A Final Update from Warren County Administrator, Doug Stanley
20 July 2020
We were live in the studio for today’s episode of Municipal Monday with Warren County Administrator Doug Stanley. Doug gave us a coronavirus update that included approval and upcoming distribution of CARES Act funds to various small businesses throughout the county, for potential improvements to broadband access to facilitate educational needs, utility grants and more. He recognized Warren County Fire & Rescue’s Deputy Emergency Coordinator Rick Farrall for the excellent job in managing the various aspects of this pandemic throughout the county including hosting weekly conference calls with updated numbers & procedures, securing, maintaining & distributing the critical supply of PPE, and coordinating reimbursement submissions with the different sate and federal agencies. Included in Doug’s update was the impact COVID-19 has had on “vulnerble revenue” sources.
We also talked about
- the different projects discussed at the Development Review Committee;
- reviewed building inspection statistics;
- the decision to outsource tourism services in partnership with the town;
- the final stages of proposal for wayfinding signage;
- the status of construction at Rivermont Fire Station & the multi-tenant building at Riverton Commons that will house a Chipotle & Five Guys.
Finally, since this was Doug’s last radio show as County Administrator, he took a few minutes to thank everyone for their support during the course of 25-year tenure with the county – 20 of which as it’s administrator. He mentioned a few accomplishments that he’s most proud of and talked about the important role his staff has played in his success:
I have spent the past 25 years or half of my life serving the Front Royal-Warren County community, the last 20 as County Administrator. During that time, I have worked at the pleasure of the Warren County Board of Supervisors and appreciated the Board’s confidence, trust and support over the years.
Over this period I have had the fortune and honor to be part of significant improvements to this community in replacing the lost jobs and tax base of the former Avtex facility with over $500 million in industrial development and the creation of over 2,000 jobs in the Route 340/522 corridor. This does not include the $1 billion invested by Dominion in the new power plant. The County has been able to attract significant retail development to the corridor which provides our residents with shopping and dining opportunities while generating revenue to reduce the County’s reliance on real estate taxes.
We have also made tremendous strides in addressing the capital facility needs of our community thanks to the vision and support of the various members of the Board of Supervisors through the construction of numerous school, community, parks and recreation, and public safety facilities.
I am proud that we have been able to make all of these improvements and additions to our community while still maintaining one of the lowest real estate tax rates in the region.
I have been fortunate and blessed to work with an outstanding and professional staff of talented individuals who work hard to improve the quality of life of our citizens on a daily basis.
Without doubt, the past year has been the most difficult and challenging in my career. That said I believe we have made strides in bringing those responsible for the EDA embezzlement to justice and to recover what has been stolen as well as supporting the current EDA Board and staff to clean up the mess.
To the community, I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve you over the past 25+ years. Warren County has been able to strike a balance between economic growth and protecting the rural character, scenic vistas, and special places that we as a community treasure. I know in my heart that I leave Warren County a better community, a stronger more resilient community that is poised to continue to flourish in the coming years.
As a quick overview – below are just a few of the projects that started or were completed under Doug Stanley’s leadership:
- Skyline High School
- Warren County High School renovation
- Warren County Middle School
- Skyline Middle School renovation
- EWM Elementary renovation
- Ressie Jeffries Elementary renovation
- AS Rhodes Elementary renovation
County Building Projects:
- Courthouse renovations & addition
- Warren County Government Center
- Warren County Community Center
- Warren County Public Safety Building
- Warren County Health & Human Services Complex
- Rivermont Fire Station
- Samuels Public Library
- RSW Regional Jail
Parks & Recreation projects:
- Bing Crosby Stadium & Champs Field
- Eastham Park
- Rockland Park
- Skyline Soccerplex
- Boat landings: Simpson, Riverton, Shenandoah Farms, Morgan Ford
- Fantasyland handicapped accessible playground and SplashPad
- Linden Park
- Thompson Kiss-and-Ride
- North Fork Bridge
- South Fork Bridge
- Gooney Creek Bridge
- Morgan Ford Bridge
- Indian Hollow Bridge
- Leach Run Parkway
- Paving of Freezeland Road/Blue Mountain Road
Economic Development Projects:
- Cleanup of Avtex
- Family Dollar
- Ferguson Enterprises
- Sysco Foods
- Dominion Power
- Warren Memorial Hospital
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