A pair of resolutions honoring recently retired South Boston Police Chief James “Jim” Binner and recently retired veteran police department member Sgt. Tim VanAernem are on the agenda for Monday’s South Boston Town Council meeting.
A packed agenda faces town council members at the meeting, which is set for 7 p.m. in the Washington Coleman Community Center at 1927 Jeffress Blvd. The resolutions honoring the retired members of the town’s police department are the first two items on the agenda.
Binner retired as police chief on Jan. 1 after 27 years of service with the South Boston Police Department. He served as patrol officer, narcotics investigator and deputy police chief before becoming the chief of police in 2007. Binner also represented the town for the past 13 years as a member and chairman of the Southside Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program.
At town council’s December meeting, town manager Tom Raab announced the selection of Bryan Young to fill the role vacated by Binner as the town’s police chief. Young most recently served as chief of the Virginia Conservation Police for the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.
VanAernem retired from the police department Jan. 2 with 22 years of service. The resolution states that in addition to his police work, VanAernem worked on various community programs, including co-founding and leading the Choices 180 Program, helping local at-risk youth.
A current member of the police department, Capt. Dennis Barker, will start a new role in his service to the town as assistant town manager starting Feb. 1. The selection of Barker as the town’s assistant leader is another item on the meeting agenda.
Following the resolutions honoring Binner and VanAernem, Dr. Betty Adams, executive director of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, is slated to address town council.
Tamyra Vest, executive director of Destination Downtown South Boston, also is expected to address council.
Other items on the agenda are as follows:
• The Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development’s award of a $40,000 North Main Street community improvement planning grant to the town of South Boston;
• Extension of the deadline to expend federal coronavirus relief funds. The previous deadline to expend the coronavirus relief funds was Dec. 30, 2020, and it is expected that new federal legislation will extend the deadline by one year, until the end of December 2021.
• Adoption of the 2021 town council meeting calendar; and
• Citizen comment period.