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Storm Water Management - February 26

Council for the City of Waynesboro, Virginia, held a Stormwater Work Session on Wednesday, August 15, 2007, at 12:00 P.M. with representatives from community businesses and residents in Council Chambers of the Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building, 503 West Main Street, Waynesboro, Virginia, with Mayor Thomas Reynolds presiding and calling the meeting to order:

PRESENT: Council Members: Thomas W. Reynolds, Mayor

Nancy M. Dowdy, Vice Mayor

Frank S. Lucente, Councilman

Lorie M. Smith, Councilwoman

Timothy D. Williams, Councilman

Staff: Douglas Walker, City Manager

Michael G. Hamp II, Asst. City Manager

Julia Bortle, Clerk of Council

Robert C. Lunger, Esq., City Attorney

Brian K. McReynolds, PE, Director of Public Works

Anne Showman, Finance Director

Kim Cameron, City Engineer

Pat Nicosia, Director, Budget, Purchasing & Invent.

Guests: Lewis Ferry, Ward A

Bernie Gardner, Columbia Gas of Virginia

Mike Laczynski, Invista

Tom Sykes, Reo Distribution

Webber Payne, Waynesboro Florist

Mack Jones, Barnwell & Jones Realtor

Terry Short, Ward B

Emmett Toms, VA Dominion Power

Carl Rosberg, nTelos

Ellen Winter, Ward D

Robert Fry, Ward A

ABSENT: None

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MAYOR’S OPENING REMARKS:

Mayor Reynolds opened the meeting, greeted guests and thanked them for meeting with the City Council for the discussion and sharing of ideas. He asked the guests to introduce themselves and who they represent.

The goal of this meeting was to decide on a fee schedule for an Enterprise Fund as it was decided not to use the General Fund for stormwater management. It was noted that many of the local businesses were not satisfied with the anticipated cost of the program as presented, and this meeting was an open discussion for residents and businesses to discuss funding ideas.

The floor was opened for discussion.

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Mr. Laczynski: disagreed with creating a utility versus utilizing the General Fund. Creating a new tax should be the last resort utilized, and if a utility tax is created, it must include a credit system that recognizes investments already made. If a utility is the proposed method, not instituting a credit system would also be an error.

Mayor Reynolds encouraged the use of the General Fund, as did Mr. Williams. Council instead decided to use a utility, pulling it out of the budget. Mayor Reynolds stated that televised meetings included discussions of the plan, the levels of service, and how to pay for them. Except for a brief period of time when stormwater was included in the General Fund, stormwater revolved around the creation of a utility.

Guest: The City would create a lot of expenditure and overhead just administering and operating this separate utility. He was not aware until recently there was a separate funding of another $.06 of the tax rate to pay for the $1.4 million Council is talking about spending if the utility is enacted. (Mayor Reynolds noted that stormwater was $900,000 as part of the $1.4 million in the CIP).

Mr. Lucente: stated he is against the General Fund paying for stormwater. There are ponds that have not been maintained throughout the years, and if stormwater is in the General Fund, the funds could be used elsewhere if there is no immediate stormwater concern. Since these were not dealt with in the past, they may not be dealt with by future councils. Another problem is that there is a school contract where the City gives the schools 42.5% of all monies received in General Funds. That means for every dollar spent on stormwater, the City will have to raise an additional $.73 for the schools.

Mrs. Smith: stated she agrees with Mr. Lucente. Stormwater entails multi-millions of dollars of investments and infrastructures for the City. The General Fund will continue to place that work at risk. She sees the utility as a means of protecting taxpayer’s investments in infrastructure that will be put into place. It will be well positioned through depreciation and other sound financial methods over time to manage the system. She supports the use of a utility.

Mr. Lucente: stated that a stormwater utility is more efficient, more accountable, but too expensive at its present budget. It must be made fair and palatable to all citizens and businesses. His first priority is maintenance of the present infrastructure since “you don’t know what you have to do until you fix what you have.” He stated that a utility fee would be wise because work would be cut back after the existing problems are fixed. The utility should be self-sustaining so that it doesn’t have to be voted on each year.

Vice Mayor Dowdy: stated maintenance will not take care of her Ward’s problems. She believes that the projects should be done along with the maintenance. She and Mrs. Smith looked at putting stormwater into the General Fund but decided against it. She assures all those present that every Council member is very mindful of every aspect of this community, and they are trying to put this program in a position where it is not a burden to any one sector of the community.

Mr. Frye: stated that Ward A was promised that as soon as the City got the funds, they would take care of the problem by enlarging the line from Augusta down to the river. That was 23 years ago, and it has gotten worse. If it was refigured, money could be saved.

Tom Sykes: stated that the Board of Supervisors for Augusta County addressed stormwater problems with ordinances and policies. He stated that businesses are concerned that because budgeted projects have been included in the past but not done, what assurance will they have that the City will have personnel doing maintenance in the future with more money. Reo Distribution believes that cleaning it up, putting it in a General Fund and assigning the correct management to it is the way for Council to consider this process.

Mrs. Smith: addressed Mr. Sykes, stating that smaller projects were done; the past lack of maintenance was due to a lack of capacity and a lack of funding. Whether it is in the General Fund or through a utility, the money is being allocated to increase the capacity to allow the City to manage the pond maintenance problem.

Mayor Reynolds: stated he supports a separate department whose duties will include stormwater pond maintenance. He stated that in order to make stormwater management fair and equitable, the Council is faced with the choice between a stormwater utility based on impervious surface area or put the project in the General Fund that will pay for it with taxes. He clarified that the Agreement with the School System does not add to the tax rate as it is part of the budget.

Mayor Reynolds: stated that out of the General Fund budget, approximately $900,000 is designated for maintenance. Mr. Walker added that there is a component of the stormwater utility budget that includes projects 9 and 10 for this year, as identified in the Capital Improvements Plan. Projects 1-8 were in the General Fund.

Mr. Laczynski: stated that Invista invested $6.4 million in their stormwater management system. They spend $350,000 annually to maintain, repair and manage their system. Therefore, without a rebate system or credit system that recognizes investments already made is not fair, equitable and defendable. The City of Chesapeake did it from the start. He also asked where the money allocated to the six divisions of Public Works budgeted for stormwater work was spent, since the system was not maintained.

Vice Mayor Dowdy: stated that the Council has discussed credits, but the time frame allocated did not allow that to be addressed fairly. She stated that Council will address it as soon as possible.

Mrs. Smith: stated she agrees that a credit program is appropriate for those who go above and beyond the City’s ordinances designed to manage stormwater, but credit system costs money that must be funded. That must be part of the rate structure.

Mr. Lucente: agreed with Mr. Laczynski that a credit system must be done from the beginning. He did not think time constraints are an issue and will not make a hasty decision. He would prefer to eliminate the credits and reduce the rate from the beginning. He stated that the only way the stormwater program will work is to reduce the program’s costs. The effective way to reduce costs is to do the maintenance portion first.

Mr. Frye: stated one way to cut costs is to eliminate new offices. Mr. Lucente informed Mr. Frye that those costs are not separate but will be prorated and added to the utility bill.

Guests: stated that his area of Wayne Hills has no current stormwater management; therefore, nothing to maintain. They have been waiting for 46 years for help with stormwater, and they need infrastructure now.

Mr. Lucente: stated that some projects will be done through the General Fund.

Mayor Reynolds: stated that churches will be charged according to impervious area.

Mr. Sykes: impressed upon City Council that they must maintain vigilance on this program’s cost. He questioned where the current funding for stormwater is being spent. Stormwater management and sediment control have been a state mandate for years. If Waynesboro is just catching up, then the City must make sure it is an accountable department; not a separate level of management and tax.

Mrs. Smith: stated that the issue of accountability has been raised twice during this meeting. She asked the City Manager to comment on the lack of confidence and accountability voiced here.

Mr. Jones: asked why stormwater management is not part of the normal tax revenue. He used leaf removal as an example, and asked why that is part of stormwater. He stated that a majority of the issues related to stormwater should be in the General Fund Budget.

Mr. Walker: explained there were services shifted from other areas to the stormwater budget as they relate to the stormwater program. Resources are being applied to address other problems within Public Works. Choices have been made, costs have been reduced, revenues not provided; therefore, services have not been delivered. That is part of why the City is in this position. Using the General Fund or using a utility is a choice for Council. The current utility is a blend with General expenses related to capital improvements and utility expenses related to on-going maintenance and operations.

Mrs. Winter: disagreed with Mr. Lucente about reducing rates at the start. It is not going to encourage businesses to decrease the flow off their property. If there is no runoff from your property, there is no problem; therefore, the answer is impervious surface. Without a utility, taxes must be raised. She agreed with credits for commercial and industrial entities that go above minimum requirements. She mentioned there is a pervious surface that can be used on parking lots that water will soak into rather than run off. Businesses need to be accountable for maintaining stormwater, and a better policing job must be done. If impervious surface is the main cause for stormwater runoff, they should be responsible for it, instead of from the General Fund, raising taxes for everyone.

Mr. Rosberg: stated from a business perspective, nTelos’ real estate rate is one of the lowest in the Commonwealth. Personal property taxes are one of the highest, which affects businesses. He stated that nTelos built two ponds that have been maintained. He stated that the proposed plan is hard on businesses. The General Fund seems fair to him. He agreed that consideration has to be given to those companies who have spent money on stormwater management. The proposed taxes will have an impact on proposed future businesses in the City.

Mrs. Smith: stated that rates must come down for business and industry. Relative to the real estate rate, the City has nine industries, seven have realized virtually no increase in their real estate taxation. Invista realized a .6% increase in their real estate tax rate while all other residents had an average of 35%.

Mr. Laczynski: stated that all taxes must be considered, real estate, personal property, and machinery and tool. The only way to reduce the machinery and tool tax in the City was with the physical removal of the equipment. Removing equipment, when working hard to improve competitiveness to restart the equipment should be applauded by the City, not taxed non-revenue as has been done. He stated that businesses consider total taxes when making decisions, not individually.

