Tuesday night’s meeting of the Berryville Town Council was fast and to the point as town officials made quick work of the June agenda. Here are the highlights.
Citizens Forum – Fran Black of Rice Street spoke to the council about neighborhood issues. She told the council that she has counted 26 dogs in a one block radius from her home and is concerned about constant noise. She also expressed concern about the levels of disrepair of some properties. She asked the town to become a little more proactive to make sure people are responsible for their dogs and properties.
Town manager addressed one issue pointing out that the town does have policy regarding blighted properties and is empowered to take some action. He expressed that work on blighted properties is needed and council has given staff the tools to use.
Stan Kerns, project manager for the Barns of Rose Hill project also spoke during the Citizens Forum and told the council that the project is very near completion.
The Mayor pointed out during his report that the downtown lost another business as The Berryville Sewing Center closed its doors this month.
Planning and Zoning responded to a request to release a bond from D. R. Horton in the amount of $133,470.00. A motion was made to release and was passed unanimously.
Clarke County High School Update – The walking path is completely paved with the exception of a small break at the end where the path will meet the planned roundabout. Planning is awaiting final documentation for the greenhouse. Town manager Keith Dalton said there have been complaints about condition of property from nearby residents and that those issues have been addressed. Gordon Williams project manager for Shockey construction has contacted residents and Battlefield Estates Civic Association regarding issues pertaining to work on the planned hammer-head terminus of Early Drive adjacent to the site. Completion of work on will require truck traffic through the neighborhood and Shockey is communicating the schedule of that work to the neighborhood representative.
Town Manager Report – The hydrant use policy was discussed at the Streets and Utilities meeting last month and is being amended. The revised policy document will go to Streets and Utilities Committee later this month for final review.
Town Manager Keith Dalton made the council aware that the town has received a letter from the courts stating that Kenneth Liggins has a grand jury review of the town’s annexation activities. The town has not been served any official documents and the indication from the court is that there is no action required from the town at this time
Last but not least, the town has installed a new bike rack in the Rose Hill Park. In an effort to encourage alternative transportation the rack has been installed at the edge of the park in the municipal parking lot.