Warren County and Town of Front Royal officials are encouraging the community to sign up for the Smart911 national safety profile registry, a free service that allows individuals and families to provide critical medical information to 9-1-1 and first responders.
The County and Town are launching the “Take Control, Let Us Know” campaign to empower the community to take action, and provide valuable and accurate health data that increases the awareness of 9-1-1, first responders, and Emergency Management to an individual’s risk level for Coronavirus.
Individuals can create a Smart911 Safety Profile for their household at www.smart911.com or on a mobile device through the Smart911 app that provides critical medical information for those who may be at higher risk of developing a serious COVID-19 illness.
I remain VERY concerned about the security of the information through Smart 911 - mainly from hackers. What is required is very sensitive information. I started filling out the on-line form and stopped, because this information is too sensitive to have "out there".
Census Day is important because whenever you complete your #2020Census, you should count everyone living (or sleeping) in your home most of the time as of April 1st - whether you are related to them or not. Respond now at 2020CENSUS.GOV.
We are proud to partner with the United States Census Bureau to encourage a complete and accurate count for the #2020Census.
Beginning tomorrow, the Warren County Department of Social Services is partnering with CCAP to create a drive-thru food distribution location. Read the Department's post below for more information!CCAP/DSS Announcement. Please share... ... See MoreSee Less
**Valley Health Establishes a Local Community Call Line**
Valley Health has established a community call line for patients with respiratory symptoms and possible COVID-19 symptoms; anyone can call this line. However, the intended purpose is to provide our citizens who do not have a Primary Care Physician a non-emergency number to call for respiratory/COVID-19 related assistance. The number is (540) 536-0380; operational hours are 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.
If you have a Primary Care Physician, please contact them first if you are sick or think you may have respiratory or COVID-19 related symptoms. As always, if you are experiencing a true medical emergency, call 911 or report to the closest hospital’s emergency room for emergent treatment.
**Update from the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging regarding Services**
Although the Senior Center remains closed to the public, staff are continuing to prepare and deliver meals. Each Meals On Wheels recipient has been given at least a ten-day supply of shelf stable meals as a precautionary measure in the event that SAAA has to stop meal delivery.
Medical offices have cancelled most routine appointments, but SAAA is still providing seniors with transportation to essential medical appointments.
SAAA is currently accepting donations of paper products (such as toilet paper and paper towels), Clorox wipes, and shelf stable foods or monetary donations to help purchase these items for seniors in the area.
**FAQs about Governor Northam's Executive Order #53**
For citizens and business owners who have questions regarding Governor Ralph Northam's Executive Order #53, which went into effect at 12:00 AM (midnight) today, the Governor's office has put out a Frequently Asked Questions sheet that answers questions about essential services and activity that can and cannot continue under Executive Order #53:
Yesterday, March 24th, the Shenandoah Farms Convenience Site was temporarily closed in order to clean up the site due to an illegal dumping of feces in the trash compactor. This is the second occurrence of illegal feces dumping at this site in the past month.
For citizens who use this convenience site, please keep an eye out for any illegal dumping and contact the Warren County Public Works Department at (540) 636-1543 or the non-emergency line at the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 635-4128. ... See MoreSee Less
What kind of feces? Diapers, cat litter? I see nothing on their website that says feces is not able to be trashed or in what form.
What is this about? It isn't clear. Is this about cat litter, perhaps? If so, fyi there is all-natural wholly biodegradable cat litter available now, that you can just dump in the woods or a hole in your yard, whatever.
Just think. If you enforced the law that says no dumping when unattended instead of leaving the place unlocked, maybe this would not be a problem.
If I remember right there is a sign posted saying it’s under surveillance, maby check the tapes.
Where are diapers supposed to be disposed of?
What is WRONG with people? I don't understand 🙁
WTF is wrong with people.
Dumping it how?
Mom Peggy McCarty-Ashmore did u know about this?
Brittney Wright Tim Cook🤬
Cat shit, dog shit, human, diapers? Curious, was there any TP with it? I guess you could say no knows shit!🤣🤣
The County and Town have received several inquiries from the public asking how they are prepared for this crisis. The County can only be as prepared as its citizens are, and the country has not experienced an emergency like this in decades.
There is currently no approved vaccine or medication to treat the Coronavirus, and everyone must do their civic duty to limit the spread of this highly infectious disease. The simplest of things, like staying home if you are sick, maintaining social distancing, washing your hands, and cleaning commonly touched surfaces will have a huge impact on limiting the spread the virus.
Both the County and Town governments are as prepared as they can be, given the present circumstances, to weather this storm. At present, both government centers are operational, but closed to the public, in order to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. All essential services remain fully operational, and first responders are accordingly prepared...