Mr. Rosberg: agreed that Waynesboro is on the high side of business taxes when considering all of Virginia and on the lower end for residential.

Mr. Laczynski: stated he recognizes businesses have to be part of the solution for this problem. As a resident and business person in Waynesboro, he asked Council to consider how quickly the City wants versus needs to repair 30-plus years of neglect. An answer to that may help make the decision on a credit system for a utility or how many cents to add to real estate in a General Fund.

Mr. Lucente: stated the current real estate market and property assessments must be considered. He stated that the soil and erosion personnel should focus on the ponds. He also stated that businesses should be made aware of what their fee structure will be, and noted that staff is currently working on those figures.

Mr. Jones: stated that the tax rate and the assessed rate work in tandem. The City’s operation is dependent on their sources of revenue, and the combined dollar result has to be considered.

Mayor Reynolds: stated he does not have the same concerns that some Council members have, worrying that some other future Council may choose not to do this.

Mr. Sykes: As the City only owns three stormwater ponds and the rest are in private hands, he stated that public dollars should not be expended to clean them up. If it is done, then a lien should be placed on that property until it is cleaned.

Mayor Reynolds: stated that problems have to be addressed now without concentrating on the past problems. The Council will act on enforcement of the maintenance of the private ownership ponds.

Guest: stated that enforcement of the drainfield should be addressed with current staff. He has not heard about the development of a comprehensive strategy to address this matter. He has heard there is a dollar figure suggested from a consultant based on levels of service.

Mayor Reynolds stated the projects are identified and prioritized. Mrs. Smith stated that the utility is going to be built on maintenance, addressing one, two, or three projects per year, based on available revenue. Regarding Capital Projects 1-8 may be funded by bond issues and contracted out. The smaller projects done through the utility will be done in-house.

Guest: stated everyone who benefits from the location of the City, its infrastructure, and quality of life will have to make sacrifices. Sacrificing some VDOT funding for road improvements may be a good idea. He also supports increasing property taxes to offset some of those necessary improvements. If businesses do have a self-sustaining stormwater management system, a credit system is logical and an investment of great value to residents and water quality. He also suggested the removal of some impervious surface.

Mayor Reynolds: agreed with the concept of beginning this program with a tax credit for those companies who have already invested in stormwater management. That may also encourage those businesses that have been in existence for a longer period of time to become proactive and address the issue to earn credits. He also addressed the issue of one-time expenses and their justification. He said some of those one-time expenses may be able to be shifted into the General Fund, creating a blended program.

Mrs. Smith: stated the Council has viewed numerous models, but this Council does not intend to place a burden on Invista or proportionately to other businesses. The City has lowered its tax rate by approximately 28% over the last four or five years. This has reduced the City’s capacity to pay for stormwater while running the other necessities.

Mr. Laczynski: asked Council to consider that they may want to delay this program as there is no definition for impervious surface yet. There is between 35 and 40 acres of Invista property that is gravel that is listed as impervious surface. He asked what a parking lot surface can be replaced with, if there is no clear definition.

Mr. Lucente: stated he questions the consultant’s quote of $1.4 million for stormwater. He believes it can be done for less money. The bottom line is a decision must be made about how to proceed. He wants direction from those present on how much they expect to pay and with what method. With too many ideas being discussed at this meeting, it makes it difficult to come up with a consensus. He stated that a funding mechanism must be found to correct the problems so they don’t have to be addressed every year. Using the General Fund means a shift in who pays for it. Although businesses have 2.7 times as much impervious surface as residents, he does not believe businesses can bear that share.

Mrs. Winter: stated Waynesboro would hurt itself if it ran businesses out of town due to the utility tax. However, if the stormwater is put in the General Fund, it does not encourage anybody to have less stormwater runoff. Having a utility tax with credits will encourage people to handle the stormwater issues better. That must include a good definition of impervious surface.

Mayor Reynolds: stated he has heard that stormwater should come from the General Fund from most of the visitors present. If a decision is made to do that, it can’t be done until the new Budget, necessitating a tax rate to cover the charge. He stated there are two options; either at the next Budget level figure what the bottom line is based on recommendations, or to implement the utility with clearly defined terms. When the budget is cut, service levels are affected, whether it’s moving VDOT money to stormwater, or using General Fund money affecting other projects. He stated that the only way to look at funding is to address the levels of service.

Mr. Sykes: stated that it was mentioned at a previous meeting that the stormwater department was already created and funded through September 30, 2007. He asked if that meant a utility must be created to fund that department through the rest of the year.

Mr. Walker: stated that it is his responsibility per Council to develop a plan.

Mayor Reynolds: stated he appreciated it that each of the meeting participants took time out of their day to participate in this meeting. He suggested that if there are future questions or comments to make, that they contact any member of City Council.

Mr. Walker: stated there is another meeting this evening at 6:00 p.m. with staff presentations, focusing on budget scenarios. The meeting will be televised for everyone’s information.

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There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2:15 p.m.

______________________ ______________________________

Julia Bortle, Clerk of Council Thomas W. Reynolds, Mayor

City of Waynesboro, Virginia City of Waynesboro, Virginia

VDot News - February 26

TRAFFIC ALERT FOR WEEK OF February 25-29, 2008

Highway work zones in the Staunton District



The following is a list of highway work that might affect traffic in the Staunton transportation district during the coming weeks. The Staunton district is comprised of 11 counties, Alleghany, Bath , Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland , Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Warren and Clarke. Work scheduled is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving tractors during mowing operations. Also, when traveling through a work zone, be alert to periodic changes in traffic patterns and lane closures.


(NEW) _ Indicates a new or revised entry since last week’s report.

AUGUSTA COUNTY

Interstate 64

* Mile markers 95 to 96 – Cleaning and painting bridges, alternating lane closures. Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.



Interstate 81

* Various locations –Guardrail installation. Alternating lane and shoulder closures both northbound and southbound. Night work - 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

* Mile markers 205 to 237 – Northbound and southbound lanes, debris clean up on Wednesday.



Primary Roads

* Route 11 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 56 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 250 –Trucks entering from Route 636 between Route 637 to Route 358 and from Route 608 between Route 608 to Route 1360.

* Route 252 - Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 262 – Debris clean up from I-81 to Route 11 at Verona on Wednesday.

* Route 340 (Rosser Avenue) – Trucks entering from work site from Route 608 to Route 1501 for utility work with flagger traffic control during daylight hours.

* Various roads – Guardrail replacement. Alternating lane and shoulder closures. Weekdays, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.



Secondary Roads

* Route 608 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 610 – Tree trimming from Route 608 to the Nelson County Line weekdays during daylight hours, weekdays.

* (NEW) Route 612 – Curb and gutter installation from Route 1908 ( Locust Street ) to Route 792 ( Riverside Avenue ). Work is Tuesday to Friday.

* Route 621 ( Sandy Ridge Road ) – Between Route 823 and Route 611. Work-site truck traffic for sub-division road construction. Work is during daylight hours.

* (NEW) Route 660 – Tree trimming. Route 610 to end of state maintenance. Work is weekdays during daylight hours, weekdays.

* Route 664 – Tree trimming from Waynesboro City limits to the Blue Ridge Parkway during daylight hours, weekdays.

* Route 710 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 726 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* (NEW) Route 848 – Tree trimming. Route 610 to end of state maintenance. Work is during daylight hours, weekdays.

* (NEW) Route 855 – Tree trimming. Route 610 to end of state maintenance. Work is during daylight hours, weekdays.

* (NEW) Route 887 – Tree trimming. Route 610 to end of state maintenance. Work is during daylight hours, weekdays.

* (NEW) Route 912 – Tree trimming. Route 610 to Route 660. Work is during daylight hours, weekdays.

* (NEW) Route 913 – Tree trimming. Route 912 north to Route 912 south. Work is during daylight hours, weekdays.

* Route 1319 ( Westminster Drive ) – From Route 1360 and Route 608, water line installation. Road surface patching may cause minor delays.

* Route 1621 (Beagle Gap Run) – From Wild Cat Cove to Beagle Gap Forest . Trucks entering work for sewer line installation. Work is daylight hours.

* (NEW) Route 1621 (Beagle Gap Run) – Ditch cleaning, Monday, Feb. 18.

* Various Roads – Shoulder repairs, brush cutting, and machining non-hard surface roads. Scraping dirt roads. Lane closures and flaggers may be used at various locations. Work will be weekdays during daylight hours.



MOTORISTS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR SIGNAL WORK



STAUNTON – Traffic signal work will take place near Interstate 81 exit 307 in Frederick County . This location is at the I-81 southbound exit ramp and eastbound Route 277. The work will begin on Feb. 27 and will last several weeks. Motorists should be alert for this work zone and potential traffic delays which will occur later in the project.

The crews will relocate a signal pole and replace traffic signal heads. This work is part of a larger project that will widen a small portion of Route 277 to improve flow for tractor trailers turning left from the I-81 southbound exit ramp on to eastbound Route 277.

All work is weather permitting.

Richardson Wayland Electrical Co. L.L.C. of Roanoke is the contractor doing the signal work.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-800-578-4111. (TTY/TDD users, call 711). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.

Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility. Virginia’s highway safety partnership — the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police — challenges you to help prevent highway fatalities. Buckle up. Avoid distractions. Share the road. Drive drug- and alcohol-free. Obey speed limits. For more information on the Highway Safety Challenge and things you can do to avoid becoming Virginia ’s next traffic fatality, visit www.safeVAhighways.org.

Wite Hill Rd. Wreck - February 21



Thursday 21, 2008- 8:30 am A tractor and trailer rolled over on its side blocking the turn off lanes to interstate 81. There where no injuries and the wreck is being investigating by the state police.

