Purcellville Council Reviews Staff Workload Concerns

The multitude of community development projects on Purcellville’s to-do list is a concern, but it might get a little longer.

During Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, members were briefed on the status of 17 ongoing projects, including the expansion of east-end 7-Eleven at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Main Street and plans for  an assisted living facility at the southeast corner of the town’s traffic circle on the O’Toole property.

The purpose of the session was to establish priorities. A key concern was whether the staff could tackle them all. The staff report included a calculation that it would require 1,660 hours of work to complete them by the end of this year.

Councilman Ryan Cool highlighted a section from the staff report that reads, “Staff does not typically comment on the amount of time and effort that is necessary to produce its work products…” Cool told town staff members there needed to be more planning and communication moving forward.

Assistant Town Manager Daniel Davis said the staff would find a way to better communicate project workload requirements in the future.

“As either new topics come forward or as we are working through them, we can develop that type of project plan,” Davis said. “It will be much better perhaps than what we’ve seen to date.”

The planning commission also is looking at the list of active projects and is set to report its recommendations to the council on June 27.

One more project is expected to be added to the list. The town staff is recommending that the council move forward with plans to develop a fiscal impact model that would assess the impact of future growth on the town’s resources.

The staff has been working with TischlerBise, a fiscal, economic and planning consulting firm. Already, the council earmarked $11,800 in its Comprehensive Plan Update budget for the project, but TischlerBise has suggested that another $12,000 would be needed to complete the work.

“I see it as a good product, but I don’t want this to be an additional tool in our toolkit that we just put aside and not use,” Mayor Kwasi Fraser said. “Our conversation before this was 17 projects—this is project number 18.”

Although Fraser was concerned about the town spending thousands more on the model, Davis said the investment would be worth it.

“We would use this a lot,” he said. “In terms of the dollar, the infrastructure, the demands, the potential future impacts on our infrastructure, this would be used regularly.”

Town staff plans to get a formal proposal from TischlerBise and answer more of the council’s questions at the next meeting.

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