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City Council voted Tuesday night to amend the city budget to authorize a second phase of the Pine Street storm drainage project. The project will fix the current system, which is causing flooding behind and under houses on the south side of the street.
The storm sewer system was constructed parcel by parcel as the homes were constructed in the early 1900’s. This system is inadequate for the flow of water it receives. The system receives runoff from the Danville Museum Fine Arts & History, 975 Main St., as it flows down to Chestnut Street and into this system.
Structures on the south side of Pine Street have received extensive water damage. There are visible water stains on the side of 819 Pine St. where the water levels have risen against the house. Where the system is present under homes, there is extreme moisture and rot. Families who have the system running in rear yards have not experienced as much structure damage, but have suffered from the lack of a usable rear yard due to the moisture.
Danville Redevelopment Housing Authority owns the majority of the homes on Pine Street that are affected. The homes were purchased with the intent of rehabilitation and resale for owner occupancy under the city’s blight eradication program. Rehabilitation projects are necessary to save these homes. The existing storm sewer problems affect the value of these properties and their stability and longevity.
To fix the problem, a new storm sewer line will be constructed from Jefferson Street through the rear yard of five housing units, the front yard of one unit and the right-of-way of four additional units along Pine Street.
The project will be constructed in two phases. The first phase will be located entirely in the right of way and will utilize Virginia Department of Transportation maintenance funds at a projected cost of $126,215. The second phase will be conducted on private property and utilize an estimated $75,090 of federal Community Development Block Grant funding.
In other matters last night, City Council voted to:
In addition to these votes, City Council held a first reader on whether transfer $500,000 from reserves to acquire and construct an alternate entrance to the Pine Tag neighborhood.
A first reading is an introductory step required by City code before certain matters can be voted upon by City Council. This step serves to provide public notice of pending action. Council could not vote on the budget amendment Tuesday. The earliest vote that can take place will be the Jan. 17 City Council meeting.
Bill Sgrinia, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, presented City Council with copies of the “Dan River Twins” children’s book. “Dan River Twins” is the exciting tale of otters Danny and Mist who are competing in the Otter Frolics games in and along the banks of the Dan River.
The book has been provided to fourth grade students in Danville Public Schools. Teachers will use the books to help prepare students for the Virginia Standards of Learning testing. For the general public, the book is available for sale at the Welcome Center, and it can be downloaded at no charge at DanRiverTwins.com.
During the open communications segment of City Council’s business session, Crystal Cobbs of Danville told City Council about a parents group engaged with the public school system. The next meeting of the group, Parents of the Schools, will be held Feb. 1.
Council's meeting included a business session followed by a work session. In work sessions, Council reviews non-routine matters that will be voted upon in future business meetings.
In Tuesday’s work session, City Council reviewed monthly financial statements and a proposed bike share program.
River City TV airs live all Council business sessions. The first rebroadcast will be at 8 p.m. Thursday. Watch it on cable (Comcast channel 10 and Gamewood channel 122). The taped broadcast is available now on River City TV’s Facebook page.
River City TV does not air work sessions, but they are open to the public.