NOAA Winter Weather Advisory - February 21

Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
851 PM EST THU FEB 21 2008

MDZ016>018-VAZ021-025-026-036>039-050-055>057-WVZ054-221000-
/O.CON.KLWX.WW.Y.0007.080222T0200Z-080223T0300Z/
CHARLES-ST. MARYS-CALVERT-HIGHLAND-AUGUSTA-ROCKINGHAM-NELSON-
ALBEMARLE-GREENE-MADISON-ORANGE-STAFFORD-SPOTSYLVANIA-KING GEORGE-
PENDLETON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WALDORF...ST MARYS CITY...STAUNTON...
WAYNESBORO...HARRISONBURG...CHARLOTTESVILLE...FREDERICKSBURG
851 PM EST THU FEB 21 2008

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST
FRIDAY...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST
FRIDAY.

A STORM MOVING IN FROM THE SOUTHWEST WILL BRING PRECIPITATION
INTO THE COLD AIR ALREADY IN PLACE OVER THE REGION. THE RESULT
WILL BE LIGHT SNOW OVERNIGHT...FOLLOWED BY FREEZING RAIN FRIDAY
INTO FRIDAY NIGHT.

LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP DURING THE LATE EVENING HOURS.
AN INCH OR LESS OF SNOW IS EXPECTED OVERNIGHT. THE SNOW WILL
CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.

THE FREEZING RAIN WILL BE ON AND OFF DURING THE DAY ON FRIDAY AND
INTO FRIDAY NIGHT. AROUND A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICING IS
EXPECTED.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

$$








Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
358 PM EST THU FEB 21 2008

MDZ003>005-009-010-501-502-VAZ021-025>031-036>042-050-051-
WVZ050>055-501>504-221000-
WASHINGTON-FREDERICK MD-CARROLL-MONTGOMERY-HOWARD-
EXTREME WESTERN ALLEGANY-CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALLEGANY-HIGHLAND-
AUGUSTA-ROCKINGHAM-SHENANDOAH-FREDERICK VA-PAGE-WARREN-CLARKE-
NELSON-ALBEMARLE-GREENE-MADISON-RAPPAHANNOCK-FAUQUIER-LOUDOUN-
ORANGE-CULPEPER-HAMPSHIRE-MORGAN-BERKELEY-JEFFERSON-PENDLETON-
HARDY-WESTERN GRANT-EASTERN GRANT-WESTERN MINERAL-EASTERN MINERAL-
358 PM EST THU FEB 21 2008

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA...
NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA...AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN MARYLAND
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF GARRETT COUNTY.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY
EVENING FOR NORTHERN AND NORTHWESTERN VIRGINIA...EASTERN WEST
VIRGINIA... CENTRAL NORTHERN AND WESTERN MARYLAND. A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL AND WEST CENTRAL
VIRGINIA AND PENDLETON COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA. LOW PRESSURE ACROSS
THE GULF OF MEXICO WILL SPREAD SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN ACROSS THE
REGION. CONSULT THE LATEST WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE /WBCWSWLWX/ OR
/WWUS41 KLWX/ FOR DETAILS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY
EVENING FOR NORTHERN AND NORTHWESTERN VIRGINIA...EASTERN WEST
VIRGINIA... CENTRAL NORTHERN AND WESTERN MARYLAND. A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL AND WEST CENTRAL
VIRGINIA AND PENDLETON COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA. LOW PRESSURE ACROSS
THE GULF OF MEXICO WILL SPREAD SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN ACROSS THE
REGION. CONSULT THE LATEST WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE /WBCWSWLWX/ OR
/WWUS41 KLWX/ FOR DETAILS.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME...HOWEVER
SNOW...SLEET AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT
WILL BE APPRECIATED.


http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Waynesboro&state=VA&site=LWX&textField1=38.0695&textField2=-78.9026

REGULAR MEETING OF THE AUGUSTA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

ADVANCED

A G E N D A

REGULAR MEETING OF THE AUGUSTA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2008, at 7:00 p.m.

Board Meeting Room, Government Center, Verona, VA

___________________________________________________________________________

ITEM NO. DESCRIPTION

___________________________________________________________________________

2-12 7:00 P.M. MATTERS TO BE PRESENTED BY THE PUBLIC

2-13 MATTERS TO BE PRESENTED BY THE BOARD

2-14 WESTGATE – PRELIMINARY PLAT

Consider preliminary plat – Westgate, containing 61 lots zoned General Business and 2 lots zoned General Industrial located on the west side of Tinkling Spring Road (Route 285) between Expo Road (Route 935) and Ramsey Road (Route 635) (Beverley Manor District). The Planning Commission recommends approval.

2-15 CONSENT AGENDA

2-15.01 MINUTES

Consider minutes of the following meetings:

* Regular Meeting, Wednesday, February 13, 2008

2-16 MATTERS TO BE PRESENTED BY STAFF

2-17 CLOSED SESSION

NOTICE OF VARIOUS MEETINGS/GENERAL INFORMATION

1. Augusta County Fire-Rescue Reports dated February 13, 2008.
2. Augusta County Service Authority Progress Reports dated February 15, 2008.

H2-27ra1.08



M E M O R A N D U M

February 21, 2008



TO: Augusta County Board of Supervisors

FROM: Patrick J. Coffield, County Administrator

SUBJECT: STAFF BRIEFING, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2008, 1:30 p.m.

Board Meeting Room, Government Center, Verona, VA _____________________________________________________________________________

ITEM NO. DESCRIPTION

_____________________________________________________________________________

S/B-01 1:30 p.m. ROADS

Report by VDOT.

S/B-02 STATE STORMWATER MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS

Presentation by state DCR Regional Manager, Jim Echols, on draft regulations.

S/B-03 EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL PROGRAM

Staff presentation on:

1. E&S staffing proposal and budget
2. E&S draft ordinance and fee schedule
3. DCR Corrective Action Agreement

S/B-04 MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE DECALS – ORDINANCE

Discuss draft ordinance.

S/B-05 OFFICE ON YOUTH – ANNUAL REPORT

Presentation by staff on annual report.

S/B-06 SHENANDOAH VALLEY SOCIAL SERVICES – ANNUAL REPORT

Presentation by staff on annual report.

S/B-07 COMMUNITY ACTION

Discuss obtaining Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding by forming a Community Action Agency.

S/B-08 SHENANDOAH VALLEY RAILROAD COMPANY

Discuss resolution supporting state funding request by SVRR for rail improvements.

S/B-09 BUCKINGHAM BRANCH RAILROAD COMPANY

Discuss resolution supporting state funding request by BBRC for rail improvements.



S/B-10 SHENANDOAH VALLEY JUVENILE CENTER

Discuss resolution expanding services to include providing a “less-secure residential program for juveniles.

S/B-11 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Discuss approval of contract for preparation of the Economic Development Strategy.

Funding Sources: Comprehensive Plan Acct. (#11010-3125) $ 73,855

IDA 73,855

$147,710

S/B-12 ADULT BUSINESS – ORDINANCE

Discuss recommendations of Planning Commission regarding proposed Zoning Ordinance amendment and proposal to enact Police Powers Ordinance requiring all adult businesses to obtain a permit from Sheriff’s Department.

S/B-13 PLANNING COMMISSION ITEMS

1. Westgate – Preliminary Plat, located on the west side of Tinkling Spring Road (Route 285) between Expo Road (Route 935) and Ramsey Road (Route 635) (Beverley Manor District).

S/B-14 MATTERS TO BE PRESENTED BY THE BOARD

S/B-15 MATTERS TO BE PRESENTED BY STAFF

S/B-16 CLOSED SESSION

H2-25sb1.07





NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS

DATE TIME EVENT/PLACE **

Feb 21 1:30 p.m. ACSA

Feb 25 1:30 p.m. BOS STAFF BRIEFING

Feb 26 7:00 p.m. EMERGENCY SERVICES OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

7:30 p.m. AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY BOARD

Feb 27 7:00 p.m. BOS MEETING

Feb 29 11:30 a.m. THE BIG READ

Augusta County Courthouse - Staunton

Mar 1-5 NACo LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE 2008

Hilton Washington, Washington, DC

Mar 5 8:30 a.m. AUGUSTA COUNTY ELECTORAL BOARD

Mar 6 9:30 a.m. BZA VIEWINGS

1:00 p.m. BZA STAFF BRIEFING

1:30 p.m. BZA MEETING

Mar 11 9:00 a.m. MIDDLE RIVER REGIONAL JAIL AUTHORITY MEETING

3:30 p.m. PLANNING COMMISSION STAFF BRIEFING/VIEWINGS

3:30 p.m. GART/TOURISM MEETING

7:00 p.m. PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Mar 12 7:00 p.m. BOS MEETING

Mar 18 4:00 p.m. RECYCLING MEETING

Mar 19 7:00 p.m. PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION MEETING

Mar 20 1:30 p.m. ACSA

Mar 21 11:00 a.m. IDA

Mar 24 12:00 p.m. NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK – Augusta County

Farm Bureau Federation Women’s Committee –

Appreciation Lunch

1:30 p.m. BOS STAFF BRIEFING

Mar 25 7:00 p.m. LIBRARY MEETING

Library - Fishersville

7:00 p.m. EMERGENCY SERVICES OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

7:30 p.m. AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY BOARD

Mar 26 7:00 p.m. BOS MEETING

Mar 31-Apr 1 8:00 a.m. BOS BUDGET WORK SESSION

Apr 8 3:30 p.m. GART/TOURISM MEETING

Apr 12-19 SPRING CLEAN UP WEEK

Apr 19 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY

Farmer’s Market Lot, Waynesboro, VA

Apr 13 2:00 p.m. LIBRARY DEDICATION

Fishersville Library

Apr 16 7:00 p.m. BOS BUDGET – PUBLIC HEARING

May 7 7:00 p.m. BOS BUDGET – ADOPTION MEETING

DATE: February 21, 2008

H:calendar **All meetings are at the Government Center unless otherwise noted.

