Former candidate to stay on panel

FRONT ROYAL – A new Warren County supervisor tried Tuesday to keep the man he beat in the Nov. 3 election from staying on an influential panel.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 at its regular meeting to reappoint Ralph Rinaldi to the Planning Commission and to a four-year term set to end Dec. 31, 2019. Shenandoah District Supervisor Thomas Sayre voted against the motion. Chairwoman Linda Glavis, Vice Chairman Archie Fox and Supervisors Tony Carter and Daniel Murray Jr. voted in favor of the appointment.

The board took action after meeting in closed session to discuss the appointments and acquisition of property. Members didn’t comment before they voted on the motions.

Prior to the board’s vote on Rinaldi’s appointment, Sayre made a motion to appoint Christopher Manion as the Shenandoah District representative. Fox seconded the motion. Carter, Glavis and Murray voted against the motion; Sayre and Fox voted in favor.

The board, by unanimous vote, reappointed Scott Stickley and Lorraine Smelser to the Planning Commission to represent the North River and South River districts, respectively.

The board appointed Rinaldi to the panel Nov. 5, 2014, to replace C. Douglas Rosen who stepped down to fill a vacancy on the School Board. Then Supervisor Richard Traczyk nominated Rinaldi to represent the Shenandoah District on the commission.

Manion, of Morgan Ford Road, had been a vocal opponent of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s plans to replace the Morgan Ford Bridge over the Shenandoah River.

Sayre defeated Rinaldi and fellow Shenandoah Farms resident Dee Schools in the Nov. 3 election. Rinaldi sought the Republican Party’s nomination to run for the seat but lost to Sayre. Rinaldi resigned from the party shortly thereafter and embarked on an independent campaign for the seat. Schools also ran as an independent.

Traczyk resigned from the local party chapter in December.

Also at the meeting, supervisors:
• Approved the board’s meeting policies and procedures, 2016 schedule, public hearing guidelines and committee assignments and elected its chair and vice chair for the year.
• Adopted a resolution honoring Jennifer R. Sims, retired clerk of the circuit court who served in the constitutional office from Jan. 1, 2004, through Dec. 31, 2015.
• Adopted a resolution of support for an amendment to the state code that would allow all counties to tax cigarettes.
• Approved the proposed addition of Rockland Park Court to VDOT’s secondary road system.
• Awarded a contract for snow removal in the Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District to Pearson’s Handyman Services.
• Approved a settlement with Carolyn Funk in which the county pays her $500 to cover the cost of damage to her property. An as yet unidentified individual stole a Parks and Recreation Department vehicle Oct. 25 and crashed it into a fence, a lawn mower, furniture and a bush on Funk’s property on Catletts Ford Road. The county will seek restitution from the suspect if arrested.
• Approved a request to move forward with the design of an entrance addition and roof replacement for Ressie Jeffries Elementary School at a cost of $207,432 and to authorize the county administrator to sign a contract with Moseley Architects for the work

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