Board’s tie vote leaves garage permit unchanged

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County leaders couldn’t agree Tuesday on whether or not to approve a new permit for a garage in Quicksburg.

The Board of Supervisors voted 3-3 on a motion to deny a special-use permit requested by Tucker Auto Garage on Quicksburg Road. The board approved a permit for the garage in May that required the business to install certain buffers. The owner requested a new permit to scale back the buffer requirements specifically around the garage on the west and south ends of the property. The tie vote killed the motion to deny the request for the new permit. County Attorney Jason Ham advised that as a result, the permit approved in May remains in effect. The owner must install buffers as required.

District 4 Supervisor Karl Roulston made the motion to deny the permit request. Chairman Conrad Helsley and District 5 Supervisor Dennis Morris voted in favor of Roulston’s motion. Vice Chairman John R. “Dick” Neese, District 2 Supervisor Steve Baker and District 3 Supervisor Richard Walker voted against the motion.

Also at the meeting, the board voted to:

  • Approve a mutual aid agreement related to law enforcement between the county and its towns
  • Approve a joint procurement agreement with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission.
  • Join a class-action lawsuit related to the federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes Act.
  • Accept the Northwestern Community Services Board Fiscal 2019 Performance Act.
  • Approve a retainer agreement related to litigation involving opioid manufacturers and distributors in connection with the opiate addiction problem.
  • Recognized Triplett Tech student Logan Roberson and Strasburg High School FFA officer Nathan McDonald.