Wilda Road house fire - February 20










Wednesday 20, 2008 - 9 am Wilda Road. The house fire seems to have started with a wood stove and smoke filled the house. The home owner was not there at the time but a neighbor called him at work. The neighbor also called the fire department.

the fire is still under investigation.

Photo/Story Nathan Combs

AGENDA FOR WAYNESBORO CITY COUNCIL

REVISED AGENDA FOR WAYNESBORO CITY COUNCIL

TO BE HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2008, AT 7:00 P.M.

IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CHARLES T. YANCEY MUNICIPAL BUILDING

AT 503 WEST MAIN STREET, WAYNESBORO, VIRGINIA.

1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance.
2. Consent Agenda (any item placed on the consent agenda shall be removed and considered as a separate matter, if so requested by any member of Council, otherwise all items will be voted on with one (1) motion).
1. Consider the approval of Minutes from the August 15, 2007 Stormwater Community Meeting, the February 4, 2008 Work Session and the February 11, 2008 Business Meeting, and dispense with the reading of the Minutes.
2. Second consideration/adoption of an ordinance appropriating a Library of Virginia Records Preservation Grant for the Circuit Court in the amount of $7,500 for technical services to reformat plats from paper to digital for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2008
3. Consider a request for a refund of $237.93 for 2007 personal property PPTRA on a vehicle that did not receive PPTRA, per Virginia Code § 58.1-3981.
4. Consider request to reschedule the public hearing to receive comments on the ordinance amending the FY08 budget from February 25 to March 10, 2008.
3. Consider adopting a Proclamation proclaiming March as Big Read Month with a presentation by Zahir Mahmoud, Library Director.
4. Consider adopting a Proclamation proclaiming February as Black History Month, and present Proclamation to Ms. Estello Randolph.
5. Planning Matters:
1. Receive the Planning Commission’s report and recommendations on proposed amendments to the City Zoning Ordinance Code Section 98-250.17, pertaining to permitted uses in the Planned Unit Development District.
2. Receive the Planning Commission’s report and recommendations on proposed amendments to the City Zoning Ordinance, Code Sections 98-250.2, 98-250.3 and 98-250.10, pertaining to construction in the floodplain.
6. Consider a request from Shenandoah Valley Art Center to close portions of Main Street and Wayne Avenue beginning on Friday, October 10th at 4:00 p.m. until Sunday, October 12th at 8:00 p.m. for the Virginia Fall Foliage Festival Art Show.
7. Consider a request by Waynesboro Downtown Development, Inc. to close West Main Street from McElroy to Wayne Avenue (Arch and Wayne to remain open) for the Main Street Muscle Car Show, on Saturday, May 17, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The request includes the use of amplified music at the event.
8. Consider a request by Waynesboro Downtown Development, Inc. to reserve Constitution Park and the City parking lot at Arch and Main, and to serve alcohol on City property, for the Waynesboro Chili Blues & Brews Cook-off, on Saturday, September 6, 2008 from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
9. Consider adoption of the FY09 City Council Budget Calendar.
10. Consider the following ordinances:
1. Appropriating a Reading First Grant in the amount of $11,305 to the Elementary Central Office Fund operating for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2008.
2. Appropriating a Title IV Drug Free Schools Grant in the amount of $5,603 to the Secondary Central Office Fund Operating for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2008.
3. Appropriating a Virginia Preschool Initiative in the amount of $70,000 to the Central Office Fund operating for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2008.
11. Consider the reappointment of Mr. Robert Harris to the Valley Community Services Board of Directors for a term of July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2011.
12. Citizen Comment Period.
13. Communication, Correspondence and Calendar.
14. Adjourn.

The Waynesboro City Council encourages the participation of all City citizens.

For those with special needs, please notify the Clerk of Council (540-942-6669) of any accommodations required, including assisted listening device, at least five days prior to the meeting you wish to attend.

Graham first candidate certified for ballot in upcoming election - February 20






Ward B Waynesboro City Council candidate Chris Graham was certified for ballot access by Waynesboro voter registrar Mary Alice Downs on Tuesday - two full weeks before the March 4 filing deadline and a little more than two weeks after he entered the race for the open city-council seat.

He is the first candidate to have secured his place on the ballot for the May 6 city election.

"I'm proud of the efforts of our campaign and our many volunteers who offered their time and energy toward completing this essential first phase of our effort at Moving Waynesboro Forward," Graham said today.

Graham entered the race for the Ward B seat currently held by mayor Tom Reynolds on Feb. 1. Reynolds announced on Jan. 18 that he will not seek a third four-year term on the city council representing Ward B.

Graham is the co-owner of Augusta Free Press Publishing, which is based in Downtown Waynesboro.

More information about his campaign can be accessed online at www.movingwaynesboroforward.com.


Crystal Abbe Graham, Campaign Manager

WINTER WEATHER SAFE DRIVING REMINDERS - February 20

STAUNTON – Winter precipitation is expected in the Shenandoah Valley this week. Virginia Department of Transportation crews will be ready to treat and plow roads as necessary.


Motorists are reminded that ice and freezing rain conditions can still produce hazardous driving conditions, even when roads are treated. During hazardous winter weather people should not drive unless absolutely necessary. People who are driving in winter road conditions should use extra caution particularly on bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and ramps.


VDOT has detailed information, including safety tips for motorists and its snow-removal process at http://www.virginiadot.org/news/snowseason.asp. For the latest on road condition and traffic during winter storms, motorists should call 511 or visit www.511virginia.org.


Virginia’s efforts to prepare for winter weather and other emergencies can be viewed by visiting www.ReadyVirginia.gov. The National Weather Service, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Social Services and other state agencies have created the Ready Virginia resource to provide citizens with a one-stop shop for emergency preparedness tips and information.


Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility. Virginia’s highway safety partnership — the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police — challenges you to help prevent highway fatalities. Buckle up. Avoid distractions. Share the road. Drive drug- and alcohol-free. Obey speed limits. For more information on the Highway Safety Challenge and things you can do to avoid becoming Virginia ’s next traffic fatality, visit www.safeVAhighways.org.

Wayne Theatre Alliance - February 20

Go to

http://organizationnews.blogspot.com/2008/02/wayne-theatre-alliance.html

Fatal Crash - February 17





WAYNESBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

The Waynesboro Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that occurred today, February 17, 2008, at approximately 4:30 P.M. on S. Delphine Ave. near Windsor Road.

The head on crash occurred when a 2004 Toyota Highlander which was traveling south on S. Delphine Ave. in the southbound lanes was struck by a 1995 Plymouth Neon that was proceeding north on S. Delphine in the southbound lanes.

The driver and sole occupant of the Neon was killed in the crash and has been identified as Faryn Elizabeth Clark, 21 years of age, who is a resident of Waynesboro.

The Driver of the Toyota Highlander along with two passengers in the vehicle was taken by rescue squad to Augusta Medical Center and their status is as follows.

Driver- 57 year old female currently at AMC

Passenger -56 year old female transferred to UVA.

Passenger- unknown age male currently at AMC.

No other information is available at this time and this incident remains under investigation.

Sgt. Kelly Walker
Services Division
Waynesboro Police Department

TRAFFIC ALERT FOR WEEK OF February 18-22, 2008

TRAFFIC ALERT FOR WEEK OF February 18-22, 2008

Highway work zones in the Staunton District



The following is a list of highway work that might affect traffic in the Staunton transportation district during the coming weeks. The Staunton district is comprised of 11 counties, Alleghany, Bath , Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland , Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Warren and Clarke. Work scheduled is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving tractors during mowing operations. Also, when traveling through a work zone, be alert to periodic changes in traffic patterns and lane closures.


(NEW) _ Indicates a new or revised entry since last week’s report.

AUGUSTA COUNTY

Interstate 64

* Mile markers 95 to 96 – Cleaning and painting bridges, alternating lane closures. Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.



Interstate 81

* Various locations –Guardrail installation. Alternating lane and shoulder closures both northbound and southbound. Night work - 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

* Mile markers 205 to 237 – Northbound and southbound lanes, debris clean up on Wednesday.



Primary Roads

* Route 11 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 56 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 250 –Trucks entering from Route 636 between Route 637 to Route 358 and from Route 608 between Route 608 to Route 1360.

* Route 252 - Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 262 – Debris clean up from I-81 to Route 11 at Verona on Wednesday.

* Route 340 (Rosser Avenue) – Trucks entering from work site from Route 608 to Route 1501 for utility work with flagger traffic control during daylight hours.



Secondary Roads

* Route 608 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 610 – Tree trimming from Route 608 to the Nelson County Line weekdays during daylight hours.

* (NEW) Route 621 ( Sandy Ridge Road ) – Between Route 823 and Route 611. Work-site truck traffic for sub-division road construction. Work is during daylight hours.

* (NEW) Route 624 – Tree trimming, Waynesboro City limits to Route 634 during daylight hours.

* (NEW) Route 644 – Tree trimming from Waynesboro City limits to the Blue Ridge Parkway during daylight hours.

* Route 710 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 726 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 730 (Stribling Spring Road) – Road closed 0.7 miles south of Route 747 (Freemason Run Road) and 0.5 mile north of Route 761 (Bull Mountain Road), beginning Monday, February 11, through Friday, February 22, for box culvert installation. Detour provided.

* Route 1319 ( Westminster Drive ) – From Route 1360 and Route 608, water line installation. Road surface patching may cause minor delays.

* Route 1621 (Beagle Gap Run) – From Wild Cat Cove to Beagle Gap Forest . Trucks entering work for sewer line installation. Work is daylight hours.

* Various Roads – Shoulder repairs, tree removal, brush cutting, and machining non-hard surface roads. Lane closures and flaggers may be used at various locations. Work will be weekdays during daylight hours.

