Council OKs bond for Woodstock parking lot project

WOODSTOCK – Town Council approved a general obligation bond and heard updates on town projects at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Council approved a resolution and ordinance authorizing the issuance, sale and award of a general obligation bond up to $650,000 for the downtown parking lot project. The bond will provide the funds to acquire, construct, reconstruct, design and improve a 38,000-square-foot parking area facility near the 100 block of South Main Street. The bond will fund the installation of walkways and a storm water management structure, landscaping, relocation of utilities, paving and striping and other costs.

A public hearing was held prior to the Monday meeting with no public comments made.

Mayor Jeremy McCleary said he believes this downtown parking lot project is an exciting project for the town.

“It will certainly help address the parking needs we have downtown and it’s also a unique opportunity to address some storm water issues that we’ve had in that area in the past,” he said. “If we expect anybody else to invest in downtown in terms of business I think there has to be some infrastructure there for parking.”

The town also approved the personnel committee’s recommendation to appoint or reappoint individuals to the planning commission, park commission and the economic development authority. They will hold these appointments for four years, with terms ending Oct. 5, 2020.

During her report, Town Manager Angela Clem said the town is a recipient of the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Award for the third year in a row.

“It’s really special that a town receives this,” she added.

In regards to the open deputy town manager position, she said the selection committee will be meeting in the next two weeks to interview qualified candidates.

She said the town will also be working with Peter Muhlenberg Middle School students on Saturday to plant about 60 trees during the school’s Big Give event.

She added that the town also received a $10,000 grant to install the trees in the parking lot and she has received the site plan for the project and will be reviewing the plan in detail.

She said the town is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation on sidewalk improvements along South Main Street.

Prior to the council meeting a joint public hearing was held with the Planning Commission about David Williams’ request to operate professional offices at 103 N. Muhlenberg St. by special use permits.

Three community members who were adjacent property owners spoke on the matter and said they approved of the request.

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