The The Virginia Department of Health (Lord Fairfax Health District) has a local call center for general questions regarding COVID-19: (540) 771-3992. The call center is staffed by Health District nurses, and its hours of operation are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. This call center gives our residents the option of speaking with a local nurse for general questions instead of calling 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343). Please contact a Primary Care Physician if you are sick or think you may have COVID-19 related symptoms. As always, if you are experiencing a true medical emergency, call 911 or report to the closest hospital’s emergency room for emergent treatment.
Valley Health Outpatient Center (“Yellow Tent”) has placed a yellow tent at the corner of its parking lot at 120 N. Commerce Avenue, Front Royal. This is a Valley Health COVID-19 screening site/collection center only. You MUST have a physician’s order to be tested there; it is NOT a walk-up facility. You will not receive medical treatment there, and the site is currently NOT testing for other illnesses (flu, strep, etc.)
While the Government Center remains open to the public, Warren County would like to encourage its citizens to limit visits to County facilities and take alternative steps to in-person interactions, including:
--Planning and Zoning – Forms and applications can be obtained online at www.warrencountyva.net/forms, and customers can submit their documentation via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
--Treasurer’s Office – Taxpayers can utilize alternative submission methods including the drive-thru window, outdoor drop box, regular USPS mail, or online payment at eservices.warrencountyva.net/applications/trapps/. As a reminder, payments are accepted in the form of cash, check, or money order; MasterCard and Visa are accepted with a 1.99% convenience fee of the total paid.
--Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office – Citizens can file Tax Relief paperwork, Land Use schedules, and Meals and Lodging taxes by regular USPS mail or the outdoor drop box; Meals and Lodging taxes due monthly can be submitted through the outdoor drop box, mail, or online payment at eservices.warrencountyva.net/applications/trapps/. Additionally, the IRS has extended the payment date for Federal Income Taxes to July 15, 2020 as an extended relief measure.
For those individuals who plan to visit the Government Center in person, hand sanitizer stations are at the entrances, and staff is taking extra precautions by cleaning all public surfaces including counter tops, bathrooms, and door handles multiple times each day to limit the spread of germs.
Citizens are reminded to: --Stay home when you are sick; avoid contact with sick people. --Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available; regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. --Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. ... See MoreSee Less
As a community, it is important that we all continue to respond conservatively to the “novel coronavirus”. While we currently have no reported cases in Warren County, as the virus approaches the County, it is recommended that residents seriously consider the following information.
In order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, if you think that you (or a family member) may have symptoms related to this illness, residents are urged to NOT show up unannounced at any local medical facility. If you experience the above symptoms, please call a Primary Care Physician to discuss your symptoms. You will be telephonically screened by a medical professional and provided advice over the phone. If you meet the Virginia Department of Health screening criteria and require COVID-19 testing, you will be directed to the appropriate local medical facility for treatment. If you have general questions regarding COVID-19, please call the Virginia Department of Health public information line at 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343). As always, if you are experiencing a true medical emergency, call 911 or report to the closest hospital’s emergency room for emergent treatment.
The Warren County Board of Supervisors will be conducting its regular meeting this evening, March 17th, beginning at 7:00 PM.
To adhere to the President of the United States' guidelines regarding gatherings of ten (10) persons or more, the County will be streaming the Board of Supervisors meeting live on the County of Warren YouTube Channel as an option to residents who wish to "attend" the meeting virtually: youtu.be/gKzf_uCOFkA
For those who wish to attend in person, staff has blocked off every other row of seats in order to encourage social distancing, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health. Those in attendance are also encouraged to put no fewer than two (2) seats of distance between them and the person nearest to them.
We appreciate the community’s flexibility and understanding during this time of uncertainty.youtube.com ... See MoreSee Less
Warren County Emergency Management officials are closely monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus) with State and local emergency management and health officials. Currently, there are no COVID-19 cases in Virginia. More U.S. cases are expected. Everyone has a role to play in preparing for the possibility of COVID-19 in Warren County.
While at home, there are simple, everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include: avoid close contact with people who are sick; wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should: stay home when you are sick; cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the issue in the trash; and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
World travelers should be aware that the CDC is recommending everyone avoid nonessential travel to China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy; practice enhanced precautions if you travel to Japan; practice usual precautions if traveling to Hong Kong. Also, it is recommended that everyone reconsider cruise ship voyages to or within Asia.
What do i do about the new sheetz being put in right beside my house and cloud of what i assume is asbestos. Called the town they gave me some "useful" advice keep your kids,dogs,and self inside until there done man you just cant fix stupid saying that i guess ill just let the dogs use the bathroom in the house kids cant go to school and i cant go to work. Thanks Front Royal
i do understand the caution, but isn't this a strong cold?
All Warren County Government offices will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2020 in observance of Presidents' Day. Offices will reopen at their regularly scheduled times on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. ... See MoreSee Less
Warren County Fire and Rescue4pm Burn Law goes into effect tomorrow.
