Dan Harshman

The Edinburg Town Council passed two resolutions at Tuesday's meeting to help residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

One resolution waives the penalty and interest on personal property taxes due June 5.

Edinburg Mayor and Town Manager Dan Harshman said in a phone interview Wednesday that the waiver will go out to Sept. 30.

He said they also passed a resolution to waive the late fee on water, sewer and trash bills not paid by the 20th of the month. He said that waiver will also go out to Sept. 30.

The Town Council also approved an ordinance to ensure the continuity in the government of the town, which will allow them to do conference calls and possible virtual meetings in the future.

Harshman said that all but one council member was present at Tuesday's meeting at the town hall and that those present were spread out more than 6 feet apart.

The Town Council also set a date for the public hearing for the proposed 2020-21 budget.  That hearing will be held at 7 p.m. May 12 before the Town Council meeting. Harshman said they are looking into doing a conference phone call or one through online conferencing via Zoom or a similar platform so they could have it virtually, but he's not sure if that will happen.

Harshman said they will be sending out information about the public hearing through e-mails, newspaper ads, Facebook and will be posting it on the town's web site. Harshman said the information will include the town's e-mail addresses, post office box and telephone number for anyone who wants to send any comments to them.

He said there are not many changes in the proposed budget, noting that there are only three small fee increases proposed. Trash pick-up would increase by 50 cents, there would be a 55-cent increase in minimum water bills for the first 3,000 gallons and a 70-cent increase on minimum sewer fees for the first 3,000 gallons.

Harshman said the general fund budget is $924,814. He said the enterprise fund budget is $2,773,500 but in reality, it's just $773,500.

"The two million is if we reach the point where we need our interim financing for a sewer plant upgrade. We will be borrowing two million dollars as interim financing," Harshman said. "...Rural development now requires you to borrow the interim financing, the total amount of the loan and spend that money. So we'll have an interest cost. Whatever money we borrow, it will be an interest-only probably from a year to a year and a half. Then hopefully we're going to have an equal amount in grant monies. So when we spend the interim financing, then the grant funds will kick in and they'll close on the rural development loan and that will pay off the interim financing."

Harshman said that in the proposed budget there is a 3% raise for full-time town employees and a 1% increase for part-time employees. He said there is a stipulation that it will be evaluated in December and the salary increases won't go into effect until January since so much is up in the air due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harshman said they also adjusted the 2019-20 budget but there were only a few small tweaks. The overall budget will go from $1,626,788 to $1,637,394.

Harshman said they also talked about the opening of the Edinburg Town Pool. He said the earliest it will open is June 10, which is the end date Gov. Ralph Northam has set for the stay-at-home order. Harshman said that sometime in May they will start up the pool pumps and start chlorinating the water so that if they can open the pool at some point during the summer they will be ready.

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