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After request from SoBo council, town manager to stay on

South Boston Town Council came out of closed session Monday night and asked current Town Manager Ted Daniel to stay on as town manager until late summer 2014.

“At the request and encouragement of Mayor Ed Owens and the South Boston Town Council, Town Manager Ted Daniel has agreed to extend his projected retirement date until late summer 2014,” Town Clerk Jane Jones said in an email Tuesday.

“Mayor Owens and the council asked Mr. Daniel to consider extending his service to the town in light of several ongoing community development and economic development projects that will benefit from the continuity in the manager’s position.”

Daniel, who has been on the job since 1998, had earlier announced his retirement effective Jan. 1.

Daniel was hired as town manager and began his duties in that capacity on Dec. 7, 1998.


Draft zoning ordinance and map revisions

The changes may be small but their possible impacts big, and the general public will get their chance at input during a future public hearing on a revamped zoning ordinance and zoning map for the Town of South Boston.

Town Manager Daniel presented a detailed PowerPoint to council at its Monday work session explaining the purpose of zoning ordinance updates.

“It really hasn’t changed all that much. There are a couple of new zoning districts and a zoning map,” Daniel said. 

Some of the zoning processes remain the same, including Special Use Permit and Conditional Zoning, and signage and parking requirements in the ordinance have not changed.

What has changed is the number of zoning districts, with five new districts established among a total of 15.

Language in the ordinance has been simplified and clarified and is designed to align the overall ordinance with the adopted Comprehensive Plan in order to achieve public goals for future development and land use, according to Daniel.

Newly established zoning districts include Rural Residential Agricultural (R-AG); Dan River District (DR); Planned Development (Mixed Use) District; Historic Overlay District; and Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District.

A general summary of changes includes revised and expanded definitions, categorized “land use types” versus list of uses, added development standards for certain uses and redefined district purposes and simplified parking.

Permitted use types generally fall within the following use classifications: agricultural and forestry use types; residential use types; group home use types; civic use types; office use types; commercial use types; industrial use types; recreation use types; and miscellaneous use types.

In the event of any question as to the appropriate use type of any existing or proposed use or activity, the zoning administrator would have the authority to determine the appropriate use type.

The current issues committee agreed with a recommendation by the town manager to set a joint public hearing in November between council and the planning commission to hear citizen comments on the zoning ordinance and map revisions.

Both council and planning commission will continue to discuss and fine-tune the draft ordinance before that time.


Washington-Coleman Community Center Rules

Council discussed a list of proposed rules and regulations for the newly-opened Washington-Coleman Community Center.

Rules applying to the multi-purpose room, senior activity room, arts and crafts room, library/computer lab, recording studio, multi-purpose field and game room rules were studied.

Many of the rules were constructed with the assistance of Recreation Director Matthew McCargo, according to Daniel.

“[Matthew] saw the need for rules bases on years of experience and issues he’ll have to address with the opening of the community center,” said Daniel.

The town manager said several groups already have asked to use the multi-purpose room for banquets and meetings.

The multi-purpose room has a seating capacity of 180 persons, Daniel said.

Council discussed a rental rate of $75 per hour for the multi-purpose room, a $100 set up fee, and a $200 refundable damage deposit, with the town responsible for set ups and cleaning.


Budget amendment studied

The finance committee recommended a public hearing to hear citizen comment on amending the current budget adding $185,000 for a loan to New Brick Historic Lofts, LLC.

Council approved an $185,000 loan to New Brick Historic Lofts, Inc., in the spring, but the loan amount was not included in the 2013-14 budget.

The note was signed last week, according to Town Finance Officer Erle Scott, who took responsibility for the oversight.

“This represents 1.9 percent of our budget, which requires a public hearing,” said Scott.

The town will amend the budget using prior year fund balance, according to Daniel.


Finance report

Expenditures continue to outpace revenues at this point in the fiscal year, according to Scott, with revenues standing at $1,292,706 and expenditures at $2,094,509 out of a budget of $9,559,927.

The cash operating General Fund had a balance of (-)$143,503, and the available fund balance as of Aug. 31 was $1,506,983.

Selected General Fund revenues as of Aug. 31 were: personal property tax relief, $295,432, 100 percent of budget; local taxes, $67,521, 18 percent; occupancy tax, $26,829, 23 percent; meals tax, $198,523, 18 percent; business license tax, $20,316, 4 percent.

A total of $107,991.19 in delinquent tax collections, including penalties and interest, was received as of Aug. 31.

That represents 87 percent of a budget of $124,300.


Lake Country Development Corporation appointees

South Boston Town Council appointed four residents to represent the town in serving two-year terms on the Lake Country Development Corporation.

Council voted to appoint George Leonard, Coleman Speece, Erle Scott and Robert Bates to the Lake Country Development Corporation.