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‘Browntown at Night’ – NO agricultural event center here … maybe
January 12, 2018

Among opponents speaking against the Albarelli proposal was Alan Brockway, chief of South Warren’s Volunteer Fire Company 3. Like many, Brockway expressed traffic safety concerns, noting Co. 3 already averages one traffic accident call per week on Browntown Rd. Photos/Roger Bianchini.

FRONT ROYAL – Rather than a TV show featuring the dance-music-era “night life” of a community, Wednesday evening’s “Browntown at Night” gathering at a Warren County Government Center Meeting Room nearly full of South Warren residents showed that a clear majority is perfectly happy with their commercial nightlife status quo – NONE!!!

At issue at the January 10 Warren County Planning Commission meeting were zoning amendment and conditional use permit requests by Browntown property owners Michael and Judith Albarelli. Approved, those requests would allow an “agricultural events center” on an 87-acre portion of their 300-acre, Agriculturally-zoned property off Broad Run Road. A number of the 44 speakers at two public hearings – one on the zoning amendment, the other on a conditional use permit for the Albarelli property – expressed respect, admiration and even affection for the couple, as well as some of their preservation plans for their property. However, only five expressed outright support for their proposal to allow an agricultural events center estimated for 20 to 30 events per year, with guests numbering from 40 to 50 or 150 to 250 depending on perceptions of the proposal.

Consequently, by a 3-2 margin the planning commission voted to forward the zoning ordinance amendment request to the board of supervisors with a recommendation of denial. Commissioners Stickley, Smelser and Henry opposed the zoning amendment, with Myers and Rinaldi supporting it.

The Albarelli’s CUP application for their property was then postponed for 90 days on a unanimous voice vote. That “split decision” indicated a belief by the planning commission, and perhaps some of the speakers in opposition to the Albarellis’ application, that some variation of agricultural events centers on Agriculturally-zoned land is not a bad idea in principal.

At issue for the great bulk of Browntown residents opposing the proposal were the wide range of events sought in the application, as well as traffic safety issues on Browntown and Broad Run Roads. The list of events the Albarelli’s planned for their property included “company picnics and recreational gatherings, family reunions, retirement parties, fundraising galas, reception dinners, small weddings, educational retreats, seminars and workshops. Noise from some of those events carrying for miles across Browntown, or just across the street, was cited as a disruption of the quiet, rural lifestyle ambience most residents have either stayed or moved to Browntown to achieve.

A number of opponents pointed out that events like weddings, company picnics, recreational gatherings and fundraising galas were NOT “agricultural events”. Those same critics had less issue with educational retreats, seminars and workshops related to agricultural uses and preservation.

In fact, addressing his and his wife’s proposal to open the public hearing on the conditional use permit application, Michael Albarelli explained that he was seeking a revenue source to support his efforts toward “forest management” for the bulk of his 300 acres – “that cost is daunting” Albarelli said. He agreed that many of the events described in his proposal were not agriculture in nature, but he noted they would support his forest management efforts on his property.

Above, Michael Albarelli states his case for an event center to financially support his desired forest management project for his 300 acre property; below, the Albarellis, center, find a light moment among the generally good-natured hostility.


Albarelli bemoaned a lack of communications with neighbors and what he described as misrepresentations of his proposal.

“Our specific property has been severely misrepresented, which is why there are so many people here,” Albarelli said. He added that social media or other descriptions of him related to the application were “a little bit of character assassination”. Albarelli said he was described as “an absentee landlord with a get-rich scheme – I assure you that is not true,” he said.

Albarelli observed that worldwide the Shenandoah Valley is recognized as “the best example … of nature reclaiming an area that was clear-cut for agricultural purposes.” Then he pointed to ongoing threats to that naturally-reclaimed Valley from gypsy moths, fungus and other threats from multiple environmental and other sources.

“Our ultimate dream is to undertake the kind of educational seminars … to support this type of activity,” Albarelli said of forest management and preservation of the natural wonders that Browntown has developed within.
And while most speakers would share the Albarellis’ concern and desire to develop strategies to preserve their slice of the Shenandoah Valley, the scope of the Albarelli application was too much for most to agree to.

So the postponement of a vote on the Albarelli Conditional Use Permit application to allow it to be reworked to deal with the nature, size, traffic and other variables may be a positive sign. That sign being that with ongoing cooperation, the Albarellis, their neighbors and the county planning staff may be able to come up with a compromise proposal that will be seen as a benefit to Browntown, Warren County and the Shenandoah Valley, rather than a detriment.

