Supervisors deny contractor licensing amendment

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors’ consideration of an ordinance amendment on the licensing of contractors resulted in denial on Tuesday morning.

The board considered amending an ordinance with changes to the application process of licensing contractors to allow qualification inquiries of the applicant that include criminal background checks and interviews; providing additional grounds to deny or revoke a license; enabling the building official to establish procedures for examining applicants; and amending a section on violations and penalties.

District 3 Supervisor Richard Walker said he doesn’t approve of the current licensing requirement imposed by the state and the county.

“I do feel that as far as the licensing requirements that both the state and our local licensing requirements are really exceeding what is necessary for the provision services,” he said. “I still can see no reason that we should be licensing painters.”

The ordinance amendment was denied by a 3-3 vote. Walker, District 4 Supervisor Cindy Bailey and District 5 Supervisor Marsha Shruntz voted against the amendment.

Also at the meeting, supervisors:

• Unanimously approved a proposed right-of-way easement on Gunn Lane in Woodstock for the purpose of converting overhead power lines underground.
• Approved an ordinance amendment pertaining to vehicles and traffic. The amendment was approved with a 5-1 vote.
• Unanimously approved a resolution adopting the Secondary Six-Year Plan for fiscal years 2017-2022 and on the secondary system construction budget for fiscal year 2017.
• Approved to hold a public hearing related to a real estate tax exemption request from Hupp’s Hill LLC. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. June 28.
• Unanimously approved a request to re-appropriate funds to training for the Sheriff’s Office in the fiscal year 2016 budget.
• Unanimously approved to appropriate Federal Asset Sharing Funds to the fiscal year 2017 budget.
• Unanimously approved an agreement with the Town of Edinburg and the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.
• Unanimously approved a request to appropriate state funds to the 2016-2017 School Division budget.
• Moved the discussion on bi-annual modifications to the county’s Personnel Policy and Procedures manual to their 4 p.m. July 7 work session.
• Moved the designation of Freedom of Information Act officers for Shenandoah County to their 7 p.m. June 28 board meeting.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com