Danville City Council GXX

A federal grant will help the City of Danville get the lead out of some older houses.  The city is getting a $1.2 million dollar Lead Hazard Reduction Grant from the Department Housing and Urban Development. It will help address lead hazards in homes built before lead was outlawed in 1978. 

Community Development Director Kenny Gillie told Danville City Council Tuesday that crews will be able to assess up to 100 homes for lead hazards, and remediate 83 of them.

“We’ve been applying for this grant for a number of years,” Gillie said.  “Now that we’ve been successful, it’s anticipated we will be able to get future funding.”

Gillie says they’re modeling their program on one that’s been successfully adopted in Roanoke.  “We believe there are more than a hundred houses in the city that suffer from lead,” Gillie explained to City Council.

Gillie says crews will be go beyond focusing on lead paint. “It can be removal, it can be painting over. It’s both interior and exterior,” Gillie added. 

The city has also secured a Healthy Homes Grant of $400,000 that will help with the lead mitigation effort.  The city will match the grants with $145,000 dollars in unspent HUD Community Development Block Grant funds.

Danville City Council Tuesday also accepted a state grant will pay for a couple of major road paving projects. The Commonwealth Transportation Board and the state Department of Transportation are sending nearly $1.5 million to Danville through their State of Good Repair Program. It will resurface the westbound lanes of South Boston Road from the city limits to Airport Drive-along with the eastbound lanes of Riverside Drive on either side of the intersection with Westover Drive.

The program targets roads with deteriorated pavement segments.

In other items, City Council appointed Sherman Saunders and Lee Vogler to the Danville-Pittsylvania Regional Industrial Facility Authority. Vice-Mayor Dr. Gary Miller will serve as the city’s alternate member on the panel.

Council also approved a rezoning for property at 125 Jefferson Avenue from N-C Neighborhood Commercial District to M-R, Multifamily Residential District. The new owners plan to renovate and restore the building to its previous triplex dwelling configuration.

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