NEW WINDSOR — The county's smallest town has become enmeshed in the budget woes ofa national company.
Since Southland Corp., owner of the High's store here, filed for bankruptcy last spring, the town has not receivedpayment for the water its only convenience store uses.
"This is going to drag on," said Town Clerk Richard M. Warehime at Wednesday's council session. "It's not a big bill now but it could grow to a pretty big size."
Attorney Marker C. Lovell said the town could write the corporation at its Dallas, Texas, headquarters, itemizing the $100 water bill.
Warehime said the town usually turns off the water when homeowners neglect their bills. He added the business shouldn't be any different.
"I am in favor of cutting them off and letting them scream," he said. "It's the principal of the thing that irks me."
Councilman Terry Petry said the store still receivesits stock regularly and must be meeting some of its obligations.
"We are a supplier, too," said Petry. "We have the option of not delivering."
Petry said an area developer owns the building High's uses. He suggested contacting the developer and asking for payment.
In other business:
* The council voted to purchase two new filing cabinets for the town hall.
* Scheduled a meeting with the county plans reviewer to discuss the Blue Ridge development.
* Councilman R. Kenneth Green said he was working with Trooper Phil Henry on the abandoned cars, which the town has outlawed.
"We will be sending registered letters to owners," said Green. "The cars will have to be removed within 30 days."
* The town's trash contractor will collect Christmas trees Saturday, carrying them to the old dump on Route 31. The county will shred the trees there and return the mulch to residents.