Clarksville Council

Clarksville has a new slate of committee members.

Meeting last week, the Clarksville Town Council announced which members will be assigned to the various council committees.

Kristi Sommerville-Midgette will join Christopher Clarke on the Budget Committee. Serving on the Building and Grounds Committee are Glenn Jurczyk and Christopher Clarke. Members of the Personnel Committee are Carolyn Hite and Kristi Sommerville-Midgette. Serving on the Recreation Committee are Carolyn Hite and Mike Sizemore. On the Streets and Sidewalks Committee are Bruce Woerner and Glenn Jurczyk. The Utilities Committee consists of Bruce Woerner and Mike Sizemore.

Making the Town Operations report, Town Manager Jeff Jones told council members that the Sewer Improvement Project is anticipated to be finished by the end of October. Overall, the project is running ahead of projected timelines, and the next progress meeting is scheduled for Oct. 5.

According to Chief Ricky Wilkinson of the Clarksville Police Department, the recent visit to the area by the Hell’s Angels passed with no incidents of any kind reported.

Council also approved suggested Halloween restrictions for the upcoming holiday on Monday, Oct. 31. The restrictions include an 8 p.m. curfew and the stipulation that no one over the age of 12 will be allowed to wear masks in public.

The Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce will be hosting “Trick or Treat on the Streets” beginning at 5:30 p.m., and Virginia Avenue will be closed from Second Street to Seventh Street between 5 and 8 p.m. on Halloween evening.

Work continues on the Town Zoning Ordinance Project. Speaking to council, Jones reported that surveys and interview sessions have concluded and that the sessions, held from Aug. 22-23, were very useful and informative.

Work on the diagnostic analysis report which will detail recommendations and enhancements to the existing zoning ordinance has begun and the next meeting of the Planning Commission is scheduled for Oct. 3.

Jones also reported that the Southwest Project Phase II is continuing. At a Project Management Team and Housing Rehab Board meeting held on Sept. 7, the multi-year project was modified to accomplish four owner rehab cases, one rental rehab project and two substantial reconstructions.

Jones also told members of council that the town had been successful in its second attempt to secure a $600,000 grant to move forward on the Planter’s Warehouse Revitalization Project. The dilapidated 1840s historic landmark will be renovated and redeveloped into a mixed use property with both residential and business space.

The revitalization project is a partnership with the Lenhart family, owners of the property, Waukeshaw Development, a firm specializing in saving historic buildings and repurposing them, the Clarksville EDA and the Town of Clarksville.

Under the terms of the partnership agreement, the Lenhart family will donate the property to the EDA; Waukeshaw will fund and handle the redevelopment.

The grant is funded through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

Speaking after the meeting, Jones said that a meeting will be scheduled with the principal players to develop the implementation plan and construction schedule. Jones added that he felt the project could get underway as early as Spring on 2017.