Wild Blue River Festival - September 17th
Local residents will work together to tackle litter in and around a portion of the Banister River this Saturday. The Flotsam Flotilla river cleanup will begin Saturday, September 10 at 9 a.m. at King’s Bridge Landing in Halifax.
“We are fortunate to have many people who enjoy our local rivers and are dedicated to protecting the Banister and our other waterways because a healthy community starts with a healthy river. We want to help maintain the beauty of our community and the outdoor recreation areas that so many enjoy,” said Town of Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy, himself an avid paddler.
The Flotsam Flotilla, done in coordination with the Wild Blue River Festival set for September 17, has taken place for the past two years. Not only does the cleanup help rid the river of manmade debris and trash, but it is also an opportunity to access the river for a clear path for paddlers during the Festival.
“The town has experienced success with our cleanup for the past two years and I’m sure this year will be no different. We’ve had several volunteers come out to float the river, and we hope to see some of those same people and small groups back with us again this year,” said Halifax Mayor Kristy Johnson.
The Virginia Department of Transportation – Halifax residency has generously donated orange trash bags for collecting trash. Volunteers should dress accordingly, including the use of bug spray and bringing gloves if available. Areas of cleanup will include land and water, so those wishing to be part of the river cleanup team should bring their canoe. Concentration of cleanup will be King’s Bridge Landing in Halifax, then down the river to Terrys Bridge Landing and the green areas immediately around both landings. The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) continues to support the seasonal clean up efforts by providing safety vests, gloves and trash grabbers.
DRBA Executive Director Tiffany Haworth commented on the community’s continued involvement, “Rivers connect us to each other, to nature, and to future generations. It is wonderful to see so many people in and around Halifax taking action to protect and restore their rivers and clean water.”
For more information on the Flotsam Flotilla river cleanup and the Wild Blue River Festival on September 17, visit www.halifax-events.com.
EFFECTIVE WEEK OF LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
August 29, 2016
To All Town of Halifax Customers:
Halifax Town Hall will be closed on Monday September 5th in observance of Labor Day.Please be aware that the Town of Halifax will be picking up recyclables on Friday September 9th due to the modified Holiday schedule. The regular town curbside recycling pick up will resume Wednesday September 14th as customary. During the modified holiday schedule, town residents may take their properly prepared recyclable materials (see guidelines for curbside pick-up below), to the large bins provided at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail lower parking lot which now accepts co-mingled newspaper (including mixed paper), plastic (#1 & #2), cardboard, cans (aluminum & metal) and mixed consumer glass (clear, green & brown). When recycling glass at the Convenience Center site, PLEASE PLACE THE GLASS DIRECTLY INTO THE BIN WITH NO BAGS-this will keep the glass free of contaminants so that sorting will not be necessary.
The Town of Halifax Solid Waste Department will conduct its solid waste pick-up the week of Labor Day on a modified schedule:
l Public Service Announcement:
The Town of Halifax would like to notify residents, businesses and property owners that 2016 tax bills for real estate are being mailed on August 29th, and, personal property and machine & tool tax notices will be mailed separately with an accompanying announcement which will outline the December 5, 2015 due date both on personal property and machine & tool taxes along with a reminder to taxpayers of the real estate payment for the same deadline.
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.
Please be reminded that the deadline for payment of total real estate tax due is Monday December 5, 2016. 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, 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.
The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Mattress Clearance Center of Halifax was held at 9:00am on Friday, August 19, 2016. Owner, Christopher Ammons invites everyone to visit the new store located at 71 S. Main Street in the Town of Halifax. There are many brand new, manufacturer overstock mattresses to choose from that are 50% - 80% off retail prices. Queen mattress sets start at $100! You can visit during regular store hours or call 434-471-6757 for an appointment.