Here are a few steps for preventing wildfires and protecting lives and property:
-Don’t burn on windy days. -Before you light your fire, make sure winds are less than 10 miles per hour and that the relative humidity level is above 35 percent. -If the conditions aren’t right, please don’t ignite. -Keep your burn piles small. -Have water and tools nearby. -Never leave your fire unattended. -Postpone any burning until conditions improve. -If you are burning, and your fire escapes, call 911 immediately. ... See MoreSee Less
The Warren County Board of Supervisors is soliciting resumes or applications from citizens interested in being considered for appointment to the following:
*Warren County Department of Social Services Advisory Board [North River Magisterial District] - One (1) unexpired four-year term ending December 31, 2024
*Economic Development Authority Board of Directors - One (1) four-year term beginning March 1, 2020 and ending February 29, 2024
*Economic Development Authority Board of Directors - One (1) unexpired four-year term beginning upon appointment and ending February 28, 2021
*Community Criminal Justice Board - One (1) three-year term beginning March 1, 2020 and ending February 28, 2023
*Parks and Recreation Commission - Two (2) two-year terms beginning March 1, 2020 and ending February 28, 2022
*Front Royal-Warren County Joint Tourism Advisory Board - Two (2) four-year terms beginning March 1, 2020 and ending February 29, 2024
*Warren County Board of Zoning Appeals [South River Magisterial District] - One (1) five-year term beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2025
*Northwestern Community Services Board of Directors - One (1) unexpired three-year term ending December 31, 2021
These positions shall remain open until filled. Citizens interested in being considered for any of these positions may submit resumes or applications to the address below:
ATTN: Emily A. Mounce Warren County Board of Supervisors 220 North Commerce Avenue, Suite 100 Front Royal, Virginia 22630
Application forms may be obtained online by visiting www.warrencountyva.net/images/CitizenAppointmentApplication_10.2018.pdf or from the County Administrator's Office at the above address. Prior to submitting, please be sure to complete the entire application as well as the top portion of the Criminal History Record Name Search Request form, which must be signed in the presence of a notary. Notaries are available at the County Administrator's Office, located at the address above. ... See MoreSee Less
High Mileage Applications Due to By Monday, February 17th
In order to received a a high mileage deduction on your personal property taxes all vehicle mileage must be filed in the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office annually by the February 15th. If this date falls on the weekend the due date will be the following business day. If you do not meet the deadline for the current year, you may file for the following tax year.
Please bring into our office your most current unaltered original inspection slip before February 18, 2020 to receive this deduction. If the inspection slip does not show the exact miles as on the vehicle, you must bring in another document indicating the mileage on the vehicle. Other documents could include oil change records, tire purchase/rotation records, or services maintenance records from an authorized dealer.
The National Automotive Dealers Association Guide (N.A.D.A.) - January Issue has a high mileage table in front of the book that determines the deduction amount to be subtracted from your value. Please note that deductions for high mileage do not exceed 40% of trade-in value. The following chart reflects the high mileage breakdown for 2020:
STADIUM DRIVE BURN PROJECT Warren County's Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting an onsite burning project at their Maintenance Facility located at the end of Stadium Drive.
Staff has worked with the Warren County Fire Marshal to ensure the project is completed safely and meets all regulations. Burning will begin the morning of Thursday, February 6th and continue throughout the day. If additional time is required an updated notice will be posted.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at (540) 635-7750. ... See MoreSee Less
Warren County Fire and RescueFire Chief Richard Mabie is pleased to announce the promotions of 5 part-time firefighters to full-time status. These individuals have worked tirelessly as part-time employees to fulfill the mission of the Department.
Chief Mabie met with these new full-time firefighters today to welcome them into their respective positions, set expectations and provide some words of advise to have a safe and prosperous career.
Please help us welcome:
Firefighter Collin Cole - FS10 A-Shift Firefighter Eric Sothen - FS3 B-Shift Firefighter Jared Lewis - FS3 C-Shift Firefighter Bonnie Polk - FS6 A-Shift Firefighter Alex Leibbrand - FS4 C-Shift
The addition of these employees provides WCFR the ability to increase normal staffing levels to 5 - 24/7 stations. ... See MoreSee Less
Taxing Authority Consulting Services (TACS) will be holding a public auction for delinquent real estate on Thursday, February 20th beginning at 2:00 PM in the Government Center Board Room. For a list of the properties up for auction and for more information regarding the auction, please visit the TACS website:
On Wednesday, January 22, 2020 the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services graduated 14 volunteers from its 2019 Volunteer Fire Academy. Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie stated, “It is my honor to see these 14 individuals achieve great success and I look forward in watching them serve their communities as newly certified firefighters.”
This is a message for the GREEN and YELLOW panels of jurors. The jury trial that had been scheduled for Wednesday, January 22, 2020 has been cancelled, and you will no longer be needed on this date. F...