Wreck on 250 - February 13



State Police have not released all information as of now.

Icy and Wet Roads Cause Problems - February 12



Tuesday 12, 2008- Ice has formed on many roads in Augusta County this evening and has caused many car wrecks. This wreck happened in Waynesboro this afternoon on Hopeman Parkway . Many of the back roads are slick with ice and the interstates have ice on them also.

Photo/Story Nathan Combs


NOAA Hazardous Weather Outlook





HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
712 PM EST TUE FEB 12 2008

MDZ003>005-009-010-501-502-VAZ021-025>031-036>042-050-051-
WVZ050>055-501>504-131000-
WASHINGTON-FREDERICK MD-CARROLL-MONTGOMERY-HOWARD-
EXTREME WESTERN ALLEGANY-CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALLEGANY-HIGHLAND-
AUGUSTA-ROCKINGHAM-SHENANDOAH-FREDERICK VA-PAGE-WARREN-CLARKE-
NELSON-ALBEMARLE-GREENE-MADISON-RAPPAHANNOCK-FAUQUIER-LOUDOUN-
ORANGE-CULPEPER-HAMPSHIRE-MORGAN-BERKELEY-JEFFERSON-PENDLETON-
HARDY-WESTERN GRANT-EASTERN GRANT-WESTERN MINERAL-EASTERN MINERAL-
712 PM EST TUE FEB 12 2008

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA...
NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA...AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN MARYLAND
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF GARRETT COUNTY.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT

AN ICE STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR LOCATIONS EAST OF THE
BLUE RIDGE EXCEPT FOR NELSON COUNTY VIRGINIA WHICH IS UNDER A
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY. ALL LOCATIONS WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE ALSO
FALL UNDER A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY. PLEASE REFER TO WBCWSWLWX
/WWUS41/ FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY

RAIN WILL CHANGE TO SNOW BEFORE ENDING WEDNESDAY NIGHT. ONE OR
TWO INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION IS POSSIBLE.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE REQUIRED...BUT ICE REPORTS WOULD
BE APPRECIATED.





Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
643 PM EST TUE FEB 12 2008

MDZ003-018-501-502-VAZ021-025>031-036-057-WVZ050>055-501>504-
130400-
/O.CON.KLWX.WW.Y.0005.000000T0000Z-080213T1200Z/
WASHINGTON-CALVERT-EXTREME WESTERN ALLEGANY-
CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALLEGANY-HIGHLAND-AUGUSTA-ROCKINGHAM-
SHENANDOAH-FREDERICK VA-PAGE-WARREN-CLARKE-NELSON-KING GEORGE-
HAMPSHIRE-MORGAN-BERKELEY-JEFFERSON-PENDLETON-HARDY-WESTERN GRANT-
EASTERN GRANT-WESTERN MINERAL-EASTERN MINERAL-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HAGERSTOWN...FROSTBURG...CUMBERLAND...
STAUNTON...WAYNESBORO...HARRISONBURG...WINCHESTER...FRONT ROYAL...
MARTINSBURG...CHARLES TOWN...BAYARD...PETERSBURG...EMORYVILLE...
HARTMANSVILLE...KEYSER...FORT ASHBY
643 PM EST TUE FEB 12 2008

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST
WEDNESDAY...

SEVERAL ROUNDS OF PRECIPITATION ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE FROM
SOUTHEAST TO NORTHEAST ACROSS THE AREA TONIGHT. UNDERNEATH THE
PRECIPITATION...THE GROUND AND THE AIR JUST ABOVE IT IS STILL
BELOW FREEZING. THIS COMBINATION WILL PRODUCE ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF
ONE TENTH OF AN INCH TO TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH. THESE AMOUNTS MAY
CAUSE TRAVEL PROBLEMS THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN
WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND
LIMITED VISIBILITIES. USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

Forecast
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Waynesboro&state=VA&site=LWX&textField1=38.0695&textField2=-78.9026

Attempted Robberies - February 11

WAYNESBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

The Waynesboro Police Department is currently investigating two attempted robberies that occurred approximately 45 minutes apart on West Main Street during the evening hours on 02/11/08.

The first attempted robbery occurred in the parking lot at the BP station on West Main Street at approximately 8:40pm. A white male approximately 18-20 years old, wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, tan pants, and no shoes, approached a female victim at the gas pumps and demanded her belongings. During this attempted robbery the suspect stated that he had a gun, but no weapon was ever displayed. The female victim refused to comply with the suspect’s demands and he then left on foot heading East on Main street.

The second attempted robbery occurred at the Wilco station on West Main Street at approximately 9:25pm. A white male approximately 18-20 years old, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a blue toboggan approached a female victim while she was at the gas pumps and took her wallet. The female victim however managed to take her wallet back and then she ran into the business. The suspect then fled on foot behind the business. During this attempted robbery the suspect never spoke to the victim.

Officers canvassed both scenes but were unable to locate the suspects in either incident.

At this point of the investigation it is unknown if the attempted robberies were committed by the same individual.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Waynesboro Police Department or Crime stoppers.

Prepared by Sgt. Mike Wilhelm

Palmer Mill Rd. House Fire - February 10





Sunday 10, 2008 - 7:12 pm Palmer Mill Rd. A power line had fallen and started a fire in the woods behind the house. High winds blew the fire towards the house catching it on fire. The first call went out to fire departments as a grass fire, but by the time firefighters arrived the house had caught fire. The first firefighters on scene were ready to fight a grass fire and not a house fire. They called in the proper people and equipment while they made do with what they had. The fire companies had problems getting water to the scene because tankers and equipment needed were all on other calls, due to many other fire calls of the day. They also had problems with getting equipment and water to the fire because of the long and narrow lane the house was located on.

Then on top of these problems the weather was of no help. The wind and the extreme cold that the firefighters had to endure to put the fire out were a big hindrance. Five fire companies help put out the blaze: Middlebrook, Swoop, Augusta Co., Raphine and rescue crews from Staunton and Churchville. It took firefighters 3 1/2 hours to contain the fire.

No one was hurt in the fire, all the people that were in the house made it out safely.

Photos/Story Nathan Combs

Wind Causes Problems - February 10





Sunday 10, 2008 - Windy conditions have caused problems throughout Augusta County. There have been multiple reports of powerlines and trees down. At the Super 8 Motel off Rosser Ave. in Waynesboro, the sign was blown off its stand and tore down nearby powerlines. The traffic lights as a result are not working, due to light traffic there have not been any wrecks at this time.

Photo/Story Nathan Combs

NOAA High Wind Warning - February 10

High Wind Warning

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
357 AM EST SUN FEB 10 2008

MDZ003-004-502-VAZ025-026-WVZ050>052-055-502-504-101700-
/O.CON.KLWX.HW.W.0002.080210T1200Z-080211T0000Z/
WASHINGTON-FREDERICK MD-CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALLEGANY-AUGUSTA-
ROCKINGHAM-HAMPSHIRE-MORGAN-BERKELEY-HARDY-EASTERN GRANT-
EASTERN MINERAL-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HAGERSTOWN...FREDERICK...CUMBERLAND...
STAUNTON...WAYNESBORO...HARRISONBURG...MARTINSBURG...PETERSBURG...
KEYSER...FORT ASHBY
357 AM EST SUN FEB 10 2008

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING TO
7 PM EST THIS EVENING...

A STRONG ARCTIC FRONT WILL MOVE FROM WEST TO EAST ACROSS THE
REGION THIS MORNING. WEST WINDS BEHIND THE FRONT ARE EXPECTED TO
INCREASE TO 30 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 60 MPH. WINDS OF
THIS MAGNITUDE COULD CAUSE DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES.

WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH TONIGHT...HOWEVER GUSTS UP TO 45
MPH WILL REMAIN POSSIBLE THROUGH MUCH OF THE NIGHT.

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS
OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

$$



Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
432 AM EST SUN FEB 10 2008

MDZ003>005-009-010-501-502-VAZ021-025>031-036>042-050-051-
WVZ050>055-501>504-111000-
WASHINGTON-FREDERICK MD-CARROLL-MONTGOMERY-HOWARD-
EXTREME WESTERN ALLEGANY-CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALLEGANY-HIGHLAND-
AUGUSTA-ROCKINGHAM-SHENANDOAH-FREDERICK VA-PAGE-WARREN-CLARKE-
NELSON-ALBEMARLE-GREENE-MADISON-RAPPAHANNOCK-FAUQUIER-LOUDOUN-
ORANGE-CULPEPER-HAMPSHIRE-MORGAN-BERKELEY-JEFFERSON-PENDLETON-
HARDY-WESTERN GRANT-EASTERN GRANT-WESTERN MINERAL-EASTERN MINERAL-
432 AM EST SUN FEB 10 2008

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA...
NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA...AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN MARYLAND
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF GARRETT COUNTY.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

AN ARCTIC FRONT WILL SWEEP THROUGH THE REGION TODAY. INCREASINGLY
COLD AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL FOLLOW.

