gillespie left, a member of the public asked, “what does the Beautification Committee do?” Selig said, “Well Jeremy, would you like to field your first question?” Gillespie who said he had only been to three or four meetings thus far responded, “They maintain some of the public gardens out here through various donations and organize the clean-up days in the fall and spring.” He added, “That’s all I know right now. Hoping to find out more.” Selig jumped in saying, “Essentially, they are charged with making Halifax even more beautiful.” Nolan added that they have an Adopt a Planter program.
Before adjourning, Selig said that the next regularly scheduled Selectmen’s meeting is November 8. “That, as you know, is Election Day. We’re going to wait and have our meeting November the ninth – a special meeting… we’ll have our full Board of Selectmen and will be able to start moving things along,” he explained.