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Murray gains board gavel; reporter’s nomination for vice chair nixed

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Odd man out? Photos/Roger Bianchini. Video by Mark William, Royal Examiner.

The Warren County Board of Supervisors began the business of 2019 with nominations and election of new officers. Perhaps indicating a schism in the pre-vote maneuvering, 2018 incumbent Chairman Tony Carter took a seat at the opposite end of row one of public seating as County Administrator Doug Stanley took the gavel to chair the meeting pending election of a chairman and vice chairman.

Fork District Supervisor Archie Fox responded to Stanley’s call for nominations, quickly naming North River Supervisor Dan Murray for the chairmanship. Shenandoah District Supervisor Tom Sayre seconded Murray’s nomination. Murray was then elected unanimously by a voice vote. Fox then nominated Sayre for the vice chairmanship, with Murray seconding.

Tony Carter takes a seat away from his colleagues BUT close to the auxiliary press table seat of Royal Examiner reporter Roger Bianchini.

Things took a turn for the unexpected at that point when Carter nominated “Roger Bianchini” for vice chair. Caught up in the moment, newly-elected Board Chairman Murray indicated a potential change of preferences, offering his second, second – this time of Bianchini for the vice chairmanship.

However the building momentum of support for Bianchini was unceremoniously derailed when Acting Chair Stanley refused to recognize the nomination of yours truly on the rather shaky premise that the nominee was not a member of the board to which he had been nominated for the vice chairmanship, a role he has long been groomed for and would obviously embrace.

Bianchini on the county vice chairmanship campaign stump?

With the charging dark horse favorite’s name off the table, the now uncontested Sayre nomination was approved without dissent – or much enthusiasm if you ask me.
If you don’t believe me – watch this Royal Examiner video exclusive.

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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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