Town council fills board opening

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council appointed a local citizen to its architectural review board and wrote off $17,086.40 in delinquent taxes and utility fees.

Council voted unanimously to appoint Ashley Kimmons, of Strasburg, to the town’s architectural review board, which inspects properties in the historical district to ensure any modifications or additions are aesthetically compatible with the era in which it was originally built. Kimmons’ term will end Dec. 31, 2018.

Before voting for the appointment, council member Don Le Vine said he “strongly endorses Mr. Kimmons.”

“He obviously has some credentials here, previous experience, but he also has the personality disposition to handle the idiosyncrasies of the board,” Le Vine said.

After the meeting, Kimmons, who helped implement an architectural review board in Oxford, North Carolina, said he is excited to be a part of the board.

“Anyway I can help with the town, I am more than happy to do,” Kimmons said.

Kimmons said while he does have an educational background in history and philosophy, his love for history in the area is more than just book learning.

“My concentration in school was in the history of the Shenandoah Valley,” Kimmons said. “My family is one of the oldest families from the Shenandoah Valley, we came here back in the 1700s … we’ve been here forever … so for me, it’s a love of history.”

Under Virginia state law, towns can collect personal property taxes and utility fees up to five years before writing them off and 20 years for real estate taxes.

The council also voted unanimously to write off $8,126.94 in personal property tax owed from the 2009 tax year, $39.40 in real estate tax from the 1994 tax year and $8,921.55 in water and sewer fees from the 2009 tax year. While he did vote for the write offs, council member Bob Baker said he wasn’t necessarily happy about it.

“I have expressed my reluctance, but I don’t have a choice,” Baker said. “I vote in favor.”

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

• Mayor Tim Taylor signed a proclamation setting Feb. 21-28 as National Future Farmers of America Week in Strasburg. Members of the Signal Knob Middle School FFA presented the council with gift bags in appreciation for the signing of the proclamation.

• Taylor presented the board members of Hometown Strasburg framed copies of a resolution thanking the members for their service to the community.

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or hculvyhouse@nvdaily.com