License requirements for mobile food units and documents for a major housing project in its early stages are on the agenda for the South Boston Town Council’s March business meting.

Council is slated to meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at 502 Yancey St.

Members of council are expected to consider a recommendation by staff for mobile food units registered in South Boston to purchase a business license based on gross receipts and pay 6% meals taxes.

Mobile food units registered in other localities would register with the town’s finance office but only pay meals taxes. Staff also recommends mobile food units selling prepackaged items such as ice cream pay the $500 peddler’s fee currently in place and not pay meals taxes.

The topic of mobile food vendors’ fees was first brought to council by local vendors at council’s January business meeting.

At that time, one vendor, Michael Coleman, called the $500 annual fee that mobile food units have to pay “excessive” and asked council to consider lowering that fee.

Council discussed the option of charging mobile food units a 6% meals tax instead of the annual fee.

Also up for council’s approval are several pre-contract certification documents related to the Poplar Creek Homes project.

The proposed project is a multifamily development on Poplar Creek Street, consisting of the construction of 16 buildings comprised of 32 apartment units. The project will be constructed using 9% low income housing tax credits.

Two other action items are on the agenda for Monday’s meeting: approval of a resolution from Chesapeake Community Advisors, Inc. for their application to the Virginia Housing Authority for funding for Westside Village Apartments and approval of a resolution from Brian Brown, executive director of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority, for a $150,000 grant application to Virginia Rural Development.

Council also is slated to hear from Jeremy Satterfield of Microsoft Techspark Manager, Virginia, at the meeting. Microsoft TechSpark is a partner in the SOVA Innovation Hub currently under construction at 715 Wilborn Ave.

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at