ALBERTA – The Alberta Town Council approved committee assignments for 2020-2021. The Alberta Town Council meets the second Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Alberta Town Office. Council welcomes volunteers to serve on the committees.

Administrative & Finance Economic Development meets the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Councilman Anthony Taylor serves as Chairman. Other members are Councilman William Holmes, Acting Mayor and Councilwoman Rebecca Spengler. Councilwoman Elena Scalzi serves as an alternate.

Personnel meets Thursday after the town council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Members are Councilman Richard Ozmore – Chairman, Rebecca Spengler, William Holmes. Councilwoman Freida Peterson serves as an alternate.

Public Safety meets Thursday before the town council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Richard Ozmore serves as Chairman. Other members are Rebecca Spengler, Freida Peterson and William Holmes serves as an alternate.

Special Events meets Tuesday one week after town council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Councilwoman Beth Crowder serves as Chairman. Other members are Rebecca Spengler and Elena Scalzi. William Holmes and Richard Ozmore serve as alternates.

Caboose – to be determined. Beth Crowder serves as Chairperson with Richard Ozmore.

For more information or to volunteer to serve on a committee call (434) 949-7443.

In other matters, Office Michael Brown asked the Alberta Town Council for authorization to purchase new body cameras. He said the body cameras he is using need new batteries and will not hold a charge. Council approved purchasing two body cameras not to exceed $1,400. Brown will investigate to see if grant funding is available.

Councilwoman Beth Crowder said plans are in the works for a Halloween Trail on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. She said the Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 and the Special Events Committee is discussing organizing a Winter Wonderland. Participants for the parade will be sought.

Acting Mayor Rebecca Spengler said documents have been reviewed and more documents need to be properly destroyed. There was a lengthy discussion about being able to scan documents and distribute them electronically. She said this would allow council to receive information to review prior to the council meeting. New equipment would be needed either to rent or purchase. The matter was tabled for six months.

Councilman Anthony Taylor would like council to consider preparing a newsletter to inform residents about upcoming meetings and events. Council discussed sending a postcard to the approximately 200 households to determine interest in receiving a newsletter by email or mail.

Spengler said Alberta received a statement from Meherrin River Wood Products for $5,200 to install the fence on the property line of MRWP and Mrs. M. Peterson. In reviewing the minutes from the September 2020 council meeting, council agreed to pay $3,200.

Bills totaling $4,162.57 were approved.

Brown submitted the report for the Alberta Police Department for August: speeding – 10, reckless driving – 5, assist other agencies – 4, court hours – 4, and public assist – 4.

The Alberta Town Council meets the second Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. For more information call the Alberta Town Office at (434) 949-7443 or email - The office is located at 136 West 1st Avenue, Alberta, Virginia 23821 in the Old Firehouse.