Meeting Minutes June 2010

PUBLIC HEARINGS & REGULAR MEETING

Stanley Town Office

Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 7:00 pm.

Public Hearing – Proposed Cigarette Tax


            Town Manager Terry Pettit called the hearing to order with the following officials

 in attendance: Mayor Purdham, Bruce Stoneberger, Richard Dorraugh, Martha Graves, Leon Rickard and Mike Knight. Also present at the hearing were as follows: Chief Timmy Foster, Public Works Foreman Ronnie McCoy, Clerk Norma Cubbage, Bookkeeper Leon Stout, Gary Breeden and Steve Thomas.


            The purpose of this meeting is to allow citizens to express their views and comments on the proposed cigarette tax.


            Mayor Purdham waived the reading of the notice as published in the Page News and Courier two weeks prior to the hearing.  The proposal would impose a 15 cent per pack tax on all cigarettes sold.


            Gary Breeden owner of DR’s Quick Stop was allowed to address the body concerning this proposed tax. Mr. Breeden stated this tax would hurt his business as well as the others located in the town limits. Mr. Breeden also stated if the tax is imposed customers would go just a little way done the road to Valley Exxon to purchase cigarettes and probably buy gas; therefore he would also loose that sale. Mr. Breeden stated he knew the economy was bad and the town needed more revenue but he felt everyone should be taxed. Mr. Breeden also stated we all need to live within their means without taxing everything. Mr. Breeden noted businesses out of town will not have to worry about the cigarette tax because the county can’t impose it unless passed by the General Assembly. Mr. Breeden stated Luray’s tax was 15 cents and had a split vote, Shenandoah’s tax was 10 cents and was a unanimous vote and he hopes this body will consider hard before making their decision.


            Councilman Knight inquired if Mr. Breeden was sure about the county not being able to impose the tax without passage in the General Assembly. Mr. Breeden assured Mr. Knight he was certain his information was correct. Mr. Breeden thanked the body for their time.


            Mayor Purdham inquired if there had been any other response whether written or verbal on this issue. Mr. Pettit advised he had not received any response for or against the tax in any form at all.


            Mayor Purdham closed the hearing at 7:15 pm.


Public Hearing –  Proposed Budget – 2010-2011

Mayor Purdham called the hearing to order at 7:15 pm. with all Council members present. Also present at the hearing were as follows: Town Manager Terry Pettit, Police Chief Timmy Foster, Public Works Foreman Ronnie McCoy, Bookkeeper Leon Stout, Clerk Norma Cubbage and Steve Thomas.


            Mayor Purdham waived the reading of the notice as published in the Page News and Courier two weeks prior to the hearing.


            The purpose of this meeting is to allow citizens of the Town of Stanley to express their views and comments on this issue.


            Town Manager Terry Pettit noted Mike Uram was unable to attend the meeting due to an injury he suffered to his knee. Mr. Pettit also noted it was the first meeting he missed since 2007. Mr. Pettit further noted Mr. Uram advised him he has a proposed budget of his own and anyone wishing to see may visit him at his residence on Cubbage Road.


             Town Manager Terry Pettit answered Councilwoman Graves inquiry about an insurance amount. Mayor Purdham inquired if he was correct that the figures in the CIP are not reflected in the budget. Mr. Pettit and Leon Stout noted Mayor Purdham was correct the figures are not transferred in the budget figures. Councilman Stoneberger had several concerns: Rent allocations from public works building, figures from the sale of the dump truck or the van, skatepark revenue, and cottage rental at the Hawksbill Recreation Park. Mr. Pettit and Mr. Stout answered all of Councilman Stoneberger concerns.


            Town Manager Pettit noted he had not received any comments written or verbal on this issue.


            Mayor Purdham closed the hearing at 7:30 pm.