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Leggett building demolition to begin / September 11, 2013

The demolition of the old Leggett building in Chase City, at the corner of Main and Second Streets, will begin this week, members of Town Council were informed Monday during their monthly meeting. The building was condemned last month after its roof collapsed.

Mayor Eddie Bratton said, “It will be necessary to re-route traffic away from the building during certain times as a safety consideration. There is a real possibility that some building materials could fall into the street in the initial knock-down.”

Council also learned that long-awaited construction work at the railroad crossing on Sycamore Street and the storm water control ditch is set to begin. This will result in another traffic detour, said Bratton: “This and the Leggett detour may make some confusing routes from time to time.”

He asked for patience from the residents while the demolition and road construction work is ongoing.

In other developments at the Council meeting, the first set of contracts have been awarded for the Third Street neighborhood renewal project. This neighborhood revitalization project, paid for with Community Development Block Grant funds, will build or rehabilitate 21 houses and provide road improvements along West Third Street in Chase City.

In other business, Council approved a new town weed ordinance, which gives a homeowner only five days to trim their lawns after receiving a warning from the town. Failure to address the problem will result in the offending homeowner being assessed a penalty.

Council sent to the planning Commission, a request to rezone the property at the corner of Roark and Ogburn Streets.

Town Treasurer Virginia Petersen announced that the town will hire a new assistant treasurer to replace Joan Creedle who is retiring at the end of the year.

Petersen hopes to fill the position by Oct. 1 so a period of training can be undertaken.

During the Mayor’s comments, Bratton commended the police department for its handling of a spate of break-ins around Chase City. “Our officers were able to locate and arrest the suspect and he is being detained for several charges.

“This was good police work and the professional efforts of our Police Department often go necessarily unnoticed. This is one case where we can say well done and thank-you to Chief Jordan and our police department.”

Bratton said Community Watch Meetings will resume next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the fire department meeting room.

“Recent criminal activity in town emphasizes the need for us to be vigilant about our neighborhoods and these sessions are helpful in learning what we should guard against. So, I encourage you to take the time to attend.”

He reminded everyone that the South Central Fair arrives next month, followed by the Autumn Jubilee to close out that week with its annual Sunday afternoon events.

Bratton and the members of Council wished former Mayor Duke Reid a “speedy recovery.” Reid is currently in a nursing home recovering from a broken hip.

A special recognition was given to Peggy Brame, who two weeks ago celebrated her 100th birthday. “Just imagine all the world events she has witnessed and the changes in our town particularly.” Bratton said.

Vice Mayor Lisa Gillispie reminded residents to support the barbeque chicken dinner being held this Saturday, and the Autumn Jubilee in October.

During the public comment period, Jimmy Clary shared his thoughts on the poor conditions he perceives for the town. He challenged the citizens and the town organizations to take the problems seriously and to take corrective actions.

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Tearing down the old Leggett building? What's wrong with you people? Why didn't you buy it and turn it into a boutique hotel or an apartment building? I guess the owner is having to foot the bill for demolition. Such a wasted opportunity to blow taxpayer money. You council members should be ashamed!

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