How do I get in touch with the Sanitary District Manager?
What is the Sanitary District Manager responsible for?
Warren County has a contract with the POSF to manage the maintenance and construction on the Sanitary District Road and Drainage system and related rights of way in the Warren County portion of Shenandoah Farms. In addition to the roads the County will maintain the dams at the Lake of the Clouds and Spring Lake. The Sanitary District Manager's responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Developing and setting up contracts for work that needs to be performed on the road system such as road maintenance, snow removal, survey contracts etc. Also developing bid packets and meeting with potential bidders to answer questions and concerns.
- Determining the maintenance needs by developing maps and lists of roads that need attention so contractors have a clearly mapped out plan of action when they arrive. Due to the fact contracts are based on hourly rates it is critical to keep things moving and cut down on wasted time.
- Inspecting and monitoring the work of contractors for efficiency and quality of work.
- Developing annual budgets based on need, paying bills and developing and maintaining spreadsheets to track expenditures by type of expense and by road.
- Respond to resident requests and concerns by email, phone or personal visit. Keeping residents and county officials informed of operations through notifications on the website, emails, and reports to the Warren County Board of Supervisors and the POSF.
- Monitor the dams at Lake of the Clouds and Spring Lake; perform periodic inspections per the requirements of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
- Research products, develop accounts with suppliers and schedule deliveries of needed materials.
- Performing minor road maintenance operations in the field and working with contractors when help is needed.
- Performing snow removal operations with county equipment while working with and monitoring the work of contract snow removal. Spreading abrasive stone on icy portions of the roadway.
- Maintaining of county tools and equipment.
- Driving roads, monitoring damage and scheduling needed repairs during and after inclement weather events such as flooding, or snow and Ice.
Where can I find out what is going on with the roads?
There are several ways you can stay informed. On the Warren County website there is a page for the Sanitary District located under the “Government” menu at the top of the website under the "Public Works" department. There will be information posted on this page as well as under notices/comments section. Emails will also be sent to those who have shared their email address with me.
What can be done about the dust?
With the drier weather that comes in the summer and fall, dust on the roads in the farms is an issue for many of the residents. We have researched options for dust control. The only practical method is through the application of liquid or flake calcium chloride. This is a chemical that absorbs moisture from the air and bonds it to the road. This is what VDOT uses in some locations on their roads. The cost however is more than the Sanitary District budget will allow; another disadvantage is that it also works hold moisture through the winter too, causing soft muddy roads. We have also heard concerns from residents about the use of chemicals on the roads due to the density and proximity of wells to the roads and possible groundwater contamination.
What causes the washboard roads?
The following two reasons are the most common lack of moisture -- Washboard roads are particularly prevalent when weather conditions are dry. Frequent rainfall reduces the chances of wash boarding. Traffic/Speed -- Hard acceleration or braking can accelerate wash boarding, and that helps explain why you'll see it frequently at intersections, before and after sharp curves, and on hills.
What can I expect when it snows?
The Shenandoah Farms road system has been divided into 5 snow removal routes. A combination of County equipment and contract equipment will be utilized to remove snow and treat icy spots with abrasive materials. Salt cannot be used on gravel/dirt roads due to the fact it retains moisture and causes the roads to get soft and muddy.
Can speed limits be posted?
15 MPH advisory speed limit signs have been placed throughout the Sanitary District by the POSF. This is not an enforceable speed limit. The only way to legally post enforceable speed limits is to conduct individual traffic engineering studies of each section of roadway. At this point, money is much better spent addressing the infrastructure needs of the road system. If reckless driving is observed it is advisable to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 635-4128.
Can more signs be put up in Shenandoah Farms?
Road signs that mark the road names at intersections are the responsibility of Warren County not only in Shenandoah Farms but throughout the County. If you notice road signs down or missing please contact the County Administrator’s Office at (540) 636-4600 or the Sanitary District Manager and it can be passed along. Part of the road and drainage study will be to determine the need and location of regulatory road signs such as stop and yield signs.
When will my road be tar and chipped or paved?
The Road and Drainage Engineering study will determine the ultimate design of all of the roads in the Sanitary District. For many roads that design will be for a paved road. There will have to be a good bit of preparation to the roads prior to paving; proper drainage (pipes and ditches), excavation and widening, and the construction of a proper road base will have to be in place first. To just tar and chip over an existing road will create future maintenance problems and costs when they deteriorate because they don’t have good drainage or a good base. Drummer Hill Road and Mountain Lake Drive will both need costly repairs due to deteriorated tar and chip. With the high cost of oil, asphalt (tar) also goes up, that makes it more critical to get it right the first time. It will take time and money to get to the point where roads are ready for pavement but the road and drainage study will provide a blueprint for this work. Expect drainage improvements (new pipes, ditches etc.) to be some of the first improvements you will see.
How do I report a tree issue or other road concern in the District?
If you are having an issue with a downed tree or other type of road concern in your sanitary district you can contact us using the information below:
During Normal Business Hours: Contact Shenandoah Farms Sanitary District staff at (540) 636-3783 or send an email to Robert Childress. You may also contact the Property Owners of Shenandoah Farms Office at (540) 837-2068.
During Non-Business Hours and Holidays: Contact the Warren County Sheriff's Office non-emergency line at (540) 635-4128. Please remember to report the Sanitary District in which you reside.
If there is Emergency Response Needed: Dial 911