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Playground for Westside Village sought

SoVaNow.com / November 30, 2017


With no ready place for children to play at Westside Village Apartments, a resident has turned to South Boston Town Council for help.

Councilman Billy Clarke told fellow members on Monday night that he had been approached about the idea of providing a play area for the children who live at the Sinai-area apartments, as well as at Country Green Apartments and Westside Trailer Park. Clarke said the resident told him about the lack of recreation space at the apartments, and he would like to see the Town provide a safe place where children can go outside and play among themselves.

Clarke said he was also asked if the town could provide a sidewalk leading from the apartments to a nearby convenience store. Pointing to the dangers of having residents walking along the road with no sidewalk, the resident asked Clarke to bring the matter before Council. Clarke also passed along a request for Council members and town police to participate in the annual back-to-school fun day held each summer prior to the opening of Sinai Elementary School.

Town Manager Tom Raab and Danny McCormick of the Public Works Department said they will contact VDOT to determine if right-of-way access can be obtained for a sidewalk from the apartments to the store. They also will try to find out if VDOT can help with constructing a sidewalk and biking lane there.

Also at the Monday meeting of Town Council, the Current Issues Committee heard a request for a special use permit to allow Linda Cole to open a tattoo parlor at 4031 Halifax Road. The site is in a General Business District between the former Pizza Hut and Piedmont Credit Union.

A public hearing on Cole’s request has been scheduled before Town Planners on Wednesday, Dec. 6 and before Town Council at its Dec. 11 regular monthly meeting.

The Current Issues Committee also recommended the four-year reappointments of four members of the South Boston Planning Commission whose terms expire at the end of December. They are chairman George Leonard, vice chairman Fields Thomas and members Harriett Claiborne and Beverly Crowder. All have advised that they are willing to serve another term if Council wants them to remain on the commission.

Councilman Bob Hughes, who serves as Council’s representative to the planning commission, said the four members have worked well during their years of service and he recommended that they all be re-appointed. Council will make a decision at the December 11 meeting.

Committee members also considered adding Jason McCormick to the town Board of Viewers. The viewers are studying a request by Dominion Energy to close off Estes Street and a part of Oakes Street at the site of their North Main Street business office. The viewers will present their recommendation on the request at the Dec. 11 Council meeting.

The Finance Committee heard the monthly finance report from Mickey Wilkerson about the Town’s revenues and expenses. The Finance Department has collected $1,753.22 in delinquent real estate taxes on 41 parcels during the month of October, with one dating as far back as 2009. Collected were back taxes of $1,044.51 paid on 19 parcels from 2016 tax bills.



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