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South Boston to host council swearing in

SoVaNow.com / November 25, 2013
South Boston Town Council will host a swearing in ceremony today for newly elected Mayor Ed Owens and new Council member Margaret Coleman. Circuit Court Judge Joel Cunningham will administer the oath of office to the two members in a ceremony beginning at 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers on Yancey Street.

Following a short reception, Council will then host two public hearings. The first is on a recommendation to transfer two town-owned parcels east of Tabernacle Trail to the Halifax County Service Authority. The HCSA plans to use the land for the development of infrastructure for its water system.

The second public hearing focuses on a recommendation to vacate the easterly 15 foot by 391 foot section of the unopened Oakes Street situated north of Estes Road. Council is expected to appoint a board of viewers to report back on the feasibility of vacating the street.

At the conclusion of the two public hearings, Council committees will hold their regular monthly sessions.

The Finance Committee will review the monthly report furnished by Finance Director Erle Scott.

The Current Issues Committee will renew its discussion of changes to the employee disability program, for which South Boston has several options, including going with programs provided by the Virginia Municipal League or the Virginia Association of Counties. Council had earlier opted to withdraw from the Virginia Retirement System disability program.

Committee members will also review the recommendation of its Planning Commission to adopt a new zoning ordinance. A public hearing, held jointly by the Planners and Council, is scheduled for December 9 to receive input from citizens on the proposed zoning changes.

Council members today will also consider appointments to the Town’s Planning Commission.



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