ALBERTA – The Alberta Town Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed FY2020-2021 budget on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held electronically. Email and written comments are by due Friday, June 5, 2020. The budget covers fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. See more information about the public hearing on page 5.

According to information provided by Linda L. Helm, Treasurer/Clerk, expenditures and revenue total $219,300. Town levies will remain the same as last fiscal year.

Council voted to advertise the proposed budget at the May 11 meeting held electronically.

On the recommendation of Joe Whitby, Town Attorney, prior to taking any action council adopted an Emergency Ordinance to allow for the continuity of government operations during the pandemic, including altering the process for conducting public meetings; restricting the use of public buildings or facilities; providing additional powers to the Director of Emergency Management to incur costs, waive procedures, and take other temporary actions; and suspending deadlines and procedures.

Helm reviewed the bids received for the police car that were lower than anticipated. Whitby advised that accepting a bid from a town employee would not be recommended. Council took no action and will explore other options such as using an auction company.

Vice Mayor Rebecca Spengler said John Stith contacted her about a ribbon cutting for a church now located in the former Colonial Downs building. Council expressed support and said the proper precautions would be taken regarding social distancing.

Whitby said during this time when court is not being held during the pandemic his staff is researching delinquent taxes owed to Brunswick County, the Town of Alberta and the Town of Lawrenceville. Helm will provide Whitby information about cases involving the Town of Alberta. She said a letter has been sent advising them of the amount owed. Whitby said in some cases the property has little value. He further stated that once the letter was sent the property owner would deal with the attorney and not the town.

The poor condition of the fence at Meherrin River Forest Products was discussed. Spengler suggested the fence be torn down further stating that the matter had been discussed over quite some time. Council members agreed.