Most opponents, like former Park Ranger Cindy Barnhart, might agree that forest management is a good end, but that the Albarelli CUP application is not the best means to that end.

One crucial variable on a potential compromise will be traffic management and perhaps road improvements to both Browntown and Broad Run Roads. One man described Broad Run Road off which the Albarelli property lies as “not much wider than this podium” as he spoke at one of the public hearings.
“Who pays for road improvements – will VDOT help?” Happy Creek Planning Commissioner Robert Myers wondered. County Planning Director Taryn Logan observed there were no road improvements included as part of the original Albarelli application.

Fork District Planning Commissioner Hugh Henry pointed to aspects of a compromise, suggesting less vehicular traffic accessing events, no amplified music, one-day events only that would be concluded by a prescribed time, likely late afternoon or early evening – “I can support this, just not as it’s written,” Henry said prior to the vote to postpone the conditional use permit application.

“I think we all agree that Mr. and Mrs. Albarelli are very professional and squared-away people,” Shenandoah District Planning Commissioner Ralph Rinaldi added. “I agree with Mr. Henry and Mr. Myers that this should be delayed and redone to fit what was said here tonight … As was said, that property could be logged (by right in an Agriculture District). I’m all for property rights – as long as they work to the best interest, safety and welfare of the people in that area.”

Were a positive resolution on the Albarelli permit application reached three months down the road, the planners would have to revisit their initial 3-2 recommendation of denial of the zoning amendment that would facilitate that permit – or perhaps just tell the supervisors to ignore that recommendation, upon further consideration.

Also at the first county planning commission meeting of 2018, Scott Stickley, Robert Myers and Cindy Kokernak were unanimously re-elected as board chairman, vice chairman and secretary, respectively.

In the end the county planning commissioners decided to see if the Albarelli application can be re-tooled over three months to their and a Browntown majority’s liking.




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Council defeats Property Maintenance Code with Rental Inspection District
January 10, 2018

Chris Morrison has been passionate about protecting the town’s renters – but a council majority now views enforcement of specific rental property standards as too expensive or too problematic. File Photos/Roger Bianchini.

FRONT ROYAL– By a voice vote of 6-0 on Monday night, January 8, the Front Royal Town Council began the process of removing the Rental Inspection District and its specific protections of town renters from the proposed Property Maintenance Code.
Chris Morrison’s motion to approve the first reading of the combined code failed by a 0-6 voice vote. During an adjournment in the January 8 meeting Morrison, who has been council’s chief advocate of adding town legal protections for renters, explained his “no” vote.

“You know what’s going on here; you were at the work session last week. I have to work with what I know can pass,” Morrison said. By joining the “no” votes, Morrison would be able to re-introduce the renter protections part of the failed ordinance at a future date when passage would seem more likely. The council majority has made it clear it plans to reintroduce the Property Maintenance portion of the ordinance proposal without the rental district.

Work session discussion on January 2 indicated a council majority did not support the rental inspection district or the costs associated with enforcement. During a July 2017 work session Mayor Tharpe estimated an annual cost of as much as $150,000 to create a position to oversee requested inspections and enforcement where violations existed. “We’ll see if our council will belly-up with a tax increase,” Tharpe said at the time. The eventual answer was “no”.

During the discussion six months ago Councilman John Connolly pointed out that revenue from one-cent of a past real estate tax hike had already been committed to fund a position that could handle such duties. Each penny of town real estate tax produces about $105,000, so another half penny hike could fund the position.

But in the immediate future, renters with serious complaints about the condition and circumstance imposed by some landlords will have to hope that the Property Maintenance Code portion of the proposed ordinance can be applied to assuring some basic living standards are provided to town renters. That appears to be Councilman Morrison’s hope in the short term

During a September 25 public hearing after which council tabled action on the proposed code, a number of renters at a highly visible property at 122 South Royal Avenue, described horrid conditions which several believe contributed to at least one’s respiratory health issues. The owner of that property, described as  retired Doctor Mir Batouli of Great Falls, is one of a number of out-of-the-area landlords cited as perhaps less interested in basic maintenance than maximizing profits from their properties.

Several locally-based landlords spoke in favor of increased protections against absentee-landlord abuses, but also expressed concerns about some aspects of the code. Those concerns included inadvertent punishment of conscientious landlords for minor issues; or impacts on adjoining properties from declaring offending properties such as described by tenants of 122 South Royal Avenue as “blighted”.

