Mount Jackson elects new Planning Commission chairman

MOUNT JACKSON – The town Planning Commission elected its leadership team Monday night, re-appointing Larry Ambrose as chairman and Anita Miller as vice chairman in 4-0 votes. Commission member Ken Hackenbracht was not present.

The commission is chaired by five members, though the Town Council might vote on Tuesday to bolster the ranks to seven.

The commission also discussed a seal-coat mixing facility moving into the Mount Jackson Industrial Park. The business would be located on county property, at the old bread distribution factory site, but would use town water and sewage services.

Commissioner Robert Whitehurst said the sealant facility would employ approximately five workers, and said he didn’t anticipate the company’s water demands to become a strain on the town’s supply.

Ultimately, the decision to grant the facility a special use permit rests with the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors, but the board would take into consideration any comments from the town’s Planning Commission.

Ambrose said there won’t be any noise level. “It sounds like no pollution level. It sounds like a golden win situation.”

Also on Monday, town manager Ken Fauber announced that the southern portion of the sidewalk project was largely completed, and the construction team has turned its attention to adding sidewalk between the Family Dollar and the shopping center.

Fauber anticipates the project to be largely completed by the beginning of March, but noted that weather could delay the work.