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South Boston Town Council weighs vote to formally back all-new high school / November 08, 2021
South Boston Town Council will consider a resolution in support of an all-new Halifax County High School when members gather tonight for their November monthly meeting.

Tonight’s meeting agenda includes a discussion on granting Town Council’s formal backing to an earlier vote by the Halifax County School Board to build a new HCHS facility, replacing the four decades old-plus school building now in use. The School Board voted in September to replace the dilapidated building rather than renovate it.

The Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at Council Chambers on Yancey Street.

Also on the meeting agenda:

» Council members will be asked to approve pre-contract documents paving the way for the North Main Street Targeted Housing Rehabilitation project to begin. The grant-funded program will improve dwellings and infrastructure on North Main Street from College Street to Hamilton Boulevard.

Using a $1 million federal community development block grant, the Town will move forward with rehabilitation and reconstruction work to 14 low- and moderate-income homes in the dilapidated neighborhood. Participation in the program is voluntary and aims to eliminate blight while addressing problems of substandard living conditions, poverty, housing overcrowding and lagging community population growth.

Most of the homes are one- and two-story historic homes, and many are occupied by elderly and disabled individuals. Of the 46 homes identified, 14 chose to participate in the rehabilitation program, which comes with an estimated total cost of $1,002,500.

» Council also will welcome Joyce French and Ted Daniel, organizers of the Southside Virginia Walkway of Honor project at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond. French and Daniel successfully solicited private and public donations to build a walkway honoring Southside Virginia’s war dead at the Richmond memorial. Their appearance comes days ahead of Veterans Day.

» Council members are expected to confirm the appointment of Phillip Daniel Lloyd to the Halifax County Service Authority, and members will be asked to consider future appointments to four openings on the South Boston Planning Commission in December or January.

Tonight’s meeting is open to the public.

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