The owner of rental property at 122 S. Royal Avenue was cited as a likely target of rental protections by current and past tenants during a Sept. 25, 2017 public hearing.

Speaking in support of the code, former council candidate Linda Allen pointed out that landlord abuses generally target the community’s most vulnerable citizens. Those are citizens not in a position financially to either file civil actions or just up and move.
Another local landlord, C & C Frozen Treats owner William Huck, told council, “It is not a matter of if, but a matter of when you pass this.” Apparently the “when” involves a council willingness to add a half cent to the local real estate tax to fund enforcement.

And facing a 2.8-cent tax hike over the next six years to fund current or pending capital improvements like the new police headquarters, walking trails, sidewalks and physical improvements to historic downtown business district properties, the “when” remains in doubt. The Town’s current real estate tax rate is 13-cents per $100 of assessed value.

Local landlord and businessman William Huck urged passage of a rental inspection district to hold all landlords accountable to minimum standards of habitability as defined by the Town.

Suggested alternative methods of rental property enforcement suggested by another local landlord, David Silek, were cited by Town Attorney Doug Napier as unfeasible under existing legal definitions. Those alternatives included criminal prosecution under public nuisance or public health statutes. See related story:  Town attorney responds to rental inspections questions

Reintroduction of the Property Maintenance Code sans the Rental Inspection District can proceed immediately following the first-reading vote against the joint ordinance. On January 2, Town Attorney Doug Napier explained that no second reading vote would be required once the first reading approval failed. Council has authorized re-advertisement for a new public hearing on the Property Maintenance Code, sans the Rental Inspection District.


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FRPD Officers Ramey, Treese & BZA member Shipman acknowledged by Town
January 10, 2018

From left, Sarah and Jonathan Treese, daughter Taryn, Lacey Lancaster and Marc Ramey, Chief Magalis, Major  Nicewarner and Captain Ryman. Photos/Roger Bianchini

Getting pinned – at the Monday, January 8, Front Royal Town Council meeting Front Royal Police Officers Marc Ramey and Jonathan Treese were acknowledged, Ramey for his transfer from the patrol division to investigations and Treese for his move into the department and its patrol division from Shenandoah County law enforcement.

FRPD Chief Kerry “Kahle” Magalis introduced the officers and Major Kevin Nicewarner and Captain Jason Ryman rounded out the departmental representation.

Officer Marc Ramey is congratulated for his move into investigations.

Ramey has served with FRPD since 2007 when he began in communications. He was named “Civilian Employee of the Year” in 2011. Ramey became an officer in the Patrol Division in January 2012 and was named “Officer of the Year” in 2015. He became a detective in November of last year. Ramey was pinned for that promotion by his girlfriend Lacey Lancaster.

While Treese just joined FRPD in December 2017, he is not a newcomer to law enforcement. The Woodstock resident holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Messiah College and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from Liberty University. He switched career paths from teaching to law enforcement in 2008 when he became a reserve officer with the Strasburg Police Department. He was certified as a correctional officer and worked in the Shenandoah County Jail in 2009. He was then certified as a police officer in 2010 and continued to work in Shenandoah County law enforcement.

Officer Jonathan Treese is pinned by wife Sarah as daughter Taryn keeps the chief straight.

Treece was pinned for that move across county lines by his wife Sarah under the watchful eye of daughter Taryn.

Also on January 8, the family of the late Town Board of Zoning Appeals member Wayne L. Shipman was presented with a plaque of appreciation for his service to the community. Mayor Hollis Tharpe did the honors. Vice Mayor Eugene Tewalt recalled Shipman’s appointment in February of 2010 and noted the conscientiousness of his commitment to the town. Shipman continued to serve on the BZA until his passing on December 18, 2017.

In a moving and emotional moment, Shipman’s family received a standing ovation from council, town staff and the public upon the mayor’s presentation.

The family of the late Board of Zoning Appeals member Wayne L. Shipman receives a token of the town government’s appreciation of their loved one’s nearly 8 years of service to his community.

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Front Royal benefits from additional CDBG funding found by State
January 9, 2018

Looking west and east on Front Royal’s East Main St. – things are looking up with the influx of an unexpected $700,000 in state community development grant funding to Front Royal. Photos/Roger Bianchini


FRONT ROYAL – Sometimes it pays to be Number 2, well actually Number 16, just one position out of the money among applicants for State economic development grant money. As Front Royal’s Community Development Director Felicia Hart explained to council following the September 19 announcement of over $9-million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding announced for distribution to 15 Virginia municipalities, Front Royal was Number One out of the second group of municipal applicants – the group not getting money.

