Council appoints Waltz town manager

FRONT ROYAL – The Town Council voted Monday to appoint Joseph E. Waltz as town manager.

Waltz’s appointment took effect Monday. He succeeds former town manager Steven Burke who left the job in November for a position with Manassas. Waltz served as the interim town manager since his appointment in mid-November. Waltz had worked as the director of electric services and the director of public utilities.

Waltz will make a salary of $125,000 per year.

Councilwoman Bébhinn Egger said she felt happy that the town would be in Waltz’s hands and that his appointment would be her last action as a council member. Councilman John Connolly described Waltz as an excellent leader.

The official action comes less than a week after Mayor Hollis Tharpe announced that the council decided to hire Waltz for the job. Town staff conducted the search and picked Waltz out of 45 applicants.

Also at the meeting, the council:

• Gave a recognition of service plaque to Egger who resigns at the end of the month before she and her fiancée move out of the area. Voters elected Egger in November 2014. Egger thanked the voters and town staff.

• Approved on its second reading an amendment to the town ordinance pertaining to state motor vehicle laws

• Approved on its second reading an amendment to the section of Chapter 12 regarding fees. The amendment makes changes to the following fees: after-hours shut-off calls for water from $25.00 to $30.00; disposal of tires without rims, not to exceed 16.5 inches from $1.50 to $2.00 per tire; disposal of tires on rim, not to exceed 16.5 inches from $2.50 to $4.00 per tire; tires over 16.5 inches with or without rim from $3.00 to $5.00 per tire; removes police department fees for minor accident report; removes  miscellaneous fees for hard copy updates to the town code

• Approved on its second reading an ordinance amendment to increase the existing electric utility base rates and the power-cost adjustment charge. Waltz explained the base rate for the average customer will increase by six percent. The increase is the result of higher costs to transmit electric power.

• Approved a recommendation to roll the town facility fund and downtown service district fund into the general fund of the town’s budget

• Approved on its second reading the annual appropriation ordinance that sets the budget for fiscal 2018

• Adopted a resolution recognizing July 10-15 as Employee Appreciation Week for all full- and part-time town employees