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Public mum on proposed South Boston budget

The silence was deafening at South Boston Town Council chambers Monday evening, with comments neither for nor against a proposed $9,765,854 budget for 2013-14 during the first of two public hearings.

The proposed budget contains no new taxes nor any increased taxes or fees.

Real estate continues to be taxed at 19 cents per $100 of assessed value and personal property at $2 per $100 of assessed value.

Meals tax will continue to be set at 4 percent and occupancy tax at 5.5 percent of room rate.

A total of $9,559,927 is allocated for general fund revenues and a total of $205,658 is allocated for cemetery fund revenues in the proposed budget.

A second reading of the budget is scheduled for the June 10 meeting of council, with adoption of the budget set for June 24.


Repair establishment approved

Council, with Councilman William “Bill” Snead absent, approved a special use permit to allow Troy Comer to operate a vehicle repair business at 1019 Wilborn Avenue.

The building was recently occupied by Boston Traders Warehouse and for many years was occupied by Hall’s Tire Service.

Comer, of Blane Road in Alton, spoke in favor of the permit during a public hearing at Monday’s meeting, telling council he wished to expand his business and relocate to a place with a better traffic count.

A majority of his work comes in restoring antique cars with an emphasis on welding and sheet metal work, Comer said.

The South Boston Planning Commission had earlier recommended approval of the special use permit after a public hearing, with the condition that all work is to be done inside the building.

Comer spoke in favor of the special use permit during that public hearing, as did Steve Raney of R&R Associates of Chester, one of the owners of the property.


Hazard mitigation plan approved

Council adopted a 2013 natural hazard mitigation plan and an accompanying resolution at Monday’s meeting.

Council participated with the Southside Planning District Commission in the preparation of the amended Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, which requires an adopted hazard mitigation plan as a condition of future funding for certain FEMA pre- and post-disaster mitigation grant programs.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also worked with the Southside Planning District Commission on the update.