But being Number One out of the Number Two group paid off on January 5, when the office of Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the awarding of another $2,149,346 in CDBG funding to four more municipalities. Consequently Front Royal will receive $700,000 to foster economic revitalization to its business district.

Having faced the disappointment of being so close, yet out of the money less than four months ago, Royal Examiner asked town Community Development Director Hart about the unexpected good news to start the new year.

“We, as a town and community, feel very fortunate that additional State funds were found to help us secure this grant towards the economic revitalization of our area. In addition to all the volunteers who put all their time and effort into making this a success, Town Council should be acknowledged for their work in understanding the need for this grant and finding the funds to match the requested State funds.
“This grant provides us two years to implement, so our committee will be putting together an overall timeline – to-do’s, projects, fund allocations, etc. – as part of our entire game plan. I’m excited to see all the hard work of our volunteers rewarded. Now, we’ll be rolling up our sleeves and getting back to work – again.
“What a great problem to have!”

Now the positive movement on downtown Front Royal re-development from the private sector will get a boost from the federal government, by way of state government administration. Above, the Barnhart properties on the 100 block of East Main Street are undergoing external and internal overhauls; as is the Weaver building across the street – brew pubs, Thai restaurants, and more are coming.

In the governor’s Friday, January 5 press release, McAuliffe said, “This program has long been providing funding for projects that improve the quality of life for thousands of Virginians every year. Through Community Development Block Grants, we are able to address needs across the Commonwealth including critical infrastructure, such as water and sewer service, as well as improve economic development opportunities, ensuring job creation in rural areas. I congratulate the four grantees and look forward to the success of these projects in Virginia.”

The governor’s office release also traced the history of the program: “Since 1982, the federally-funded CDBG program has been administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Nearly three hundred non-metropolitan cities, counties, and towns are eligible for this program in the Commonwealth. Most of the approximately $16.5 million Virginia receives annually is allocated among local government applicants through a competitive process using objective scoring criteria developed in consultation with eligible localities.”

Receiving the additional CDBG funds in addition to Front Royal ($700,000) were the Town of Narrows ($699,346) and the Counties of Scott ($250,000) and Amherst ($500,000). Awarding of the State CDBG funds mandates a matching investment, if not precisely 50/50 close to it, by the municipality to achieve its redevelopment proposal.

The Town’s original application sought one-million dollars from the State under a special exception of need. The projects cited in that application included six focused on downtown. The first of those sought exterior improvements to privately owned business properties in the Downtown Historic Business District:
· Façade improvements, $365,000 State/$350,000 Town;
The other five downtown projects cited physical improvements to publicly owned Town property, including:
· Physical improvements, public restrooms and drinking fountains, to the Town Gazebo area, $125,000 State/$26,180 Town;
· Multi-purpose Open Air Gathering Space, Gazebo area, $137,500 State/$114,500 Town;
· Sidewalk and streetlight upgrades on East Main Street, $25,000 State/$13,500 Town;
· Improvement to Jackson Street parking and side street and alley enhancements, $40,000 State/$16,500 Town.
· A sixth project, the Royal Shenandoah Greenway tied to the Criser Road Trail Link, was proposed at no cost to the State, with all $400,000 funded by the Town.
So, including the Greenway project funded in total by the Town ($400,000) and the façade improvements for private businesses ($735,000 total State and Town), the total amount of funding proposed for Public Improvements in the original million-dollar funding application was $898,180, with $327,500 from the State and $570,680 funded by the Town.

Other costs included:
· Administrative ($87,350 total – $79,800 State/$7,550 Town);
· Signage ($190,500 total – $156,000 State/$34,500 Town);
· and Branding & Marketing ($74,900 total – $51,700 State/$23,200 town.

If you glazed over by ALL those NUMBERS, the grand total of the originally-submitted Town of Front Royal CDBG application was $1,985,930, with $1,000,000 even coming from the State and remaining $985,930 funded by the Town.

Hart told Royal Examiner on Monday, January 8, that the Towns’ Project Management Team for the grant will have to reappraise its priorities to determine how the $300,000 reduction in State funding will impact the revitalization plan.

