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Posted July 23, 2013 | Leave a comment
Front Royal to accept regional jail's rainwater
By Alex Bridges
Front Royal can add rainwater from the regional jail to what the town treats at its sewer plant.
Town Council on Monday approved on first reading a change to the code that allows the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail to send rainwater used in its laundry facilities to the Front Royal wastewater treatment plant. Council voted 4-1 in favor of the ordinance to amend town code. Vice Mayor N. Parker voted against the motion. Councilman Bret Hrbek abstained.
No one spoke during the public hearing on the matter.
An agreement reached between Front Royal and the regional jail required the town to accept the facility's rainwater collected in a cistern and used for laundry and cooling purposes. The agreement also required that council approve a change in the town code related to prohibited releases to the sewer system.
Hrbek reiterated his concerns about the issue and the narrow scope of the code change.
"I believe it [was] kind of a gun to head to get this ordinance put together," Hrbek said. "It felt a bit rushed - a lot faster than some other things we've done in the past but because we agreed to it in the contract, and the fear that we would be in breach of contract, under the advice of counsel that we needed to get it done fairly quickly."
Hrbek suggested the town explore ways that other property owners could participate in rainwater treatment if feasible for Front Royal.
After months of debate and discussion, council agreed to revisit the issue of letting the jail send used rainwater to the sewer system. The decision came after council learned that the plans for an on-site wastewater treatment at the jail called for the facility to release the effluent into nearby McKay Spring.
Also at the meeting, council:
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