By Alex Bridges
WOODSTOCK - Town Manager Reid Wodicka received glowing reviews and an extended contract from local leaders Tuesday.
Town Council voted unanimously to extend Wodicka's contract by four years. Wodicka took the helm of Woodstock government about 14 months ago from longtime Town Manager Larry Bradford who retired after 26 years. All other terms of Wodicka's contract will remain the same.
Mayor Jeremy McCleary spoke highly of Wodicka and his first year leading the town administration.
"I've been really impressed with what's been accomplished over the last year," McCleary said. "Far more has been accomplished in the course of a year than I would have initially expected in the course of two or three years."
In the past year, the town adopted a strategic plan and has made progress in accomplishing some of the objectives listed in the document, McCleary noted. Woodstock officials continue to work on updating and revising the town code and several sections have been completed and adopted, McCleary added. The administration also has overseen a large portion of the work on the W.O. Riley Park Rehabilitation Project completed last month.
"I can hardly imagine all that'll be accomplished in the next four years," McCleary said.
Wodicka thanked council for its support.
"I greatly enjoy working here," Wodicka said. "This is just a fantastic job and I greatly enjoy working with all the staff, all the members here and all the community and I very much appreciate that opportunity to remain here and be a part of this community and this organization."
Also at the meeting, council voted 6-0 to authorize the town manager to pursue funding options through the Virginia Department of Health for the rehabilitation of Woodstock's water treatment plant. Councilman Stephen Heishman noted that the town might need to address parts of the plant - the three filters, the solids-handling system and whether or not to use ultraviolet light in the treatment process. Council's Water and Sewer Committee heard from an engineer July 22 who gave a preliminary report on the rehabilitation project. At that time the committee learned the project might cost an estimated $3.35 million.
Heishman said "with restrictive rules and regulations probably coming in the near future it makes sense to see what money's available, what we're looking at with potential increases the project may bring."
"This does not mean we have approved a project or any parts of it," Heishman said. "We will have additional meetings to discuss the project, what [are] the best ways to continue providing the quality of water we have," Heishman said.
Also at the meeting, council:
- Voted 6-0 to award an annual contract to Carroll Construction to repair and resurface streets throughout the town. Carroll Construction submitted the lowest bid of $280,472. Council directed Wodicka to execute the contract.
- Voted 6-0 to grant a request to hold the 5th Annual Turkey Trot, sponsored by the Regulus Group, on Nov. 22, pending proof of insurance and any other required approvals
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