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Commonwealth expansion gains South Boston council approval / May 17, 2018
It was a quiet and drama-free South Boston Town Council meeting Monday, with town business dispatched within 18 minutes.

A public hearing was held on a recommendation by the Planning Commission to rezone a half-acre parcel of land located at the rear of Commonwealth Assisted Living, LLC on Hamilton Boulevard from R-1 low density residential to B-2 general business district.

On May 2, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the zoning change, which Commonwealth is seeking to expand its assisted living facility on Hamilton.

Kevin Willis Sr. vice president of construction and development for Commonwealth, reviewed the plans for adding six-10 one bedroom units to meet market demand.

No objections were raised in response to the request.

Council voted unanimously to amend Chapter 54 of the Town Code “Fire Prevention and Protection” to add a new article concerning fire investigation and the appointment of a fire marshal to investigate the origin and cause of fires.

Council members also passed a resolution to appoint Deputy Fire Chief Dwight Spangler, as fire marshal.

A resolution accepting the Fee and Tax Listing for FY 2018/19 received unanimous support from the council.

Town Manager Tom Raab explained that the only change in the fee schedule is to add “Gym Rent for Volleyball - $45/hour for the first hour and $30/hour thereafter, and Gym Rent when renter is making a profit - $75/hour.

Raab announced that bids were received last week on a project to repair Randolph Avenue, which had been estimated to cost $289,000.

Virginia/Carolina Paving submitted the low bid for $182,752.00, saving the town $106,248, which Raab hopes VDOT will allow the Town to use to fund other planned projects.

The next regular South Boston Town Council meeting is scheduled for June 11 at 7 p.m. at Council chambers on Yancey Street.

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