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Clarksville greets new officer, lends support for Relay

SoVaNow.com / April 23, 2014
Julie Ames, who is serving as the 2014 co-chair for Clarksville’s Relay for Life, asked Clarksville Town Council to pass a resolution declaring May as National Cancer Research Awareness Month during their April meeting last week.

The resolution passed without object.

Ames also reminded council members that Clarksville’s Relay for Life is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 at Robbins Park, and she invited them to stop by. Funds raised from the event go to the American Cancer Society.

Council welcomed Police Chief Ricky Wilkinson back to work after an extended leave. Wilkinson suffered a serious fracture while chasing a suspect through town. The suspect was caught, but Wilkinson had to undergo surgery and rehabilitation for the injury.

Clarksville’s newest police officer, Cpl. Kenneth Johnson was sworn in by the mayor. Johnson started his police career in Clarksville in 1990 and said he was happy to be back home. After leaving Clarksville, Johnson worked with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office and Chase City Police Department.

Town Manager Jeff Jones said he hoped to have information on the effect of the coal ash spill on the recreational use of the lake by the end of the month. On Feb. 2 coal ash poured into the Dan River in Eden, N.C. after a stormwater pipe, located underneath a coal ash retention pond, burst.

Looking at recent reports from scientists at North Carolina State University, Jones said he expected that the spill will have limited impact on recreational use of the lake.

Scientists from North Carolina State University last week reported that farmers along the Dan River can use surface water for crops and livestock even if it is too soon to gauge the long-term impact of the coal ash spill on fish in the river and lakes affected by the spill.

In other business, Councilman Bill Nunn reported that “Burton is ahead on schedule,” on the library expansion project. J.E. Burton Construction Company of South Boston is the contractor handling the expansion and renovation of the Clarksville branch of the Southside Regional Library. Nunn said the “the floors are poured, and the wall studs are up in the addition.”

A committee headed by Carolyn Hite would be making recommendations on carpet replacements for the existing structure.

Jones said the season’s first cruise-in drew about 80 cars, and over 1,200 people enjoyed the Wine Festival which took place on Saturday, April 12, and many more stopped down at the Lake Motel to enjoy the seaplane splash-in that same day.

The Phase Four Streetscape improvements, which involve the installation of new sidewalks and brickwork on Virginia Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets to match existing work, is progressing according to schedule. However, the town must move the “NAPA” store sign back a few feet from its current location. Its current site encroaches on the new sidewalk. The cost to move the sign is about $2,000, Jones said, but the town is only responsible for $400 of the total cost.

Jones said the projected completion date for the streetscape project is in May.

The grant application for the Phase II Southwest Downtown Community Improvements Project was submitted. “We are now waiting,” Jones said, to hear if the project will be funded by the Department of Housing and Community Development. The Southwest Downtown Community Improvement Project, if funded, will include housing rehabilitation, storm drainage improvements, sidewalks, and sewer improvements in the southwest portion of downtown Clarksville.

Clarksville Fire Department received authorization to hold a softball tournament fund raiser at Robbins Park on Saturday, May 31. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Department. The deadline for signup is May 17. The cost is $10 per person to play and $3 per person to watch. All participants must be 18 years of age or older. To sign up or for questions contact Tiffany at 434-210-2491.

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