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South Boston okays tattoo parlor permit / December 14, 2017

South Boston Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve a special use permit for a licensed tattoo parlor in Centerville.

The permit request drew no opposition at a public hearing in which the proprietor, Randy Chappell, spoke about his plans for the business, located at 4031 Halifax Road, in a B-2 general business district.

Chappell will be renting the building from owner Linda Cole, who was listed as the applicant for the special use permit. Town Manager Tom Rabb, speaking about the request, assured Council members the sign in front of the tattoo parlor would not have outrageous colors on it.

He added that Cole has many rental properties and, “runs a tight ship … you can trust what she says.”

Raab explained that the permit is conditional on the continued business relationship of property owner Cole and Chappell, the tenant. This means that if Cole sells the building or a new tenant moves in, a new special use permit is required.

Council accepted the recommendation of the Town Planning Commission to issue the permit.

After Mayor Ed Owens opened the public hearing, property owner Cole spoke in support of the tattoo parlor and answered Council’s questions about the condition of other buildings located on the property.

Chappell, tenant and business owner, also spoke in support of the special use permit. He presented his newly acquired State of Virginia license to the Council before answering questions.

Chappell assured members that he had a list of requirements that potential customers must meet, including the need for parental consent if the customer is under the age of 18.

In response to a question by Councilman Coleman Speece, Chappell explained he could not obtain insurance until he receives Council approval for the business.

When no one came forward to object, Councilman Bob Hughes made a motion to approve the special use permit, seconded by Councilman Winston Harrell.

In other business on Monday, Council voted unanimously to reappoint four members of the South Boston Planning Commission, whose terms expire at the end of December, to a new four-year appointment. They are chairman George Leonard, vice-chairman Fields Thomas, and members Harriett Claiborne and Beverly Crowder.

The Current Issues Committee recommended the reappointments at the Nov. 30 work session. Hughes, who is Council’s representative on the Planning Commission, moved for approval with Councilman Bill Snead seconding.

Committee members also recommended the addition of the name of Jason McCormick to the town’s list of members of the Board of Viewers. Raab suggested it might be a good idea to have a fifth member to break a potential tie when needed. Councilman Billy Clarke moved for approval, and Councilwoman Tina Younger seconded. The council voted unanimously to approve the request.

The final item on the official council meeting agenda was a review of the 2018 meeting and holiday calendar. Town Clerk Jane Jones noted that the dates for the Town of South Boston’s joint meetings with the Town of Halifax and Halifax County were left blank because of an inability to obtain information from Halifax County Supervisors.

Speece said that joint meetings are important and one needed to be set up. Owens agreed that communication is a vital role of these meetings. Owens suggested a target of February for the next joint meeting, which Jones will follow up on.

Raab offered the latest numbers about the Town’s collection of real estate and personal property taxes. Collections to date of real estate taxes are 93.8 percent of that budgeted, or $881,993 of $940,000. Collections to date of personal property taxes are 94.3% of that budgeted, or $499,732 of $530,000.

Snead congratulated Public Works and the Police Department for traffic control after the South Boston Christmas parade on Dec. 4.

Speece apologized for not being able to represent the Council at the Christmas Parade due to unavoidable health problems.

Raab reminded the council that no work session will be held in December.

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