Warren County Government offices will be closed tomorrow, January 17th in observance of Lee Jackson Day and Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Offices will reopen at their regularly scheduled times on Tuesday, January 21st. ... See MoreSee Less
All Warren County Government Offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th in observance of the Christmas Holiday. Offices will re-open at their regularly scheduled times on Thursday, December 26th.
Route 624 (Morgan Ford Road) in Warren County is scheduled to re-open on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Contractors made extensive roadway improvements at the southern approach to the Morgan Ford bridge over the Shenandoah River. This project was originally scheduled for completion in spring 2020. The contractor, Kickin’ Asphalt Paving and Excavating LLC of Strasburg, Virginia, has finished well ahead of schedule and will receive an incentive for opening the road early to traffic.
Traffic using Route 624 between Route 643 (Howellsville Road) and Route 661 (Fairgrounds Road) has been detoured since early October. Those detours will be lifted mid-morning on December 3.
The southern approach to the Morgan Ford bridge has been repeatedly damaged by high water since completion of the bridge replacement in May 2018. This rehabilitation utilized metal sheet pilings and large stone in order to stabilize and strengthen the roadway and roadbed. The project is intended to minimize damage from future flood events. ... See MoreSee Less
For the third winter season, the Rotary Club of Front Royal is partnering with the Warren County Department of Social Services to purchase coats for children in need through Operation Warm. Last year, as part of the Rotary Club’s annual Doc Smith Christmas Basket Program, which provided 120 boxes of food to needy families in the Front Royal-Warren County community, 87 coats were given out to children identified by the Department of Social Services.
Operation Warm was established in 1998 to provide coats for school children in need. For a child, a brand new winter coat can be #morethanacoat - it can change a child’s life and empower them with greater self-confidence and increased school attendance. Operation Warm, based in Pennsylvania, manufactures and provides a thoughtfully designed collection of brand new winter coats to children in need.
For those who wish to donate to this cause, there are donation boxes located in the Warren County Government Center, the Department of Social Services, and many local businesses. You may also donate online through the Community Foundation for the Northern Shenandoah Valley:
Warren County Government Offices will close at 12:00 PM (noon) today and remain closed through Friday, November 29, 2019 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Offices will reopen at their regularly scheduled times on Monday, December 2, 2019.
From our Warren County family to yours, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! ... See MoreSee Less
Warren County thanks all of those that have served our country! All government offices will be closed today in observance of the holiday. Offices will reopen at their regular times tomorrow. Convenience sites will be open today accepting garbage and recycling materials. ... See MoreSee Less
Warren County will observe Halloween Hours on Thursday, October 31, 2019, between 6:30 PM and 9:00 PM. A responsible adult should accompany young children at all times, and if older children are trick-or-treating alone, encourage them to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and to stick to their friend groups. Be sure to walk on sidewalks as much as possible or on the correct shoulder of the road if sidewalks are not available. Put electronic devices away for the evening, wear bright or reflective clothing, and always be aware of your surroundings. Motorists are advised to use caution when driving through neighborhoods during these trick-or-treating hours.
The National Weather Service is calling for heavy rains this Halloween with lows dipping into the 40s, so it is strongly recommended trick-or-treaters wear warm and water-resistant clothing.
Seriously the county and town needs to change it to Friday. The National Weather Service has put us in the enhanced threat for strong storms and high winds. No one especially kids should be out in it.
This county currently has enough problems, without a child being injured because they were out in, possibly, dangerous weather when you could just postpone a day.
Friday would be a much better day for this due to the weather we are anticipating.
Does anyone know which counties have switched to tomorrow? We’ll just drive elsewhere tmr night when it can be enjoyable
Yes I agree change it to Friday so the kids can enjoy there halloween its going to be a wash out and cold. Warren county needs to think about the kids!!!!
I really hope they reschedule . If not, most people won’t show up and the ones who do are going to be absolutely miserable. This is one of the few events that is just for children to enjoy. Do the right thing, it’s only one more day!
Friday! Please do something in the best interest of the children and families of the community.
High winds and thunderstorms aren’t safe for us. Would love to see it another day so all kids can go out and have fun!
I most certainly agree. Friday would be better. I am sure we all do not want to take our kids out in the heavy rain.
I agree. Why put everyone at risk. Come on Warren County!
Some of us don’t have all day to make/change plans. Can you just move it to Friday when it will be more pleasant and safe for everyone??
What county's that are close are doing it Friday cause I rather take my son there so itll be safer? I agree we shouldve rescheduled ours for Friday also.
It is a huge safety concern to not change it. Rain & wind plus people driving around with a bunch of pedestrian traffic. That's asking for trouble.
Why can’t we just change it till Friday? It sure is going to be tough with little kids in the heavy rains and low temps
Why would you want the kids out in this? It's hard enough for drivers to see them in normal weather.
There is literally a Tornado Watch. Please change it to Friday. It's unsafe. 🙁
All of the surrounding counties have moved it to Friday.
Friday would definitely make more sense like other areas are doing.
