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Speece recommended to fill Vice Mayor post

SoVaNow.com / March 28, 2013
South Boston council member Coleman Speece is the recommended choice to become the town’s interim Vice Mayor, one of several actions taken by Council on Monday.

The Current Issues Committee recommended Speece for the appointment, which would last through the November general election and the choice of a new person to fill an opening on the town governing body. The Vice Mayor position came open when Ed Owens was named interim Mayor, succeeding the late Carroll Thackston.

Also Monday, members of Town Council got their first look at the proposed $9,537,427 budget for the coming year. The figure represents a 17 percent drop from this year’s budget of $11,456,802, or almost $2 million less. The budget includes no new taxes, fees or salary increases.

Also on Monday, Current Issues Committee members heard a report from the three-member Board of Viewers on what, if any, inconvenience might be incurred by town residents if the remaining portion of Prospect Avenue and the entire length of Grove Street between Penick and Jefferson Avenues were closed.

The two rights-of-way, which have never been opened or used by the public, intersect the Washington-Coleman school property which the Town of South Boston owns.

The Viewers reported no inconvenience to the public if the streets were closed, and they recommended that the 30 foot by 196 foot portion of Grove Street be sold to Beverly Caldwell of Penick Avenue. Mrs. Caldwell earlier told Council members she was interested in owning the property. They suggested a price of $1,500 for the land.

Committee members approved the Viewers’ recommendation.

Committee members also received the 2012 report from the Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services. The report tallies the growing number of calls the department has received, totaling 2,041. Of that number, 65 were fire calls, including 16 vehicle fires and eight building fires.

Most of the rest were EMS calls —1,714, with the winter months being the busiest time for emergency service calls. There were 195 calls in March, 160 in February and 153 in December.

Committee members were reminded that Council will hold a public hearing during its regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 8 to hear public comment on the issuance of a General Obligation Public Improvement Revenue and Refunding Bond which money will be used to repay the Town for costs already incurred and paid to finance certain improvements and renovation to the Washington-Coleman School and to pay the costs of issuing the bonds.

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