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Council mulls plea for SVHEC funds

SoVaNow.com / November 29, 2010
South Boston Town Council will hold committee work sessions this afternoon beginning at 5:45 p.m. in Council Chambers on Yancey Street.

Council has one issue to act upon — a resolution supporting a $250,000 increase in state funds for the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. Council is also expected to enter into closed session to discuss options for filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Council member Sandra Thompson. Council, which has sought volunteers for the seat, has until January 15 to choose Thompson’s successor.

Current Issues Committee members are expected to again discuss the Town’s plan to enter into an agreement with the Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens and Environmental Center to develop a community garden on some nine acres at the site of the old Cotton Mill.

Led by Bill McCaleb of the local extension office, the group’s plans call for a series of display and demonstration gardens to promote organic gardening techniques among enthusiasts of all skill levels. In addition to offering residents an opportunity for a community garden, the group also plans to maintain display gardens that will attract tourists to the community and promote educational training.

The committee also will discuss a proposed funding application to add a dental clinic at the Halifax Primary Care facility located on Houghton Avenue. Members also will discuss proposed amendments to the Town Code concerning how to fill council vacancies, and review an internet sweepstakes contest center which the Planning Commission is considering.

CIC members also will consider an appointment to the town Planning Commission. Roger Long’s term expires at the end of December, but he is eligible for re-appointment.

Finance committee members will review the monthly financial statement and will consider a proposed amendment to the 2010-11 budget for which a public hearing has been set for Council’s Dec. 13 meeting. Finance panel members will also hear an update on the planned Tourism Center.

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