Winchester Update 12-13

By: Jenny Brockwell Email
By: Jenny Brockwell Email

Fee-for-Service

The Frederick County Board of Supervisors debated a hot item Wednesday night at their meeting.

They were asking if they should pass an ordinance and amendment that would allow for could resident to be charged for using ambulance services.

They approved the ordinance, which means residents will have to count their dollars before calling 911.

The Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association spoke out against the ordinance, but in a majority vote of six to one, an amendment was passed, which would enable the board of supervisors to institute a fee-for-service program.

The fee-for-service would not be instituted until the program's specifics can be determined. The board also agreed that a significant amount of public education was needed before a fee would ever be implemented.

Clarke School Board

The new Clarke County School Board is finally complete. In November, Robina Rich Bouffault had a margin of one vote against her opponent Chip Shooty.

An official recount was held Wednesday at the 26th District Judicial Circuit Court in Berryville where election officials reviewed the absentee votes in front of three area judges and both school board hopefuls.

It was determined that Bouffault won the school board seat by a razor thin margin of 443 to 442.

Winchester Ranked

Harrisonburg may be number two, but Winchester also placed as one of the most secure places to live in the United States. Winchester came in at number 17 on the Farmer's Insurance ranking.

City officials say the ranking doesn't come as a surprise. They say that Winchester is the type of community that works together to create a great place to live.


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