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Posted on: November 20, 2017

[ARCHIVED] City Council will meet in business, work sessions

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City Council will meet Tuesday, Nov. 21, in a business session at 7 p.m., followed by a work session. Both sessions are open to the public.

The business session will be held in the Council Chambers on the fourth floor of the Municipal Building, which is located at 427 Patton St.

The work session will be held on the same floor, but across the hall in the Council Conference Room. In work sessions, Council reviews non-routine matters that will be voted upon in future business meetings.

During the business session, City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to authorize bond financing for $7.9 million in electric system projects, $3 million for general governmental projects and $2 million for school projects.

The electric system projects include $5.9 million for purchase of electric transformers and $2 million for upgrades at electric substations.

The general government projects include nearly $1.3 million for road improvements, $331,000 for parks and recreation enhancements, $300,000 for fire equipment, $284,000 for heating and air conditioning upgrades, $250,000 for roof replacements and $200,000 for storm water improvements.

These projects were included in the capital improvements budget adopted earlier this year by City Council.

In addition to bond financing for these projects, City Council will be asked to refinance $7.1 million in debt remaining for bonds issued in 2010 and 2012. The refinancing would take advantage of lower interest rates today.

City Council also is scheduled to vote on several other matters Tuesday night:

  • a lease agreement for fixed base operator services with General Aviation.
  • use of eminent domain for acquisition of right of way and easements on Mount Cross Road.
  • a resolution endorsing the continuation of the Dan River trail system from the fire training center on Stinson Drive to Danville Regional Airport.
  • a resolution requesting the Commonwealth Transportation Board establish a project for the continuation of the Dan River Trail System from Danville Regional Airport along the east side of Airport Drive to U.S. 58.
  • allowing the Industrial Development Authority to act as conduit for revenue bond financing benefitting Averett University.
  • a resolution authorizing the use of fiscal year 2018’s debt capacity.

In addition to these votes, City Council will hold a first reading on the use of federal and state funding for design services to rehabilitate the terminal apron at Danville Regional Airport. The apron area in front of the terminal building and hangars was shown as fair to poor condition in the Virginia Department of Aviation report dated October 2015. The existing pavement surface shows signs of oxidation and typical aging.

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 cannot vote on the ordinance Tuesday. The earliest vote that can take place will be the Dec. 5 City Council meeting.

During the work session, City Council will discuss the following matters:

  • appointments to boards and commissions.
  • a grant application to expand bus service to Halifax and Pittsylvania counties.
  • use of eminent domain for acquisition of right of way and easements on Mount Cross Road.
  • the latest financial update.

River City TV, the city’s government access channel, will air the business session. Watch it live on cable (Comcast channel 10 and Gamewood channel 122) or streaming on the River City TV Facebook page.

River City TV does not air work sessions, but they are open to the public.

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