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South Hill Council approves nano brewery, timber bid

SoVaNow.com / February 13, 2019
South Hill Town Council at their regular monthly meeting on Monday night approved a special exception permit for John Weindel to operate a “nano brewery” at 115 North Mecklenburg Avenue in downtown South Hill.

Council also accepted a bid from Virginia Carolina Forest Products of Lawrenceville to remove timber from the former town landfill bordering Highway 138. The sale of timber is expected to generate $369,526 in revenue for the town.

In a separate motion, Council agreed to continue contracting with Industries for residential trash and recycling services. The base residential rate will be $13.84 per month, additional trash cars will run $7.19 per month and additional recycling carts will be $3.20 per month.

Town Manager Kim Callis said since the proposals he received for commercial trash collection were “substantially higher” than what it costs the town to provide these services, the town will continue providing commercial service for now.

Council will hold a public hearing in March on a request by the owners of Cross Creek Apartments on Lunenburg Avenue for a tax abatement for rehabilitated properties. The property owners are applying to the Virginia Housing Development Authority for funding to assist with rehabilitation of 19 low- to moderate-income apartments. Callis said the funding application process is competitive and Town support is vital to their efforts to receive monies.

Public Works Director Bill Wilson said DEQ has signed off on the town’s post closure monitoring and maintenance of its former solid waste landfill. Wilson said the department determined that the landfill’s poses no potential for harm to human health and the environment. Therefore, the town no long needs a solid waste permit for the site.

In other business, Callis said he attended a meeting during which VDOT announced its contract with Michael Baker International to conduct a traffic planning study along much of the U.S. 58 corridor. Callis said at the conclusion of the meeting, he and others were asked to provide written comments about issues at specific locations along the highway. He said he focused his concerns along Highway 58 from I-85 Exit 12 to South Hill’s eastern corporate limits.

Fire Chief Rosser Wells delivered his 2018 fire report for the South Hill Volunteer Fire Department. During 2018, the department responded to 651 incidents, an increase of 54 calls over the prior year. The class included 77 responses to fire, 67 false calls, 91 miscellaneous calls, such as responses to gas leaks, assisting EMS crews, and smoke scares.

The category with the largest number of responses, 398, related to hazardous conditions such as gas spills, downed power lines, shorting electrical equipment and motor vehicle accidents, Wells said. In all firefighters spent nearly 7,444 hours on incidents, and this does not include time spent in training, at meetings or fundraising.

The members of the department delivered four loads of relief supplies to Lenoir County, N.C. following Hurricane Florence.

This was an emotional year for the members of the department, as friend and former firefighter David Creasy died after a four-year battle with cancer and another member suffered through a major illness.

There were positive moments, too: for the 29th time in 35 years, South Hill won the Southside Firefighters Convention. Using grant money from The Walmart Foundation, the department has purchased a sign board for their pickup truck that will alert motorists that first responders are working nearby.

They look forward to receiving a new pumper-tanker truck to replace the 24-year-old one currently being used. The new truck should arrive at the end of October.



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