Council honors former mayor, approves pipeline right of way

The family of Billie Jean Wheeler Reynolds was honored to receive a resolution from Delegate Les Adams Monday evening during the Chatham Town Council meeting.

Chatham Town Council members voted Monday night, Nov. 12, to unanimously approve a pipeline right of way and easement agreement between the town and Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP).

The agreement, in the amount of $60,000, will allow MVP to have the right of way for 506 feet of pipeline through a roughly six-acre site owned by the town off Chalk Level Road.

Following the August 2018 town council meeting, clerk Tim Hammell said the site was used as a dump site in the 1980s, and after a title search the town discovered they were still in ownership of the property.

Already, MVP is working its way east through Pittsylvania County.

No timeline is set for the construction phase of the pipeline through Chatham.

No council members spoke before the agreement was approved, and no residents signed up to speak.

Les Adams presented the family of Billie Jean Wheeler Reynolds with a Virginia House of Delegates resolution Monday night that celebrated her life.

Reynolds was the first woman to be mayor of Chatham and founded Piedmont Finance in 1972 which grew to three offices.

A co-founder of Woodlawn Academy, Reynolds was remembered for being an advocate for education and volunteering her time for the board of trustees of Woodlawn and Chatham Hall.

“The House of Delegates hereby note with great sadness the loss of Billie Jean Wheeler Reynolds, who made countless contributions to the Pittsylvania County community,” Adams said concluding the resolution.

The family of Reynolds accepted the resolution from Adams and those present gave Reynolds a standing ovation.

In other business, five employees in the public works department are receiving raises.

According to Rodney Bryant, public works director, the raises will not exceed $6,300 total.

Bryant in other business said public works performed sewer line clean outs on Jefferson, Rison, South Main and Peach streets after Tropical Storm Michael passed through the area.

Public works in addition worked to clean up storm damage and performed maintenance on a brush grinder which temporarily went down.

Cherrystone Creek was dredged due to flooding, and Adam Brooks noted water and waste water employees are continuing efforts to cross train for both plants.

A discussion of a lease for Crider and Harris Fields was put on hold Monday night.

“Adams and Fisk is still in negotiations with Chatham Youth League,” Hammell said.

Chatham Police Chief Marvin Wright said Halloween went well on October 31, with nothing to report from the evening’s festivities.

Chief Wright reminded everyone that as the holidays approach, it is important to be mindful of surroundings.

“Chatham is safe but it doesn’t exempt us from crime and robberies. Be mindful of your surroundings and lock your doors,” Chief Wright said.

With the holiday season right around the corner, multiple events are planned as Mayor Will Pace pointed out.

On November 19 at 5 p.m. the Chatham Volunteer Fire Department is holding a community dinner at the fire department.

December 1 at noon, the Chatham Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Parade will be held on Main Street Chatham.

December 2 at 7 p.m. the second concert of the tenth season for the Chatham Concert Series will feature classical and traditional Christmas music at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

Christmas in Historic Chatham will be held on December 7 at 6 p.m. on Main Street in front of the Pittsylvania County Courthouse.

Another community dinner is scheduled for December 17 at 5 p.m. by the Chatham Volunteer Fire Department at their fire department.

The next Chatham town council meeting will be held Monday, December 10 at 7 p.m. at the Chatham Volunteer Fire Department.

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