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United Way clarifies request for town funding

SoVaNow.com / May 15, 2014
South Boston Town Council heard only one person comment during the Monday night public hearing on the Town’s upcoming FY2015 budget.

Jewel Medley, Director of the local United Way, told Council members that she wanted to clarify her earlier request for funding in the upcoming year’s budget. Medley said she had asked for funds that would be used specifically for a certain program; in this case it was “A Fresh Start” which included a sample bag of toiletries given to patrons who might be financially stressed and unable to purchase the goods. Medley said that she was not asking for general funding for operations or to support any other agencies that might receive funds from the United Way.

Finance Chairman Coleman Speece had pointed out that this was the first time the UW had sought funding from the town and he could not recommend it this year since some of the agencies that received money from the UW were also been supported by the Town. However, two council members, Tina Wyatt Younger and Margaret Coleman, offered comments in support of Medley’s request. Council took no action on the request, but will consider the budget again at its next meeting.

In other business Monday night Council approved the recommendation of its Planning Commission to create a new B-4 Downtown Business Expansion District which includes all lots formerly zoned M-1 General Industrial which will allow light industry as a permitted use in a General Business district. Council also approved the rezoning of a 15.93 acre parcel west of Edgehill Lane and south of Oak Lane from B1 Neighborhood to PD-E1 Planned Development-Educational and Institutional District and another request to rezone 23 acres from R-AG Rural Residential Agriculture to B-2 General Business.

Council also honored James Young for his 50 years of volunteer service to the citizens of South Boston through his work with the South Boston Fire Company.

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