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South Boston council honors Buffalo Soldier on 100th birthday
SoVaNow.com / August 28, 2014
South Boston Town Council on Monday night paid tribute to 100 year old Raymond Shelton, lauding him for his service as a member of the 92nd Infantry Division, better known as the Buffalo Soldiers, during World War II.
Not only was Shelton recognized by South Boston Council members, but letters were presented to him from Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, thanking him for his military service as well as those services he has continued to make to his community.
In his letter Kaine wrote, “Thank you for your high standard of conduct that you demonstrated, serving with bravery, loyalty and integrity in spite of systematic prejudice and injustice. Your selfless leadership and commitment to our armed forces has not gone unnoticed.”
Council also recognized one of its own — Margaret F. Coleman, who is relocating and leaving South Boston next week. They presented her with a small token of their appreciation for her service.
Getting down to business, Public Works Director Alan Auld shared a proposed street paving list with Council members. The proposal lists a total of $890,774.20 in estimated project costs. Auld reminded Council that funds for the multi-year paving has to come out of the town’s lane mileage reimbursement funds from the Virginia Department of Transportation which not only pays for paving, but also for the materials, equipment and personnel necessary to carry out the work.
He noted that only one bid for the dozen or so projects has been awarded, that being work on Main and Broad Streets which is scheduled to begin the second week in September, weather permitting. He explained that he tries to schedule paving work in the fall before the asphalt plant shuts down for winter and then finishes in the spring after the plant reopens.
Responding to an earlier request from Council to consider repairs to Owens Avenue, Auld said he expects improvements there to run into some $100,000 (including engineering costs). He suggested that Council request revenue sharing funds from VDOT which would cover 50 percent of the cost of the work.
Those funds, however, will not be available until the next fiscal year.
Current Issues Committee members also added the name of Priscilla Price to Council’s September 8 meeting agenda for appointment to the Library Board. Bee Espy, chairman of the Library Board, has written a letter to Council recommending Price’s appointment. Council also approved a petition for a Writ of Election to the Halifax County Circuit Court to fill the seat being vacated by Margaret F. Coleman during the November 3, 2015 general election.
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