A HIGH WIND WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR WESTERN MARYLAND...MOST OF
EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA... AND HIGHLAND COUNTY VIRGINIA. THE
REMAINDER OF THE OUTLOOK AREA IS UNDER A WIND ADVISORY. PLEASE
REFER TO WBCNPWLWX /WWUS71/ FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

A SNOW ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM FOR ALLEGANY COUNTY
MARYLAND...AND MINERAL AND GRANT COUNTIES IN WEST VIRGINIA FOR 1
TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW. PLEASE REFER TO WBCWSWLWX /WWUS41/ FOR FURTHER
DETAILS.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR TONIGHT FOR EASTERN WEST
VIRGINIA...WESTERN MARYLAND...THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF VIRGINIA...AND
HIGHLAND COUNTY VIRGINIA. WIND CHILL VALUES WILL FALL TO MINUS 5
TO MINUS 15. PLEASE REFER TO WBCWSWLWX /WWUS41/ FOR FURTHER
DETAILS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED...BUT ANY MEASURED WIND
GUSTS OVER 40 MPH OR SNOW ACCUMULATION REPORTS WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

$$






Red Flag Warning

RED FLAG WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
400 AM EST SUN FEB 10 2008

MDZ016-017-VAZ025>027-029-030-036>041-050>052-055>057-101700-
/O.UPG.KLWX.FW.A.0001.080210T1700Z-080211T0000Z/
/O.NEW.KLWX.FW.W.0001.080210T1700Z-080211T0100Z/
CHARLES-ST. MARYS-AUGUSTA-ROCKINGHAM-SHENANDOAH-PAGE-WARREN-
NELSON-ALBEMARLE-GREENE-MADISON-RAPPAHANNOCK-FAUQUIER-ORANGE-
CULPEPER-PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-STAFFORD-
SPOTSYLVANIA-KING GEORGE-
400 AM EST SUN FEB 10 2008

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EST THIS
EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A
RED FLAG WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM EST
THIS EVENING. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS AND LOW
RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL ENHANCE FIRE THREAT.

Waynesboro Public Schools - February 8

Waynesboro Public Schools

School Board Meeting

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Central Office

301 Pine Avenue Regular Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

Waynesboro, Virginia 22980

SCHOOL BOARD AND STAFF AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

CLOSED SESSION - There will not be a closed session.

PUBLIC RECOGNITION

* Acceptance of Gifts
* Youth Art Month
* VSBA School Board Appreciation Month
* VSBA School Board Clerk Appreciation Week
* National School Counselor’s Week

CITIZENS TIME

* Public Comments

CONSENT AGENDA

* Accept the proposed School Board Agenda as presented.
* Minutes for School Board meetings of January 8, 2008
* Petty Cash Report for the month of January 2008
* Approval of personnel recommendations.
* Three Additional Appropriations
* Overnight Field Trip Applications

FINANCIAL REPORTS

* Receipts and Disbursements Report

SCHOOL BOARD REPORTS

* Reports by School Board Members and Superintendent

INFORMATION ITEMS

* Addendum to Waynesboro High School Program of Studies
* Kate Collins Middle School Academic Review
* Dr. McCullough will present information on the Kate Collins Middle School Academic Review.
* Waynesboro High School Choir Trip to New York City
* Adult Learning Center Program at Valley Vo-Tech
* Update on the Kate Collins Renovations
* Superintendent’s Funding Request for 2008-09

ACTION ITEMS

* 2008-09 Pre-Labor Day Wavier
* Dual Enrollment Courses
* Policy Update – JECA Admission of Homeless Children

ADJOURNMENT

TRAFFIC ALERT FOR WEEK OF February 11-15, 2008

TRAFFIC ALERT FOR WEEK OF February 11-15, 2008

Highway work zones in the Staunton District



The following is a list of highway work that might affect traffic in the Staunton transportation district during the coming weeks. The Staunton district is comprised of 11 counties, Alleghany, Bath , Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland , Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Warren and Clarke. Work scheduled is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving tractors during mowing operations. Also, when traveling through a work zone, be alert to periodic changes in traffic patterns and lane closures.


(NEW) _ Indicates a new or revised entry since last week’s report.

AUGUSTA COUNTY

Interstate 64

* Mile markers 95 to 96 – Cleaning and painting bridges, alternating lane closures. Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.



Interstate 81

* Various locations –Guardrail installation. Alternating lane and shoulder closures both northbound and southbound. Night work - 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

* Mile markers 205 to 237 – Northbound and southbound lanes, debris clean up on Wednesday.



Primary Roads

* Route 11 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 56 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* (NEW) Route 250 – Guardrail replacement, east of Staunton city limits. Alternating lane and shoulder closures, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

* Route 250 –Trucks entering from Route 636 between Route 637 to Route 358 and from Route 608 between Route 608 to Route 1360.

* (NEW) Route 252 - Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 256 – Shoulder repairs with single lane closures from Route 11 to Route 340. Flaggers will control traffic.

* Route 262 – Debris clean up from I-81 to Route 11 at Verona on Wednesday.

* Route 340 (Rosser Avenue) – Trucks entering from work site from Route 608 to Route 1501 for utility work with flagger traffic control during daylight hours.



Secondary Roads

* Route 608 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 610 – Tree trimming from Route 608 to the Nelson County Line weekdays during daylight hours.

* (NEW) Route 636 – Tree trimming, from Route 285 to Route 230 during daylight hours.

* (NEW) Route 637 – Tree trimming, from Route 608 to Route 230 during daylight hours.

* (NEW) Route 640- Tree trimming, from Route 285 to Route 250 during daylight hours.

* Route 710 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 726 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 730 (Stribling Spring Road) – Road closed 0.7 miles south of Route 747 (Freemason Run Road) and 0.5 mile north of Route 761 (Bull Mountain Road), beginning Monday, February 11, through Friday, February 22, for box culvert installation. Detour provided.

* (NEW) Route 834 – Tree trimming, from Route 631 to Route 640 weekdays during daylight hours.

* Route 971 – Tree trimming from Route 970 to Route 624 weekdays during daylight hours.

* (NEW) Route 1319 ( Westminster Drive ) – From Route 1360 and Route 608, water line installation. Minor delays due to trucks entering work for sewer line installation. Flagger traffic control, daylight hours.

* Route 1621 (Beagle Gap Run) – From Wild Cat Cove to Beagle Gap Forest . Minor delays due to trucks entering work for sewer line installation. Flagger traffic control, daylight hours.

*(NEW) Various Roads – Shoulder repairs, brush cutting, patching, and machining non-hard surface roads. Lane closures and flaggers may be used at various locations. Work will be weekdays during daylight hours.

Staunton City Council Nominations Committee - February 8

The Staunton City Council Nominations Committee will convene a closed meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm in the Caucus Room at City Hall, 116 W. Beverley Street. The meeting will be held pursuant to Section 2.2-3711(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia to discuss and interview prospective candidates for City boards and/or commissions.

It is not anticipated that an announcement will be made following the closed meeting.

Deborah A. Lane, MMC
Clerk of Council
City of Staunton

AUGUSTA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

ADVANCED

A G E N D A

REGULAR MEETING OF THE AUGUSTA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008, at 7:00 p.m.

Board Meeting Room, Government Center, Verona, VA

___________________________________________________________________________

ITEM NO. DESCRIPTION

___________________________________________________________________________

2-02 MATTERS TO BE PRESENTED BY THE PUBLIC

2-03 MATTERS TO BE PRESENTED BY THE BOARD

2-04 LIGHTING ORDINANCE WAIVER – RIVERHEADS HIGH SCHOOL

Consider School Board request for waiver from spillover related to soccer field lighting project (Riverheads District).

5. ORDINANCES REVIEW PROJECT

Consider approval of contract for ordinances review services.

Funding Source: Operating Budget Account (#11010-3125) $176,140

6. CRAIGSVILLE TOWN HALL

Consider agreement between County and Town regarding Town Hall funding.

2-07 GREENVILLE STREETLIGHT

Consider installation of streetlight on Route 11 at I-81 ramp to increase visibility of turning movement.

Funding Source: Riverheads Infrastructure Account (#80000-8015-42) $6,112

2-08 VDOT – ACCESS MANAGEMENT PROJECT

Consider submittal of project for VDOT grant funding.

2-09 CONSENT AGENDA

2-09.1 MINUTES

Consider minutes of the following meetings:

* Staff Briefing Meeting, Tuesday, January 22, 2008
* Joint Meeting, Tuesday, January 22, 2008
* Regular Meeting, Wednesday, January 23, 2008
* Special Meeting, Wednesday, January 30, 2008
* Joint Meeting, Wednesday, January 30, 2008
* Special Meeting, Monday, February 4, 2008

2-09.2 CLAIMS

Consider claims paid since January 9, 2008.

(END OF CONSENT AGENDA)



2-10 MATTERS TO BE PRESENTED BY STAFF

2-11 CLOSED SESSION

H2-13ra1.08



NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS

DATE TIME EVENT/PLACE **

Feb 7 10:00 a.m. BZA VIEWINGS

1:00 p.m. BZA STAFF BRIEFING

1:30 p.m. BZA MEETING

Feb 11 12:30 p.m. AUGUSTA COUNTY ELECTORAL BOARD MEETING

Feb 12 3:30 p.m. GART/TOURISM MEETING

7:00 p.m. PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Feb 13 7:00 p.m. BOS MEETING

Feb 19 4:00 p.m. RECYCLING MEETING

Feb 20 7:00 p.m. PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION MEETING

Feb 21 1:30 p.m. ACSA

Feb 25 1:30 p.m. BOS STAFF BRIEFING

Feb 26 7:00 p.m. EMERGENCY SERVICES OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

7:30 p.m. AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY BOARD

Feb 27 7:00 p.m. BOS MEETING

Feb 29 11:30 a.m. THE BIG READ

Augusta County Courthouse - Staunton

Mar 1-5 NACo LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE 2008

Hilton Washington, Washington, DC

Mar 6 9:30 a.m. BZA VIEWINGS

1:00 p.m. BZA STAFF BRIEFING

1:30 p.m. BZA MEETING

Mar 11 9:00 a.m. MIDDLE RIVER REGIONAL JAIL AUTHORITY MEETING

3:30 p.m. PLANNING COMMISSION STAFF BRIEFING/VIEWINGS

3:30 p.m. GART/TOURISM MEETING

7:00 p.m. PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Mar 12 7:00 p.m. BOS MEETING

Mar 18 4:00 p.m. RECYCLING MEETING

Mar 19 7:00 p.m. PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION MEETING

Mar 20 1:30 p.m. ACSA

Mar 21 11:00 a.m. IDA

Mar 24 1:30 p.m. BOS STAFF BRIEFING

Mar 25 7:00 p.m. LIBRARY MEETING

Library - Fishersville

7:00 p.m. EMERGENCY SERVICES OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

7:30 p.m. AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY BOARD

Mar 26 7:00 p.m. BOS MEETING

DATE: February 7, 2008

H:calendar 1 **All meetings are at the Government Center unless otherwise noted.

