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South Boston council welcomes firefighter / January 11, 2018

South Boston Town Council had only four members present for Monday’s monthly session as Mayor Ed Owens and Council members Tina Wyatt-Younger and Billy Clarke were absent from the meeting. It was led by Vice Mayor Coleman Speece.

Fire Chief Steve Phillips introduced the town’s newest paid firefighter to those present. Phillips told Council members that Jonathan Benoun has worked as a volunteer firefighter in the department for the past nine years and was recently named as the department’s “EMS person of the year.”

Phillips terms Benoun’s service as being outstanding among volunteers. He also noted that Benoun is fully certified.

Benoun told Council members that he expects to continue to work as a volunteer as time allows, which was good news for Phillips since each year volunteerism among firefighters declines.

In other business Town Manager Tom Raab updated council on work that is going on at the former Tultex Building on Watkins Avenue. Raab said developer, Ed Gaskins, who last year completed the Halifax Lofts Project at the old Halifax Elementary School, is working toward completion of apartments in 132,000 square feet of the building with another 30,000 square feet earmarked for commercial space and another 28,000 of storage space. Gaskins hopes to have the apartments ready for rent by late summer, Raab said.

In other business Mickey Wilkerson reported to Council on November finances which showed that 67 percent of the delinquent personal property taxes or $14,222 had been collected during the year or 27 percent ($12,111) of the real estate delinquent taxes and 87 percent ($173) of the delinquent mobile home taxes had been paid.

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