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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 11:05 am | Updated: 11:10 am, Wed Oct 10, 2018.

Seven Danville citizens brought their concerns to Danville City Council on Thursday night concerning the flood damage that was caused by the recent storm that impacted the city at the Oct. 4 regular meeting. The meeting had been rescheduled from Oct. 2.

One citizen, Clementine Tunstall, stated that she wasn’t happy with the services in her neighborhood and that her home suffered damage because of the flood on Sept. 22.

“It has devastated my life tremendously,” Tunstall said. “Through the night I tried my best to get someone there to get the water out but they were backed up and nobody could come.”

Tunstall explained because of where she lived, she originally wasn’t able to get flood insurance and she explained affordability was also an issue. She said one of the big problems in her opinion is the flood drains not being cleaned, and believed that the city could do a better job keeping the drains clean.

Debra Lang, who owns the Heartline Restaurant in Danville said she suffered a tremendous amount of damage from the flood, explaining not only water filled the inside of the building, but mud as well and that she and her staff have had to work around the clock to clean it out.

Similar concerns came from representatives from Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Danville who were concerned about the structural integrity of the building.

“The last time we had a flood, nobody came to help us,” church representative Curtis Hailstock said. “This time no one has come to help us. We have disaster teams going out of town but I was always taught to take care of home first.”

City Manager Ken Larking stated he has already talked with a good number of citizens, including some of the speakers about the damage caused by the flooding. He also said the city has applied for a grant that could help with handling disasters.

“We are taking a number of steps proactively to try to address this issue ahead of a future occurrence,” Larking said. “There was a lot of rain that occurred in a short period of time, a flash flood warning was issued before it happened and this is the nature of flash floods.”

Council also heard from Angienette Dixon representing the “Hoop Don’t Shoot” program about all the good the program has done for youth in the community holding basketball tournaments for kids to give them an alternative to activities that could otherwise get them in trouble.

Caroline Hansley from the Sierra Club also spoke to council, urging the city to oppose the MVP Southgate project.

Prior to the speakers, the meeting began with two recognitions given to the Danville Christian Rural Overseas Program Hunger Walk Planning Team for “A Day of Action Against Hunger and Poverty” and the Haven of the Dan River Region for Domestic Violence Month.

In one old business matter, council approved a request from Vice Mayor Lee Vogler to lower the personal property tax rate specific to data centers to 25 cents per $100 of assessed value, giving Danville the lowest tax rate in the state for data centers.

“I think this helps us make a strong argument that Danville is the best place to locate a data center,” Vogler said. “This could bring a number of jobs and potentially millions of dollars of revenue into our city.”

Council also approved to appoint Constance Covington and Jermaine Parker to the Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority and John Ranson and Robert Keessee to the River District Design Commission.

In other matters, council approved several funds for the DMV and the report of delinquent and improperly assessed taxes as of June 30 of this year.

Two first readings were heard for grant funds for W.W. Moore Jr. Detention Home to conclude business matters.

In the following work session, council discussed a franchise agreement with Comcast; an agreement with Comcast for educational and government access channels; a cost and revenue sharing agreement for the Staunton River Regional Regional Industrial Facility Authority and providing free bus services to polling places during the election in Nov.

City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

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