Board moves forward with sanitary district

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County supervisors took the next steps Tuesday toward helping a neighborhood transition to a sanitary district.

The Board of Supervisors discussed the Lake Front Royal Sanitary District during a work session following its regular meeting. Property owners from Lake Front Royal – both supporters and opponents of the sanitary district – also sat in on the discussion.

The district eventually will need a fiscal budget and a tax rate. The county would take over tax collection from the district and the revenue would go toward capital improvement projects and maintenance. County Administrator Doug Stanley recommended that an advisory board serve the sanitary district and supervisors should appoint such a panel by Jan. 1. Supervisors agreed to appoint five people to the committee. Chairwoman Linda Glavis said only property owners should make up the committee given their vested interest in the district.

The board will hold a public hearing Oct. 18 on the sanitary district tax rate and budget, County Attorney Dan Whitten said. Supervisors can act on the tax rate and budget in November so the county can start billing property owners in December.

Whitten also will draft bylaws for the advisory committee for the board’s consideration by the Oct. 4 meeting.

Part of the discussion centered on the timing of the county and property-owners association budgets. The county operates on a fiscal year while the association follows the calendar year.

The district was created earlier this year by residents and property owners. The board voted in August to decline to join a petition of property owners seeking to abolish the sanitary district. The Lake Front Royal Property Owners Association Board of Directors recently decided the organization would not work with the county to contract for services in the district.

Also at the meeting, supervisors:

• Approved a request by Matt Hersey and Adrienne Shaw for a conditional-use permit for private-use camping on two lots on Beech Road in the Shenandoah Shores subdivision. No one spoke during the public hearing on the request.

•Approved a request by Brenda L. Chapman for a conditional-use permit to operate a commercial repair garage in combination with a single-family dwelling at 62 Chapman Farm Road. No one spoke during the public hearing on the request.

• Adopted a resolution of support and participation in the New Market Tax Program application by the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority.

• Approved a U.S. Armed Forces Memorial/Holocaust Remembrance Memorial project for the Front Royal Christian School.

• Approved the code of conduct signs for county parks and recreation facilities

• Approved a resolution declining to consider a proposed boundary adjustment between the town and county near Guard Hill Road. Vice Chairman Archie Fox abstained because he has a conflict of interest.

• Approved the fiscal 2017 Health Department Agreement.

• Adopted a resolution to add 0.27 of a mile of Drummer Hill Road Phase I Rural Addition to the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Secondary Road Program

• Approved a refund of $881.53 to Norfolk & Western Railway Company for an erroneous assessment.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137, ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com.