Council approves bonds

WOODSTOCK – The Town Council approved bonds and made reappointments at their monthly meeting Tuesday night.

The council conducted a public hearing to receive comments on the possible issuance of a $3.2 million general obligation bond for upgrades to the water treatment plant. No public comments were made at the hearing.

Upgrades to the plant would include new solids storage, new filter bottoms, new filter media, new filter media cleaning mechanism, UV disinfection and more. The project is expected to be completed in under a year and is funded through the Virginia Department of Health.

The council accepted the Finance Committee’s recommendation to approve the resolution, with the exception of council members Alicia Gutshall and Stephen Heishman, who were absent at the meeting. The council also approved the committee’s recommendation to approve a $3,097,000 bid by MEB General Contractors for the construction of the water treatment plant upgrade project, contingent upon closing of VRA financing and authorization for the town manager to sign documents related to the contract.

The Planning Commission also recommended the approval of a $1,327,279 bond for infrastructure to develop the Woodstock Commons subdivision. Council approved the bond.

Mayor Jeremy McCleary said, “I’m happy to see it moving forward.”

The Personnel Committee also recommended the reappointment of Mike Funk to the Economic Development Authority and Jason Smith to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Both terms would run to March 7, 2021. Council approved the reappointments.

McCleary added that he’s impressed by the work these committees do and the willingness of the community to be a part of these committees.

“I appreciate these folks stepping up,” he added.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com