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SoBo council approves contribution to coalition, additional library funding

South Boston Town Council unanimously approved Monday night a $5,000 contribution to the Virginia Coalition to help the organization in its efforts keep the statewide moratorium on uranium mining.

 The Virginia Coalition, an affiliate of the Roanoke River Basin Association, is working to extend the moratorium on uranium mining and milling in Virginia.

In May, council approved an initial donation of $5,000 to the Virginia Coalition, and at its July work session Town Manager Ted Daniel notified council of a second formal request for $5,000 from the Virginia Coalition.

The $5,000 contribution will be drawn from the council contingency fund for the current fiscal year, Daniel told council on Monday.

Council also voted unanimously Monday night to appropriate up to $14,000 in additional funding the remainder of the current fiscal year to restore full operating hours to the South Boston Library.

Library Director Joe Zappacosta told council Monday the additional funding would allow the reinstatement of full time hours to one employee.

With the reinstatement of full time hours, that employee would be able to resume supervision of a program at the library geared toward teenagers and allow that employee to help cover the front desk and assist the branch manager, explained Zappacosta.

The additional library appropriation would be transferred from the town’s overall contingency fund to the library line item in the current fiscal year budget, Daniel told council. 

In other action taken Monday council unanimously approved a resolution requesting Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development approval of a Community Development housing rehabilitation project for the Washington-Coleman Community Center area.

Council, with Councilman Bob Hughes abstaining, voted Monday to set an Oct. 1 public hearing to receive citizen comment on the proposed conveyance of two town-owned lots on Jefferson Avenue to Habitat for Humanity for the construction of additional Habitat housing.