Though the fight over Family Dollar may be over in Mineral, the aftereffects have already begun in the town’s code.
In a 4 to 3 vote at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 15, the Mineral Town Council raised the maximum size restriction of buildings in Mineral’s light commercial district from 4,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet.
The original size restriction had been a source of controversy among council members and residents since Family Dollar officials announced in June an interest in building on the corner of Fifth Street and Mineral Avenue.
Council members Roy Payne, Tom Runnett, Michael Warlick and Mayor Pam Harlowe voted in favor of the revision, while Roy McGehee, Dr. William Thomas and Vice Mayor Bernice Kube voted against.
McGehee and Thomas, as with a majority of the attendees at the packed meeting, stated repeatedly that they preferred that council take more time to discuss changing the town’s code. It was an argument that Harlowe seemed tired of hearing.
“We’ve discussed this for 90 days now,” Harlowe said.
Other members of council, such as Payne, felt that a delay in making a change to the code could stain the town’s reputation.
To read the entire story, see the Oct. 17 edition of The Central Virginian.