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KJ’s Cakes raves about support for opening from town for opening

SoVaNow.com / September 14, 2017
South Boston’s newest business owner on Monday night reported to Council that she was thrilled with her recent grand opening and the response she has received from the community.

Lakisha Jackson, owner of KJ’s Cakes, located on Main Street, said she has been very pleased with the support she has received from the town.

In other business on Monday, Council approved a special use permit for Verlyn Emswiler to operate an auction gallery at 720 Wilborn Avenue.

Council approval followed a public hearing during which no one spoke except for Emswiler, who told Council that the site will be used as an auction storage and sale site and will not negatively impact neighboring properties.

He said his action will not affect the operations of Edmondson Cleaners.

Fire Chief Steve Phillips also updated Council on plans to update a weather monitoring station which will bring local, regional and national weather information together into one website and alert system. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management gave the department a matching grant of $7,500 to purchase the system with fire department personnel providing the matching in-kind funding.

Phillips said he will likely take the department some two to three months to install the system. He explained that it will be very helpful having the system should hazardous materials leak onto town properties or in the event of a big fire or when severe storms occur.

In other business Council discussed a report from the Virginia Department of Forestry’s Urban and Community Forestry Program and the USDA Forest Service advocating for green infrastructure for the Town.

The report suggested ways that the town could go green by maintaining its tree canopy by replacing failing trees and by avoiding excessive tree clearing.

Other things could help as well as by promoting access to trails, parks and open spaces and access to and interpretation of South Boston’s heritage to attract tourists.

Council also presented Cynthia Hall of the Berryman Greene chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution with a signed resolution designating Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week in the Town.

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