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

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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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Council aligns with Planning Commission: No exemption from off-street parking

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The Virginia Beer Museum at 16 Chester Street, may have to nix expansion of its backyard Beer Garden following a Council vote denying an exemption for off-street parking for museums and art galleries. / Royal Examiner File Photo

FRONT ROYAL – A motion to amend Front Royal Town Code 175-127.3 to exempt museums and art galleries from off-street parking requirements failed Monday evening (Jan. 14, 2019) at its second and final reading, as the Front Royal Town Council voted down the measure 4-2.

Councilman Jacob Meza and recently-elected LeTasha Thompson voted in favor of the code change to allow the exemption, while Councilmen Sealock, Tewalt, Gillispie and Holloway voted against the measure.  Prior to the vote Sealock addressed his concerns about a lack of parking data and also reminded the panel that they had originally agreed to affirm the Planning Comission’s  decision.

Virginia Beer Museum owner David Downes had previously submitted a request to receive an off-street parking exemption to expand the entity’s beer garden. The parking spots he hoped to eliminate are behind 14 and 16 Chester Street, where Downes’ law office and the museum are located.

He previously told Royal Examiner that his request was an attempt to be treated the same as the businesses on Main, Jackson and Chester streets, which are exempt from off-street parking requirements.

Last September, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended that Downe’s request be denied in favor of a town-wide parking study after a public hearing in which 14 citizens spoke in favor of the exemption, with three speaking against it.

In other business, the Town Council’s Monday:

  • Appointed William C. Gordon to the Planning Commission, term expiring August 30, 2020.
  • Appointed Eugene Tewalt and Jacob Meza to the Audit & Finance Committee, term expiring Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Appointed William Sealock as Vice-Mayor. He will serve for two years, until the end of his term.
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Town Summit – Part 6, Town Director of Finance B.J. Wilson gives us an ‘Financial Overview’.

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Town Director of Finance B.J. Wilson. Photo and video by Mike McCool, Royal Examiner.

In this 6th and final presentation of the Town Council Summit, Town Director of Finance B.J. Wilson gives us an ‘Financial Overview’.

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Town Council Summit – Part 5, Town Attorney Doug Napier addresses the EDA

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Photo and video by Mike McCool, Royal Examiner

In late 1967, Town Council and the Warren County Board of Supervisors, by reciprocal ordinances, jointly formed the “Industrial Development Authority of the Town of Front Royal and the County of Warren, Virginia”, pursuant to State statutes. This local Industrial Development Authority (“IDA”) currently is known as the Economic Development Authority, or “EDA”. This session, Town Attorney discusses the EDA and its relationship with the County and the Town.

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Town Council Summit – Part 4, Town Attorney Doug Napier addresses ‘Roberts Rules of Order’

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Mayor Hollis Tharpe asks Town Attorney Doug Napier about Roberts Rules of Order. Photo and Video by Mike McCool, Royal Examiner.

In this fourth presentation of the Town Council Summit,  Town Attorney Doug Napier addresses ‘Roberts Rules of Order’:

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Town Council Summit – Part 3, Town Attorney Doug Napier addresses ‘Conflict of Interest’

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Photo and video by Mike McCool, Royal Examiner

In this third presentation of the Town Council Summit,  Town Attorney Doug Napier addresses issues with Conflicts of Interest:

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BOS Reports from County Administrator; County Attorney; WCPS; VDOT

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At the Board of Supervisors meeting on January 8, 2019, the monthly reports from the County Administrator Doug Stanley, County Attorney Dan Whitten gave their reports:


Also Warren County Public Schools – Greg Drescher


And report from Ed Carter, VDOT

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