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Clarksville Council meets, updated on officer’s family / September 04, 2019
At the start of Tuesday’s meeting of the Clarksville Town Council, Police Chief Ricky Wilkinson asked Council members and the public to keep one of his officers, Brent Inscore, in prayer.

Inscore and wife Brandy’s newborn daughter, Hallie Marie, was born on Aug. 8 with a congenital heart defect known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. It affects the normal blood flow through the heart since the left side of the heart has not formed correctly during development.

In her first two weeks, the infant underwent two major heart surgeries and is expected to undergo a third surgery by the time she reaches the age of three.

Inscore, who was asked by Wilkinson to attend the meeting, told Council members that his daughter was responding well to the surgery and doctors were planning to move her out of the neo-natal ICU unit within the next few days.

In other business, Steve Odems received permission to host the annual three-on-three basketball game, Hooping it for Jesus.

The event will take place Oct. 13 at the town basketball courts at Robbins Park.

Odems and wife Rhonda have sponsored the event for the past several years as an outreach to at-risk teens and young adults as part of their mission work for the local Seventh Day Adventist affiliate, Hope Mission.

In addition to the Hooping it for Jesus tournament, Odems shared other outreach by Hope Mission. He recently returned from the International Pathfinders Camporee in Oshkosh, Wis.

The Hope Mission sent 20 young people from the area to the five-day event Aug. 14-19, which focused on the religious, social and cultural education of youth.

He and Rhonda are also working on creating a scholarship program for local at-risk youth.

Council members thanked him for all he does for the community.

Town resident Ann Miller asked Council to support her campaign to have Virginia television stations restored to the lineup of local satellite TV. She said she’s “tired of watching North Carolina news,” and wants to see news from Virginia stations. Miller did not identify which satellite TV provider she subscribes to or say when the service changed her station lineup.

Richard Elliott, head of town operations, said work continues to repair water damage to the Clarksville library. Toby Newcomb and his company, Deep Water Restoration, removed and replaced wall board and are completing finishing work. They also cleaned the ventilation system in the building.

The water damage was the result of a leak that began after grading work was done at the rear of the building. The town previously installed a new drain and regraded the ground so the water would drain away from the library, prior to hiring Deep Water Restoration to compete the interior repairs.

The town’s newer trash truck has been retrofitted with a hydraulic tipping system that eliminates the need for the workers to lift heavy trash receptacles into the truck. The system has been tested and works fine, according to Elliott, and he expects to receive the new trash cans within the next week.

These cans will be fitted with a special bar for lifting by trash truck tipping arms, and will be distributed to town residents as they are received.

Town Manager Jeff Jones said there will be a joint meeting of the Clarksville Town Council and Planning Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. to hear a request by Harman Saunders to install seven metal storage buildings on vacant land next to the CVS pharmacy at the corner of Highway 58 business and Gateway Lane.

The buildings will contain 190 storage units, Jones said, adding that Saunders is proposing a “phased construction” in case more units are added at a later date.

Jones also reported on a second joint meeting of the Town Council and Clarksville Planning Commission. This meeting, set Sept. 23 at 6 p.m., will be to present proposed zoning ordinances to the members of the public. Jones explained, “This is not a public hearing but a presentation of the finalized draft to begin the process of adoption of the zoning ordinances.”

While there will be no public comment, residents are encouraged to attend the meeting and listen to the presentation.

Jones also thanked The Mecklenburg Sun for its write-up on Clarksville’s latest honor, being named to Orbitz’s list of the 12 most charming lake towns in America.

Mac Booth was approved for a new term on the town’s Board of Zoning Appeals. His term runs for five years from July 31 to July 31, 2024.

The Selah Center received permission to hold a fundraising Walk for Life along Virginia Avenue between Second and Eighth Streets on Oct. 26 from 9:30 a.m.-noon.

Jones encouraged business owners and residents to join in the Clarksville Chamber’s decorate a lamppost competition starting Oct. 1. This year’s themes are: fall, Halloween, and Disney/Pixar/Universal Studios kid movie villains. There are prizes for best overall creative design for each category. Anyone interested should contact the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce.

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