Town Council Looks at Water Rates, Tap Installs
December 6, 2019
FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal Town Council went over several legislative topics during their work session on Monday night.
Water and sewer pricing and projects were on of the main focuses for the meeting. The Council discussed a potential $45,000 water/sewer rate study that would likely be performed by Burton and Associates, the same company that performed the last study for Front Royal. If the money is put towards a water/sewer rate study, it would be an effort to accurately track pricing for rates heading into the new decade, and possibly justify reducing prices for town residents. A full discussion on the issue will be included to the agenda for the next Town Council regular meeting.
The Council came to a consensus to enable Town Utilities to begin installing water taps and connections once again. Town Utilities stopped performing the installations in November 2008. Town Attorney Doug Napier explained in the meeting that there wasn’t a recorded reason for why the Town stopped installing the taps.
The Front Royal/Warren County Economic Development Authority was also brought up during the work session. Several council members expressed interest in Front Royal splitting away from the joint EDA and creating a new one just for the town. Napier explained that state code only allows for each locality to have one EDA for their services. Because the Town of Front Royal and Warren County formed a joint EDA, the town cannot simply split off and create another. A request would need to be made to the Virginia General Assembly to allow Front Royal to split from the EDA and create a separate entity, all while keeping at least a portion of the current contracts the EDA presides over. The Council did not decide if they do or do not seek a split, but rather wanted the process started to get a resolution to the General Assembly before the new year.
Interim Town Manager Matt Tederick elaborated about a plan to improve relations between the town and local businesses. The Town will hire a professional facilitator to contact business and offices in downtown Front Royal and try to reach a consensus on how to handle parking and events in the downtown area, especially around the gazebo.
The next regular meeting of the Town Council is scheduled for Dec. 9.
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