As stated by Town Planning Director Jeremy Camp during a Monday night council meeting power point presentation on the CDBG program and the Town’s most recent visioning statement related to the grant application, communities receiving CDBG funds have two years to complete their redevelopment project utilizing the State money. As for potential cuts to the plan, Camp pointed to a pavilion included as part of the Gazebo
area public improvements as a “large-ticket” item cost-wise that might be a prime candidate to be deferred five or so years into the future.

Then there are old favorites like Royal Cinemas and not-quite-as-old Brooklyn’s Marketplace under the tree next door. Will there be façade improvement money coming all these new and old business’s way?

Local Government
Downtown Revitalization Plan: Envision 2.0
January 8, 2018

Joe Waltz, Front Royal Town Manager

FRONT ROYAL, VA – With great pleasure and anticipation, Town Manager, Joe Waltz, has announced that the Town of Front Royal has been awarded $700,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the Town’s Downtown Revitalization Plan: Envision 2.0. The news arrived late Friday afternoon by announcement from Governor Terry McAuliffe. Governor McAuliffe congratulated the Town and the three other grant recipients for projects that will foster economic development in the Commonwealth.

The Downtown Revitalization Plan, Envision 2.0, was approved by Town Council about a year ago. It was developed under the leadership and direction of the Project Management Team. The Project Management Team consists of a group of local citizens, local businesses, organization heads, and local officials that represent the community (Town and County). The project was organized by the Town Director of Planning & Zoning, Jeremy Camp, who oversaw the meetings and drafting process. The Town Director of Community Development and Tourism, Felicia Hart, also played a significant role in the process. In addition, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission (NSVRC) provided technical assistance.

The plan for Envision 2.0 includes several different project activities. A list of the project activities is shown below. Most notably are the Façade Improvement Program and Branding Program. The Façade Improvement Program will assist property owners with grants to help them renovate the exterior of facades of their buildings in the downtown revitalization area. The Branding Program will include marketing strategies and signage to help attract tourists to the community.

Façade Improvement Program
Branding Program
Parking and Alley Improvements and Design
Planning & Design for Streetscape Improvements
Public Restroom and Drinking Fountain
Multi-Purpose Open Air Gathering Space / Pavilion
Artistic Mural Program
Criser Road Trail (already under construction)

The Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Todd Haymore, said that “We are able to leverage this program together with local and private resources to maximize opportunities and ensure that all communities have tools they need to flourish in the new Virginia economy.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the project may contact Jeremy Camp at (540)635-4236 or by email at [email protected]

Local Government
WATCH: Continued Discussion of Property Maintenance Code
January 5, 2018

Town Council held a public hearing on September 25, 2017 for adoption of a Property Maintenance Code and Establishment of a Rental Inspection District. Council voted to postpone the first reading to discuss in more detail in a work session and vote on the first reading at the next regular meeting held after the work session.

Other Meetings Held

August 28, 2017 – Public hearing to receive public input.
September 25, 2017 – Public Hearing on the first reading of the Ordinance – was postponed
October 16, 2017 – was removed from the work session
November 6, 2017 – agreed to move to the November 13th agenda for first reading vote
November 13, 2107 – was removed from the agenda
November 20, 2017 – Discussed the possibility of separating the two items

A public hearing would have to be re-advertised if the two items were separated since the proposed Property Maintenance Code amendments include references to the Establishment of the Rental Inspection District. The ordinance would have to be revised and advertised to the public as such.

Click to download Work Session Agenda.

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WATCH: Relocation of the local vehicle decals
January 5, 2018

Town Staff was notified by the County of Warren that the 2019 Virginia Inspection Stickers will be moved to the left corner of the windshield; therefore, the Town and County local vehicle decals will have to be moved as well. Per the Virginia State Police Media Release the move is “due to the automobile manufactures crash avoidance technology that utilizes the center of the windshield and placement of items in that area including stickers could prevent crash avoidance system from operating properly”. Council is requested to discuss with the County of Warren a course of action for the relocation of the local vehicle decals that may stay in place until December 31, 2018.

Click to download Work Session Agenda.

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Valley Health rep addresses absence of maternity ward in hospital plan
January 4, 2018

Two views of the existing WMH, which has served the Warren County community for 65 years since the early 1950’s. Photo/Roger Bianchini

FRONT ROYAL – As referenced in our story on the first Warren County Board of Supervisors meeting of 2018, the plan for a new Warren Memorial Hospital to be constructed off Leach Run Parkway between the new Warren County Middle School and John Marshall Highway does not contain a maternity ward.  See story here.  It is a fact raising alarm bells with some county residents.

