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Chase City Council goes through business

SoVaNow.com / December 11, 2013
During Monday’s meeting of Chase City Town Council, Woodmen of the World gave the town a new American flag, which will be flown in front of the town office. Former Mecklenburg Sheriff Danny Fox made the presentation on behalf of the Woodmen organization. Accepting the flag, Mayor Eddie Bratton said, “On behalf of the Town of Chase City, we appreciate this contribution to our town by the Woodmen of the World.”

Bratton praised MacCallum More Museum and Gardens for another successful annual bazaar. “On Saturday, MacCallum More held their annual bazaar. It was well attended and the vendors brought an excellent selection for the shoppers. It was a blustery day outside but the Estes Center was warm and welcoming.” He proudly shared the news that the bazaar was referenced in a national publication, Southern Living Magazine. The magazine listed it among its events “worth attending” in the south.

Bratton spent several minutes explaining the decision of the Chamber of Commerce to move forward with plans to hold the annual Christmas Parade on Sunday evening, despite the raw winter weather.

“Most of us do not know what goes into getting participants to agree to be a part of a parade and how much work it takes to get in excess of 100 units agreeing to participate,” said Bratton. “Moving the parade date at the last minute is a herculean effort, especially when another town in the county preempts our traditional time slot with their re-scheduling” — a reference to South Hill, which postponed its planned Sunday afternoon parade to Sunday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m.

“Previously scheduled activities of other organizations did not leave any options other than to either hold the parade as scheduled or to just cancel the whole thing. When the options came down to the two choices, it was determined to proceed with our parade. It was important for us to honor our Citizen of the Year, Randall Suslick, M.D., and our Grand Marshal Tim and Trudy Robinette, by having them lead the annual parade. I don’t think this honor could have been handled any other way and so it was decided to proceed with our parade,” said Bratton.

In other updates at the Council meeting:

Demolition of the former Leggett Department store building is nearly complete, leaving behind an empty lot that is, according to Bratton, “not very appealing to the eye.” He expressed hope that the owner of the site would improve it. At an earlier meeting Bratton said he would like to see the plot turned into a park.

The road construction work on Sycamore is nearly complete, which means “we can get back to normal traffic patterns in town soon,” said Bratton. Traffic was detoured away from Sycamore during the project.

The town continues to move forward with the Third Street redevelopment project funded by Department of Housing and Community Development. The million-dollar grant and loan monies will be used for road and sewer upgrades, and to demolish three vacant houses, provide “non-cosmetic” upgrades, inside and out, to six owner-occupied and six rental homes on the street and build an additional nine houses.

Ashley Zincove, who as an employee of the Southside Planning District Commission helped Chase City win the loan/grant, described “non-cosmetic” upgrades as those that address health and safety issues.



such as replacing broken windows, installing insulation and even replacing broken appliances. She said road improvements would include replacing or upgrading the storm drainage in the area, regrading Third Street and installing new curbs and gutters.

Also, the town adopted an ordinance to participate in a new association that offers access to the new disability insurance program that Chase City must carry for its employees.

Council members adopted a resolution supporting the practice of the General Assembly to file bills on the first day of the Assembly session if the bill potentially has a local fiscal impact. This practice, Bratton explained, gives legislators and other affected parties maximum time to review the legislation.















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