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Chase City incentivizes food trucks

SoVaNow.com / October 21, 2020
Changes to the Chase City town code approved during the monthly meeting of Council on Oct. 13 will encourage more food truck vendors to come to Chase City, according to Town Manager Dusty Forbes.

The new provision imposes a $30 business license fee on each food truck vendor for the first year and an additional fee based on annual sales in each subsequent year the truck operates in town limits. Forbes said the vendors will also have to pay a meals tax to the town.

In other business, Paul Jackson was granted a conditional use permit to convert the second story of the former Southside Furniture Store building at 411 N. Main St. into market rate apartments. The 7,000 square feet of unused space will be divided into 14 one-bedroom apartments.

Jackson said an engineer will be hired to draw up plans for the space that satisfies local building codes.

Council denied a request from Donna Seate to pay the $477.50 cost of having her sewer lines at 321 E. 4th Street repaired. Forbes said the town’s lawyer explained that the town was not responsible for repairs to the line even though it ran under the Southside Furniture building. When the Southside Furniture building was erected, there were no laws against building over an existing sewer line. Each property owner is responsible for the upkeep of lines that run from the point of connection to the town’s sewer back to the homeowner’s site. The area that Seate paid to have repaired was located in the part of the sewer that she is required to maintain.

Council agreed to hold a public hearing on a change to the town’s zoning ordinance that would ban mobile homes, mobile home parks and manufactured housing parks inside the town limits. The proposed ordinance would also require that any modular home or double-wide have a permanent foundation of brick or block. Existing mobile homes would be allowed to remain but could not be replaced with a new mobile home.

Forbes said progress is being made removing dilapidated houses from around the town. “The bamboo forest and building on 2nd Street has been removed and demolition is in process at 125 S. Main St.,” Forbes said. The family that owns a dilapidated building at 322 3rd St. has asked the town to demolition it.

Forbes said he is in discussion with a new restaurant looking to locate in Chase City. He would not divulge the name of the restaurant or where it is looking to locate. He also praised Paul Jackson for working with the owners of Gino’s restaurant to clean up the lot at the corner of Second and Main Streets. Jackson installed metal panels over the broken brick that remained after a portion of the building collapsed. Forbes said the park setting could be used as outdoor dining for Gino’s which abuts the vacant lot.

Volunteers with the Chase City Special Events committee had tried to beautify the space, installing a “Love” sign arch, a mural and statue as well as planters and benches but the crumbling walls from surrounding buildings detracted from the beauty of the space.

Forbes said he’s in discussions with Mid-Atlantic Broadband and had a planned meeting with Lake Country Satellite to find solutions for the lack or poor quality wireless service available to people living in and around Chase City. He said he would like to offer free WiFi, similar to the service available in downtown Boydton and downtown Clarksville by installing an antennae on the town’s water tower.

Keysville based Strikeforce Tire plans to open a distribution center in a vacant warehouse on Main Street across from the former Sherwood Foods building. Forbes did not offer a date for when the company planned to begin operations or how many employees would work at the facility.

Chase City’s NIPRO Glass Americas donated $1,000 for repair and upgrades to the Chase City Community Park on Roark Street.

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