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South Hill police cited for work on auto thefts / September 11, 2013
South Hill Town Council tackled a light agenda Monday night, highlighted by the news that the town’s police department has won a statewide award for reducing auto thefts for a fourth consecutive year.

South Hill Police Chief Norman Hudson spoke to Council about the department’s HEATWave honor, awarded in conjunction with Operation HEAT WAVE, a statewide effort of law enforcement agencies (including State Police, sheriff’s offices and local police departments) to increase public awareness of the Help Eliminate Auto Theft program, familiarize citizens with the toll-free telephone number (1-800-947-HEAT) and encourage citizen participation in helping to eliminate auto theft in Virginia by calling in tips on auto-theft activity.

Council and those in attendance applauded Hudson and his officers for their efforts.

Hudson credited the work of Donna Wells Burch, a member of the department who spearheads the program for the SHPD.

In other business:

Stuart Taylor will be reappointed to the Board of Building Code Appeals when his current term expires on Sept. 13. His new term will run until 2018.

Thomas Bullock, Mayor Earl Horne and Kim Callis agreed to serve another two years with the Lake Country Development Corporation. Their new terms begin October.

South Hill Town Manager Kim Callis touched base with Council members on upcoming events in South Hill between Sept. 11 and Nov. 16. No less than five major events will happen in the month of September.

A Patriots’ Day service will take place today, at Veterans Memorial Park, in commemoration of the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001. For more information residents and the local community can visit the town’s new website,

Callis also said issues that had been occurring at Centennial Park are being addressed. Rules are being broken while the park is in use, and some possible vandalism issues have occurred in recent weeks.

Callis said he had been in talks with Hudson regarding what can be done other than banning people from the park. Horne asked about criminal prosecutions.

Callis said in the past trying to prosecute people had been difficult. Horne asked Callis to continue his discussions with Hudson to see if any legal avenues are open to help remedy the problems.

Also, Callis asked Council members to adopt a resolution to apply to the Tobacco Commission for economic development grant funding for engineering studies at the town’s industrial parks. He said town staff and the South Hill Industrial Authority (IDA) are working with the Timmons Group to complete the engineering studies on Hillcrest and Interstate Industrial Parks.

The studies include wetlands, geotechnical and topographical studies. Callis said the studies are needed to better market the parks.

If obtained, the Tobacco Commission grant would help fund these studies. Council adopted the resolution.

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