Snow mobilization plan

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Crews were mobilized at 7 am this morning in Warren County for all primary routes in all districts.

VDOT has pretreated all primary roads in Warren County as well as high-traffic secondary roads.

VDOT is on a level 3 mobilization and is prepared for the event with both State and contract support.

The Town of Front Royal began 24-hour operations at 7 am.

All sidewalk crews will report at 7 am on Sunday, January 7th to make sure all sidewalks, steps, and handrails are treated and cleaned.

Virginia State Police asks you to stay off the roads so that crews may do their jobs safely.

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Front Royal issues update on litigation with EDA

The Town of Front Royal provided an update regarding the ongoing litigation with the Front Royal- Warren County Economic Development Authority.

Earlier this year, the Town intensified its efforts to settle the litigation between the parties.

The Mayor, EDA Chair and financial teams established a timeline to address and resolve all outstanding claims.

The process was intricate due to missing documents attributed to the misconduct of former EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald and the lack of required EDA audits.

Legal proceedings flowing from the situation have been ongoing for years and led to substantial costs shouldered by town and county residents.

In an effort to prevent further financial strain, the town has decided to nonsuit the lawsuit against the EDA.

The Town remains hopeful that this decision will lead to a constructive response from the EDA and acknowledges the various challenges remaining including unresolved Town of Front Royal interests in public trust properties, currently for sale, or under contract, and other projects.

To view the full press release from the Town of Front Royal, click here.

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Front Royal reinstates Mandatory Water Conservation

The Town of Front Royal announced the reinstatement of the Mandatory Water Conservation efforts until further notice.

We have received some much-needed rain on and off over the past few weeks but it has been few and far between.

The continual monitoring of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River continues to be below needed levels.

In compliance with the permit for withdrawal from the river issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality the town is below acceptable levels.

In order to withdrawal water the river has to be at least 340 cubic feet per second or approximately 220 million gallons per day.

Water levels can be monitored here and currently it is below the 340 cfs.

The drop in water flow forces the town to reissue the mandatory water conservation effort for municipal water customers.

Nonessential water usage is prohibited for the time being.

Some prohibited activities include but are not limited to watering landscape, washing of vehicles or washing paved surfaces with more water saving tips availably here.

Violations of these mandatory efforts could result in a $1,000 fine per offense with each day of a violation punishable as a separate offense.

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Public power day is approaching in Front Royal

The Town of Front Royal invites you to come join in celebrating the Front Royal Energy Services on Public Power Day, October 5th.

The Front Royal Energy Services and more than 2000 other utility companies across the county are not for profit and public owned.

This year Front Royal Energy Service is celebrating 129 years of community service.

The public is invited to find out more about the benefits of living in a safe, reliable, and affordable electric community.

This family friendly event will happen from 5 to 8 pm at the Gazebo on Main Street.

Activities include:

  • Electric safety demonstrations
  • Touch-a-truck opportunities
  • Free swag and kid zone
  • Free tree giveaways from the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee and Tree Stewards and more!

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Emergency water conservation lifted in Front Royal

Emergency Water Conservation order in Front Royal has been lifted and a mandatory water conservation  is effective as of September 15th.

As of Friday, the Town observed that the South Fork of the Shenandoah River is above the 240 cubic feet per second (CFS) level but yet below 340 CFS.

The Town’s permit for water withdrawal from the river issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality stipulates river flow rates that require various conservation measures.

As a result of the river flow and to be in compliant with the issued withdrawal permit, all users of the Town’s municipal water system are notified to continue to observe mandatory water conservation efforts.

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Bowman park closes for maintenance

Bowman Park on Luray Avenue will be closed on September 12th and 13th.

Town arborist, Jim Osborn received a complaint about hazardous conditions.

After inspection, The Town of Front Royal has hired contractor Timber Works Tree Care to mitigate the hazardous conditions.

  • The following trees are being removed:
    White Oak 55″ dbh has an approximately 10-year-old lightning strike that has allowed interior
    decay to affect the structure of the tree. The associated brown rot ruins the structural integrity of
    the tree making it susceptible to failure.
  • White Oak 44″ dbh exhibits a crown decline of over 25%. This decline appears to be caused by heavy soil compaction, slope causing water runoff, little to no organic matter remaining in the
    critical root zone. This “Oak Decline” has been noted and recorded since 2019 by University of Maryland.
    • Burr Oak 38″ dbh has had multiple leads broken out and cut back over the years. The extreme lean and site conditions at the park contribute to its decline.

    HAZARD REDUCTION PLANNING
    • White Oak 53″ dbh has the start of some crown dieback. Hazard reduction pruning of branches larger than 2″ diameter will take place.
    • White Oak 47″ dh also has some dead wood in the crown. Hazard reduction pruning of branches larger than 2″ diameter will take place.

Town residents may contact Jim Osborn if they have questions or concerns,  josborn@frontroyalva.com.

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Unimproved alley inspections in Front Royal

The Public Works Department of the Town of Front Royal will begin a new unimproved alley inspection and inventory for all town properties.

Town staff will be looking for potential hazards, illegal dumping and maintenance concerns.

The work will be completed Monday through Friday, 7 am to 3 pm until December.

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Front Royal waterline repairs temporarily stop service

The Town of Front Royal’s Water and Sewer Department has scheduled water line repair for Monday, March 27th from 8 am- 2 pm on Richmond Road.

This will leave the surrounding areas of Jamestown, Richmond, and Gloucester Roads as well as Oakmont Drive and John Marshall Highway without water for a few hours while repairs are being made.

Once water has been restored, residents should run their faucets  to clear discoloration and air from the lines.

Please be aware of crews working during this time and use caution while traveling in this area.

If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 540-635-7819, Monday through Friday, 7 am- 3:30 pm.

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Front Royal Town Council appoint a new council person

At the Front Royal town council’s Tues. Oct 11th work session members of council approved appointing a new council member.

Duane Skip Rogers was elected to council by a 3 to 2 vote to fill a vacancy.

Rogers was selected among several unspecified number of people who applied to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of councilmen Joseph McFadden.

McFadden resigned his council seat at a work session in August.

Rogers will serve in the position until a special election is held November 7, 2023.

Two members of council including Vice Mayor Cockrell voted no to the appointment not because of Rogers inability to serve but rather because of  McFadden’s resignation being accepted as late as it was.

The acceptance by council left two members and McFadden wondering if the resignation can actually be valid.

Click here for a video of the council work session from Oct. 11.

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News Maker Kristin Derflinger of SCCF on mircroloans

Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) is offering microloans to new and small businesses and entrepreneurs.

We spoke with SCCF Microloan Program Manager Kristin Derflinger in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Kristin tells what the loans are for and how to apply.

She also tells us how the loans are awarded and number uses for the loans.

Kristin also tells us of the other programs and services provided by SCCF.

Click here for Kristin’s interview.

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