Council picks Terndrup as vice mayor

Scott Terndrup

STRASBURG – Councilman Scott Terndrup will serve as vice mayor for the last two years of his final term.

Town Council met Tuesday and voted 6-2 to appoint Terndrup as backup to recently elected Mayor Rich Orndorff Jr.

Councilman Donald Le Vine nominated Terndrup to the post.

Councilman John “Red” Hall Jr. nominated recently re-elected Councilwoman Jocelyn Vena to serve as vice mayor. Councilman Seth Newman and recently elected Councilwomen Barbara Plitt, Shirley Maddox, Kim Bishop and Le Vine voted for Terndrup, who also voted for himself. Hall and Vena voted for Vena. The vice mayor serves two terms and takes over in the mayor’s absence.

Terndrup and Vena made comments before the vote. Terndrup said he does not plan to run for re-election when his third term expires in 2018.

“I would like to say that, given that, I waited kind of patiently 10 years for my term and this would kind of be my last opportunity to serve in this role,” Terndrup said. “I have some very definite ideas of what the vice mayor might be, how we might expand that role, not only to the citizens but in service to the mayor and to you all as well.”

Vena thanked voters who re-elected her and said she would like to entertain the idea of serving as vice mayor.

“I would surely like to be the backdrop of our new mayor, if and when needed, but I feel that I can sort of fill the position where I can bring a calm about some of the different personalities here,” Vena said. “But I have no hidden agenda so I basically have taken the job to work for the citizens and I look forward to hearing from anyone that has any questions. I’m glad to answer them or find the answer for you, whether it would be what you’d like to hear or not like to hear.”

Orndorff announced the creation of new committees on which council members would serve: finance; building, sanitation and recycling; infrastructure; ordinance; personnel; public safety; recreation, parks and trails; and transportation, streets and sidewalks. Committees meet as needed and members set the panel schedule. Council creates its agendas and can refer topics to committees. Town officials can create agendas for council’s work sessions. Orndorff said he heard from residents that council was not completing tasks in a timely fashion but this arrangement should help expedite matters that it needs to address.

Also at the meeting, council:
• Adopted a resolution authorizing the police department to join the Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Academy soon to open in Warren County. The department will withdraw as a non-voting member of the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy
• Appointed council clerk Amy Keller and Teresa Shillingburg as Freedom of Information Act representatives for the town government and police department, respectively
• Took under advisement a request by Bruce Henry to rescind a notice of violation of the town code section pertaining to accumulation of debris and tall grass. The town issued the notice to Henry alleging the violation on property he owns at 194 Abby Lane. Henry remedied the situation and asked for an exemption from the code section. Henry distributed a document to council members at the meeting. Orndorff gave Henry time to make his case. At Henry’s request and at Newman’s suggestion, council agreed to read the document and take the matter under advisement.

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