~ PVN staff report
STANLEY, Jan. 11 — Members of the Stanley Council last week unanimously approved a $75 increase in their monthly stipends for serving on the council. About one-third of the increase will cover new taxes, now that council members are considered part-time employees of the Town under new state and federal labor laws.
With the increase, the mayor will now receive $275 per month, while council members will receive $225. The previous amounts were $200 and $150, respectively.
Councilman Doug Purdham also suggested that some level of compensation for members of the Stanley Planning Commission should be considered in the upcoming budget for the next fiscal year, beginning July 1. Currently, members of the planning commission receive no compensation.
In other business at its Jan. 11 meeting, the Stanley Council took the following actions:
• Unanimously approved making a $50 donation to both the Stanley Fire Department and the Stanley Rescue Squad in memory of Debbie Babb, the wife of Donnie Babb Sr., who serves as chairman of Stanley’s Board of Zoning Appeals.
• Heard a report about ARPA funding showing that more than $1.1 million has been spent to date, with $598,184.21 remaining. Three projects have been earmarked for the remaining funds, including the Well No. 7 project, the Ed Good Memorial Park stormwater project, and contributions to non-profit agencies. The Town will be advertising for bids on the Ed Good Park stormwater project over the next three weeks, with bids being opened at the council’s Feb. 8 meeting.
• Approved a $40,000 allocation of ARPA funds to the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department to go toward the purchase of a four-wheel drive, 3/4-ton pick-up truck. The motion also included a request for the Stanley Volunteer Rescue Squad to come and address the council about their needs.
• Reviewed a letter from the county regarding a rezoning of Rebecca Graves Hudson’s property from Industrial use to Agriculture. A public hearing will be held before the Page County Planning Commission at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The request involves five different tracts totaling just over 56 acres along Middleburg Road, Timber View Drive and Goodrich Road. The Town was alerted by the county as an adjacent property owner.
• Heard a Recreation report stating the tentative opening date for the dog park at Hawksbill Park is April 1. The project has been delayed due to issues with the entrance and road construction, as well as supply issues with certain features to be included in the dog park. The bathrooms at Ed Good Park have been repaired after recent vandalism, and construction on the new concession stand should begin soon. Council members agreed to keep the bathrooms open to the public during the day, but will close the facilities in the evenings. National Pools will be visiting next week to pressure test the Hawksbill Pool in an effort to find a leak. The first public event of 2023 will be an Easter egg hunt and Trout Day on April 1 at Hawksbill Park.
• Heard a police report stating there were 362 calls for service in December, with 277 calls being self-initiated and one citation was written (assault and battery).
• Heard that the “Where Angels Play” playground project is scheduled for construction from May 31 through June 3, with about 100 volunteers coming to the area to complete the construction. More than $27,000 was raised toward the project in just 30 days.
• Heard that the Town has applied for a $250,000 infrastructure grant from the federal government to be used to study the sewer system for infiltration problems.
• Unanimously appointed Town Clerk Julienne Atkins as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer and the records officer for the Town.
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