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South Boston expected to name vice-mayor tonight
SoVaNow.com / April 08, 2013South Boston Town Council will meet tonight to appoint an interim vice-mayor, expected to be council member Coleman Speece. The appointment, which will carry through to the November general election, arose when Ed Owens moved up from vice-mayor to mayor, succeeding the late Carroll Thackston.
In other Council matters, members will consider a staff-recommended $9,537,427 town budget for the coming year. The proposed package represents a 17 percent drop from this year’s budget of $11,456,802. The proposed budget includes no tax, fee or salary increases.
Council is also expected to approve a resolution acknowledging the service of Raymond Shelton in the 92nd Infantry Division of the United States Army’s “Buffalo Soldiers” during World War II.
Council will receive a report from its Board of Viewers on a proposal to close Grove Street between Penick and Jefferson Avenues, as well as a portion of Prospect Avenue. The Viewers have indicated they see no inconvenience for town residents if the street sections are closed. Two rights of way have never been opened or used by the public, according to their report; the streets intersect the Washington-Coleman property which the Town of South Boston owns.
Viewers also recommend that the 30 foot by 196 foot portion of Grove Street be sold to Beverly Caldwell of Penick Avenue, who has expressed an interest in owning the property. They have suggested a price of $1,500 for the land.
Council will also host a public hearing on the issuance of a General Obligation Public Improvement Revenue and Refunding Bond. Proceeds from the bond sale will be used to repay the Town for costs associated with improvements to the Washington-Coleman School property, and to pay the costs of issuing the bonds.
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