Council to discuss business park, traffic flow

Strasburg Town Council meets at 7 p.m. today to finalize two key decisions regarding both the Northern Shenandoah Business Park and Lincoln Street traffic flow.

Regarding the industrial site, council will debate formally adopting the business park plan for implementation.

According to Town Manager Ryan Spitzer, should the town adopt the plan, it will only be a guide for future development, not codified into town laws.

“It’s completely symbolic,” he said.

Spitzer added that the town has already budgeted the first of three phases into its 2016-2017 budget. While the proposed plan carries estimates for the second and third phase costs, the adoption would not bind the town to those purchases.

Along with the park plan, council will also decide whether or not to add a stop sign onto Lincoln Street. Residents at recent council work sessions have pushed the council to either turn the street into a one-way or to add a stop sign. Both ideas were presented in an attempt to slow down traffic through the street’s narrow, sharp curve.

Spitzer said while nothing is set in stone, he’s heard the council is planning to add the stop sign for a 90-day trial period and then revisit the issue to decide whether to scrap the sign, keep it or make the full transition into making the street a one-way.

Additional agenda items include discussion to rezone land owned by the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative on Colley Block Road, and the town penning a letter to the Internal Revenue Service officially deeming the Strasburg volunteer fire department as its main source of fire suppression for tax purposes.

Spitzer added that the town would do so in order for the department to receive tax-exempt status for its purchase of a new fire engine.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com