Town of Altavista

At a July 13 meeting the Altavista town council voted to reinstate ordinances waiving a requirement for downtown businesses in Altavista’s Central Business District to provide off-street parking, and approved the use of corrugated and sheet metal roofs in the Downtown Revitalization Overlay (DRO) district.

Council voted to approve a resolution to apply for a USDA Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) grant for the Spark Innovation Center. During the meeting, community development director Sharon Williams said the town could hear whether funds are received through the program by late September. The grant would total $2 million and would require a 20%, or $400,000 match, though mayor Mike Mattox said using reserve funds to acquire the grant are available that would have little impact on the town’s budget.

The town also approved the paving of several areas, including 1801 Avondale Drive, Amherst Avenue between Main Street and Mill Street, 10th Street between Bedford Avenue and Broad Street, 11th Street between Bedford Avenue and Broad Street and the English Park boat ramp parking lot.

Council also discussed whether food trucks should be allowed in areas of town like English Park to allow people using the river or the splash pad easy access to snacks. It was a preliminary discussion and no decision was made on the matter. Some council members expressed interest in allowing food trucks in some areas of town with varying conditions, while others were largely against it, citing a desire to avoid drawing customers away from local restaurants and towards food trucks from out of town.

Altavista Police Chief Tommy Merricks provided a brief update on National Night Out, which is scheduled for August 3 at 5:30 p.m. in English Park. Council also approved urban archery season during the month of September.