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Chase City seeks input to curb violence / April 11, 2018

Chase City will hold a special town hall meeting to discuss ways to prevent further violence in the community. Mayor Eddie Bratton announced the town hall event at Monday night’s meeting of the Town Council.

It’s in response to the recent uptick in violence, including three shooting deaths which have occurred in the past year and a half.

The Town Hall summit, scheduled for 7 p.m., April 17 is being held in lieu of the regular community watch gatherings led by Police Chief Jay Jordan.

Town Manager Angela Lawrence said officials expect a large crowd to attend, and therefore, she arranged for the discussion to take place in the Robert E. Lee Auditorium, 230 East Second Street.

Mayor Bratton encouraged everyone to come and share their ideas about curbing violence in Chase City.

In other business, Council approved a request from Jean Thompson to amend a conditional use permit granted to her last May for the operation of a food truck.

In May 2017, Council approved Thompson’s request to operate a food truck at 24 North Main Street in downtown Chase City. Manufacturing delays tied to the construction of the truck led Thompson to rethink her original location. She asked the town to amend her original conditional use permit by changing the location and description of the type of food service she would offer. Specifically, she asked the town to allow her to set up covered tables, a cart, a small trailer or food truck at 597 Main Street in the parking lot for Castle’s Butcher Shop. Thompson told the town she needs the trailer to store the serving equipment and tables when not being used.

Council approved the request without objection.

Council also agreed to correct a typographical error in their zoning code related to the operation of food trucks. Chase City’s Planning Commission recommended that food truck operations be a permissible use in M-1 Industrial Limited zones. Bratton said the ordinance approved by council mistakenly changed M-1 to M-2. Council, without objection corrected this mistake by rescinding the original modification to the zoning code and approving the modification to allow the operation of food trucks in M-1 zones.

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