By Alex Bridges
New Market officials this week sought to clear up any confusion town voters may face at election time.
Town Council voted at its meeting on Monday to change the New Market polling place for local elections from the municipal offices at 9418 John Sevier Road to the New Market Fire and Rescue Department, 9771 S. Congress St.
No one spoke during the public hearing held on the measure, according to Town Manager Evan Vass.
Town Council elections occur the first Tuesday in May and voters had cast their ballots at the municipal building. However, voters cast ballots during general elections in November at the fire department building. Shenandoah County had established the fire department as the polling place for voters in New Market.
"Whereas, the Town of New Market is concerned that there may be confusion among Town voters should elections be held at the New Market Fire and Rescue Department, and May Town elections continue to be held at the New Market Town Office ..." states the ordinance to switch the polling site.
The change became effective Monday.
Also at the meeting ,council heard a presentation on the town's Capital Improvement Plan for FY2014-18. As Vass explained Thursday the plan lays out the town's capital improvement priorities for the future. The plan includes items such as vehicle and equipment replacements, software purchases, building improvements and other needs.
While items come with estimated costs the plan does not obligate the town to spend the money on the projects.
"The idea is we try to approve the CIP before beginning budget deliberations for the annual budget," Vass said. "I advise council that the CIP is financial planning tool. It's not a commitment so although they are affirming that these are projects and are even prioritizing projects it doesn't commit them to fund those next year. Really those decisions are dependent on funding."
Council may move items up or down the priorities list depending on the town needs. As Vass recalled council had to move up the rehabilitation of the town swimming pool last year, sooner than anticipated, because the facility needed repairs.
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