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Warren County seeks boundary change

FRONT ROYAL – Nine Shenandoah Farms sanitary district homes that have paid taxes and been assessed in Warren County are actually in Clarke County.

The Board of Supervisors at a Tuesday work session discussed a proposed boundary change that would make those lots and the Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department a part of Warren County.

County Administrator Doug Stanley said the county learned of the issue when the Virginia Department of Elections sought information to update data on the county.

He said the properties had been believed to be in Warren County since the 1970s and the boundary adjustment is an effort “to go back and establish this line to what people think it is.”

Warren County officials would like the nine houses, two lots with building permits and the fire station to become a part of the county.

Registrar Carol Tobin noted that the discrepancy was identified using Global Information System technology. 

The houses in question have been assessed and taxed in Warren County, and the residents have voted in Warren County and sent their children to local schools. Tobin noted that in the upcoming election, citizens near the disputed property line would likely have to cast ballots in Clarke County.

Stuart Dunn, a licensed land surveyor, stated in a letter to Stanley and Clarke County Administrator David Ash that the boundary line between the two counties was drawn in 1836. He noted that the boundary description does not rely on any landmark monuments but naturally occurring features such as trees.

Dunn said redrawing of the border would be accomplished by using a combination of Global Positioning System and traditional survey methods.

Ash said over the phone that the Clarke County Board of Supervisors is aware of the situation and granted permission to proceed with the survey. He said the supervisors would not make a decision until the survey is complete and the exact location of the new boundary line is revealed.

Stanley said Tuesday’s discussions were the first step in the process to achieve the boundary change. Both the Warren County and Clarke County supervisors would have to agree on the change and hold public hearings on the matter.

Also at the meeting, the supervisors:

  • Approved a resolution for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s revenue sharing program, in which VDOT matches up to $10 million with localities for road projects. The top priorities are a proposed Rockland Road grade separation, Old Oak Lane phase four, Youngs Drive phase two, Old Oak Lane phase five and Crooked Run Boulevard.  
  • Approved the transfer of two Warren County Sheriff’s Office Chevrolet Tahoes to Warren County Public Schools.
  • Approved the $106,815 purchase of five Dodge Charger vehicles from the Virginia Sheriff’s Association Procurement Contract for the school resource officer division. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office will pay the county back for the vehicles in 36 monthly installments.
  • Approved the $104,621 hiring of Moseley Architects for bidding and construction administration of the new Rivermont Fire Station
  • Approved the $209,515 purchase of a Horton Ford Ambulance for the North Warren Station. The funding will be split between a Virginia Department of Emergency Services Grant and the county’s cost recovery funds.
  • Approved the $8,099 purchase of a Stryker Ambulance cot and stretcher, which will be funded through grant funds and the county.

All supervisors were present at the meeting.

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