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Possibility of council term limits addressed

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Ex-member said other towns considered option of limiting how often a person could serve

By Kaitlin Mayhew -- kmayhew@nvdaily.com

STRASBURG -- After looking into concerns voiced by a resident at its last meeting, Town Manager Judson Rex informed the Town Council at its Monday work session that there is no state law that would allow the panel to establish term limits.

At the Dec. 13 council meeting, former Councilman Carl Rinker, of Strasburg, addressed the panel and said that other towns, such as New Market and Front Royal, had considered the option of limiting the number of times a person could serve on council.

Rex said on Monday that since the meeting staff has investigated and found no grounds for this claim.

According to council documents, Mark Flynn, of the Virginia Municipal League, who was consulted on the matter, wrote that there is currently no law that would even allow establishment of such restrictions.

"I did contact Carl and gave him this information," said Mayor Tim Taylor.

The council also discussed land-use designations that are part of a long-term "community plan" on Monday.

Rex showed a future land-use map that he has been working on in conjunction with the Planning Commission that details plans for the land along John Marshall Highway (Va. 55) reaching to the North Shenandoah Industrial Park and then to Interstate 81.

Rex said there will still be more discussion as to whether to leave the stretch of land along Va. 55 to the Interstate 81 interchange zoned commercial or to rezone it industrial.

Councilman Robert Baker voiced concern about rezoning the land.

"We're not going to get the same revenue from say a Mercury Paper Co. as we are from a Martin's [food store]," he said.

Rex responded saying that wasn't necessarily the case. He cited machinery and tools taxes that would come in from some form of industry moving in, as well as the impact of bringing high-paying jobs to the area.

"Commercial land will also generate more traffic than industrial," Baker said.

He said if he were deciding whether to put a store such as a Martin's in that location, he would worry about patrons having difficulty getting to it.

Rex agreed that the traffic patterns may need to be looked at.

The council decided to reignite the conversation at a joint meeting with the Planning Commission scheduled for Jan. 17.


Here is a perfect opportunity for the council members to show whether they care more about the people of the town or tax revenue to spend on their pet projects. Industrial use will bring quality CAREERS right there in town as opposed to minimum wage retail JOBS. Please don't destroy the 55 corrider by lining it with stores making it impossible to get into town. Leave that mess to Rt. 11 if you must. Heck, the land is already cleared. Mercury Paper should be an example of what is needed, a quality job producing industry that adds little impact to the town in terms of traffic or development.

So, they claim there is no law that allows term limits?

Do they also claim there is no law that prevents term limits?

I say nix to the term limits. If the Citizens of Strasburg are too lazy to keep an eye on the people voted for from election to election. We deserve what we get.

As far as the rezoning of Rt.55. I say make it commercial and industrial. Mixed use.

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