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Public meetings, Feb. 4-8


By Alex Bridges

The following public meetings are scheduled this week:

Shenandoah County

The Board of Supervisors holds a work session at 4 p.m. Thursday. The board plans to discuss and consider an occupancy agreement between the county and Charterhouse School pertaining to a landlord-tenant relationship at the old Edinburg School. The board also plans to discuss overtime and "comp" time requirements for the Fire and Rescue Department, the Building Department fee schedule, and the fund-balance policy and management of general fund reserves.

The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday. The commission plans to hold a public hearing on a special-use permit requested by Laura Hockman to operate a home-based beauty salon at 339 Cedar Spring Lane, Strasburg. The 7-acre property lies on agricultural land off the private Cedar Spring Lane south of Powhatan Road and John Marshall Highway.

The commission also will hear a report on the Vance farm conservation easement under consideration by the Board of Supervisors, and the annual report by the Citizens Advisory Committee.

The School Board plans to hold a session on school safety at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Central High School.

New Market

Town Council committees meet beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the municipal building.

The Tourism, Economic Development and Historic Preservation Committee plans to discuss and consider the 2013 Summer Carnival.

The Public Safety Committee will hear the police department's annual report.

The Public Works Committee will hear the director's annual report and plan to discuss and possibly consider potential regulations pertaining to seasonal grass and leaf removal.

The Finance and Personnel Committee plans to discuss two amendments to the current fiscal budget and to consider an appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the municipal building. The commission plans to see a presentation of the 2012 Annual Planning and Zoning Report.

The Zoning Committee holds a special meeting at 7:45 p.m. Monday in the municipal building. The committee will discuss and review the zoning ordinance.

Strasburg

Town Council meets at 6 p.m. Monday to hold a closed session to discuss personnel matters and the acquisition or disposition of property. Council then meets for a work session at 7 p.m. At the work session, council plans to discuss:

  • A resolution in honor of Strasburg High School basketball Coach Millson French, whose last regular season game takes place Tuesday

  • A contract with Planning Works to complete revisions to the town's zoning and subdivision ordinances

  • The creation of economic development-related positions and other staff changes



  • Woodstock

    Town Council and the Planning Commission will hold a joint public hearing at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday regarding a proposed amendment to the town code that, if approved, would reduce the number of required parking spaces for retail stores, sit-down and fast-food restaurants, office and personal-service establishments. Council and the commission will hold a joint public hearing at 7:20 p.m. on a proposed zoning code amendment to define art studios and to allow fine-arts studios and professional offices in buildings within both the high-density residential and town historic districts by a special-use permit.

    Warren County

    The Board of Supervisors meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the county government center. The board plans to discuss the possible endorsement of an application by the Blue Ridge Housing Network Inc. for federal funds through the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission. Supervisors plan to authorize county staff to advertise several matters for public hearings.

    The board then will meet in closed session to discuss appointments to several committees and legal matters concerning the Front Royal Limited Partnership annexation petition and the U.S. 340-522 North corridor.

    After the meeting adjourns, the board plans to conduct a work session to discuss town-county liaison committee items, a request from the I-81 Corridor Coalition that the county join its membership and a request for funds from the Warren County Fair Association.

    The Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The board plans to hold a public hearing on a request by owners of 255 Harris Drive for a variance to allow a new, rear deck to encroach 17 feet into the rear of the setback. The current setback minimum in the residential one zoning district is 35 feet from the edge of the right-of-way.

    Front Royal

    Town Council holds a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday and will immediately enter in a closed session to consult with legal counsel concerning the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority's decision to handle its wastewater treatment through an on-site package plant.

    Following the special meeting council plans to hold a work session to discuss:


  • Coordination between the Chamber of Commerce and tourism

  • A donation of safety vests from the Departments of Energy and Environmental Services

  • Improvements to the water treatment plant

  • A visioning proposal

  • Ordinance amendments pertaining to parking exemptions and home-based businesses

  • Employee handbook updates

  • Capital Improvement Projects

  • Real estate and personal property tax rates

  • A memorial at Shenandoah Avenue and Kendrick Lane

  • An effort to reconvene the Route (U.S.) 522 North Committee


  • Council plans to go back into closed session to consult with legal counsel.

    Frederick County
    The Shawneeland Sanitary District Advisory Committee meets at 7 p.m. Monday.

    The Technical Advisory Committee meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

    The School Board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday for a work session followed by its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

    Middletown

    Town Council holds a work session at 7 p.m. Monday.

    Stephens City

    Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.


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