City names highway in Scott’s honor

Danville city council approved to rename the US 58/29 bypass in Danville to Wendell O. Scott Sr. Memorial Highway, in honor of NASCAR legend and Danville native Wendell Scott.

The US 58/29 bypass in Danville will now be known by the name, Wendell O. Scott Sr. Memorial Highway, in honor of NASCAR legend and Danville native Wendell Scott. City council in its June 5 regular meeting on Tuesday night approved to name the highway after several previous discussions.

When Danville Mayor John Gilstrap read the agenda item for it, it was seconded by all of the council members.

“I want to thank city council and city management for being in such agreement for this type of honor,” Wendell Scott Foundation CEO Warrick Scott said. “It if a huge step in crystallizing my grandfather’s legacy and making him available for the masses.”

Warrick Scott said that countless volunteers and members of the Wendell Scott Foundation, as well as people that had been mentored by the foundation.

“In the very beginning they went throughout the community and got signatures from the many people that were in support of this initiative,” Warrick Scott said. “The youth that we serve could see how we could start in one place and continue a process and complete that process. They’ll know forever more that they were a part of that. I think that sends a riptide of positivity through our community and I’m extremely proud.”

The members of city council thanked the Scott family for attending the meeting and Councilman Gary Miller even referred to Wendell Scott as a hero of his. Honoring Scott’s legacy in NASCAR was something that council felt very strongly about.

Prior to the regular meeting, Council also recognized June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month and the Danville Regional Foundation’s Opportunity Neighborhood Program.

In business matters additional to honoring Wendell Scott, council also approved to allow Danville Public Schools to carry forward additional unexpended money from the current school year to the next school year, revise rental rates for T-hangars and corporate hangars at Danville Regional Airport, increase building inspection fees and adjusting fees to accommodate the acceptance of credit cards for payment, appropriate $1.3 million for a feasibility study and construction of a track facility to be used by Danville Public Schools and Averett University as well as to promote AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) track meets, amend the budget to provide for receipt and appropriation of a grant to replace the gate access and camera surveillance systems at Danville Regional Airport, convey a lot located between Newton and 600 Lynn St. to the Industrial Development Authority, submit an annual housing and urban development action plan, grant a special use permit to construct a commercial communication tower and antenna at 300 Goode St., amend the zoning code to allow for communication towers within transitional office zones, grant a special use permit to allow a barber school at 101 Franklin Turnpike, grant a special use permit to allow a ballroom/dance hall or event center for weddings, parties or special events at 1340 West Main St. and amend the personnel system to adopt proposed changes in job descriptions, salary ranges and title changes.

Council also heard first readings to appropriate economic development incentive grants secured for Kyocera SGS Precision Tool, Overfinch North America and Engineered BioPharmaceuticals, accept a state grant for the Commonwealth Attorney’s office to be used to fund the salary of an attorney or victim’s advocate to work in the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court dealing with victims of domestic violence, accept $173,611 in state and federal money for the continuation of the victim witness assistance program operated through the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office and appropriate a grant from the Danville Regional Foundation for an Eagle Scout project at Dan Daniel Park.

Prior to the regular meeting, a business session was held to continue developing a budget for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

In the work session following the regular meeting, council first heard an update from the West Piedmont Workforce Development Board.

Council also discussed appointments to boards and commissions, a request to vacate a 00.1 acre of right of way on Bridge Street, vacating approximately 0.13 acres of public right of way along Glen Oak Drive and a lease agreement with Norfolk Southern on Craghead Street for landscaping purposes.

Council will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, June 19.

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