Lincoln Street, other items get final OK

STRASBURG – Town council brought discussions on various matters to a close in a line of unanimous approvals at its regular August meeting.

Before adopting the North Shenandoah Business Park Plan, Councilman Don Le Vine verified that the town isn’t financially committing to the phases that have not already been budgeted for.

Town Manager Ryan Spitzer noted, “What you’re voting on here is just a guide for town staff to work towards and to move towards the development of that business park.”

The plan’s first phase includes about $2.4 million in already budgeted expenses that include roadways, infrastructure and annexation.

Council also followed a staff recommendation to approve an application for the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative substation to be rezoned to business park and limited industrial.

Several previous discussions about traffic issues on Lincoln Street led to a formal approval of a stop sign to be installed at the corner of Massanutten and North streets. The town will give the sign a 90-day trial period before review by the transportation, streets and sidewalks committee. Residents in that area had signed a petition to make Lincoln into a one-way street, but many said at previous meetings that they were satisfied with installing a stop sign.

To ensure the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department qualifies for tax-exempt financing to purchase a new engine, council needed to approve a resolution stating that the department indeed provides firefighting services to the town. Mayor Rich Orndorff and Town Attorney Nathan Miller established that the resolution would not require the town to be financially responsible for the truck.

Council members Jocelyn Vena and Seth Newman were absent from the meeting.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com