STRASBURG — The Strasburg Town Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on a way to borrow funds for the town’s portion of the Borden Mowery extension project. The council, as part of its regular meeting, will vote also on whether to grant a special permit for a fundraising event.
The town is considering applying for financing with the Virginia Resources Authority, according to council documents. The project will extend Borden Mowery Drive through the entirety of the Northern Shenandoah Business Park. The road is the only access point to the park and extending it has been discussed as a way to help attract business to the area.
The project is estimated to cost about $3.5 million. The Virginia Department of Transportation had agreed to cover about $1.1 million, or 50 percent, of a 2018 estimate for the project.
Because of the time that has elapsed since 2018, project costs have increased and the town is on the hook for the remaining $2.5 million, Town Manager Waverly Coggsdale explained at a work session last week. The town also wanted to alter the design of the road and add a water line extension, which would cost about $700,000 to $1 million, adding to the increased costs.
The financing would help offset the town’s borrowing and debt service payment costs for that portion, Coggsdale added. The $2.5 million might be more than what is actually needed, but getting approval for borrowing toward it will help cover any other costs that may arise, Coggsdale said.
The special permit is for a “Fighting with David” event on Oct. 16. The goal of the event is to raise money for David Woodson, who was paralyzed from the chest down about 18 months ago after a car accident. The funds would go toward Woodson’s medical costs, which could be around $25,000 to $30,000, event organizer Kent Commack explained at the work session.
The event will feature a car show, music, a food tent and silent auction. A Jeep caravan will go down King Street at 4 p.m., which will require closing Holiday Street between Queen and Washington streets, Town Planning and Zoning Administrator Lee Pambid explained.
The event requires a council-approved permit because it is expected to attract more than 250 people. Events under that threshold can be approved administratively, Pambid said.
Councilman John Massoud said council approval shouldn't be needed for such a decision. A group he is affiliated with recently wanted to hold an event at the town park but decided not to because of the need for council input, Massoud said.
“This 250 limit is arbitrary and capricious,” Massoud said.
Council input is necessary so council members could be aware of large events that may be happening in town, such as a concert or a wedding, Councilwoman Taralyn Nicholson said. There are residences near public areas in town and events could run late, Nicholson added.
Coggsdale said he will add looking at the permit process to the list of desired Unified Development Ordinance changes.
Tuesday’s meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 174 E. King St.