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Mayor Alonzo Jones on Tuesday night proclaimed Saturday, Dec. 8, as Wendell O. Scott Sr. Day in Danville. On that day, two events will be held in memory of the Danville native son and NASCAR legend and Hall of Fame driver.
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, state and local leaders will gather at the Institute of Advanced Learning and Research to dedicate a section of the Danville Expressway in memory of Scott, who died in 1990 at the age of 69. Signs are in place marking the section from U.S. 29 Business to the northern city limits as the Wendell O. Scott, Sr. Memorial Highway.
Later on Saturday, the Wendell Scott Foundation Legacy Gala will celebrate the life, legacy and 55th anniversary of Scott’s first NASCAR win, which occurred on Dec. 1, 1963, at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Fla.
“My grandfather’s legacy has always been a huge bridge for diversity, encouragement and empowerment,” Warrick Scott, grandson of Wendell Scott Sr. and founder and CEO of the Wendell Scott Foundation, said in accepting the proclamation on behalf of the Scott family. “We are extremely proud about what is going to happen this weekend. We hope that Danville is as excited as we are.”
The proclamation lists many of Wendell Scott Sr.’s accomplishments, including:
Scott also enjoyed a prolific career that spanned well beyond NASCAR’s premier series. In 1959, he won both the NASCAR Sportsman Division Virginia championship and the Sportsman Division championship at Southside Speedway in Richmond, Va. In 1957, Scott finished third in the Virginia standings behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett.
Scott retired from racing in 1973 after an injury suffered during a race in Talladega, Ala.
In addition to the proclamation, City Council voted last night to:
In addition to these votes, City Council held a first reading on three items involving the W.W. Moore Jr. Juvenile Detention Center:
A first reading is an introductory step required by City Code before certain matters can be voted upon by City Council. This procedural step serves to provide public notice of pending action. Council could not vote last night. The earliest vote that can take place will be the Dec. 18 City Council meeting.
Council's meeting included a business session followed by a work session. In work sessions, Council reviews non-routine matters that may be voted upon in future business meetings.
During last night’s work session, City Council reviewed the latest audit results and discussed appointments to the Building Code Board of Appeals, Employee Retirement System Board, Fair Housing Board and Planning Commission.
City Council also held a closed meeting in the work session as allowed by state law for discussion of a prospective business or industry and discussion of acquisition of real property or disposition of publicly held real property.