A pair of public hearings, one on a proposed grant application for community development block grant funds for the Poplar Creek Homes projects, another on disposition of real estate for the proposed project, are on the agenda for Monday’s South Boston Town Council work session.
The meeting is set to get under way at 5:45 p.m. in council chambers on Yancey Street, with the two public hearings at the top of the agenda.
After council disposes of the two public hearings, the current issues committee is scheduled to receive an update on the gaming machine issue, and Finance Director Mickey Wilkerson is slated to present the monthly financial statement.
Council then is scheduled to consider the proposed 2019-2020 budget schedule.
The initial proposal for Poplar Creek Homes projects involves building five-10 two-story, three bedroom single-family houses for first time homebuyers, and plans also include building 10-15 two-story duplexes with two-three bedrooms for rental, all on Poplar Creek Street.
Amenities include washer/dryers and dishwashers.
A community center housing a 24-hour day care facility is planned for the second phase of the project, which also may include construction of up to 10 additional units.
Plans call for a 6,000-square foot, two-story building at the site containing a workforce assessment center and day care on first floor and possibly on the second floor.
In other town business Monday, the gaming machine issue first came to light at February’s council meeting, when Hani Elmawri, owner of a convenience store located at 1716 North Main Street in South Boston, told council he recently found out electronic games he had in his business were illegal and that he had to remove them.
South Boston Police describe the machines at Elmawri’s business as “games of skill,” and currently they are not allowed in a B-1 Business District.
Elmawri’s business is in a B-1 Business District, but the games are allowed in a B-2 or B-3 Business District with a special use permit.
Three other stores in South Boston, all three of them located in a B-2 or B-3 Business District, had the electronic games in their establishments but did not apply for a special use permit to have them, according to Town Manager Tom Raab.
Raab told council the town was unaware of the machines in the businesses until South Boston Police discovered them on routine patrols.
No one has applied for a special use permit in order to have the machines, and he has informed each of the four business owners they needed to remove them.
Council took no formal action on the issue at its meeting last month, with Councilman Winston Harrell asking Raab if the town could work with Elmawri in the special use permit process.