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WATCH: Front Royal Town Council meeting June 11th – approves WMH bond issue, public speaks

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The Royal Examiner camera was at the Town Council meeting last night and captured the public input on the new Warren Memorial Hospital. See related story here.

1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Moment of Silence

3. Roll Call
4. Approval of the Regular Council Meeting minutes of May 29, 2018
5. Receipt of Petitions and/or Correspondence from the Public
6. Reports:
a. Report of special committees or Town officials and Town Manager
*Recognition of Officer – Chief Magalis
* Report from County Administrator Doug Stanley
b. Requests and inquiries of Council members.
c. Report of the Mayor
d. Proposals for addition/deletion of items to the Agenda.
7. CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS – (ROLL CALL VOTE REQUIRED)
A. COUNCIL APPROVAL – Proclamation for “Honoring the Front Royal Elks Lodge in Celebrating 150
Years of Service of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks”
B. COUNCIL APPROVAL – Proclamation for “National Flag Day”
C. COUNCIL APPROVAL – Deed of Easement from Crooked Run North, LLC and Marlow &
Silek Investments, LLC to the Town for water/sewer easements and rights-of-way acquisition
for Royal Farms
8.COUNCIL APPROVAL – Ordinance to Amend Town Code Sections 158-6 – Adoption by
Reference of the State Motor Vehicular Laws (2nd Reading)
9. COUNCIL APPROVAL – Resolution to Authorize IDA Issuance of Revenue Bonds for
Financing the new Warren Memorial Hospital
10. COUNCIL APPROVAL – FY19 Budget Amendment to Create a Separate Departmental Budget
for Community Development
11. COUNCIL APPOINTMENT – Planning Commission

Download the agenda here.

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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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