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Front Royal to Vote on Property Maintenance Code

9 October 2018 News

Front Royal’s Town Council will gather tonight to discuss adopting Virginia’s entire property maintenance code into its town code, with the exclusion of a rental inspections district.

Town Attorney Doug Napier was quoted as saying that the new code would allow Front Royal to prosecute cases involving dilapidated structures as dangerous buildings so that it doesn’t have to file them as public nuisance violations. The new addition to the town code would make it easier to prove that a building is dangerous in a courtroom. The town voted to advertise tonight’s public hearing on the matter in a 4-2 vote in September. The councilmen who dissented–Vice Mayor Eugene Tewalt and Councilman William Sealock–noted that enforcing the new code would add to the town’s already tight budget, and would require hiring a building official and an unknown amount of staff.

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