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South Boston Council approves lobbying funds
SoVaNow.com / October 10, 2013South Boston Town Council has agreed to donate $5,000 to the Virginia Coalition to keep up its anti-uranium lobbying efforts in Richmond, and indicated it would allocate another $5,000 in next year’s budget should the Coalition still need the money.
Council took action Monday night on the recommendation of its Finance Committee. The issue had been discussed a week earlier in work session, when the finance panel, headed by Coleman Speece, voted to recommend the contribution.
A town resident, retired attorney Robert Meeks, spoke to Council on Monday to urge members to refrain from using taxpayer funds to support the Coalition. Meeks said he had no strong feeling on the issue of uranium mining, but felt the Town should not be contributing to the efforts of the Coalition, a business-oriented group that has hired lobbyists to press lawmakers to keep Virginia’s uranium mining ban.
In other action, Council approved the conveyance of three pieces of property at 1401 College Street to the Southside Outreach group following a public hearing during which Outreach director Earl Howerton said his group wants to build a house, possibly two. for use in the group’s home ownership program.
Council also considered their choices of opting out of the Virginia Local Disability Program which becomes effective on January 1. Members are looking at two other competing programs which both the Town of Halifax and Halifax County are considering for coverage in the coming years.
Council also gave its approval to rental fees for the Washington Coleman Community Center which members had discussed at their earlier work session. Those fees include a $75 fee for each hour of usage, plus a $100 set-up fee and a $200 refundable deposit if no damage is inflicted to the property.
Councilman W. R. “Bill” Snead was absent from the Monday meeting.
CommentsWhat a joke this Robert Meeks is? He's "ambivalent" about uranium mining and yet the Gazette quotes him as saying “All these ways to shut it down and prevent it from happening, I’ve been listening to it for 40 years. None of this is new to me. I’m not easily frightened. I’m not concerned what’s going to happen if they mine uranium over in the next county." “All these people who claim to know what’s going to happen, they don’t know. It’s all conjecture, speculation. That’s all it is. Let me guess Robert we are supposed to trust the government when they say sure it can be done safely. Typical liayer.
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