River City Radio Hour - February 6

Go to.

http://organizationnews.blogspot.com/2008/02/river-city-radio-hour.html

Fire suspicious - February 6

A fire which occurred on 02/03/08 at approximately 4:00P.M., and damaged apartments at 1000 Ivanhoe Ave. that was later ruled suspicious has been determined Arson. Waynesboro Investigators assisted by special agents of the Virginia State Police have concluded their investigation into the fire and have obtained petitions charging a 17 year old Waynesboro Juvenile male. The charges filed include Arson of a dwelling and Destruction of property by burning.(the Moped).

Sgt. Kelly L. Walker
Services Division
Waynesboro Police Dept.

AGENDA FOR WAYNESBORO CITY COUNCIL

AGENDA FOR WAYNESBORO CITY COUNCIL

TO BE HELD ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008, AT 7:00 P.M.

IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CHARLES T. YANCEY MUNICIPAL BUILDING

AT 503 WEST MAIN STREET, WAYNESBORO, VIRGINIA.

1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance.
2. Consent Agenda (any item placed on the consent agenda shall be removed and considered as a separate matter, if so requested by any member of Council, otherwise all items will be voted on with one (1) motion).
1. Approval of Minutes from the January 28, 2008 Business Meeting and dispense with the reading of the Minutes.
2. Second consideration of an ordinance appropriating $2,000 from Management Consulting to the Disability Grant Fund for the Disability Services Board Transportation Survey.
3. Second consideration of an ordinance appropriating $14,017 for the Reading First Grant, to be used to pay salaries, benefits, travel and instructional materials.
4. Second consideration of an ordinance appropriating $536,792 from the General Fund Undesignated Fund Balance to the Economic Development Authority ($100,000), to the Economic Development Activity Reserve ($200,000), and to the Special Projects Fund Capital Reserve ($236,792) for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2008.
5. Second consideration of an ordinance appropriating $370,541 of the amount originally appropriated for the Middle River Regional Jail in the FY08 Annual Appropriation Ordinance to the Debt Service Reserve ($250,000) and to the Special Projects Fund Capital Reserve ($120,546).
6. Consider approving the use of the General Fund Contingency in the amount of $1,653.50 to fund a temporary part-time position in the Treasurer’s Office.
3. Planning Matters:
1. Second consideration of an ordinance rezoning, with proffers, an 8,981 square foot parcel (.206 ac) with an existing dwelling located on Tax Map #33, Lot 21A, Block 2, Jefferson Park Estates, Unit 2, with a street address of 2009 West Main Street, Waynesboro, Virginia. From RA-3 (Single-Family Residential) To C-1 (Local Business District).
2. Hold a Joint Public Hearing to consider a request of Acend 2002, LLC, owner, for a Conditional Use Permit for a reduction in required off-street parking spaces from two to zero, at 1108 and 1112 3rd Street, known legally as Tax Map No. 37-8-1, 2; the Comprehensive Plan Designation being RB-3, Comprehensive Plan Designation Multi-Family.
3. Hold a Joint Public Hearing to consider amendments to the City Zoning Ordinance Code Section 98-250.17, pertaining to permitted uses in the Planned Unit Development District.
4. Hold a Joint Public Hearing to consider amendments to the City Zoning Ordinance, Code Sections 98-250.2, 98-250.3 and 98-250.10, pertaining to construction in the floodplain.
5. Consider amendments to the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission Charter.
4. Consideration by City Council to adopting a Proclamation proclaiming March as “Youth Art Month”, and present Proclamations to Ms. Lindsay Evans and her art students at Berkley Glenn Elementary School.
5. Presentation by Dr. James Perkins, President of Blue Ridge Community College, regarding an update on college activities.
6. Presentation by Carol Blair, Director of Office on Youth on their Annual Report.
7. Presentation by Elizabeth Middleton, Social Services Director, on their Annual Report.
8. Presentation by Carol Blair and Elizabeth Middleton to discuss Community Action.
9. Hold a public hearing regarding authorizing the issuance of debt in the maximum principal amount of $18,294,900 for capital expenses related to the upgrade and expansion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Infiltration and Inflow Consent Order, and the Oak Hill Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project.
10. Consider amending and adopting an ordinance authorizing the issuance of debt in the maximum principle amount of $18,294,900 for capital expenses related to the upgrade and expansion of the wastewater treatment plant, the Inflow and Infiltration Consent Order, and the Oak Hill Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project.
11. Consider a Resolution authorizing the issuance, sale, and award of a Sewer System Revenue Bond, Series 2008, of the City of Waynesboro, Virginia, in the maximum principal amount of $14,594,900 and providing for the form, details and payment thereof.
12. Consider an ordinance appropriating a Library of Virginia Records Preservation Grant in the amount of $7,500 for expenditures related to Circuit Court Technical Services to reformat plats from paper to digital for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2008.
13. Consider amendments to Guidelines for Public Speakers.
14. Citizen Comment Period.
15. Communication, Correspondence and Calendar.
16. Adjourn.

The Waynesboro City Council encourages the participation of all City citizens.

For those with special needs, please notify the Clerk of Council (540-942-6669) of any accommodations required, including assisted listening device, at least five days prior to the meeting you wish to attend.

Waynesboro City Council - February 4

WORK SESSION AGENDA

Monday, February 4, 2008

6:00 p.m.

Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building

1. Open Council Discussion
2. Review of Draft Compensation Philosophy
3. Review of 2007 Compensation Study Implementation, Phase II
4. Review of Draft Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual
5. Presentation of Strategic Plan for Website Development
6. Annual Fiscal Policy Guideline Review with Financial Advisor
7. Adjourn

The Waynesboro City Council encourages the participation of all City citizens. For those with special needs, please notify the Clerk of Council (540-942-6669) of any accommodations required, including assisted listening device, at least five days prior to the meeting you wish to attend.

Rita Wilson seek to return to the Staunton City Council - February 4

Statement By

Rita Wilson

Member, Staunton City Council

February 4, 2008

I will not seek to return to the Staunton City Council in the May elections. My 16 years on Council have been extremely rewarding, and I believe we have been able to do some things that will help shape a strong future for our city. However, as much as I have enjoyed being on council, it can be stressful, and it certainly demands a lot of your personal time and energy. Those demands and some pending challenges in my personal and family life now prompt me to turn to other things.

I want to thank the citizens of Staunton for giving me the opportunity to contribute to this great city. Their confidence in me has really been humbling. I leave with real pride for so much we have been able to do… The Stonewall Jackson Hotel… Vital, well-used parks and recreational facilities… Increasing attention to the needs of our increasingly older population… But I am particularly proud of the city's partnership with Habitat for Humanity in literally building a new community on Johnson Street at Green.

While serving on City Council has been my main focus, I have also served as liaison to the Valley Program for Aging; liaison to the Youth Commission; I was assigned to the Senior Task Force; I’ve volunteered at the Augusta Free Clinic; participated in several theatre productions. At the State level, I’ve been active in the Virginia Municipal League, serving on two committees and serving one term as Vice Chairperson of the Legislative Committee.

I am also a member of the Virginia Federation Colored Women’s Club.

Staunton is very much alive and growing. Recent Councils have laid a very strong foundation, but some great challenges lie ahead. With some sadness and a lot of pride – and no shortage of good memories – I am pulling back and letting a new generation of leadership step up.

I will be watching Council in the years ahead and, as those who know me realize too well, that I will remain active and attentive to the needs of the City.

Rita Wilson

Ivanhoe Apartment Fire - February 3





Sunday 3, 2008- 4:15pm Ivanhoe Ave. A fire started by a hot engine on a moped leaning against an apartment building it caused damage to all 3 units. The fire spread to the other apartments from the attic, witch was not divided. No one was injured in the fire.

Photos/Story Nathan Combs

The Day of Ice - February 1

Vdot news - February 1

TRAFFIC ALERT FOR WEEK OF February 4 – 8, 2008

Highway work zones in the Staunton District



The following is a list of highway work that might affect traffic in the Staunton transportation district during the coming weeks. The Staunton district is comprised of 11 counties, Alleghany, Bath , Rockbridge, Augusta, Highland , Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Warren and Clarke. Work scheduled is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving tractors during mowing operations. Also, when traveling through a work zone, be alert to periodic changes in traffic patterns and lane closures.

AUGUSTA COUNTY

Interstate 64

*(NEW) Mile markers 95 to 96 – Cleaning and painting bridges, 24 hours a day Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.



Interstate 81

* Various locations –Guardrail installation. Alternating lane and shoulder closures both northbound and southbound. Night work - 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

* Mile markers 205 to 237 – Northbound and southbound lanes, debris clean up on Wednesday.



Primary Roads

*(NEW) Route 11 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

*(NEW) Route 56 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

* Route 250 –Trucks entering from Route 636 between Route 637 to Route 358 and from Route 608 between Route 608 to Route 1360.

* Route 256 – Shoulder repairs with single lane closures from Route 11 to Route 340. Flaggers will control traffic.

* Route 262 – Debris clean up from I-81 to Route 11 at Verona on Wednesday.

* Route 340 (Rosser Avenue) – Trucks entering from work site from Route 608 to Route 1501 for utility work with flagger traffic control during daylight hours.



Secondary Roads

*(NEW) Route 608 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

*(NEW) Route 610 – Tree trimming from Route 608 to the Nelson County Line weekdays during daylight hours.

*(NEW) Route 624 – Tree trimming from the Waynesboro City Limits to Route 634 weekdays during daylight hours

*(NEW) Route 710 – Utility company will be trimming trees..

