Longtime councilman honored with street naming

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Lancaster Lane

~ PVN staff report from notes provided by Town staff

LURAY — At its March 14 meeting, the Luray Council presented Leroy Lancaster with a street sign bearing his name, which the council recently made possible with a name change.  A portion of North Alley was renamed Lancaster Lane to reduce emergency response issues associated with the disconnected portions of the alley throughout Downtown Luray.

Lancaster served on the Luray Council for 32 years with near perfect attendance. During his tenure, he served as the Town’s liaison to the Airport Authority and as Vice Mayor. He was involved with the development of Ralph Dean Park, the Hawksbill Greenway, the 2012 Luray Bicentennial, and development of the new LFCC Luray Campus.

He has also owned and operated Lancaster Enterprises in Luray for many years.

In other business during its March 14 meeting, the Luray Council:

• Unanimously approved a proclamation recognizing the contributions of John Shaffer to Luray Caverns and the Town of Luray. Shaffer recently retired from Director of Marketing and Guest Relations at the Caverns after a long and distinguished career in marketing. He also has served on the Town Planning Commission since 2014.

• Unanimously approved and adopted the Luray-Page County Airport Authority Refinancing Resolution. During the meeting, Powell Markowitz of the Airport Authority, gave an overview of group’s financial position, three primary capital projects, and an overview of the refinancing plan.

• Heard a report from Jackie Elliott, Program Manager for the Luray Downtown Initiative, that the Downtown Mardi Gras was successful, the LDI Board was developing two fundraising events to be announced soon, LDI is upgrading its website, Hen House is relocating to East Main Street, IBR is expected to begin work on the Brown’s building in the next two months, and Paula Kibler is the new LDI president.

• Unanimously approved the Field Use, Equipment and Maintenance Agreement for the Page County Recreation Department and the Shenandoah Valley Lacrosse League at Ralph Dean Park.

• Unanimously approved the 2022 Arbor Day Proclamation.

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