LAWRENCEVILLE – The Lawrenceville Town Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed FY2021-2022 budget on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 7 p.m. at 400 North Main Street. The meeting is open to the public and CDC guidelines will be followed. The public can also access the meeting virtually and citizen comments will be received.

According to information provided by Town Manager Everette L. Gibson there will be no water and sewer rate adjustment, no garbage rate increase and no tax rate increase. Employees will receive a 2% raise. There will be a slight decrease in health insurance premiums and the town will continue to pay all of the eligible employee’s health insurance premiums. The proposed budget includes an increase in the clothing allowance program for the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department. The cost to pave the municipal parking lot is included. Councilman Robbie Pecht, Chairman, Finance Committee, said there are funds in the proposed budget to add an employee.

Pecht said the budget would be tentatively adopted in May and formally adopted at the June meeting. He thanked Wanda Johnson, Treasurer/Clerk, and Gibson for their help in preparing the proposed budget. The budget covers the period of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

In other matters, Mayor Scott E. Martin said plans are in the works for a community garden at 313 High Street. Councilwoman Anne Williams who serves as Chairman of the Wellness Committee said the committee hopes the public will support the project.

Martin said the town is getting the KASS building ready to market. He commended Gibson, Mike Dotti, IDA Business Director; Alfreda Jarrett Reynolds, Director of Economic Development for Brunswick County; and his wife Kim for their help in cleaning the facility.

Martin also said the owner of the former Bank of America building, Shaun Novinbakht who lives in California, is trying to sell that property too.

Martin shared with council that the windows at the former Peebles building are getting a new look with backdrops of spring.

Martin praised the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department for hosting a pork chop dinner fundraiser on March 27.

Council adopted a resolution to extend the Emergency Ordinance Amendment for 60 days in order to allow for the continuity of government operations during the pandemic.

Reynolds addressed council and shared a video that highlighted the former site of Lawrenceville Brick. She said things are very different regarding marketing due to COVID and she prepared the video as a marketing tool. Reynolds said that when she is marketing Brunswick County, the Town of Lawrenceville is included. She said she is enjoying working with Gibson, stressing the need for partnerships. Reynolds said she is working with a client in London. Reynolds said plans to market the Butler property and the KASS property are in the works.

Williams suggested that the Town of Lawrenceville and Brunswick County need a theme for a marketing campaign.

Council approved disbursements totaling $150,778.19.

Councilman H. B. Brockwell, Jr., Chairman, Town Development Committee, commended Reynolds for creating the video. He stressed the importance of using the Virginia Economic Development Partnership website to sell and lease properties but the seller must set a price on the property. Brockwell said the town is investigating using a commercial appraiser to market property. He called attention to the fact that the Town of Lawrenceville is only 20 miles from Interstate 95. Brockwell asked members of council to visit www.loop.net and see the properties that are listed. He said the town must be open to creative uses of property listed in information he provided last month.

Brockwell said that no one stands alone and he sees units are beginning to work together.

Brockwell, who also serves as Chairman of the Personnel Committee, welcomed Marc Matthews to the town staff as Public Works Department Supervisor. Gibson said work on revising the personnel manual is progressing.

Councilwoman Teya Whitehead, Chairman, Farmers Market Committee, said a Main Street Market is planned for Saturday, May 29, 2021 from 7 a.m. to noon on a first come basis. The market will be located in the parking lot behind the former Sledge & Barkley building. There is a $10 fee for vendors for a space 10’ x 10’. The market will offer crafts, food, fresh vegetables and more. Methods of advertisement include a banner, newspaper, Facebook, and flier distribution. For more information email main_street_marketplace@yahoo.com.

The Lawrenceville Town Council meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at 400 North Main Street, Lawrenceville. Call (434) 848-2414 for more information or visit www.lawrencevilleweb.us