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South Boston council’s help sought with property

SoVaNow.com / July 17, 2014
South Boston Town Council on Monday evening heard Nita Payne ask their help in remedying a situation that affects her property which lies behind the rear of Greens Folly Crossing shopping center.

Payne pointed out to Council that four years ago a buffer of evergreen trees was planned to screen the back of the shopping center from her property, but the trees had never been planted. Instead a partial fence had been placed where the original buffer was planned and Payne said that did not do what was included in the agreement made some four years ago when Council allowed the construction of the center.

Payne explained that she had complained of the problem to Council two years ago in a letter dated May 3, 2012 in which she advised them of the problems. Of weeds higher than the fencing, washing of dirt into the ditch, filling it and causing water to flood the street.

South Boston Town Manager Tim Wilson said he had researched the issue and had found that former town manager and zoning administrator Ted Daniel had authorized a structural buffer as an alternative to the trees and the fence had been installed along the boundary of the property line in accordance with Daniel’s zoning decision.

Wilson said he would continue to look at the problem, but felt that he could not revisit a decision made by the former zoning official after the developer had met Daniel’s request. Council members asked Wilson to look to find any way the issue might be resolved.

Council also heard from Steven Crutchfield, a director with Dixie, Inc. who came to them to report on recent and upcoming activities at the Day Complex which has hosted two district tournaments so far this year with more coming in late July. On July 26 he said he expects a total of 17 teams which will bring some 255 players, coaches and family members to the town. He thanked Council for its consistent support of the Dixie, Inc.’s activities.

Council re-elected Coleman Speece to serve as vice mayor for the coming year and agreed to operate under the 11th edition of Roberts Rules of Order. Wilson was named a zoning administrator and subdivision agent for the coming year.

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Am I the only one who's convinced the only way to get any local governing body to correctly address a problem is a lawsuit? I can certainly see one coming over this, and I believe the lady has good grounds since what was promised is not what was done.

You can bet yer hindparts that if the shoe were on the other foot, and it was the Town who wanted a property owner to address an eyesore or runoff problem, the legal wheels would already be turning.

It unfortunately appears that anymore most local government offices are managed and staffed by dolts and morons, or in this case, a coward who's afraid of rocking the boat. Ted Daniel was not infallible.


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