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Resident concerned about wells

Linden woman urges board to enforce occupancy levels

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- Though the agenda looked light for Wednesday night's Planning Commission meeting, one resident expressed her thoughts on an important issue.

During the public presentation section of the meeting, Linden resident Dee Schools stepped up to the podium and voiced her concerns about the county's well-to-well distance being changed.

Schools asked commission members to enforce restrictions they have already set on occupancy levels, as she added that several homes around her area are one or two people over their occupancy limit. The more people living in a home, the greater effect there is on septic fields, which are already too close together, according to Schools.

"There's several spots driving down the road that you can smell the septic fields," she said.

Schools also asked for more diligent follow-up on water quality.

"Blue Mountain creeks and well water is testing for E. coli," she said.

According to Schools, there are several natural springs in her area that residents have relied on for the past 30 years, "but now they're running dry."

Schools urged that these issues be taken into consideration at an upcoming January work session for the Well/Septic Ordinance.

"Please look out for the health and welfare of all county residents," she said before taking her seat.

The Board of Supervisors is apparently not yet aware of these specific concerns, according to Planning Director Taryn Logan. She said that some data has been collected, now it's just a matter of putting it together for the board and making sure that concerned citizens continue to make their opinions known.

"We need that work session," said Schools, and added that several of her neighbors are rather "heated" about the issue.

In other matters, commission members:

• Approved advertisement for a public hearing concerning proposed zoning text amendments dealing with "short term tourist rental."

• Reviewed the comprehensive plan schedule, which is a factor in determining next year's budget.

• Said farewell to Vice-Chairman Victor Failmezger, who has served in that position for the past four years.

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