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Coalition funding on agenda

A request for funding from the Virginia Coalition is up for discussion at tonight’s monthly meeting of South Boston Town Council.

The meeting is set to get underway at 7 p.m. at council chambers on Yancey Street. 

The Virginia Coalition, a group founded to keep the ban on uranium mining in Pittsylvania County and Virginia as a whole, has received two contributions of $5,000 each from the Town of South Boston the past year to assist it in its ongoing efforts against lifting the ban.

It is again asking the town for financial support in its efforts to fight lifting of the ban, with town council agreeing at its work session last month it needed more information before making a decision.

In a letter addressed to Town Manager Ted Daniel, Virginia Coalition Chairman John Cannon wrote the anti-uranium group needs to raise $150,000 to continue its education and lobbying support.

Also on the agenda for tonight’s meeting is a public hearing on a request from the new owners of Somerset Assisted Living Facility, DECCA Group LCA and LGCK Inc. to rezone one tax parcel and a two-acre portion of another from R-1 Low Density Residential to B-2 General Business District.

The new owners of Somerset Assisted Living Facility want to expand, but to do so requires the rezoning of the property and the adjoining two acres from R-1 Low Density Residential District to B-2 General Business District.

Somerset is located at 435 Hamilton Boulevard.  Nursing homes and convalescent homes are a permitted use in B-2 Districts.

The purpose of the rezoning is to accommodate the sale and transfer of both parcels to Commonwealth Assisted Living from DECCA and LGCK Inc.

Council also will consider appointments to the Lake Country Development Corporation at Monday’s meeting, with a citizen comment period scheduled for the end of the formal agenda. 

Prior to the start of the meeting, council is expected to approve a proclamation for Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23.