Newsoms weighs nixing auto decals

Published 9:36 am Saturday, September 19, 2009

NEWSOMS—The Town of Newsoms is considering a proposal to eliminate the requirement to purchase and display annual license decals on vehicles registered in the town.

A public hearing on the proposal has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sept. 28. The meeting will take place at the Town Hall, located at 29056 Everett St.

Vanless Worrell, a former town councilman, said Friday that he planned to attend the upcoming public hearing but was waiting to see the proposal in writing.

“I always like to see the pluses or minuses in writing so I can really see what is going to happen, what they’re proposing and where we’re going to save money,” Worrell said, but added that there was still some confusion over the proposal “based on the discussions that were going on among our elected officials at the Monday night meeting.”

Worrell said he thought a written copy of the proposal might be available next week.

Newsoms Mayor Harvey Porter Jr. and other members of the Town Council could not be reached for comment on Friday.

Although the Southampton County Board of Supervisors voted to get rid of vehicle decals on Aug. 24, that decision doesn’t affect towns in the county that have their own decals.

Greensville and Isle of Wight counties and the cities of Emporia and Suffolk have also eliminated vehicle decals.