Mosby Blvd. work nearly completed

Posted: December 12, 2012

The Winchester Star

BERRYVILLE — The extension of Mosby Boulevard — from Battlefield Estates to Main Street around the northwest side of the new Clarke County High School — is nearly complete.

Berryville Town Manager Keith Dalton told the Town Council Tuesday night that the only thing still to be installed is the lighting.

The light standards, Dalton said, have not arrived, and the culprit is Hurricane Sandy, which has disrupted the flow of materials up and down the East Coast.

Dalton said the contractors hope to have the light standards delivered and set up this month, which will allow the street to be opened by the first week in January.

The only thing that would remain, he added, is possible replacement of landscaping that does not survive the winter.

In other business, the council voted unanimously to approve an amendment to its lease with AT&T to allow the company to add three more antennae to the northwestern water tower.

Dalton said the first contract in 2001 allowed three antennae, and council amended it in 2006 to allow six.

Tuesday’s change will increase the monthly rent the town receives from $2,379 to $2,579, Dalton said.

Jill Keihn, natural resources program director for the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission, walked council members through the updated Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is awaiting the approval of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Each jurisdiction must have an approved plan in order to be eligible for FEMA’s financial aid in the event of a natural disaster.

The local area created a regional plan in 2007, Keihn said, but it must be updated every five years.

This update, she said, added earthquakes to the list of possible natural disasters the area could experience, in view of the 2011 quake.

“Before that, it was not on our radar,” Keihn said.

Berryville took part in the update along with five counties, 13 other towns and the City of Winchester.

Keihn said the plan has both local and regional strategies.

Local strategies focus narrowly on issues of the individual jurisdictions, while regional ones could be used by all.

For example, she said, signs lit by LEDs, designating local shelters, could be used by all jurisdictions.

Having the regional plan will also help localities apply for money available for such improvements, she added.

Attending the meeting in the Joint Government Center were Mayor Wilson Kirby and council members Mary Daniel, David Tollett, Harry “Jay” Arnold Jr., Allen Kitselman and Douglas Shaffer.

— Contact Val Van Meter at vvanmeter@winchesterstar.com