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South Boston council reviews goals / September 30, 2010
South Boston Town Council members meeting for their regular committee sessions on Monday afternoon had a very short agenda. Current Issues members considered the prioritizing of their Strategic Goals and Objectives for the next two years 2010-12.

Under regional cooperation they listed the continuing upgrade of the computer systems for the police department which will enhance information sharing capabilities and accommodate future technologies in regional and state projects. They also listed the continuance of the School Resource Officer programs at both the High School and Middle School in cooperation with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office as well as their support to insure the success of the Halifax County/South Boston Regional Drug-Gang Task Force.

Under capital improvement projects, which the Town will fund, they listed the establishment of a vehicle/equipment depreciation program first, and secondly, identifying appropriate land acquisitions to permit the expansions of the Town’s cemeteries. Their third priority was to make necessary repairs and upgrades to the fire station.

Priorities for capital improvements which are dependent upon grant funds are listed as renovation to the Washington-Coleman school building as a multi-use community and recreation center first. Second is the establishment of a neighborhood park on the old Halifax Cotton Mill property in cooperation with the local Master Gardeners. The third priority is to complete the South Boston part of the Tobacco Heritage Biking/Hiking Trail and fourthly to develop a master plan for storm water management as well as continuing to upgrade the communication system for the police department.

Finally their emphasis will be on enhancing the quality of life for Town citizens by providing effective municipal services with special value placed on leadership, innovation, customer service, integrity and open government.

Current Issues members were also asked to consider an appointment to the Transportation Safety Commission to replace Robert Fountain, whose term expires at the end of October.

Finance panel members heard Town Finance Director Erle Scott review the revenue and expenses for the month of August as he pointed out that due to several debt payments expenditures were higher than revenues — something that will change quickly as town tax bills will soon be going out.

Scott also pointed out that revenues from meal taxes continue to rise, generating $166,300 for the first two months of the year or 25.6 percent of the amount budgeted for the entire year. By contrast last August only $136,552 or 21.0 percent of the budget had been generated from the meals tax.

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