*(NEW) Route 726 – Utility company will be trimming trees.

*(NEW) Route 730 (Stribling Spring Road) – Road closed 0.7 miles south of Route 747 (Freemason Run Road) and 0.5 mile north of Route 761 (Bull Mountain Road), beginning Monday, February 11, through Friday, February 22, for box culvert installation. Detour provided.

* Route 794 – Road closed for bridge replacement beginning Tuesday, January 22, from 1.8 miles east of Route 792 to 2.3 miles west of Route 642. Detour signs posted. Estimated completion is late February 2008.

*(NEW) Route 794 – Road closed at bridge during replacement. Location: 1.8 miles east of Route 792 and 2.3 miles west of Route 642. Detour signs posted.

*(NEW) Route 796 – Shoulder repairs with lane closures from Route 795 to Route 640. Flaggers will control traffic.

*(NEW) Route 802 – Tree trimming from Route 252 to Route 693 weekdays during daylight hours.

* Route 831 – Tree trimming. Route 340 to Route 654 weekdays during daylight hours.

* Route 872 – Tree trimming. Route 613 to Route 693 weekdays during daylight hours.

*(NEW) Route 971 – Tree trimming from Route 970 to Route 624 weekdays during daylight hours.

*(NEW) Route 1621 – Minor delays due to trucks entering work site onto Route 1621 (Beagle Gap Run) for sewer line installation. Flaggers will control traffic during daylight hours.

*(NEW) Various Roads – Shoulder repairs, brush cutting, patching, and machining non-hard surface roads. Lane closures and flaggers may be used at various locations. Work will be weekdays during daylight hours.



ICING LEAVING BUT POWER TO AFTON FOG LIGHTS IS GONE TOO



STAUNTON – In Augusta County , all eastbound and westbound lanes on Route 250 are closed from Waynesboro to the Interstate 64 interchange at exit 99 due to a down power line in the roadway. The power outage in this area is affecting the Interstate 64 Afton fog light system, making all the lights inoperable. If fog develops on the mountain, motorist should use extreme caution when driving in this area.



Dominion Power is working on the power line. The Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton Traffic Management Center is reporting the outage will last another couple of hours, according to their sources at Dominion Power. This is as of 4:30 p.m. today.



Most roads are clear or in minor condition in the Shenandoah Valley following today’s ice storm. The sun is coming out in the southern part of the Valley and is rapidly melting ice. Motorists should be alert for falling ice from tree limbs and power lines.





The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick , Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren , Page, Rockingham, Augusta , Highland , Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties



Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-800-578-4111. (TTY/TDD users, call 711). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at 511Virginia.org.



Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility. Virginia’s highway safety partnership — the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police — challenges you to help prevent highway fatalities. Buckle up. Avoid distractions. Share the road. Drive drug- and alcohol-free. Obey speed limits. For more information on the Highway Safety Challenge and things you can do to avoid becoming Virginia ’s next traffic fatality, visit www.safeVAhighways.org.

Chris Graham Announcement - February 1























Chris Graham Announcement
Feb. 1, 2008
Remarks as prepared for delivery



Ladies, gentlemen …
I have asked you all to be here today so that I can begin with you on a new journey. I want us all to join together in Moving Waynesboro Forward.
My contribution to this effort will have me seeking the Ward B seat on Waynesboro City Council. I am announcing my intent to enter into the race for the open seat on the city council here today.

I first want to thank Tom Reynolds for his eight years of stellar service to the residents of Ward B and the residents of Waynesboro, including the last four as the city’s mayor. I am not engaging in hyperbole when I say that I know for a fact that there will be no way that anyone can adequately fill Tom’s shoes.
He has been a tireless advocate for Ward B and Waynesboro, holding the line on taxes and spending while at the same time serving as a catalyst for the development of a vision for the city of Waynesboro and taking us on the first of many steps toward seeing Waynesboro to our mutual goal of becoming a First-Class City.

I do want to try to build on those successes. As a lifelong resident of the Waynesboro area, this is the only place that I have ever called home.
My story is in some ways the story of Waynesboro. My father worked at the old General Electric and Genicom for 25 years, weathering the economic booms and busts along with everybody else, enduring a two-year layoff when I was about to enter my teen years, before ultimately losing his job when Genicom moved his division to Mexico in the mid-1990s.
The economic hardship put a strain on my parents, who divorced when I was 13. Those years weren’t easy, but my mother refused to take handouts because she said that she didn’t want her children to grow up thinking that it was someone else’s responsibility to put food on the table.
Her lessons to that effect dwell inside me today and will forevermore - that if you’re ever going to get anywhere in life, you’re going to have to work hard at it.
I worked my way through the University of Virginia, graduating with honors with a degree in American government, then taught myself journalism upon getting my first real job across the street at The News Virginian, typing bowling scores and obituaries for two months before talking my way into the newsroom, where I was later to win some of these awards hanging behind me here on the wall.
My wife, Crystal, and I then decided to strike out on our own and started Augusta Free Press Publishing in 2002 - and have grown that business from one news website when we started out to include now three websites, three news podcasts that appear regularly on those websites and a quarterly print magazine, The New Dominion Magazine, which debuted in 2007.
Just as when I was a kid growing up in a single-parent home, we didn’t seek handouts to get the business off the ground and running. We started the business with a few dollars in the bank and our good looks, such as mine are, anyway, and through hard work and willpower have made it now six years into our run here.

I am now ready to take on this new adventure into elected politics that began for me back in 1995 when I started typing those obituaries and bowling scores across the street. I had the fortune of having talked my way into being the city-hall reporter for The News Virginian in 1996, and I have been a close observer of the city-government scene since that point in time. I have often told colleagues that I consider my years walking the halls of city hall my master’s and Ph.D. education in American government to complement my bachelor’s from UVa. - because it is the hours that I have spent in the city-council chambers and the commissioner of revenue office and the city-planning office and city manager’s office that taught me how government really works.
And I want to emphasize that point here - because unlike a small but vocal faction here in town, I believe that our government here works and works well. And I believe that is due in large part to the efforts of those who have served on city council before me.
I applauded both as a citizen and as a journalist when city leaders developed a vision for the future of Waynesboro in 2003 - in fact, I was in the room for the visioning sessions that led to the creation of that vision, and participated at the direction of members of the city council in some of the discussions therein. And I have applauded again as a citizen and as a journalist as council members have taken some crucial steps toward implementing policies toward bringing that vision into a reality.

I am applying for the job of city-council member because I think critical progress has been made toward Moving Waynesboro Forward - even as critics of that progress have made the case for rolling back the successes that we are seeing in revitalizing our economic and community base. They don’t share in our vision for Moving Waynesboro Forward, and don’t see the potential that we see, that Waynesboro can be a First-Class City, that all we have to do is sit back and let people in corporate offices in farflung places come in and provide us with jobs and tax dollars.

I think my mom had it right back in the day. It’s not someone else’s responsibility to put food on our table. If we’re going to get anywhere in life, if we’re going to be successful in Moving Waynesboro Forward, we’re going to have to work hard at it.

I pledge to you that I will do my part as we engage on this journey together to work hard at it - and I hope that you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work with me.

Platform

Economic and Community Development.

I believe strongly that to keep Moving Waynesboro Forward, we need to strengthen its commitment to economic and community development across the city - and not just in the Rosser-Lew Dewitt corridor.
Public and private investment in Downtown Waynesboro is an important part of these efforts. I also want to see us take steps to revitalize the Basic City and East Main areas that are key entrance corridors to our city for people coming to Waynesboro from the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway.
It seems to me that success in revitalizing these forgotten parts of our city will strengthen Waynesboro at its core - and will have a positive spillover effect into adjoining residential neighborhoods on the East Side and in the Tree Streets.
I also want to be a part of a greater effort in city hall to see to it that our staff continues with its assignment to seek to attract corporate residents to our city industrial park. That kind of thing can be easier said than done, but it is crucial that we find a complement to our strong retail base in the West End in the event that the big-box stores that now populate that part of town to service a regional customer base stretching from within our city limits to Stuarts Draft in Augusta County to Crozet in Western Albemarle County decide that they can in the future more easily reach those markets with stores in other locations.
Another reason that it is important that we focus our time and energy on attracting industry to Waynesboro has to do with our young people. Our schools do a wonderful job producing quality vocational and college-bound students, but we need to make sure that we get the best out of our investment in their futures by making sure that we provide them with economic opportunities when they are ready to enter the job market.



Holding the Line on Taxes and Spending.

Another task that is easier said than done, but is just as crucial as anything that we do as we work to keep Moving Waynesboro Forward.
City leaders have to make sure that city government is running as effectively and efficiently as is possible - and that includes providing proper oversight of the senior city staff in its management of the day-to-day affairs of the city and making tough decisions at budget time.
As a small businessman who has to meet daily deadlines and weekly, monthly and quarterly budgets, I know what it’s like to make tough decisions - and I won’t be afraid to step up and be held accountable for the decisions that I make and that my fellow city-council members make when we are spending our city’s tax dollars.



Tapping Into Our Greatest Resource - We, The People.

I will seek to involve citizens from all walks of life in Waynesboro in citizen-advisory committees that I will organize and maintain to assist me in Moving Waynesboro Forward by examining in detail the issues of the day that so many of us feel demand our immediate attention.
I want to involve mothers, fathers, grandparents, businesspeople, worker bees, educators, students and everybody in between in an effort to learn more about how we as a community can deal with gangs, teen pregnancy, blight, ongoing flooding and stormwater issues and more.
I believe - let me emphasize this more strenuously, I know - that there are people in our community who have good ideas about how to solve the problems of the day. I am going to ask you to be a part of the solution by sharing your good ideas - and I am confident that working together, we can all be a part of many, many solutions.

Myspace Page http://www.myspace.com/chrisgrahamforcitycouncil

web sight www.movingwaynesboroforward.com