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January 6, 2016

Posted in 2016 Minutes

COUNCIL RETREAT

Mayor William Herrington scheduled a council retreat to be held at the VCU Massey Cancer Research Center at 221 N. Main Street on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. The press was notified of the retreat and a notice was posted at the town office. Mayor Herrington opened the retreat. 

Roll was taken. Present: Mayor William Herrington; Council Members: Dora Hardy, Scott Martin, Martha Myers, Robert F. Pecht, III, and Alice B. Talbert. Also present: Town Manager, C. J. Dean, Town Clerk, Wanda Johnson, Rebecca Akers and Dottie Akers-Pecht. 

Absent: Joyce Bland, H.B. Brockwell, Jr., Town Attorney, W. C. Outten, Jr. and Police Chief, Everette Gibson.

Mayor Herrington invited council to this retreat to openly and candidly discuss matters involving the town for the upcoming year. A variety of topics were discussed. 

Business incentives need to be reviewed and the process streamlined for new business sites.

The appearance of the town and town facilities were discussed. Improvements have been accomplished such as the new parking lot and lighting. Other needs to be addressed are the town office parking lot, power washing the town office, and cleaning the streets and gutters.

It was suggested that street conditions need to be improved. VDOT owns and maintains the streets in town. There is concern about a VDOT requirement that pavement is to be replaced if a street cut is made for a sewer repair. The population would have to be more than 3500 before the town could take over the street maintenance.

TTHM results are still above 80 on the line to the town shop. There is no price on looping that water line yet.

The possibility of privatizing garbage collection and purchasing a street sweeper was discussed.

A sign or banner for the council chamber was mentioned. More street light banners are needed.

Mayor Herrington distributed 2016 Lawrenceville calendars with town events noted. He was concerned that a basketball game was scheduled the same night as the Christmas parade last month. 

The Virginia Enterprise Zone State Incentives were discussed. The Mayor and Town Manager will learn more about the incentives.

The owner of the Circle K property has a new tenant with plans to open the business in February.
They plan to bring Subway back.

There was discussion concerning the Saint Paul’s College property. A foreclosure sale on the student center is scheduled for Friday. The college still has delinquent water bills for the main campus and a residential property.

The Southern States building was shown to the FeedMore Corporation. FeedMore is looking to locate a food distribution center in Southside and this building is a good possibility provided the floor can be repaired.

Mayor Herrington discussed the guidebook “(Re) Building Downtown – A Guidebook for Revitalization” that he had sent to council members. 

Some goals and objectives of the comprehensive plan were discussed. Moderate income housing is needed in town. The possibility of using the top floor of the Peebles building for apartments was mentioned. The grant requirements for the Peebles building are not clear yet. 

Ordinance amendments need to be considered to address blighted property. The housing enforcement committee needs to identify problem houses and prioritize properties to be declared blighted. 

Commercial development was discussed and how state and local incentives might be used to attract business. 

The personnel committee needs to evaluate all departments for employee staffing needs. A budget for those needs should be forwarded to the finance committee for budget preparation.

There was discussion concerning Dominion Power drawing water Christmas Eve night into Christmas Day. The water plant was not expecting this drawdown and heavy rain compounded issues with rebuilding the water supply.

The Town would like to improve its relationship with the County.

Mayor Herrington closed the retreat.
 
William Herrington, Mayor
Wanda Johnson, Clerk

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