~ PVN staff report
STANLEY, Dec. 14 — Stanley Council members Doug Purdham, Duane Layman and Vice Mayor Bruce Stoneberger are now ready to begin their new four-year terms in January, after cruising through uncontested elections in November. Page County Clerk of the Circuit Court Grayson Markowitz swore-in the three councilmen during the council’s Dec. 14 meeting. Each of the three council members have served multiple terms, with the current four-year cycle running through Dec. 31, 2026.
The Stanley Council also made an administrative change last week, unanimously appointing Julienne Atkins to be the Town Clerk at an annual salary of $31,200. Atkins replaces longtime clerk Norma Cubbage, who will be honored by the Town Wednesday evening for her many years of service and subsequent retirement at its annual Christmas dinner for employees and staff.
The Stanley Office will be closing for Christmas on Friday, Dec. 23 at noon. Town Hall will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 26-27. Following New Year Day, the Town Office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023.
All trash pick-up will be on regular schedule.
In other business at its Dec. 14 meeting, the Stanley Council took the following actions:
• Heard a report from Stanley Little League President Adam Pettit about various projects and ongoing needs for improvements and maintenance to the fields and facilities the League uses. Pettit reported that 154 players participated in the League this past summer, compared to 98 players six years ago during his first year as president.
• Heard a report that $905,531.69 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds have been spent by the Town, with $830,234.31 in remaining federal funding left to be allocated. Two key projects being eyed for the remaining funds are the Well No. 7 project and the Ed Good Memorial Park stormwater project.
• Heard the police report, indicating 408 calls for service in November, including 296 self-initiated calls, with six citations issued.
• Heard a report on the dog park at Hawksbill Park indicating that the new entrance to the park is delayed waiting on the contractor, a water feature has arrived, and a drinking fountain is on the way.
• Agreed to shut down the public restrooms at Ed Good Memorial Park for the months of January and February. Stanley Police are continuing to investigate vandalism to the restrooms. Damages were turned in to the Town’s insurance provider, which has a $1,000 deductible. The suspects have admitted to the crime, but no names have been released.
• Unanimously approved the renewal of a $2,080 annual contract with Page Valley News for advertising to market Stanley events and distribute announcements throughout 2023.
• Discussed the potential to start a water aerobics class taught by Pati Heniff of Downtown Studios at the Hawksbill Pool. Heniff approached the Town about conducting the class, collecting the fees, and then giving the Town a portion of the proceeds for use of the pool.
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