Monterey Town Council’s June Meeting


The Monterey Town Council held it’s monthly meeting on June 3.  The budget public hearing was rescheduled due to an advertising error.  The rescheduled date is June 17 at 7pm.    There is no increase in tax rates in the proposed fiscal year 2022 budget.  Real estate is .18, mobile homes .48, personal property $1.40, machinery and tools $1.40 and merchant capital $1.40.

County Attorney Melissa Dowd updated the Council on the Board of Supervisors adoption of a county policy regarding COVID requirements for in person meetings.   Those who have not been vaccinated must wear masks and maintain social distancing, while masks and social distancing will be optional for those who have been vaccinated.   Signs will be posted explaining the policy.  Dowd also said that the Supervisors want to continue to offer a virtual option for their meetings.   Currently the modular conference center is the only location with the equipment needed to hold virtual meetings.  She said if the Town Council were to decide to continue to offer a virtual option, it would need to hold meetings there or get equipment for the town office, which was the previous meeting location.

The Town Council adopted the Hazard Mitigation Plan for Monterey.  This is a regional plan that covers twenty one jurisdictions in the central Shenandoah Valley area.  The plan must be adopted by localities in order to be eligible for grants or funding from FEMA.

The Council also voted to purchase a new computer system to replace an outdated system for the town office.

And the Town Council’s close out meeting and adoption of the town budget was set for Tuesday, June 29 at 6:30.

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Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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