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South Boston Council opts out of VRS plan
SoVaNow.com / November 07, 2013South Boston Town Council held a brief regular monthly meeting on Monday night, speeding through the agenda in some 15 minutes.
Council members voted to opt out of the Virginia Retirement System local disability retirement program after previously discussing the matter at a work session. South Boston is expected to join another program by year’s end, possibly one offered by the Virginia Municipal League, which will cost the Town $18,559 and provide eligible employees with both short and long term disability coverage.
Both Halifax County and the Town of Halifax, along with 158 other municipalities, have opted out of the VRS program.
Council also approved a budget amendment for an additional $285,000, with $185,000 of that earmarked as a loan to support the New Brick Lofts project, the rehabilitation of the downtown tobacco warehouse as apartments. The balance of $100,000 will be used to purchase equipment for the newly renovated Washington-Coleman Civic Center.
In other business, Council approved an amendment to the Town Code that addresses the handling of personal property which has been lost, stolen or confiscated. The change, according to Town Manager Ted Daniel, is a simple “housekeeping” matter which brings the town code in compliance with state code.
Such property, according to code, must be held for at least 60 days. If still unclaimed, a notice is sent to the last known owner, allowing him 30 days to collect the property.
If the property is not then claimed, it can be destroyed or turned over to the town for any possible use. Bicycles or mopeds may be donated to a charitable group.
Finally, fellow council members thanked Morris Bryant for his interim serving in filling the seat vacated by Connie Manning, and for his earlier two-term service on Council.
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