Politics/Government

Town passes Airbnb measure, ‘Innstock’ festival permit  

The Washington Town Council unanimously passed a new peer-to-peer ordinance governing Airbnb-type rentals in town, a measure the council has been working on for more than a year; and adopted resolutions officially permitting the Inn at Little Washington to hold its Sept. 2 “Innstock” fall festival, celebrating the Inn’s 40th anniversary. […]

Politics/Government

County planner seeks law enforcement protection as ‘bird flipping’ incident escalates

Now, in an interview with this newspaper on Tuesday, Abdullah reveals: “As I sat there for three-and-a-half hours at the meeting [Henry] stared me down with intimidation — intending to intimidate me by sitting there. Three and a half hours I sat there and I took it. His smiles from ear-to-ear, his batting of his eyes . . . .” […]

Politics/Government

Integrity of county board member questioned after crude written comment made public

The integrity of a Rappahannock County government official who wrote to a Reva resident to “Go [expletive] yourself and mind your own damn business” was questioned by both a county citizen and supervisor during Monday afternoon’s standing-room-only meeting of the Board of Supervisors. […]

Politics/Government

Hooters makes brief appearance in Rappahannock

Before voting this week to adopt the written minutes of several 2017 meetings of the Board of Supervisors, Hampton district Supervisor John Lesinski called attention to numerous typos that needed to be fixed, one of which drew loud laughter from the audience. […]

Politics/Government

BOS denies additional legal help with suit

In a three-to-two vote at its July 2 meeting, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors rejected authorizing additional funds for legal help for County Attorney Art Goff. But the board subsequently voted to allow Goff to “feel out” what settling one of several lawsuits against the county would entail. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Confusing Airbnb permit process marks zoning meeting

The next day the Greenwells withdrew their application. In a letter to Zoning Administrator Michelle Somers, they said, “It was made clear to us last night that there are personal feelings involved in [our application] from some of the members…” […]

Politics/Government

Anger, accusations surround county planning appointments

Members of the public who attended Monday’s Supervisors’ meeting witnessed early holiday fireworks in the form of personal attacks and accusations of cronyism. The fiery display came as the BOS took up nominations to fill two Planning Commission vacancies — one in Jackson Supervisor Ron Frazier’s district and one in the Piedmont district represented by Christine Smith. […]

Land Use/Zoning

‘Welcome to Sperryville’ creator petitions BOS for additional murals in county

Such welcome murals in Rappahannock will foster the already strong arts community while highlighting our rural character and historical charm to delighted visitors. They would quickly become identifiable landmarks and physical manifestations that our county is indeed welcoming. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Appalachian dulcimers museum, music venue proposed for Estes Mill in Sperryville

Blyth returned in April with a 50-page tabbed document, yet he was still turned down. The third time, however, apparently was the charm. At the June meeting, Blyth said that he had taken the previous comments to heart and had found an alternate location, this time on an 84-acre parcel on Shurgen Lane in Amissville. […]

Politics/Government

Rapp Electric says assertions surrounding transparency, fairness are baseless

Now, in response to the REC’s letter, Heald and Murphy tell the Rappahannock News: “As you can imagine, we were disappointed to see that [REC] responded so negatively to our recent attempt to bring some modest transparency and democracy reforms to our electric cooperative. […]

Politics/Government

Washington residents file for mayor, council; three potential sites for new town post office

Rappahannock County Registrar of Voters Kimberly McKiernan, meanwhile, said the town having moved its election day will be a win-win for everybody. “For the candidates there is a better turnout in November, and it’s better for the town because [holding its election] separately was costly,” […]

Politics/Government

Approaching six months in office, Curry is rolling Rappahannock in the right direction

“I’m in a good spot,” Curry reflects. “We’re here in the new building. It’s great to have the space that we have to entertain meetings, we’re not on top of each other, and we can be more productive. On the flip side I would rather be in town, close to where the action is happening in the county offices, where I can drop in more easily, be a more visible presence. […]

Politics/Government

BOS once again defers Planning Commission vacancies; Golf driving range sent back to planners

Before the May BOS meeting, Jackson district residents Rick Kohler and Page Glennie submitted applications for the position. Despite strong recommendations for Kohler expressed by community members at that meeting, Frazier moved to table consideration of the candidates until the vacancy could be advertised. […]

Politics/Government

Ron Makela — jack of all trades — new appointee to BZA

In his 60-some years, Makela has been a 1970’s protester (his words); deputy marshall in Crested Butte, Colorado; mastered the building trades; sold cars; served as president of the Civic League Association, spent 14 years as a professional firefighter and EMT in Tidewater, retiring as captain; and worked at the Chrysler Art Museum in Norfolk. […]

Land Use/Zoning

Size matters . . . when it comes to signs

Nearly 100 people packed into the Courthouse for the May 23 BZA meeting, presumably in support of Sperryville businessman Robert Archer’s application for a variance for a large “sign” he painted on the exterior wall of his business. However, because the public hearing was continued to the June, it was unknown how many members of the public were present in support of the “sign.” […]

Politics/Government

Town council approves FY19 budget; and to support Inn festival

During the public comment, former council member Jean Goodine thanked both Sullivan and town clerk Laura Dodd: “I would like to express my thanks to you, John, for your service to the town and how much you have done for it. And I’d also like to express gratitude to Laura Dodd, for decades of work, behind the scenes and making things happen.” […]