The Middleburg Council is gathering Friday evening, April 7, at 5:30 and again on Saturday morning at 8:30 for visioning sessions to discuss goals and policies. Council will use a conference room at Salamander Resort. Mike Chandler, a distinguished member of the Virginia Municipal League, former Blacksburg planning commission and council member is our distinguished facilitator. He has exemplary knowledge and experience regarding local governing.

The intent of visioning is to provide an opportunity for each member to discuss matters of importance to the town. The goal is to hammer out a consensus vision – where we are and where we want to be – to guide us in future council matters. The visioning sessions are open to the public; however, these meetings provide no opportunity for public participation. Therefore, I want your comments and suggestions in advance! In my January column, I summarized the 2008 Town Visioning document, here: http://www.middleburgva.gov/documents.html.

I am about to miss my first council (regular or work) session in several years, due to a business trip for my company, Northrop Grumman. The trip means I cannot attend the council work session on Thursday evening, February 23. I try hard to attend every council session, to serve the Middleburg community to the best of my ability. The work session agenda includes discussions and/or approvals of funding for the Bluemont Concerts and its school program, pedestrian crossing signs, Middleburg Museum’s permit application at the Pink Box, parking fines, public input for Town Visioning and the water utility budget for the fiscal year 2018. These topics are all important to me and I truly regret my inability to attend and participate.

This column is brief, but I am thinking of a longer column in March to discuss Middleburg’s water utility. What do you think?

Please send questions, suggestions, comments or complaints regarding any topic to the Eccentric, via letters@middleburgeccentric.com with Ask: in the subject line. I would love to hear from you!

As I do periodically, I wish to remind my readers that this column presents my personal views, and I do not intend it to represent the views of the entire Middleburg Town Council or other members.