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Town seeks to fill two tourism slots

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- After a long discussion Monday night, the Town Council authorized the advertising of two full-time positions in the Front Royal's tourism department.

Originally, the council set to approve reclassification of the visitor center coordinator and marketing coordinator positions. The visitor center position was to be changed from part time to full time, and the marketing position from full time to part time.

Councilman Thomas E. Conkey told Town Manager Steve Burke that he supported flexibility if one person was found to fill both jobs, or if some other change needed to be made when hiring someone to either position.

"We don't want to tie his hands," Conkey said, during the discussion.

Councilman N. Shae Parker felt that the marketing coordinator position would bring in more applicants, therefore also supporting flexibility, but in a different way.

Burke, instead, asked simply for authorization to advertise for both of the positions as full-time. Whether or not both positions are reclassified as such will be decided at a later date.

All council members agreed not to put the authorization on hold, as the hiring process needed to move forward.

Conkey made a point to assure residents that tourism is important to the council.
"It's a huge business here in Front Royal," he said.

He added that last weekend when he walked along the river toward the town park, he noticed that the pavement stopped.

"And then there was about 20 feet of mud and straw, and I'm looking at it going, 'What the heck?'" he said. He challenged the county and town to work together to fix that section of the trail.

Also Monday, the council approved:

• A resolution to adopt the "Adopt-A-Street" program in Front Royal. Warren County used to coordinate the town's involvement, but has recently resigned from that responsibility.
"It's a good program to be a part of," said Councilman Thomas H. Sayre.

• Amendments to town's zoning ordinance's Planned Neighborhood Development District, with Sayre being the only member to vote against it.

"It will allow up to 120 units in 20 acres ... that's massive, high-density growth," he said.

• Acceptance of funds collected through the Department of Motor Vehicles' Friendly License Plate program.

• A residential sewer backup protection program submission.

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