Council recognizes Girl Scouts, potential tax increase and other news from Stanley

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Girl Scouts

~ PVN staff report

STANLEY, April 13 — At the start of its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday night, the Stanley Council recognized local Girl Scouts for their help in decorating the welcome signs at each end of town.

“We often have people behind the scenes who help us, and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank some of them,” Town Manager Terry Pettit told council members.

Nine members of Girl Scout Troop 14102 were introduced to the council by a Troop leader. The Scouts decorated the Town’s welcome signs at Halloween, Christmas and most recently for Easter.

To show the Town’s appreciation, Mayor Michael Knight passed out five-day passes to Hawksbill Pool for each member of Troop 14102.

In other business at its April 13 meeting, the Stanley Council took the following actions:

• Set a Budget Work Session for 7 p.m. next Wednesday, April 20 at Town Hall. During a March 23 budget work session, the Stanley Council discussed the potential for a three-cent increase to the real estate tax rate, from 25 to 28 cents per $100 of assessed value. The group also discussed potential increases to water rates and raises for town employees. Council has not yet set a tax rate or finalized the budget for FY 2022-23, which begins July 1.

• Heard that town staff will begin putting up Veteran Banners on the poles along Main Street the last week of April or the first week of May in advance of Memorial Day. The town manager reported that there were about 100 banners to go up, and they are “still some coming in.”

• Unanimously passed a motion to set Stanley’s Spring Cleanup the week of April 25-29.

• Unanimously approved a $500 Bronze sponsorship for the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet planned for June at River’s Bend Ranch. The contribution matches the level of sponsorship that the Town has done at this event for several years.

• Unanimously passed a motion to use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for “revenue recovery.” This designation loosens up the guidelines and allows the Town more leeway in what they can spend the federal funds on. Currently, Stanley has $435,895.13 in remaining ARPA funds in this fiscal year, which ends June 30. A total of $431,987.87 has been spent this fiscal year. After July 1, the Town anticipates receiving another $800,000-plus in ARPA funds for FY 2022-23.

• Unanimously voted to put the construction of a new concession stand at Ed Good Memorial Park out to bid. The project will be paid for with ARPA funds.

• Tabled until the next meeting, a discussion on renovations to two cottages at Hawksbill Park. Council members baulked at estimates of $70,000 for the smaller “Woodside” cabin and a range of $150,000 to $170,000 for improvements to the larger “Creekside” cabin. The Town has experienced problems with renting the properties in the past, and the council has not reached a consensus on how to proceed.

• Heard that a permit application filed with the county to build a dog park at Hawksbill Park was recommended for approval by the Page County Planning Commission on Tuesday. The application will now be forwarded to the board of supervisors for final approval.

• Unanimously approved the purchase of a “belt clip meter reader” at a cost of $8,000. The reader will help identify and resolve problems experienced by water customers, according to town staff.

• Heard a report that after a long wait, materials have arrived for the water line to Well No. 7. The town manager reported that A Team Construction hopes to get started on the project within the next few weeks.

• Heard a reminder that Stanley’s next Movie Night will feature “Field of Dreams” shown at the Little League park on Saturday, May 14.

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