Everyone should call town and county
Other surrounding counties are postponing for Friday November 1st. Perhaps we should do the same?
Please change it to Friday!!! Kids do not need to be out in crappy weather. Get it together warren county!!!!
I think some areas even decided to do it on Nov. 2nd!
Don’t miss out this Saturday!Saturday is our Rabies Clinic and here are all the details:
👩🔬 1245 Progress Drive in Front Royal, 10am until 2pm 👩🔬 Dogs must be on a leash, cats in a carrier 👩🔬 If you have proof of prior rabies, please bring it in order to receive a 3-year vaccine 👩🔬 Vaccines are $15 each, and you can pay by cash, check or card 👩🔬 Shelter memberships will also be available and are $30 for individuals, $15 for seniors and $50 for families (great gift!)
Call us if you have any questions, we are here to help! 540-635-4734 ... See MoreSee Less
The Town of Front Royal will observe Halloween on Thursday, October 31, 2019, between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.Halloween Observance
The Town of Front Royal will observe Halloween on Thursday, October 31, 2019, between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Parents are encouraged to accompany their children while enjoying the Halloween festivities. It is highly recommended that everyone carry flashlights and wear reflective clothing to increase their visibility. Trick-or-Treaters should only approach residences that have porch lights on and are requested to be off the streets by 9:00 p.m. Motorists should use extreme caution when driving in neighborhoods where children are on the streets. Early forecasts are calling for precipitation which will further decrease visibility.
The Front Royal Police Department would also like to remind citizens of the Hometown Halloween event that will be held on Main Street in the Gazebo area which will provide a safe environment for participating in Halloween festivities. Hometown Halloween will take place from 6:00 pm until 8 pm and is a rain or shine event. East Main Street will be closed at 4:00 pm. The Front Royal Police Department will have additional officers on patrol to ensure safety in our community. ... See MoreSee Less
As a reminder, there will be a public auction for delinquent real estate this afternoon at 2:00 PM in the Board Room at the Warren County Government Center, located at 220 N Commerce Avenue. ... See MoreSee Less
You guys should try doing these on a Saturday, or at least a little later in the day when people are actually home from work.. you always hold these auctions in the middle of a work day. I understand most of the county employees get off at 5 and do not work weekends, but you can't tell me the county doesn't make enough money off these sales to pay for a little overtime..
is this so y’all can recoup all the money that was so called misused . By taking people’s property and selling it ?
Halloween Party tomorrow from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm!Wednesday, October 23 - Halloween Party
Hey kids, come dressed in your best costume and you might just win a prize! Join the staff of the Warren County Parks and Recreation Department for an evening of fun, games, face painting and a “Pumpkin Carving Contest”. ... See MoreSee Less
This message is for the BLUE, GREEN, AND YELLOW panels of jurors. The jury trial that had been scheduled for Friday, October 18, 2019 has been cancelled and you will no longer be needed on that date. ...
Warren County Sheriff's OfficeDeputy Ulibarri had the pleasure of reading to a group of First Graders today at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School for National Bullying Prevention Month. Thank you to Ms. White and Ms. Crowe for having Deputy Ulibarri! ... See MoreSee Less
Join the Warren County Parks and Recreation Department for the Front Royal Golf Club's Autumn Open House - Sunday, October 20th from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM. There will be corn hole, putting contests, and other fun, family games, and each participant will receive a complimentary Free Greens Fee valid through December 31, 2019.
For more information, contact the Front Royal Golf Club at (540) 636-9061. ... See MoreSee Less
Just a friendly reminder that all Warren County Government Offices will be closed on Monday, October 14, 2019 in observance of Columbus Day. Offices will reopen at their regularly scheduled times on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. All convenience sites will be open to accept trash and recycling materials. ... See MoreSee Less
Don’t miss the Safety Expo at Lowe’s today from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm!Bring the family and Stop by Front Royal Lowes today from 10-3pm for the Safety Expo. You will have the opportunity to meet members from the Fire Department, Animal Control, K-9, School Resource, and our Special Operations Team. ... See MoreSee Less
Taxing Authority Consulting Services (TACS) will be holding a public auction for delinquent real estate on Friday, October 25th beginning at 2:00 PM in the Government Center Board Room. For a list of properties up for auction and for more information regarding the auction, please visit:
While Warren County typically does not address social media postings, we would like to take a moment to clarify some of the concerns that have been raised recently about credit card usage by employees.
-Credit cards are used by multiple employees, not just by the person whose name is on the card. The codes written on the statements posted indicate which department used the card and to which budget line the expense was coded. Staff does not use the cards for personal transactions.
-Expenses shown for hotels are related to annual conferences for organizations such as the Virginia Association of Counties which is held at The Omni Homestead. The charges on the statement include ones for the County Attorney, County Administrator, and Board of Supervisors. The locations of the conferences are chosen by the organizers and the conferences typically include educational components, sessions with state representatives, and networking opportunities with local government workers from all across Virginia.
