Expansion

An expanded South Boston Fire Department would encompass 7,300 square feet and include four sleeping quarters, three offices, two shower facilities and a four-bay garage.

South Boston Town Council emerged from closed session Monday night and voted to select Moore Architecture of Lynchburg to perform services for a project to expand the South Boston Fire Department.

Moore Architecture will prepare construction documents, advertise for bids and administrate building the facility.

Kelvin Moore, principal architect for Moore Architecture, presented plans for an expanded South Boston Fire Department at Monday’s meeting, including a four-bay garage, four sleeping quarters, three offices and two shower facilities spread among 7,300 square feet.

Moore told council one of the primary challenges he faced was creating bays large enough within the footprint of the expanded fire department to allow four vehicles inside the new garage.

Another challenge may present itself as plans move forward, Moore added, noting the power pole currently located in front of the fire department may have to be relocated.

Plans call for larger bay doors, 14x14-feet compared to the current bay doors, which are 12x12 feet, and finishes will match the existing building, primarily brick.

An expanded structure allows fire trucks to enter the garage at the rear of the building off Fenton Street, rather than fire trucks having to back into the station from Broad Street when returning from a call.

“All four fire trucks can fit,” said Moore, adding plans call for the building to be “as cost efficient as possible.”

South Boston Town Council voted 4-0 in March to allocate $6,250 for Moore Architecture to begin work in architectural design services to develop a new building addition for the fire department.

Councilmen Bob Hughes and Michael Byrd were not present for the March vote.

Moore’s fee includes services involving work sessions, miscellaneous printing and colored renderings in the final presentation to include hard copies, digital drawings and travel expenses.

Moore estimated a $2,500 cost associated with the start of the project and a cost of $3,750 for design developmental approval, with the project starting in April and ending in mid-June with presentation drawings.

Town manager Tom Raab told council in March the cost of final presentation drawings would depend on the total cost of the project.

South Boston’s capital budget for the next fiscal year includes $250,000 for fire department expansion, but final costs for the project were not presented at Monday’s meeting.

Council adopts resolution establishing tax and fee listing

Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Monday establishing a fee and tax listing for FY 2019-2020, one that includes no increase in the real estate, personal property, mobile home or machinery and tools tax rates.

The real estate and mobile home tax both are set at 21 cents per $100 of assessed value, personal property tax at $2 per $100 of assessed value and machinery and tools tax at 31 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The meals tax remains the same at 6 percent of sales, the occupancy tax remains at 5.5 percent of the room rate, and the sales tax is set at 1 percent of sales, according to the proposed tax and fee listing.

Commercial waste pick up is set at $100 a year for one pick up a week, $200 a year for two weekly pick ups and $300 a year for three pick ups a week.

The proposed tax and fee listing has only two changes, with the administrative fee on delinquent personal property for vehicles, formerly set at $30 per vehicle, changing to $30 per customer account.

Raab also noted the addition to the tax and fee listing of a 10 cents-a-pack cigarette tax previously approved by council.

Council adopts appropriation resolution

Council unanimously approved an appropriation resolution adopting a $10,665,703 budget for FY 2019-2020 at Monday’s meeting.

Some of the bigger items on the budget include $2,478,308 for the police department, $2,975,792 for public works, in addition to $710,000 in capital outlay funds, $1,245,584 for debt service and $106,132 in reserves for contingencies.

Doug Ford reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at dford@gazettevirginian.com.

Doug Ford covers news and sports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at dford@gazettevirginian.com.