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South Boston Council members to be sworn in today

SoVaNow.com / June 30, 2014
Three South Boston Town Council members — Coleman Speece, Bill Snead and Winston Harrell — will be sworn into office this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers on Yancey Street with Circuit Judge Kimberly S. White of South Boston presiding. A reception will follow the ceremony.

The swearing-in ceremony follows the May municipal election in which Snead and Speece were re-elected to new terms on Council. Harrell also was elected to a full term after being appointed to serve in December to complete the term of Ed Owens with his ascension as mayor. All three candidates ran unopposed in May.

At 6:15, Council members are scheduled to begin their monthly work session with Mayor Owens first officially welcoming new Town Manager Tim Wilson, who began his duties with the town on June 16.

Signing up to address Council is the Rev. Mike Parnell of the Dan River Baptist Association, who will explain the association’s upcoming “Operation Inasmuch” — a day set aside to focus on citizens helping each other with special acts of kindness.

Finance Director Erle Scott will present the town’s monthly financial report, followed by several items for discussion from the Current Issues Committee.

The first is an explanation of Comcast’s closure of the cable company’s Centerville office. Paul Comes, Director of Government Affairs for Comcast, is expected to be present for the discussion.

Council members also will review the town’s agreement for the Miller Homes Housing Grant, a Southside Outreach Group project to purchase and upgrade the Fairmont apartments. The property will be renamed Miller Homes of Poplar Creek.

Council also will consider a plan of action for a proposed invention contest.

Members will prepare for a July 14 organizational meeting of council, when a vice mayor is due to be elected by the group, as well as the adoption of the rule or procedures for council to follow and a scheduled date for a council retreat.

Lastly, Council is expected to adopt the upcoming 2014-2015 budget on second reading and appropriate funds to support expenditures, and to approve the fee and tax listing for the coming year.

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