Two public hearings are on the agenda for this month’s South Boston Town Council meeting.
The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday at the Washington Coleman Community Center at 1927 Jeffress Blvd.
The subject of the first hearing is a request by Billy Anderson to purchase two town-owned parcels of land fronting Webster Street and Penick Avenue.
The assessed value of the property is $16,100, and the property is zoned as R-2 medium density residential.
Anderson already owns property adjacent to one of the parcels of land he is requesting to purchase from the town. That property fronts Easley Street.
“I was born there and grew up there adjacent to that property. I want to come back and build my forever home there,” Anderson said.
Anderson left his childhood home in 1964 and moved to New York. He said he and his wife Lillie have been traveling back and forth from New York to the house they own on Wolf Trap Road for years and now that they are retired, the couple looks forward to living exclusively in South Boston.
He and his wife are designing the home as “multi-generational housing,” so their children and grandchildren will have a place there, as well.
The prospective buyer said he knows the challenges of the land he wishes to purchase, such as the swampy conditions due to the creek that runs through the property, but he is up to the task of making it “home” once again.
Anderson fondly remembers the lessons he learned from his mother growing up there, and the days he used to tend his garden on the land.
“I feel like the ground took care of me at the time, and now I’m going to take care of it,” Anderson stated.
If town council authorizes the sale of the parcels of land, sealed bids for the purchase will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Dec. 28 at the town manager’s office. The minimum bid amount is $7,500.
Amending the town’s budget for the current fiscal year (2020-2021) is the topic of the second public hearing at Monday’s council meeting.
Immediately following the public hearing, council is slated to vote on the adoption of a resolution to amend the budget.
The town’s receipt of $5,095,810 in unanticipated funds is the reason for the budget amendment. The funding sources are a loan payoff for the Imperial Lofts, Inc. and a Small Business Recovery Grant.
Following the public hearings and subsequent action by council on the items, the town’s finance director Mickey Wilkerson is expected to present the financial report for the month of November.
Town manager Tom Raab also is slated to give an update on ongoing projects and issues at Monday’s meeting.
The final item on the agenda is a citizen comment period.
Monday’s meeting will be South Boston Town Council’s last meeting of 2020, as no work session is scheduled for the month of December.