Warren County Board of Supervisors Chair Cheryl Cullers opened the open session of Tuesday night’s regular meeting by commenting on how pleased she was to see a good turnout from those in attendance for May 17.and Meet. By the time public comment on non-agenda items near the opening of the meeting was interrupted to move to the 7:30 p.m. public hearings portion of the meeting, she may have had doubts about his greeting from at least some of that crowd.
As it appeared that a number of them were there to question the reasons, methods and motives of the Council regarding matters related to the transfer of responsibility for the direct management of the road of the Shenandoah Health District Farms and other maintenance projects away from the elected owners of Shenandoah Farms (POSF Board of Directors) inc. Supervisors cleared advertising for volunteers to be named to an “advisory committee” of the Farms Health District. These were 7 of the 8 speakers, then 5 of the 6 message writers read in the minutes by council clerk Emily Ciarrocchi, who strongly criticized the oversight board in this regard. The other two dealt with other issues.
But more on that in a future Royal Examiner narrative.
For now, we will focus on the action points planned for the meeting.
The bulk of the evening’s program of action consisted of seven public hearings. Two, including an ordinance amendment to allow conditional use authorization (CUP) of a “day care center (nursery)” that can accommodate more than six children on land zoned agricultural, related to the initiative of Rivermont Baptist Church to create such a daycare. Center using its existing Fellowship Hall building across Catlett Mountain Road from the church. Vacant land across Figgins Road would also be used as a ‘non-commercial’ playground and recreation area for the daycare, the staff diary summary says.
A need to adapt the use to serve working families in the Fork district was cited by the church in its permit application. The County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the plan and use of the church. The council followed suit with 5 votes to 0 for amending the ordinance and granting conditional use permission for the church daycare.
Four CUP applications for short-term tourist rentals were unanimously approved without public hearing comment or expressed opposition from neighbors. These requests for short-term rental CUPs, in order of presentation, were sent by:
Soloman A. Stavis at 9 Oak Hill Drive in the Oak Hill Subdivision in the South River District;
Jared Smith at 31 Henry Way in the Blue Mountain Subdivision in the District of Shenandoah;
James B. & Jeonghe C. Lal at 280 Overbrook Lane at Shenandoah Shores in the District of Shenandoah. During the presentation, it was noted that the Lals were Christian missionaries whose work in Malawi, Africa, took them out of the country for long periods of time, during which they wanted to rent the property on a short-term basis;
And CUP’s latest short-term rental request came from Rocky Quach for the property at 524 Freezeland Road in the Cherry Ridge Subdivision in the Happy Creek District. During the discussion of this short term rental application, it was noted that the applicant currently resides in San Jose, CA and would hire a “local property management company” to manage the operation and maintenance of the property. The rental would target families with amenities for infants, including high chairs and a portable travel cot, made available as part of the rentals.
A final CUP request was from Richard W. Durkee for a private non-commercial use campsite on two vacant lots in the Riverview section of the Shenandoah Farms subdivision. The staff diary summary explained that the plaintiff’s family had owned the lots in a special flood hazard area since the 1960s. The original home on the property was “significantly damaged” by the hurricane Agnès in June 1972 and therefore suppressed. Durkee’s CUP application would facilitate the construction of a single accessory structure of up to 216 square feet for the storage of recreational and property maintenance equipment. Staff observed that the applicant[traduction]“plans to have an RV and use a port-o-john” while camping on the property seasonally.
Like the six public hearing requests that preceded it, Durkee’s was approved unanimously 5-0 by the board.
Sale of Cardinals beer and acquisition of property
If the public hearings went without much, if there was a discussion of the board of directors or an expressed opposition, this is not the case for two other points of the agenda. The first was an agenda item of consent drawn for discussion on the Valley League Baseball Front Royal Cardinals management’s request to be allowed to sell beer at home games of the Cardinal at county-owned Bing Crosby Stadium. This led to a largely conjectural exploration of the alcohol content of various beers and the placing of a cap on the strength of beer to be sold at games. Walt Mabe suggested a cap of 3.2% while admitting no background knowledge of the relative strengths of beers.
During a May 10 business session presentation to supervisors on the team plan, Cardinals vice president Alex Bigles noted that no higher-alcohol craft beer would be sold and that extensive security and sales measures would be put in place to prevent excesses and impaired driving. of the stadium after the matches. These measures included training for sales staff on the signs of intoxication, a limit of two beers per customer sale, breathalyzers available and free bus rides from the stadium, as well as no beer sales after the start of the seventh inning of the nine-inning. MLB development league games.
As this discussion continued, Bigles noted that the county had to approve the team’s request to sell beer to allow its state Alcohol Beverage Control Board (ABC) license to be applied for. A turnaround in ABC licensing of up to a month was estimated by Cards representatives, who said they were pointing to a late-June start of new franchise sales. With the council stuck on alcohol content guarantees, Acting County Attorney Jason Ham did a little research on his phone and told the council that common American brand beers were rated at 5% or less.
After half an hour of discussion and suggested adjustments to the motion presented on the Consent Agenda, council counsel Ham gave a proxy reading of his rewritten motion in the council brief. On Vicky Cook’s motion to approve the motion as read, seconded by Jay Butler, the board approved the Cardinals’ request to sell beer with an alcohol content of “5% or less” by a vote of 5-0 .
Then it was the last item on the evening’s agenda, the authorization for the staff to move forward with the purchase of an East 2n/a Residential street lot priced at $212,000 that would complete county ownership of the block on which the Warren County Government Center (WCGC) sits. This led Delores Oates into a brief treatise on small government to justify a vote against authorizing the purchase. “We own too much property,” Oates explained, objecting to the purchase based on political ideology aimed at reducing government functions and seemingly future needs for property and space.
However, Council Chairman Cullers pointed out that a state-mandated staff position was currently occupied in storage space at WCGC, indicating an existing need for more space in the County Government Center complex, not less. Vicky Cook’s motion to authorize the purchase passed by a vote of 4 to 1, with Oates dissenting.
And after two hours, the public meeting was adjourned at 9 p.m. See all of the board business, including the latest chapter in the evolving story about the future of Shenandoah Farms Health District project management and decision-making boards, in the county video.