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The Emporia City Council met briefly on Tuesday evening.  On the agenda were several appointments and one appropriation ordinance.

There were no nominations to fill a vacancy on the Industrial Development Authority, so the item was tabled until the next meeting.

Two members, Veronica Leach and Edward V. Lankford IV, of the Emporia Redevelopment and Housing Authority, whose terms were expiring, were reappointed

Alton F. Owen Jr. has resigned his position on the Southside Virginia Education Center Board of Directors, but there were no nominations, so the matter was tabled until the next meeting.

Nancy B. Squire has resigned her positions on both the Planning Commission and the Airport Commission; those positions were filled by Rev. Clifton Threat and Dale Temple.

Rick Franklin's term on the Recreation Advisory Board has expired, and he did not wish to be reappointed; Council Member Carol Mercer was appointed in his place.  Council Members Deborah Lynch and Doris White were both reappointed, as was Edward V. Lankford, IV.

The last item on the public agenda was the appropriation of $43,350 for the renovation and repair of the burn building used for training members of the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department.  This money was a grant awarded from the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.

Mayor Mary Person recessed the meeting to a closed session to discuss "a prospective business or industry where no previous announcement has been made." 

A second closed session item was added this evening, at the request of Council Member Ewing, to discuss with Legal Counsel the regulation of through truck traffic in the City of Emporia.  This issue was the topic of a February 18, 2014, public hearing, after which no action was taken by City Council.  City Administration, Public Works and the Police Department are all in favor of maintaining the existing ban on through truck traffic; as are a very strong majority of readers (732 readers are in favor of keeping the ban in place, while only 34 are in favor of allowing over loaded logging trucks on Main Street).  Council Member Harris made a motion to specifically exempt overloaded logging trucks, but that motion died due to the lack of a second.

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