-When there is a work session before or after a meeting that requires the Board of Supervisors and/or staff to be present for a lengthy period of time, the County does occasionally provide a meal for everyone.
-Due to the fact that the County only processes checks once a month, staff does occasionally pay vendors using a credit card. This is typically done when the vendor is a smaller, local company that may be put in an adverse situation if they were to have to wait 45-60 days to receive payment.
-Each December the County provides a free turkey to all employees that want one. County staff compares pricing from local grocery stores such as Walmart and Martin’s and purchases them based on price and availability. The cost for the turkeys will appear on the County’s credit card around the holidays.
-The $1,499 charge to a local pharmacy in 2010 was related to a Workers’ Compensation claim that involved an employee who was exposed to a communicable disease. Due to the immediate need for the medication for the employee the County Administrator authorized the purchase of the medication locally so that the affected employee did not have to wait for the Workers’ Compensation claim to be processed. The County was later reimbursed for the expense by VACORP.
-The charge for $3,857 to Warren Memorial Hospital in 2010 was related to flu shots that are provided to employees each year.
-In 2011 the County held several events for the 175th Anniversary of Warren County. As part of the events the County obtained a banquet license from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority for a Dancin’ in the Streets event that was held on Main Street and rented portable restrooms for citizens that attended the event.
-On December 9, 2015 the County held a retirement reception for Board of Supervisors’ member Richard Traczyk. Sponsorships were obtained to pay for the event and funding that was contributed by the sponsors was placed in the Public Officials Reception line item of the Warren County budget that was specifically set up for events such as this. The County Administrator purchased beverages from Costco for the event using his personal banking card and then requested reimbursement for the expense. The funding that was reimbursed to the County Administrator came from the sponsorship contributions. All revenues and expenditures were recorded under the line item and no County funding was used on the event.
We hope that this information is helpful in addressing some of the concerns raised by citizens and we thank you for taking the time to review it. ... See MoreSee Less
Warren County Govt as a whole has lost the public’s trust. Unfortunately the innocent, hard working county and town employees (especially the law enforcement officers) are suffering the consequences of elected and appointed officials. I commend the regular, hard working County and Town employees remaining professional under the enormous amount of backlash from the Community... to the County’s elected few who have tarnished the the name of our County, shame on you... your employees and citizens deserve better.
This is why you perform a bottom up budget instead of a top down budget like Warren County. Go going top down, the perks are always there and never evaluated. Bottom up makes you evaluate and question everything.
You all are obviously not spending government funds as you would your own money! Majority of health plans cover flu shots. Why were flu shots paid for when that’s a benefit already covered by another benefit being paid for by tax dollars? Why not just reimburse for any out of pocket expenses associated with said immunization? That would have lowered that cost substantially as most plans have zero copay on immunizations. That’s just a drop in the bucket I know but it’s little things like this where money is just thrown around instead of thinking of alternative ways to save.
As a long time state employee and administrator, I believe that many of these purchases represent deviation from fiscal best practices at best and are clear cut policy violations at worst. Discretionary and ad hoc deviations from policy are the hallmarks of poor management oversight. Each of that unusual situations needs a full accounting of whether they represent an irregular application of practice.
Thank you for addressing these items. I appreciate the explanation and that you have nothing to hide. The social media machine is out of control in this community. Now we have more misinformation to deal with thanks to those spinning falsehoods and theories out of control. Are their intentions for the good of the community - or are their motives personal in nature? Make sure you research everything you read from multiple sources, and then form your own opinion, not an opinion someone else gives you. It’s your job as a citizen.
I would be interested in learning a little more about the Workers' Compensation policy in the County. Does the County pay for prophylactic medication before a claim is filed and accepted?
1st of all..most employees have insurance and that insurance cover preventative things such as flu shots....38,000 for conferences? Nope we cant afford that anymore. Turkeys at christmas ok fine..credit card usage should be restricted to a very few people. You expect the community to tighten our belts and swallow this loss and meanwhile the county is still paying for meals and flu shots and trips to a private venue for conferences..umm no. We cant afford it! It's our taxpayer money your spending. NO! You cant write a check on future promises. Transparency you claim-dont make me laugh
How about the car washes lots of washy washy going on.
Alcohol at anytime or function should not be an allowable expenditure. Open bar, if there is going to be drink, would be the preferred choice, this way the responsibility rest on the one buying the drinks. I’ve worked with corporate cards and we were not even allowed to purchase a cocktail on the cards and by the way, we had to get cheap rooms not high end rooms; just saying! While your explaining can you explain the foreign transaction exchange fees?
Thank you for posting this! The citizens need exactly this type of full transparency in order to restore trust.
We the citizens don't believe you. A list of the conferences at the Omni that were attended for the $38,000 over 9 years is the only way to make us not think we've been robbed.
