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Elections chief to speak about Hampton’s special election

HAMPTON — City officials will discuss the March special mayoral election during the monthly meeting Tuesday.

Janet Shellnutt, the director of Henry County elections and registration, is scheduled to speak during the City Council’s workshop.

Shellnutt estimated 3,500 registered voters will be eligible to vote in the special election set for the third Tuesday in March. Qualifying dates for mayoral candidates will be set soon.

The council also will hear from representatives of Garden of Growth Center for Early Learning Inc. on the conditional use for the property at 37 Woolsey Road as a daycare and church.

City Manager Andy Pippin said the request is for a variance from development regulations of the property to reduce the minimum side yard setback, to reduce the required planted buffer strip along the side and rear property lines and to allow the church to be located on a local road.

Pippin plans to request an increase in the monthly fee for security lights, from $10 to $15.

The council will have its second reading of Ordinance No. 376, which requires owners of unoccupied properties to register with the city. The ordinance does not include fees for those who fail to register but does provide for appellate rights.

Pippin said previously that the measure is an effort to keep contact with property owners and help ensure a “better standard of living” in the city and preserve the public’s safety and health.

Mark Whitley is on the agenda to speak with the council about conditions at the intersections of East Main and McDonough streets. Ten businesses are also on the agenda with requests to renew their alcohol sales licenses.

The council will discuss the Hampton depot renovations, excise tax on energy use for manufacturing, purchasing a lift station pump and appointing a new member to the Downtown Development Authority Board. Council members will also hear monthly reports from the city’s public works department, police department and Main Street Program.