KEARNEYSVILLE – After decades of showing off his cattle during the Jefferson County Fair, Don Mickey is stepping back from what has become his family’s summer ritual.
HARPERS FERRY – Tess Bishop, a Utah resident and the younger daughter of Harpers Ferry Mayor Wayne Bishop, agreed to a guilty plea of illegally voting Monday in Jefferson County Circuit Court for casting a ballot in the town’s June 11 election.
CHARLES TOWN – The Jefferson County Commission kicks off a series of public discussions today through Friday to begin assembling another annual budget of roughly $26 million or more for the county’s government operations, starting July 1.
HARPERS FERRY – Look for the reopening of the damaged pedestrian walkway across the Potomac River in the Lower Town of Harpers Ferry to come in late summer at the earliest.
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HARPERS FERRY – The West Virginia Senate passed legislation Tuesday sponsored by Sen. Patricia Rucker (R-Jefferson) that would direct state development officials to oversee planning approvals and construction of the redevelopment of the long-delayed Hill Top House Hotel redevelopment in Harp…
As a 70-year old, super conservative property owner, business owner, and resident in Harpers Ferry, I am generally against State governments interfering in local affairs, but the Harpers Ferry town government hasn’t managed the Hilltop House Project effectively and efficiently, so I 100% support the Tourism Development District Act, which provides a solution to the current impasse regarding the Hilltop House Project.
I served on the Harpers Ferry Planning Commission from 2007 to 2014 and was a Commissioner when the SWaN Group presented their original plan for the Hilltop House in May 2010. This plan was inappropriate — and I was among the most vocal of critics. I subsequently served on the Steering Committee that developed the “Vision” for Harpers Ferry and worked on development of the East Ridge Promontory Overlay District Amendment — so I am aware of the criteria for development set forth in these documents. In addition, I have served on the “Make it Happen” Steering Committee, which has actively supported the Hilltop House Project since 2019.
The current plan for the Hilltop House meets the criteria set forth in the Overlay Amendment. I do not understand why Mayor Bishop and some of the Council Members oppose the SWaN Group’s use of paper streets and have otherwise failed to expedite the development process. I understand that “everybody wants a hotel built” — and I understand the appeal of an exact replica of the former Hilltop House — but SWaN’s current plan enhances the character of the former Hilltop House with amenities that will attract tourists year-round and consequently increase winter tourism. With increased sales during the winter season, other hospitality-related businesses in addition to the Hilltop House will pay increased Sales, Business / Occupation, and Room Occupancy taxes, to everyone’s mutual benefit.
As owner of the Town’s Inn in the middle of Lower Town ( 175 and 179 High Street ) since February 2007, I’d be especially interested in seeing if Town tax revenue records for all tourism-related businesses indicate the same revenue pattern that the Inn has experienced over the past fourteen years: operating at full capacity during the busiest period ( Memorial Day to Labor Day: June, July, August) and then experiencing an 80% drop in income when the “most busy” period is compared to the “least busy” period ( January, February, and March ). Sadly, 80% of Inn expenses ( utilities, insurance, auto, maintenance, repairs, etc.) continue at about the same rate whether the Inn is very busy or very un-busy — so I have had to borrow money and lay off good employees every year for the past fourteen years because I cannot charge summer guests prices high enough to cover winter expenses.
CHARLES TOWN – In an effort to jump-start the Hill Top House Hotel redevelopment project stalled by more than a decade of municipal-level delays in Harpers Ferry, state Sen. Patricia Rucker (R-Jefferson) announced Saturday that she plans to introduce legislation this week to break the impass…
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