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Front Royal Council May Approve Property Maintenance Code

25 July 2018 News

According to published reports, Front Royal’s Town Council is changing its mind concerning a proposed property maintenance code.

The code would allow the town to deal with its blighted non-residential buildings at low costs. An additional rental inspections code is also under discussion; it would mean the hiring of at least one full-time employee and one part-time employee.

Discussions on the matter had been delayed for two months by Mayor Hollis Tharpe on July 16th, when it appeared that the council would vote 4-2 against approving the code. However, he has now moved property maintenance discussions up to an August 20th work session. Councilman Chris Morrison, a proponent of property maintenance, was quoted as saying that Tharpe’s decision to put the matter  on the agenda earlier than planned is a good sign for the new code’s success in a vote. He also noted that media reports on last week’s meeting generated much buzz on social media.

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