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Comprehensive Plan Up For Vote Tonight

South Boston Town Council is expected to discuss and adopt a revised Comprehensive Plan 2030 as recommended by town planners when it meets tonight at 7 p.m. in council chambers on Yancey Street. Planners voted unanimously last month to recommend approval of the Comprehensive Plan 2030, but with amendments, including language designed to reinforce protection of Riverdale businesses located in the floodway along U.S. 501.

Planners also recommended approval of minor changes made by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to the plan.

Also during tonight’s meeting, council members are expected to consider revisions to South Boston’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).

The Town of South Boston EOP consists of several plans.  The Basic Plan describes the concept of emergency operations and assigns duties and responsibilities to agency heads or organizations, which are either part of, or will serve in support of, local government in time of emergency.

Support Annexes address those functions that are applicable to every type of incident and that provide support for all emergency service functions.

Incident Annexes address contingency or hazard situations requiring specialized application of the COVEOP.

South Boston Fire Chief Steve Phillips said the plan has to be updated every four years, with the addition of names and phone numbers, adding the resolution before council has to be approved in order to put the plan into effect.

Phillips noted there weren’t a lot of changes, mainly a few updates that the state and town administration have approved.

Also at tonight’s meeting, council members are slated to act on a request from the Southside Regional Juvenile Group Home Commission for the town to participate on their commission.

In a letter to Town Manager Ted Daniel, S. Curtis Nolan, executive director of the commission, said there are no financial expectations associated with South Boston’s participation on the commission.

The commission is an administrative board, and the purpose of the commission’s program is to provide daily supervision of juveniles who are under the supervision of the 10th District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, according to Nolan.

“The level of supervision is directed by the juvenile court with the most intensive supervision level being Electronic Monitoring to Outreach Detention which requires at least four face to face contacts weekly,” Nolan said in his letter.

“All program services are home monitoring activities that are either pre-dispositional or post-dispositional.”

Halifax and Mecklenburg counties currently are represented on the commission, with the Town of South Boston needing to appoint a representative to serve on the board, if council approves the request tonight.

State Code sets the term of office for each commissioner as a four-year term, with meetings held at least every quarter.

Nolan said the commission includes three members from Mecklenburg County and three from Halifax, although at present Halifax has two vacancies.

Nolan said the former group home, located at 1166 Huell Matthews Highway, is currently staffed by administrative personnel, including outreach workers and a bookkeeper and is used for office space.

At the conclusion of tonight’s meeting, council members will hold a citizen comment period.