The Warren County Board of Supervisors approved funding requests for the public school system and took other action at its meeting Tuesday.

Chairwoman Cheryl L. Cullers, Vice Chairwoman Delores R. Oates and supervisors Jerome K. “Jay” Butler, Vicky L. Cook and Walter J. “Walt” Mabe voted in favor of approving requests by the School Board for appropriations to its current budget. Supervisors voted on the request and other actions as part of the meeting’s consent agenda, approved in a block without discussion.

The School Board must ask supervisors to appropriate money from the county or to transfer funds from one budget line to another.

Supervisors approved a school division request to appropriate $1,667,113 from the fiscal 2021 budget surplus to the division’s fiscal 2023 budget. Specifically, the division requests that supervisors appropriate $1 million to its Capital Project Reserve held within the county’s Capital Improvement Fund; $409,913 for School Bus Replacement held within the county’s Asset Replacement Fund and $267,200 to the General Fund Contingency Reserve.

Supervisors also approved a request for part of the final fiscal 2023 budget allocation to the division. Specifically, the division requests that supervisors appropriate $1,500,256 from the instruction category to four budget categories.

Supervisors also granted a request to appropriate funds from outside sources to the division’s budget.

Also at the meeting, supervisors voted to:

• Appoint Art Saffelle and Thomas McFadden to the Board of Building Code Appeals to serve four-year terms beginning Oct. 1 and ending Sept. 30, 2026.

•  Appoint Gregory Huson to fill an unexpired term on the Planning Commission due to the resignation of Shenandoah Magisterial District representative Joseph Longo. The term ends Dec. 31, 2023.

•  Reappoint Christy McMillin-Goodwin to the Board for the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging for a four-year term beginning Oct. 1 and ending Sept. 30, 2026.

• Adopt a concurring resolution regarding financing by the Northwestern Community Services Board. The board, created by Warren County and five other jurisdictions, serves as the regional community services board for the Lord Fairfax Planning District. The board seeks to fund the purchase property in Page County for use as an outpatient behavioral health clinic. Supervisors of member jurisdictions must authorize the services board to borrow money prior to such lending. The board seeks to borrow up to $2.2 million through a low-interest, 40-year loan with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund the acquisition. The concurring resolution endorses the financing plans as well as endorses and approves actions needed to finance the purchase. The resolution does not bind or obligate Warren County to the financing.

• Approve the fiscal 2023 performance contract with Northwestern Community Services Board.

• Approve the award of $393,300 to Lantz Construction Company of Winchester for the completion of Senior Center Phase I Restrooms and Mechanical Renovations. County staff estimates the renovation to cost $850,000 with a completion date of June 23.

• Approve a transfer request and an award of $164,359 to Hall Automotive for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office to replace four 2023 Ford Police Interceptors for $164,359. The Sheriff’s Office plans to buy the vehicles and equipment for $65,399 per vehicle or a total of $261,598.

Supervisors also met in closed session to consult with County Attorney Jason Ham for legal advice concerning litigation involving the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority and the town; other potential claims and litigation related to other possible liabilities of the EDA; the recovery of EDA funds and assets; and the outstanding indebtedness of the EDA.

– Contact Alex Bridges at abridges@nvdaily.com

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