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Front Royal Town Council OKs emergency work on water lines

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Utilities damaged by flooding of Happy Creek on April 16-17

By Ben Orcutt - borcutt@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- The Town Council voted unanimously Monday to seek design and installation services on an emergency basis to replace water lines that were damaged as a result of the April 16-17 flooding of Happy Creek.

A resolution approved by the council states that some of the town's water lines in the Happy Creek area are so severely damaged that they are essentially beyond repair.

The resolution goes on to say that the damaged water lines "will have to be replaced by outside contractors as soon as possible to restore normal service to certain Town water customers."

Also, the resolution says that the Town Council has determined that the conditions constitute an emergency "and that extraordinary procurement measures, as authorized by the Virginia Public Procurement Act, are required to deal effectively with the situation."
Finally, the resolution gives the town the authority to take the steps necessary to obtain the means to make the repairs.

In other Monday business, the Town Council also voted unanimously to approve:

• A resolution to grant interim Town Manager Steven M. Burke the authority to submit an application for an allocation of funds for the installation of pedestrian traffic signals, ramps and crosswalks at the intersection of Royal Avenue and Main Street at of cost of $17,500 and at the intersection of John Marshall Highway and Commerce Avenue at a cost of $18,000. The funding, up to $35,500, would come through the Virginia Department of Transportation's Revenue Sharing Program.

• Recommending Wayne Shipman to the judge of Warren County Circuit Court for re-appointment to the Front Royal Board of Zoning Appeals to a five-year term ending May 1, 2016.

• Closing of various streets for the Virginia Wine & Craft Festival weekend to be held May 20-21.

• A request from the Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce proclaiming May 20-21, as "Virginia Wine & Craft Festival Weekend" in the town of Front Royal.

• Acceptance of a contribution from the Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards of $150 for a tree to be planted in Bowman Park on Luray Avenue.

• A request from Front Royal-Warren County Relay for Life to proclaim Friday, May 6, as "Paint the Town Purple Day," in the town of Front Royal.

• A request from Mt. Vernon Baptist Church proclaiming Saturday-Sunday as "Pastor Alfred Woods and First Lady Woods Days" in the town of Front Royal.


Let me be the first to wish all of the residents of Front Royal a Happy Paint the Town Purple Pastor Alfred Woods and First Lady Woods Mothers Day Weekend!!

I would really like the town to fix their sewer lines more then anything. I am getting real tired of cleaning up the town's sewage in my basement every time we get heavy rains.

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