~ PVN staff report
STANLEY — The Stanley Council and the Stanley Planning Commission will hold a joint public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 in the Stanley fire hall to hear citizen comments about a proposed 10-lot housing subdivision in the 340 block of Park Road.
Greg Buracker, Gary Buracker and Lisa Gooden have submitted a request for a special use permit to build the development on property zoned Medium Density Residential. The subdivision is allowed under Section 170 of the Stanley Town Code with a special use permit.
The property is bordered on the west by Doris Jean Breeden and Lisa B. Gooden; on the north by Trenton and Tara Painter, Gapview Properties LLC, William and Gloria Stanley, Steve McCoy and Cynthia Weaver-Pettit, and Joyce Owens; on the east by Robert and Cindy Tate, Donald and Cheryl Good; and on the south by Tara Prince and Timothy and Wanda Barth.
Citizens of the Town of Stanley are encouraged to attend the Jan. 12 hearing and express their views on the planned subdivision. Anyone unable to attend the meeting may leave written comments at the Stanley Town Office on Main Street during normal business hours or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone with special needs who wishes to attend should contact the Town office at least 48 hours prior to the public meeting.
In their Dec. 15 meeting, the Stanley Council took the following actions:
• Heard a report from the town manager that the closing on the Quarles building took place on Wednesday, Dec. 8, and it now belongs to the Town. The Stanley Police Department will soon call the one-story building behind town hall its new home.
• Heard a report from the town manager that effective Feb. 1, anyone wanting to take a CDL license test at DMV must first attend a CDL driving school. Costs of the tests have skyrocketed and said to be as much as $3,200, according to the town manager. He noted that community colleges in the area will be offering CDL classes throughout the year.
• After an initial quote for lighting along the walking trail in Ed Good Park came in higher than expected, council members decided to seek additional quotes, which is also required to meet procurement requirements.
• Heard a report from the town manager that town resident Christie Baker has already received about 40 names for veterans banners to be hung along Main Street during certain holidays. The banners will be hung for up to 30 days during such holidays as Memorial Day, Veterans Day and others. There are reportedly 166 spots available (using both sides of the road).
• Reviewed a letter sent by Mayor Michael Knight on behalf of the town, to the Town of Big Stone Gap offering “heartfelt condolences” for the on-duty death of Officer Michael Chandler. “Having suffered our own line of duty death in February of this year, we here in Stanley can well imagine the shock and grief you and your Town are going through,” the letter stated.
• Unanimously approved a motion for the town manager to move forward with submitting a special use permit request with the county to allow for a new dog park at Hawksbill Recreation Park. The Town plans to set aside 3 acres for the project, with the dog park potentially occupying two acres. The town manager estimated it would take three months to get through the county permitting process.
• Heard a report from the town manager that he will be updating Stanley’s Emergency Response Plan for Water Emergencies with some assistance by Virginia Rural Water by the end of the year.
• Heard a report from the town manager that the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality recently conducted its two-year inspection of the Town’s wastewater treatment facility. He said the 208-page report reflects that the plant is being operated “very efficiently.”
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