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Boydton Town Council deals with ups and downs

SoVaNow.com / November 20, 2013
Two chainsaws were stolen recently from the town shop in Boydton, Clay Wootton, the town’s public works superintendent, told members of Boydton Town Council at their meeting this week. It appeared that the thief or thieves pried open a door to gain access to the shop.

The theft was reported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office, and Wootton said, the case remains under investigation.

Wootton also reported some good news: town maintenance worker Gary Alexander has passed his driving test and now holds a CDL license, which allows him to operate the large trucks owned and used by Boydton.

In other business, Will Ober, President of Historic Boydton Renaissance (HBR), agreed to write a check to the town to cover the cost of electricity used by the vendors during Boydton Days. For the past several years, vendors were charged a fee for the electricity, but that money was never shared with the town. Ober said he did not believe that was fair to the town, and therefore, offered to give Town Hall one-half of the funds raised from Boydton Day vendors.

Many of the electrical outlets in the bollards around Courthouse Square were again not working for this year’s festival, Ober said. Last year, Mecklenburg County paid to have the outlets repaired, but according to Council member Johnny Kirkland, “Every time we need to use [the bollard outlets], we have to replace them.”

The town announced the date and time of its upcoming holiday “Grand Illumination.” The event will be held on Monday, December 2 at 5:30 p.m. Council accepted Ober’s offer to have HBR purchase new lights for the town tree, with the lights to be strung by town maintenance workers.

Council also agreed that Wootton would become the “backup” driver for the Boydton Life Station Squad, which is currently experiencing a shortage of available drivers and EMT staff.

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