By Stefanie Jackson – Exmore closed the books on another successful fiscal year, and now the town looks forward to several special events happening later this summer and fall.
Exmore grossed more than $2.25 million from water and sewer service, trash collection, taxes and fees, and other income in FY 2019. Its expenses totaled less than $1.85 million, resulting in a net income over expenses of more than $412,000 for the year.
The town earned more income than expected in almost every category. There were a few unforeseen expenses, including more than $10,500 to send a new law enforcement officer to the police academy when only $1,500 was budgeted for police education.
With another profitable fiscal year under his belt, Town Manager Robert Duer is ready to move forward with Exmore’s sewer project.
The Hampton Roads Sanitation District is interested in connecting Exmore, Nassawadox, and Melfa to Onancock’s wastewater treatment facility, which has capacity to spare. The towns would pay for the infrastructure and HRSD would take over service and billing.
But there is no guarantee that all four towns and both Northampton and Accomack counties will commit to the project.
Thus far, there have been “a lot of meetings, not a lot of action,” Duer said.
HRSD will provide information on its proposal at public meetings held in mid-August, he added.
Exmore also has several community events lined up.
National Night Out with the Exmore Police Department will offer an evening of family fun Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Shakespeare In the Park is Friday, Sept. 20 with the Brown Box Theatre Project presenting “Measure for Measure.”
The Eastern Shore Music and Soul Food Festival is Thursday, Sept. 26.
All three events will be in Exmore Town Park.
Exmore will also host the Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore (CBES) 27th annual Between the Waters bike tour Oct. 26.
Marketing Consultant Clarice MacGarvey announced Saturday, Aug. 24, will be Exmore Day at the Eastern Shore of Virginia Welcome Center, and Exmore business owners are invited to attend and take advantage of the free promotion on the welcome center’s busiest day of the year.