Halifax Emergency Operation Center not re-located yet

Tuesday February 26, 2013

HALIFAX -- The Emergency Operation Center won’t be moving out of its home at the firehouse anytime soon.

"We still haven’t made any decisions," said Selectboard Chairman Lewis Sumner, after the Feb. 19 board meeting.

He said the board was still divided. Sumner thought the EOC should stay put, while the other two board members, Edee Edwards and Earl Holtz, thought it might work out better if it is moved to the Halifax Town Offices.

The public weighed in on the matter, too.

"Some of them wanted to leave it," said Sumner. "A couple wanted to move it."

The Selectboard also looked at moving the EOC to the Town Garage on Branch Road, near the Town Offices, about two miles from Route 112. Sumner told the Reformer that there were a lot of things going on at the Town Garage for now.

"It’s almost out of the question," he said.

There is no deadline for making the decision on whether or not to move the EOC.

After Tropical Storm Irene, residents and employees of the town discussed whether the EOC should be moved in case of another flood. During Irene, flood waters ran up on both sides of the firehouse, causing some to worry.

Sumner said no water actually came into the firehouse, but people are still concerned about the potential for flooding at its current site.

On Feb. 19, the Selectboard also discussed the ground water from where the old Town Garage had been located on Brook Road. The board approved a motion to put in monitoring wells during the spring, after receiving a letter from the engineering firm KAS, Inc., which handles maintaining the town’s landfill and assisting with other related town matters.

KAS, Inc. is made up of environmental, engineering and industrial hygiene consultants. In the letter to the board, KAS stated that it wants to monitor the ground water at the old Town Garage site.

The engineering firm had looked at the records and Halifax was on the list for future monitoring, Sumner said. This action is to make sure nothing hazardous is causing pollution as a result of water at this site.

Lastly, the Selectboard signed the Highway Mileage Certificate, which it does each year. The certificate details added or dropped highway and road sections. The board was responsible for signing it for the next fiscal year.

"We added a couple of Class 4 short roads," said Sumner. "Weir Road and Sumner Farm Road."

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.


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