Warren board votes to expand parking ticket issuance

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Board of Supervisors voted to expand an ordinance regarding the issuance of tickets in handicap spaces and fire lanes into the corporate limits of Front Royal, as well as approved a conditional use permit for a short-term rental to a property on Twin Oaks Drive in Bentonville on Tuesday evening.

Under the previous ordinance, deputies of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office could only issue parking citations to vehicles illegally parked in fire lanes and handicap spaces only in Warren County proper.

The board voted unanimously to amend the ordinance to allow deputies to issue citations for illegally parked cars when the handicap space or fire lane is located adjacent to a public school, a county park or any other county property located within Front Royal town limits.

The board voted unanimously to grant a conditional use permit for a short term tourist rental to Matt Kull, of 28 Twins Oaks Dr. Kull said while he is moving from the county to pursue an employment opportunity, keeping his property as a tourist rental would make it financially possible to maintain the home and return periodically to visit friends and family.

“My development is a pretty tight-knit community,” Kull said. “I’ve lived there for 10 years, I’m close with my neighbors, I have family in the area, so this will allow me to keep a footprint in the community because I still call Warren County home, even though I am moving to the West Coast for awhile.”

Supervisor Tony Carter asked if the conditional use permit was transferable, in the event Kull sells his property before the permit expires.

Taryn Logan, the county planning director, said the permit stays with the property, regardless of who owns it.

“We know the permit transfers with the property, not the applicant, so the conditions we put on the permit are placed in terms of the property, not who owns it,” Logan said. “We try to cover all our bases.”

Logan added, “We keep track of the owners, so when a property is sold, we contact them and ask for a name change. The conditional permit remains the same, but the name is changed.”

Carter said he “has no problem with this particularly applicant,” but he did not realize the permits transfer when the property is sold.

Kull said his development’s covenants would provide a “stop-gap measure” to prevent the rental permit from being abused in the event ownership were to change hands.

“In this particular case, we have covenants in our community and if anybody wants to turn their property into a rental, they need to go before the home owner’s association board, with their intent, just to make sure they don’t start renting to people with guns and four-wheelers,” Kull said.

Carter asked if the covenants could supersede the permit. Logan said the covenants are separate from the permit, but the association can enforce the covenants.

The board also heard annual reports from the planning commission and the parks and recreation commission.

In its consent agenda, the board also approved the following measures:

• A $26,692.50 purchase of a police packaged 2014 Dodge Charger for the sheriff’s office to replace a car that was totaled in an accident last month.

• A purchase of a 2015 Ford F-450 four-wheel drive ambulance for the Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department. The ambulance will cost $195,952; however, after a grant from the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services of $128,000, the county will pay $67,952 for the vehicle.

• Purchase of three chest compression systems for the Warren County Fire and Rescue. At sticker price, the systems will cost $48,172.86; however, after a state grant, it will cost $15,756.06

• Reclassification of the office associate position in the county administration from part time to full time.

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