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Chase City updates grass cutting ordinance / November 20, 2019

Chase City Town Council on Monday updated its grass cutting ordinance to reflect the civil penalties and administrative fees that the town will assess against owners who fail to maintain their property in accordance with the code, thereby forcing the town to keep up the property.

In other business at the monthly meeting, Council is considering whether to increase garbage collection fees. The amount charged for this service has not been updated in more than 25 years, said Mayor Eddie Bratton.

If approved, the new fees will increase $0.375 per pickup for residential customers. There will be similar increases for commercial and business pickups. Out of town customers will see a 25 percent increase in their bills. Trash pickup for residential customers will continue to take place twice each week.

Council is also considering an increase to the cleaning deposit charged to customers looking to rent the Robert E. Lee Auditorium. The new fee, if approved, will be $50 per use.

Newly hired Town Manager Charles “Dusty” Forbes was named zoning administrator for the town. Bratton said prior town managers have held this position and he saw no reason to change that practice.

Bratton thanked the town, the Chase City Fire Department and everyone who helped make the annual Trunk or Treat on Main Street event a success. “This was the first year for Halloween to be delayed since we started having the Trunk or Treat on Main event,” Bratton said. The event was delayed one day due to impending bad weather. As a result, the town was unable to operate its haunted house and a substitute DJ had to be hired.

Bratton announced that a committee has been formed to help with the needed renovations at the Robert E Lee Auditorium. The committee plans to raise money for the renovations by hosting a series of events. The first, a country music spectacular, took place Saturday.

The committee has plans to add dressing rooms for the performers and later a refreshments room, according to Bratton, who said the renovated space “has great potential for drawing people to Chase City and presents an opportunity for food businesses to take advantage of visiting fans.”

Before adjourning the meeting, council and the mayor paid tribute to Dallas Weston, the longtime reporter for the News Progress. Weston retired effective Monday, after more than 40 years in the newspaper business.

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