Following the county supervisors January 3 meeting, at which a request for a Letter of Support for Valley Health’s Certificate of Need for a new facility, the Royal Examiner spoke to Valley Health representative Terry Mayes about the decision to build a new hospital in Warren County designed to serve the community’s needs, one might guess for at least a half century or more – the existing Warren Memorial Hospital is 65 years old according to the county report on plans for a replacement facility.

Mayes said the decision was based on existing birth numbers at WMH over the past five years. Annual births have averaged 333 over that five-year period, less than one a day. Mayes said the last time she checked the suggested annual average to justify maintaining a hospital maternity ward was 500 births.

“The planning team and Valley Health Board took this decision very seriously, it was not taken lightly,” Mayes says. She said the low volume of births at WMH has created recruiting difficulties for medical personnel with a focus on maternity.

In second row, Valley Health’s Terry Mayes listens to county supervisors’ discussion of the new WMH plan.

Of a concern the absence of a maternity ward at a new WMH would result in births occurring in the hospital’s emergency room, Mayes said Valley Health planned additional training and staff in the new facility’s ER to address that likelihood. She added that coordination would occur with Winchester Medical Center’s maternity staff and local emergency services to accommodate future births originating in Warren County, planned for transport to WMC about 25 miles away. The new hospital is slated to open in 2020.

Mayes also observed that prenatal care provided in Warren County by Valley Health’s Obstetrics and Gynecology departments and Front Royal Family Practice would be utilized to identify any potential complications that might suggest early transport for a pregnant mother to the Winchester facility. – “We will be proactive if a need is identified, pre-birth evaluations, planning transport ahead” all will be applied to Warren County’s maternity needs, Mayes said.

Of the likelihood planned future growth – there are residential development plans for as many as 1138 new homes on about 750 acres on the town’s east side by Front Royal Limited Partnership alone – will result in an increased county birth rate, Mayes said the new WMH campus will have space to expand services if necessary. However, in the agenda packet summary of the new hospital plan it is noted that Valley Health believes
much of future Warren County residential development will target “senior adults” with “a nominal increase in women of childbearing age”.
While there is not space in the new hospital design to add a maternity ward, a wellness center also planned for the hospital campus could be physically expanded if necessary, Mayes said.

The project summary presented to the county board of supervisors on January 3 states that “the new hospital campus will occupy approximately 28 acres of the 150-acre parcel” Valley Health acquired for the project in 2008.

What IS planned for the new hospital are:
· 36 private inpatient rooms;
· 18 Emergency Department rooms, with space for four additional rooms;
· Three operating rooms;
· Two endoscopy/procedure rooms;
· A cardiac catheterization lab;
· And green space and walking trails to encourage staff, patients and visitors to down-time, healthful, outdoor activity.
AND that wellness center that could be, or has adjacent land upon which a maternity ward could be added, if and when necessary.

Local Government
WATCH: Town FY2019 initial departmental budget requests
January 4, 2018

Staff is providing council with a list of FY2019 initial departmental budget requests for capital items, staffing, and other items impacting the budget prior to being incorporated into the FY2019 proposed budget.

The list includes departmental requests that will likely be deferred for the future and are not planned to be included in the FY2019 budget at this time. Staff anticipates that additional items will need to be deferred in order to provide a balanced proposed budget.

Click to download Work Session Agenda.



Local Government
UPDATE: On IT Federal and Royal Phoenix.
January 4, 2018


The purpose of this agenda item is to provide an update on IT Federal and Royal Phoenix.

• IT Federal. Site Plans and permits have been issued and utility connection fees where paid in the amount of $39,638.

• Pump Station. Pennoni Associates is presently working on a pump station plan for the Royal Phoenix project and a design for the initial pump station. Pennoni is looking into options to relocate the first pump station and to determine if a pump station is even needed at all for the first building at IT federal. Town Staff requested that Pennoni Assoicates complete this work as soon as possible.

• Royal Phoenix. The Planning Commission met in work session with a representative of Pennoni Associates about the Master Land Use Plan and Traffic Study for Royal Phoenix (everything beyond IT Federal). The Planning Commission identified a number of concerns about impacts of the project on the Town. The most significant concern raised by the Planning Commission was: Who will be paying for the proposed infrastructure? A follow-up work session was scheduled for January where the EDA would be requested to attend to answer questions.

Click to download Work Session Agenda.