On Saturday, April 24th, 2021, the Town will authorize the closure of Main Street, a portion of Chester Street and the Village Commons (a.k.a., the Gazebo) beginning at 11:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The closure is to allow restaurants and merchants to serve their patrons outdoors on Town property. Main Street merchants may set up outdoor tables, chairs, or tents on Main Street and Kidd Lane as an extension of their property and merchants not located on Main Street may set up in the Gazebo parking lot.
Restaurants and merchants shall set up on one side of the street to allow emergency vehicles through. It is up to each merchant to follow all the applicable ABC regulations and the Governor’s COVID-19 Executive Orders, as amended.
The closure of Main Street and the Gazebo area protects pedestrians checking in at the Visitors Center & Gazebo area for the Empty Bowl “To Go” Event and while browsing for hand crafted ceramic bowls and soup from restaurants and merchants along Main Street.
The Empty Bowl Supper benefits the House of Hope for Homeless Men. House of Hope has a significant impact on the transformation for homeless men who are ready and committed to making a permanent change in their lives. A professional staff of case workers develops a proactive plan with each citizen to re-enter society as a productive citizen with stable housing. In the meantime, the non-denominational and non-discriminatory 24-Hour Emergency Intake service provides shelter, food, and guidance in obtaining needed services.
Empty Bowl Supper offers a “To Go” service in accordance with CDC guidelines. Tickets for bowls and soup are sold online, or at Explore Art & Clay (100 E 8th St. Front Royal, VA).
Passage Creek Rising and JWX: The Jarreau Williams Experience will be playing live at the Town Commons Gazebo.
Town issues voluntary water conservation order
The Town of Front Royal has observed that as of July 27, 2021, the daily stream flow rate of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River has dropped below 400 Cubic Feet per Second (CFS), or approximately 260 Million Gallons per Day.
The Town’s permit for water withdrawal from the river issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality stipulates certain river flow rates require various conservation measures. As a result of this reduced river flow and in compliance with the issued withdrawal permit, all users of the Town of Front Royal’s municipal water system are requested to observe voluntary water conservation efforts.
Voluntary water conservation practices include the following:
Watering shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, plants, or any other vegetation from Town water supplies before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. (except indoor plantings, greenhouse and commercial nursery stocks, and new plantings less than one-year-old)
Limit washing automobiles, trucks, trailers, boats, airplanes, or other types of mobile equipment to only once a week and only before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m. Use of a commercial vehicle wash facility does not need to follow these time restrictions.
Washing of private streets, driveways, parking lots, service station grounds, or other paved outdoor surfaces before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m.
Limiting the operation of any ornamental fountains, unless the water is recycled.
Limit filling of swimming and/or wading pools, except that filled pools may be topped off to maintain the appropriate levels for use.
Serving drinking water in restaurants only upon patron request.
Other voluntary water conservation suggestions:
Operate only fully loaded dishwashers and clothes washing machines.
Take short showers instead of baths
Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth
Use two basins when washing dishes by hand, one for washing and one for rinsing, rather than letting tap run
Reduce all non-essential water usage
Repair or replace all water fixtures with reduced flow fixtures
If you have any questions about this voluntary water restriction, please contact the Town’s Water Treatment Plant at (540) 636-7474.
(Town of Front Royal Press Release.)
Town Notice: Road closure-Happy Creek sewer replacement
The Town will have a contractor, Snyder Environmental Services, upgrading a sewer mainline as part of the Town’s I&I Program. This work will begin on July 26, 2021, and be conducted through November 12, 2021.
This work will be performed on South Commerce Avenue, Radham Street, the Arboretum walking path across the creek to Stonewall Drive.
East Stonewall Drive bridge will be closed from July 26 through September 24, 2021, to allow the contractor to perform work and access both sides of the creek.
East Stonewall Drive will be closed from Commerce Avenue to Fletcher Street. Signs, cones, and message boards will be in place for road closure. Motorists are asked to use caution while driving in this area and to be aware of crews working.
Once the night work is scheduled for the South Commerce Avenue portion of the project, the Town Public Works will provide an update with dates and times.
Town Notice: Road Closure, Street Paving
The Town of Front Royal has scheduled contractor, Kickin’ Asphalt, to pave Wine Street, Evelyn Court, Leach Street, Northview Street and Parkview Drive.
Paving will be on weekdays from July 15, 2021-July 23, 2021; 7 am-7 pm. Milling and overlay operation with flaggers present for traffic control. Road closures are possible at times.
Motorists are asked to use caution while driving in these areas and be aware of crews working.
Update: Royal Cinemas getting a face lift, street closing to install
The Town of Front Royal has approved a contractor to close E. Main Street from Church Street to Crescent Street on July 13-15, 2021, from 6 am-5 pm, weather permitting.
This closure is for the Royal Cinemas Movie Theater to complete its facade work.
Motorists are asked to use caution while driving in this area and be aware of crews working.
Town Notice: Board of Architectural Review seeking board member to fill unexpired term
Town Council is searching for a citizen who is interested in serving on the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) to fill an unexpired term ending November 13, 2024. The BAR is a 5-member panel appointed by Town Council. Those interested in serving must own property in Warren County or Front Royal. Each member is appointed to a 4-year term. Meetings are held once a month or as needed.
The Board of Architectural Review shall have the power and authority for issuing or denying certificates of appropriateness for construction, reconstruction, substantial exterior alteration, razing, or relocation within the historic district overlay area.
Members shall make every effort to attend at least one (1) training session annually sponsored by the Department of Historic Resources, the Preservation Alliance of Virginia, or other organizations that are involved with historic preservation issues, design and review standards, or other work of the BAR. Training sessions will be paid for by the Town of Front Royal.
If you are interested in serving on the BAR please send application/resume to:
Mayor & Town Council
Attn: Tina L Presley, Clerk of Council
102 E. Main Street, P. O. Box 1560
Front Royal, Virginia 22630
Applications are available on the Town’s website https://www.frontroyalva.com/ or by contacting the Clerk of Council.
Town Notice: Year-End Processing
Due to the Town’s Fiscal Year ending, online payments will NOT be accepted on the Town’s Website beginning Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at 3:00 pm and ending Thursday, July 1, 2021, at 10:00 am.
There is a secure 24-hour depository located at the back of Town Hall (102 E. Main Street near the Drive-Thru) for your convenience.
If you have questions or concerns please contact the Town’s Finance Department Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at (540) 635-7799.
(Press Release from the Town of Front Royal)