~ PVN staff report
LURAY, Sept. 22 — During last week’s meeting, the Luray Council unanimously adopted a resolution to “recognize the continued service of the Page Cooperative Farm Bureau, Inc over the past 100 years to the residents of Luray and Page County.”
The resolution noted the Co-Op’s founding in 1921 and noted its importance to the community.
“The Page Cooperative Farm Bureau has served a vital role in improving economic opportunity and the quality of life in our community by employing local residents, providing materials and information to promote the growth of Luray and Page County, and contributing to countless organizations within our community for one hundred years,” the resolution states.
Three representatives of the cooperative were on hand to accept a formal copy of the resolution after it was read into the minutes of the meeting.
In other news, the council took the following actions at its Sept. 13 meeting:
• Heard a report from Jackie Fox Elliott, program director for the Luray Downtown Initiative, on a successful Sunflower Festival and plans to expand the upcoming Halloween events downtown. Tentatively, a costume contest, trick-or-treating and more is planned between 4 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
• Unanimously approved the reappointment of Mary Broyles as the Town Trreasurer/Clerk for a term of two years ending Sept. 30, 2023.
• Unanimously approved a request from the Living Legacy organization for the Town to act as the agent for their application to the Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund (VBAF) for a $42,000 grant to assess the property at 630 West Main Street for environmental issues associated with possible historic dumping at the site. This work is associated with the development of the Andrew Jackson School Memorial Park. The town will simply act as a conduit for state grant funds, if the application is awarded.
• Unanimously approved a request from Robbie Owens with Payne Insurance Agency, Inc. to remove the time restricted parking from in front of his property at 7 Campbell Street. Mr. Owens also requested that the three spaces located across the street in front of the monument be modified to two-hour parking from the current 15-minute restriction. The motion was amended to include a request from Scott Zitzer, owner of the Dominos Pizza, that the spaces in front of the monument be modified to one-hour parking.
• Heard reports from assistant town manager Brian Chrisman on various street and construction projects such as: Memorial Drive corridor improvements — the $3 million has completed the preliminary engineering phase and Racey Engineering is now working through a utilities plan, with construction scheduled to start April 2022; Roundabout at West Main and Northcott — planning will continue through next year on this $3 million project with construction slated to begin in April 2023; and the future potential replacement of the west bound bridge over Dry Run on East Main Street at a cost of $4.25 million.
• Planned a town hall meeting to “meet and greet” local government and interact with the public at Ruffner Plaza on Thursday, Oct. 14. No specific time was announced.