Town signs deed for Woodstock school

WOODSTOCK — The town has officially acquired the Woodstock school at 403 W. Court St. from Shenandoah County.

At Tuesday evening’s Town Council meeting, Town Manager Reid Wodicka said the deed to the school was signed earlier that afternoon. He confirmed that the school will be used for municipal offices.

“This is something the town had hoped to do for a long time and we’re really pleased that we’ve been able to do it,” Wodicka said.

Councilman Frank Haun said Woodstock residents are also happy about the project.

“To have [the school] back in Woodstock, and with the plans moving forward, there’s a lot of positive energy about that,” Haun said.

Although Wodicka said the town would like to start renovation tomorrow, “unfortunately, I have got this whole big plan that is not going to allow it to happen quite yet.”

The plan Wodicka referred to is Woodstock’s capital improvement plan.

Wodicka said that he hopes to have a draft of the plan ready “to begin to show” the finance committee by the end of the month.

“This is a very complex and thought-out financial planning document that allows us to think about the next 5 to 7 years in a holistic and comprehensive manner,” Wodicka said.

He added that he will be meeting with the planning commission later this month to discuss, in detail, equipment and vehicles noted in the plan that will need to be replaced.

In addition, Wodicka said the town is working on its seven-year cash flow statement.

He explained the goal with this statement is to project the town’s cash flow “into the early 2020s as best as we possibly can.”

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

• The Town Council honored the late James “Jim” Blount, former town manager, by passing a resolution of respect recognizing his career.

The resolution was presented to Blount’s family, represented at the meeting by his wife Barbara.

“I’m sorry my family could not be with me tonight, but we all really appreciate this honor,” Barbara Blount said.

• Beth Funkhouser, of the Woodstock Enhancement Committee, presented an update on the project to renovate the Main Street Pocket Park, which is also known as Jane’s Garden.

Funkhouser said the enhancement committee is “looking for the perfect sculpture” to put in the park.

Katie Mercer, head of the enhancement committee, said they will putting specifications and guidelines online.

Mercer said they would like to get local sculptors involved as well as to have different sculptures rotated throughout the year.

“We’re not sure how long that time frame [of rotation] will be just yet, but it’s definitely something we want to explore,” Mercer said.

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