At the Danville City Council meeting on Tuesday night, the council voted unanimously to adopt resolution authorizing the city manager to accept a grant agreement from the Virginia Department of Aviation to promote aviation awareness at the Danville Regional Airport.

The $7,500 grant, and a local share of the same amount, would be used to support an Airport Open House and Young Eagles Rally at the Danville Regional Airport, in which children ages 8 to 17 would be able to complete free flights and tours of the airport would be provided. The event is currently scheduled for June 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At city council’s next meeting, they will decide on whether to adopt an ordinance to change the fiscal year 2019 budget appropriation to include that local share of $7,500 for the event.

Members of city council also approved a special use permit to waive yard setback requirements on Lanier Avenue.

The application, filed by Cameron and Gerri Jewell, stated that the applicants would like to use the property for a storage yard and associated office for a construction company.

After no one spoke in public hearing, all council members, excluding Fred Shanks, who cited conflict of interest to abstain from voting, approved the special use permit with a few conditions. Those included keeping the existing trees on the property line to provide a buffer, front yard setbacks are only reduced to 30 feet, and the restriction of commercial vehicles, tractor trailers or heavy work trucks entering and leaving the property between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

In other business, councilmen Adam Tomer and Lee Vogler expressed interest in getting information and starting a conversation about city employees’ vacation, holidays and maternity/paternity leave.

“Currently, the city does not have paid maternity leave,” Tomer said. “I think it’s something we should do. I think the bond between mother and child in the first weeks of their life is so important, and as a city that wants to promote growth in population, I think that for us not to have paid maternity leave is a bit archaic.”

City council’s next meeting will be held on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

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