- Last Updated on 11:35 AM 04/23/12
- BY Doug Ford
South Boston’s current issues committee studied a recommendation from town staff to amend town code concerning one-way streets at the Monday work session.
Town Manager Ted Daniel told the CIC that Commonwealth’s Attorney Kim White advised that town code should designate which streets are to be one-way. One recommended amendment would designate Wagstaff Lane from Watkins Ave. to Noblin Ave. as a one-lane street for eastbound traffic only.
Another amendment would extend Ferry Street as one-way from Noblin to Watkins due to the opening of Taylor Lofts, with the widening of the street to the property line to accommodate new sidewalks.
One amendment would correct the Shepherd Street entry to indicate proper direction of travel, while another would correct the Mineral Street entry to read “Watkins” instead of “Johnston.”
The designation of Wagstaff as one-way from Watkins to Noblin was the only “new” proposal, according to Daniel, and should be made one-way to accommodate the extremely narrow street.
Daniel said he has notified property owners along Wagstaff to get their feedback, and the CIC followed discussion by advancing all of the recommended updates to council’s Oct. 5 meeting for further consideration.
Estate Rezoning Set For Public Hearing
The CIC discussed a recommendation from the planning commission to rezone property at 3400 Halifax Road from R-1 One Family Residential to B-2 General Business District.
South Boston planners recommended rezoning 24 lots in the L.H. Talbott estate from R-1 One Family Residential District to B-2 General Business District to allow relocation of an accounting firm, following a public hearing at their Wednesday meeting.
South Boston Zoning Administrator Ted Daniel told planners that staff recommended approval of the rezoning request.
The Talbott property, located east of Halifax County High School, is across the street from other town businesses zoned B-2, so rezoning is appropriate in this case, Daniel told the CIC.
The CIC advanced the issue to the October 5 South Boston Town Council meeting for a public hearing.
Development Corp. Appointments
The CIC discussed appointments to the Lake Country Development Corporation Monday night.
Councilman Coleman Speece, first appointed to the corporation in 2003, currently serves as its president but is ineligible for reappointment under town code, which states members of boards, commissions or other appointed bodies can serve no more than three two-year terms.
The CIC advanced the issue to the October 5 council meeting with the recommendation that town code be changed to allow no more than four two-year terms.
Daniel presented the monthly financial statement to council Monday night.
Year-to-date general fund revenues reflect a balance of $1,217,306 compared to $1,627,796 in expenditures, the report stated, with real estate and personal property taxes for the current fiscal year yet to be collected.
The cash operating-general fund reflects a year-to-date balance of $1,922,570, and the cash operating-landfill fund reflects a year-to-date balance of $155,176.
Local sales tax collections, consumer utility tax collections and meals tax collections are all running ahead of last year, according to the report.
Local sales tax collections reflect a year-to-date balance of $69,622 compared to $67,554 at this same time last year.
Consumer utility tax collections reflect a year-to-date balance of $82,272, compared to $73,574 at the same juncture last year, and meals tax collections reflect a year-to-date balance of $136,552, compared to $133,475 this same juncture last fiscal year.
Play Area Request Studied
Council heard a request from Thomas Coleman to clear unused property across the street from his Porter Lane residence for use as a neighborhood play area.
Coleman told council that he wants to clear the property and develop it at no cost to the town.
The property is to be converted into a grassy area for young children to play in, and will have no slides, swings or other infrastructure, Coleman told council.
Coleman, of 1205 Porter Street, first came before council at its July work session to ask permission to clear the property for use as a playground, with the CIC tabling the issue pending further information from town staff.
Daniel told council he would work with the town attorney to draw up an agreement between the town and Coleman, which would allow Coleman to proceed with his plans.
The issue was advanced to the Oct. 5 council meeting.