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Joseph and Jami Cirotti plan to renovate this house located at 616 North Main Street in South Boston into four one-bedroom apartments. The South Boston Planning Commission recommended approval of the special use permit required to move ahead with the project following a public hearing at its meeting on Wednesday.

Joseph and Jami Cirotti’s plan to renovate a house located at 616 North Main Street in South Boston into four one-bedroom apartments cleared its first hurdle at Wednesday’s meeting of the South Boston Planning Commission, where planners unanimously recommended approval of a special use permit to allow the Cirottis to move forward with the project.

Under South Boston code, a special use permit is required to allow dwelling units in buildings located in a B-3 Central Business District.

The unanimous vote from planners George Leonard, Fields Thomas, Ken Buckley, Harriet Claiborne, Beverly Crowder, Bob Hughes and Ronnie Pate came after a public hearing where Jami Cirotti spoke in favor of the special use permit.

No one spoke against issuance of the permit, according to Hope Cole, planning and zoning administrator for South Boston.

Cole said the recommended approval of the special use permit came with one condition, that a six-foot privacy fence be erected between the house at 616 North Main Street and the adjoining property to the north, owned by Dr. Wayne Adams, to help prevent headlights from cars parking at the rear of the proposed apartment house from shining into Adams’ house.

According to information provided to planners prior to the meeting, the Cirottis plan to divide the house into four one-bedroom apartments, each one with a new bathroom and new kitchen and over 600 square-feet of living space.

Each apartment will have its own HVAC mini-split unit for heat and air conditioning, and drawings submitted to planners show six parking spaces at the rear of the property and two additional parking spaces on a driveway off North Main Street.

Drawings also show an asphalt driveway coming off Broad Street to the rear of the house.

South Boston Town Council will hold a public hearing on the special use permit application at its Tuesday, Oct. 15, meeting, with the meeting set to get underway at 7 p.m.

Finance report

Mickey Wilkerson, South Boston finance director, told South Boston Town Council at Mondays’ meeting that $112,996 in current real estate tax collections were received in September, the biggest amount ever for that month in current real estate taxes, which has a budget of $940,000.

As of Monday, 12% of the $530,000 budget for current personal property taxes had been collected, according to Wilkerson.

Other selected general fund revenues as of Aug. 31 along with updated percentages as of Monday include:

• $144,928 in categorical aid collected as of Aug, 31 out of a budget of $3,838,473, with 19% collected as of Monday;

• $24,871 in cigarette tax collections out of a budget of $125,00 as of Aug. 31, with 33% collected as of Monday;

• $90,655 in local sales taxes out of a budget of $425,000 as of Aug. 31, with 31% percent collected as of Monday;

• $35,243 in occupancy taxes collected out of a budget of $200,000 as of Aug. 31, with 30% collected as of Monday;

• $359,553 in meals taxes out of a budget of $1,890,000 as of Aug. 31, with 30 percent collected as of Monday;

• $3,823 in business license tax collections out of a budget of $570,000 as of Aug. 31, with 1% collected as of Monday.

Wilkerson reported year-to-date revenues of $1,807,857 (12.81%) out of an amended budget of $14,115,703, and expenditures of $2,125,629 or 15.06% out of an amended budget of $14,115,703.

The cash operating general fund had a negative balance of $102,508 as of Aug. 31, with a year-to-date balance of $2,838,096.

As of Aug. 31, a total of $6,924 in delinquent personal property taxes had been collected or 29% of a budget of $24,000, and $3,559 in delinquent real estate taxes had been collected or 15% of a budget of $23,000.