And the ignorant hysteria continues. Thank you for the explanation but I fear the mob will continue on. My prayers are with all county and town employees and officials.
Are the conferences pre-approved? I would think one conference per year would suffice.
I have worked for many government agencies and not one has ever allowed alcohol to be purchased on a government credit card or account no matter what event it was for or used to pay for lunches unless it is on a business trip not home town lunch, also even though many employees can charge to an account each one has their own card with their name, only one person is authorized per card, it's done that way for something called accountability to prevent fraud and abuse
My biggest concern is how do we move forward when we have new elected officials. There seems to be no oversight. Who will teach the new officials how to conduct county and town business since it seems to be fly by your pants, make up your own rules, taxpayers will have to pay for it. I hope there can be a solution to our problem as trust is non-existent now.
I understand a larger restaurant purchase as supplying a meal for many people. I question a 14.95 charge that is one person's lunch being covered...... while you have answered the bulk of the questions, there are still transactions that look fishy.
Sounds like some big heaping piles of BS are being circulated!
The State Auditors need to be contacted about this fraud.
The only people that would defend any of them might be benefiting from it in some way
Some of those charges shouldnt be acceptable for any employee to use.
I think from here on out - Doug Stanley needs to pay for his own Christmas turkey - unless of course it's in a TO GO box - then fine. Bye Bye Doug Stanley! We had about enough of this nonsense!
I say from here on out, maybe consider a gofund me account. Or better yet, try crowd sourcing. Taxpayers are tired of the nonsense.
Nice of y’all to tell us where the $1500 and $3800 went but what about the $21,000,000?
Ins usually pays for flu shots, so dont understand that charge.
Why do your vendor have to wait 45 to 60 days to get paid? Can I start paying my bills to the county 45 to 60 days after I receive them
Per the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Morgan Ford Road (Route 624) is scheduled to be closed between Howellsville Road and Fairground Road beginning Tuesday, October 8th. This road closure is necessitated due to extensive roadway work and improvements to the southern approach to the Morgan Ford Bridge.
For those who have expressed concerns, the repairs being completed to the Morgan Ford Bridge are being funded 100% by the Virginia Department of Transportation. No County funds are being used for these repairs.
😂😂 "Job well done", said no WCO resident....
This should have been done the right way first!!!!
Are the tax payers expected to pay for this after they just finished this bridge project afew years ago ? There was suppose to be extensive studies of this replacement and this is what we got stuck with ?more fine planing of or representatives
VDOT awarded the contract back in August. Hopefully the whole job is done by mid December. I just spoke with the guys down there and they said 3 months. So we'll see..!
If it had been built the way it was originally proposed we would be done with the project. So disappointing and frustrating 😕
Wow six months is a little unreasonable! Yay to adding an extra 30-45mins to my commute! 🙄😡
Sigh... Remember when the road was closed for like 2 years to replace the bridge, would have been pretty awesome to do that work then.
Glad we moved out of Warren County.
Today is the 8th and it’s still open. When is it going to close? Notice would be great so we can adjust travel times since that bridge is our main in and out daily.
If only they had done it right the first time... 🤔
If they would have rebuilt it correctly instead of going with the lowest builder who took 2 years to rebuild it, it would need repairs this soon!! It wasn't rebuilt high enough and has been flooded out many times since it was rebuilt!!
Waze has been updated to reflect the closure beginning Oct 8th.
Where did all the taxes go we already paid to do that bridge?
Warren County Fire and RescueWCFR will be participating in the WOW, Worlds of Work Event tomorrow. Over 3000 7th grade students will participate in this event and discuss potential career paths for their future!
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UPDATE: IT staff have successfully repaired the server, and email service has been restored. Thank you for your patience.
**Server Outage Notice**
Warren County offices, with the exception of the Sheriff's Office and the Fire and Rescue Department, have been experiencing an email outage through the server since 11:30 AM yesterday. IT staff is working diligently to restore this vital service to our employees by the end of the day.
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Warren County Government Offices will be closed on Monday, September 2nd in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Offices will reopen at their regular times on Tuesday, September 3rd. ... See MoreSee Less
The U.S. Census Bureau is currently accepting applications for individuals who wish to assist their community to help achieve an accurate count for the 2020 Census.
Decennial census data is used to determine a locality's representation in Congress, as well as how funds are spent for roads, schools, hospitals, and more. Help ensure that everyone in your community is counted in the next decennial census.
Temporary positions for the 2020 Census feature flexible hours - a perfect fit if you are looking to earn a little extra money, even if you already have other commitments. Jobs for the 2020 Census offer competitive wages that are paid weekly. Authorized expenses, such as mileage, are reimbursed for employees doing fieldwork.
UPDATE - Phones in the Government Center are now operational. Thank you again for your patience.
