Town adopts fire marshal fee schedule

STEPHENS CITY – Town Council gave final approval of a fire inspection fee schedule at its regular August meeting on Tuesday.

Listed fees differ depending on the occupancy type and service, but most range from $100 to $200. A public hearing was held on the fee schedule at the June regular meeting, but no one spoke about it.

Previously, Town Manager Mike Majher said the Stephens City Fire Department conducted inspections free of charge. He said the fees would allow the department to recuperate the costs of staff paying for classes out of pocket.

Also at the August meeting, councilman Joseph Grayson thanked and bid farewell to Town Council after recently moving with his family elsewhere in Frederick County. He said he had lived in Stephens City for almost 19 years and abstained from voting on action items.

Mayor Mike Grim suggested former councilman Mark Fleet be appointed to fill the position temporarily until Grayson’s term would end, but some members of council voiced a desire to wait on the decision.

Grim also thanked town staff and residents for help and cooperation during a water main break that impacted the town last month. A leak in the town’s water system began July 22 and caused fluctuation in residents’ water pressure until it was discovered and remedied on July 24. Grim noted the help of Lucian Lineberry, a water circuit rider with the Virginia Rural Water Association, and Frederick County Sanitation Authority engineers.

Majher said he’s spoken with both the Virginia Rural Water Association and the Virginia Office of Drinking Water about dealing with water system issues and preventing them in the future.

“It’s been a long time since the town’s had a leak like that,” he said after the meeting.

Vice Mayor Ronald Bowers was absent from the meeting.

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