Helping local small businesses adjust to COVID-19 demands while achieving their long-term business goals is a topic on the agenda for Monday evening’s South Boston Town Council meeting. The meeting is set for 6:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 502 Yancey St.
Up for council’s approval is a resolution for the town of South Boston to apply for Community Development Block Grant funds up to $550,000 from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for the Halifax County Small Business Recovery Assistance Project. The funds would help businesses adapt to requirements related to COVID-19, such as establishing safe and clean re-opening procedures, in accordance with Gov. Ralph Northam’s guidance.
The project specifically would provide grant assistance to the small businesses in the form of “space and technology upgrades, sanitation supplies, job training/ technical assistance, rent/ mortgage assistance and utility assistance,” according to the resolution.
The maximum grant award to each qualifying small business will be $10,000
Another item on the agenda related to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the town of South Boston is an agreement between the town and Halifax County for the use of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. The county has been notified that it will receive an allotment of $2,958,604 from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, and the county has agreed to distribute $664,125 of those funds to the town of South Boston.
Adopting the town’s 2020-2021 fiscal year budget also is on the agenda for Monday’s meeting. The $12,463,814 budget contains no tax or fee increases.
The newly elected South Boston Town Council members also are slated to be sworn in Monday evening, in a ceremony at 5:45 p.m. preceding the regular meeting, with Judge William Watson presiding. Joseph “Joe” Chandler and Thomas “Tommy” Elliott Jr. were newly elected to town council, and Robert “Bob” Hughes was re-elected to his third term on council in May’s election. A reception is expected to follow the swearing-in ceremony.
The outgoing town council members – Vice-Mayor Tina Wyatt-Younger and Councilman Michael Byrd – also are slated to be honored with resolutions later at Monday’s meeting.
Another recognition on the meeting’s agenda is the presentation of a certificate of appreciation to Nevaeh Hodges and the men of Sinai for their service to the community. Hodges coordinated a Black Lives Matter protest the evening of June 2 in the town’s Constitution Square.
Following the adjournment of the formal council meeting, the finance committee and current issues committee are expected to give reports to council.