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South Boston mulls dogs, trail, development

SoVaNow.com / July 29, 2013
South Boston Council committees will meet this afternoon for their monthly work session beginning at 5:45 p.m. in Council chambers on Yancey Street.

Finance panel members will review the year-end and monthly financial statements and consider carry over requests made by several departments.

Current Issues members will consider an amendment to the Town Code which in Chapter 18 address regulations relating to dangerous or vicious dogs. The Town Police Department has received four or five calls over the past several years about dogs having bitten someone and what has been required of the owners to do in order to prevent any such attacks.

Also on the agenda, a part of the Tobacco Heritage Trail lies in South Boston and currently the Town of South Hill is considering applying for a VDOT grant to extend the trail, but wants to be assured that South Boston is willing to continue to be the sponsor of the program.

Town Manager Ted Daniel will advise committee members that the town is seeking a planning grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to fund a Downtown Master Development Plan. A public meeting is proposed for August 12 to discuss the plan.

The committee will hear a report from the Public Works Department on street maintenance and the enforcement of grass and weed control.

The committee will also consider a recommendation to have George Burton fill the seat vacated by the death of Jim Burton on the Town’s Industrial Development Authority.

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