Welcome to Halifax
The Town of Halifax is located in the center of Plymouth County in Massachusetts. It has a population of approximately 7,500 people and a mix of rural, agricultural (including cranberry bogs) and residential development. Founded in 1734, its history spans from colonial times to the present day. Please explore the Town's web site and if you need more information, please contact us.
Outdoor Water Ban Begins on September 1/
Current Water Conditions and System Testing
This is the message that was sent out by telephone yesterday
This is an update from the Halifax Water Department. Starting Tuesday, September 1, 2015 through Tuesday, September 8, 2015, we will be testing the system for the tank painting project. Residents may experience low pressure during these tests. We will try to keep this at a minimum, but we need to be sure we can supply the Town with water during the project. Thank you for your patience. Call 781-294-1316 with any questions.
At the May town meeting it was voted to rehab the water tank, which includes painting the inside and outside. Everyone was notified with the first half water bill which was mailed May 25, 2015, that there will be a TOTAL OUTSIDE WATER USE BAN effective September 1, 2015. We anticipate that this ban will be in effect until November 1, but could extend until December 1, 2015. We need everyone to abide by this outside water ban. The tank holds 500,000 gallons of water, which gets us through the weekends when water usage can more than double our usage during the week. Our daily pumping average is 460,000 gallons. On the weekends it can increase to 750,000 to 900,000 gallons per day. The tank will be emptied the first week of September and will not be used again until the project is complete. We will getting water
from Brockton from our Holmes Street interconnection. This may cause residents to experience a water quality change from time to time.
We need to be sure we have enough water for drinking and fire protection, everyone needs to abide by the TOTAL OUTSIDE WATER USE BAN.
If you have a well you may use your well for irrigation, please be sure to have your well permit number clearly posted in your yard to avoid water department personnel giving you a violation notice. If you have any questions, please call the water department at 781-293-1733. We appreciate everyone's help and will try to complete the project as soon as possible with as little disruption as possible.
Special Town Meeting - Tuesday, September 8
At its meeting on Tuesday, August 11, the Halifax Board of Selectmen voted to hold a special town meeting on Tuesday, September 8, at 7:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Halifax Elementary School, 464 Plymouth Street. The primary reason for the meeting is to transfer money originally appropriated in May for the first year of a five-year lease-purchase of an aerial firefighting platform/vehicle for the Halifax Fire Department so that it can be used, instead, as a matching share to the Assistance to Firefighters Grant received by the Town in order to purchase this vehicle. The language in the appropriation approved in May was very specific and another vote is needed in order to properly authorize the use of the money as the Town's match to this grant. In addition to this article, there will be an article to use the rest of the money from
the original appropriation to reduce the Town's tax rate and an article to transfer money from an article to purchase computer equipment for the Elementary School in order to help purchase a new telephone system. A copy of the warrant is available.
The last day to register in order to be eligible to vote at this special town meeting is Monday, August 31. The Town Clerk's Office at the Halifax Town Hall, 499 Plymouth Street, will be open until 8pm to accommodate those who wish to register.
Town Hall Parking Lot Closed - Friday, September 4
The main parking lot at the Halifax Town Hall will be closed on Friday, September 4 in order for it to be sealcoated and the parking spaces lined. Anyone needing to visit Town Hall on that date should park along Hemlock Lane or in the cemetery and use the side entrance to the Town Hall closest to Hemlock Lane. Anyone who is not able to use that non-handicapped accessible entrance on that date should contact the Selectmen's Office at 781-294-1316.
Town Hall Open Limited Hours on Fridays
Beginning on Friday, July 10, 2015, the Halifax Town Hall will be re-open on a limited basis on Fridays. Hours for each department will be posted on the Town's web site. These hours may change due to staffing and budget availability. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to ensure that the office they need to do business with will be open. For more information about this change, please call the Selectmen's Office at 781-294-1316.