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Uranium, library to lead tonight’s Council meeting / September 10, 2012
Uranium, library consolidation and longer library hours are expected to dominate tonight’s meeting of the South Boston Town Council.

Council meets an hour later than usual this month — at 8 p.m.

On the agenda are consideration of a second $5,000 donation to the Virginia Coalition to fight a uranium mining and milling operation proposed for neighboring Pittsylvania County. The General Assembly could decide whether or not to lift a three-decade ban on uranium mining this coming winter.

Council will also consider re-establishing a joint library consolidation committee to look at the feasibility of merging the South Boston and Halifax library branches into a single facility.

The issue of library consolidation goes back years; about a dozen years ago, South Boston went so far as to buy a building for a new combined facility, but the building proved structurally inappropriate for a library, and the Town put its police force there.

At its biannual retreat last month, Council also discussed putting up money so that the South Boston branch can re-open on Wednesdays. A tight budget forced the Library Board just weeks ago to close each branch an extra day.

Council will also look at adopting a resolution requesting Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development approval of a Community Development Block Grant housing rehabilitation project for the area near the Washington-Coleman School. The school is now being used as a pre-K school and work is under way to turn the rest of it into a community center.

Council will hear about affordable housing initiatives through Habitat for Humanity and the Southside Outreach program.

Also on the agenda: adopting goals and objectives for the next two years that were discussed at the recent retreat.

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I think the South Boston Council needs to get off its duff and donate at least $100,000 to the lobbying agency for the fight against uranium mining. This is a very important fight and it takes money to change the politicians vote. $100,000 is still not nearly enough, I was thinking more in terms of $500,000. Jack Dunavant, Ted Bennett and John Cannon have their stellar reputations on the line and the least we can do as citizens of the town can do is help finance the lobbyist.

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