By Leigh Morris
For the Star-Gazette
Monday evening’s wintery weather could not dampen a healthy dose of good news at Monday evening’s Virginia City Council session.
Police Chief Tom Osmer scored a hat trick by resolving three burglaries and received the appreciation of the entire council when he said he has identified the suspect in the Oct. 17 burglary of The Depot restaurant. Osmer was able to tie the man to burglaries of The Grainery in Pleasant Plains and Neelys Bait Shop, Chandlerville, that also occurred on Oct. 17.
Osmer is awaiting the issuance of a warrant before arresting the alleged burglar, who currently resides in Ashland.
Good news came from Virginia School Superintendent Brent O’Daniell, who reported the new school construction project is on schedule and under budget. Noting the district has received its first payment from the state in the amount of $3.6 million, O’Daniell said the district is gathering the information needed for the second payment. He anticipates the second payment will be larger.
O’Daniell also told the council the building is expected to be completed no later than June 15.
“I appreciate everybody’s support. It’s really going well,” O’Daniell said.
On first reading, the council approved the tax levy ordinance. City Treasurer Kevin Velten reported the total levy will be $216,673, which is an increase of $2,697 or 1.3 percent. There were small increases in the Social Security, unemployment and liability funds, while the worker’s compensation fund was lowered. The levy will be up for a final vote on Dec. 9.
Alderman Rickey Cox (3rd Ward) reported the Park Board will proceed with the replacement of the concrete around the diving board area at the pool. The board plans to hold one or two fundraisers for the project. Cox said a steak fry and a 5K run/walk are under consideration.
Public Works Director Randy McClure said all street signs on Beardstown and Main streets will be replaced in the coming months.
Zoning Administrator Mike Finn advised the council the dilapidated house at the corner of Washington and Front streets has been razed and the lot cleared. Mayor Steve Sudbrink thanked Finn for his efforts to rid Virginia of the eyesore.