The Warren County Government Center is experiencing building-wide telephone issues, which are part of a larger outage throughout the customer base. CenturyLink is aware of the issue and is working to correct it. Please check back to this post for updates regarding this outage. Thank you for your patience. ... See MoreSee Less
Samuels Public LibraryREGISTRATION REQUIRED SPOTS ARE LIMITED Join Heidi Anderson and Samuels Public Library staff for a fun cooking workshop designed to make even the pickiest eaters love healthy, plant-based cooking. In this workshop learn how to make vegan style pizza! Although this is an adult program, mature children accompanied by a responsible adult caregiver are always welcome. August 24th from 2-4 pm. ... See MoreSee Less
Help clear the Humane Society of Warren County tomorrow!Clear the shelters is TOMORROW!! Here are a few important details:
All animals are fee waived, EXCEPT puppies under 6 months. We will have 3 available tomorrow, and the adopter will need to pay the $115 neuter fee at the time of adoption.
If you plan to adopt tomorrow and haven't already submitted an application, please bring proof of rabies vaccine and proof of spay or neuter with you. We normally call your vet for these things, but they are often closed on Saturday.
If you are coming to adopt a dog, and you have other dogs in the home, a dog introduction will be required. You can either visit and then go home for your other dog(s) and come back for the introduction OR leave your dog(s) in the AIR CONDITIONED car while you walk through the kennels, and then do an introduction after you've chosen a dog.
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Have you thought about riding the commuter bus from Front Royal to the Pentagon, Rosslyn and DC? Here's your chance to ride for FREE!Have you thought about riding the commuter bus from Front Royal to the Pentagon, Rosslyn and DC? Here's your chance to ride for FREE! ... See MoreSee Less
From the National Weather Service, beginning today and extending through Sunday, July 20th, dangerous heat indices are expected, with the highest heat indices expected tomorrow, July 19th, into Sunday. Heat indices of 100 to 105 are likely along and east of I-81 on Friday with heat advisories likely.
The heat and humidity will peak Saturday into Sunday with maximum heat indices of 105 to 115 and minimum heat indices at night in the mid 80s. If the prolonged heat and humidity are realized, it will become a significant threat to anyone exposed to the heat for an extended period of time.
A cold front will start dropping into the area Monday afternoon bringing significant relief to the heat in the form of showers and thunderstorms along with cooler temperatures.
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Samuels Public LibraryWhat: World of Lego Why: Explore all the amazing things you can do with Legos. When: Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 A.M. Where: White Meeting Room B @ SPL. Who: For children ages 5 and up, and teens. Please register in advance. ... See MoreSee Less
As part of its ongoing effort to help meet the needs of Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens, the Virginia Department of Social Services will again provide qualifying households with cooling assistance during the summer months. Applications are currently being accepted and can be submitted until Thursday, August 15, 2019.
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Per Norfolk Southern, Fairground Road is closed in Warren County at the railroad crossing east of Baugh Drive for the next few days, in order to repair the site on both sides of the tracks. Access to and from the affected area can be made from the north on Ashby Station Road and from the south on Rockland Road. Repairs are expected to be complete by this Thursday, July 11th (Friday, July 12th at the latest).
More information can be obtained by leaving a message with the Norfolk Southern Harrisburg office at (717) 541-2120 using Crossing ID 468 631W. ... See MoreSee Less
We just received notification from Norfolk Southern that the roadway should now be open.
and what's going on with the road closure at Dismal Hollow and Happy Creek crossing? Piss poor notification/signage. Drove all the way from Linden to find out I had to drive all the way back to Linden to catch Leach Run. Why? No consequence, that's why!
Happy creek is also closed at the railroad
We didn’t get any prior notice that I am aware of. I would have liked to have been prepared, especially on my way to work and coming home 🤔
Donna Murphy Glenn Barry Murphy
Once again the inland port and railroad show their stellar corporate citizenship. They have never given a damn about this community as they make money hand over fist and citizens’ lives are imperiled by their disregard for us as they block the only way in and out of several neighborhoods.
Maggie Smith Just an FYI for when you go do the pool
Do we know when this will be open now? It is still closed.
This notification went out around 4pm.
I was on my way to work at 1:30p.
Why not notify the week before so You can plan.
Fairground is my daily commute.
Wendy Hicks Brown
Thank you for the early notice to us who live on Fairground!
I hope they are done with the Happy Creek/ Morgan Ford section. It's worse now😡
Glad the dump trucks have stopped hauling down rockland
Will the repairs mean higher speed than coasting over the tracks ?
I hope they make it smooth like the crossings in Clark County.
I slow down to a crawl and worry about some one rear ending me every time.
County of Warren, VA Is Happy Creek/Dismal Hollow crossing closed for the same length?
Warren County Government Offices will be closed tomorrow, July 4th and Friday, July 5th in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Offices will reopen at their regularly scheduled times on Monday, July 8th.
County convenience sites and the Transfer Station will operate under their normal business hours tomorrow.