Thursday, February 28, 2019

Come Grow Your Own Garden – Garden Kickoff Day

Come Grow Your Own Garden – Garden Kickoff Day

The Town of Abingdon’s Sustain Abingdon Committee and Appalachian Sustainable Development will hold a Garden Kickoff Day at the Abingdon Gardens on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Fairview Historic Homestead, 908 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, Va.

The Abingdon Gardens is a “grow your own” community garden space where residents of Washington County, VA can rent a 20’ by 20’ vegetable garden plot for $25 for the spring/summer growing season.  The Old Glade Antique Tractor Association provides tilling services and there is an elaborate rain water collection system onsite that provides water access for the gardeners.

Several businesses and organizations will be sharing information and ideas on how to grow your best garden.  There will be guest speakers throughout the day speaking on various garden topics.  There will also be informational handouts, activities and free raffles and giveaways.  The Fairview Historic Museum will be open to the public and the Old Glade Antique Tractor Association will have some tractors on display.  There will be food vendors’ onsite.

The event is free of charge and open to the public.  For more information, visit our Facebook page at or call 276-628-3167.

*Sustain Abingdon’s mission is to advise and encourage Town employees, residents & visitors on environmentally sustainable solutions. Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) is nationally knows & respected for its commitment to local farmers.  ASD is transitioning Appalachia to a more resilient economy & a healthier population by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people with healthy food.

Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting Agenda for March 6, 2019

*Due to a scheduled budget meeting on March 6, 2019, the HPRB meeting will be moved from the Arthur Campbell Room to the second floor Council Chambers.  The time will remain the same at 5:15 p.m. 

Agenda for March 4th Town Council Meeting

Invitation to Bid

Invitation to Bid:
For more information on this process, visit

Agenda for March 6th Budget Work Session Meeting

Agenda for March 5th Budget Work Session Meeting

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Prohibited discharge of water from Sump Pumps into sewer system.

Update to Sump Pump Information that was shared on February 26, 2019:
Due to the record amount of rainfall in the month of February 2019, The Town of Abingdon will permit home owners to pump flooded basements into the collections system (until the water table recedes). If you have any questions about whether you are permitted to pump into the collection system, call Michael Roark, Superintendent WW Collections at (276- 628-4321).

Friday, February 22, 2019

Traffic Advisory 2-22-19

Abingdon Police Department

For Immediate Release

Traffic Advisory:

Due to the forecast of heavy rain this weekend, and considering the rainfall to date, we ask motorists to avoid using East Main Street between Tanner Street and Deadmore Street.  The accumulated rainfall has caused the Town Creek to spill over its banks and flood the roadway.  A detour around this area is possible by using Tanner, Valley, and Hutton Streets.  However, this detour is not wide enough to accommodate large towed vehicles or tractor-trailers. 

The town has “High Water” signs in place to alert motorists to avoid crossing this area while the creek is out of its banks.  

A map of the suggested detour is attached.

Council Report from Interim Town Manager, Ken Vittum for February 20-22, 2019:

Departmental Budget Meeting March 6, 2019

Departmental Budget Meeting March 5, 2019

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Planning Commission, February 25, 2019 Meeting Cancellation

Abingdon, Virginia 24210
February 19, 2019


TO:      Planning Commission Members

FROM: Jason Boswell, Director of Planning/Zoning

RE:      Regular Meeting, Monday, February 25, 2019

The regular scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission for Monday, February 25, 2019 will NOT be held due to having NO items on the agenda.

            The next scheduled meeting is Monday March 25,2019.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Non-Departmental Budget Meeting on March 20, 2019

The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the inaugural installment of the Corner Gallery’s 2019 exhibition series


The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the inaugural installment of the Corner Gallery’s 2019 exhibition series with the return of Radford, Virginia artist Frank Herzog. Frank is exhibiting a collection of watercolor or acrylic paintings entitled “Reprise”.  

 Frank’s bio reveals, “My interest in art started with pencil drawings as a child to deal with the boredom of the long, cold winter days in eastern Pennsylvania. I migrated to painting when I was in junior high school.  Staring in eighth grade, I began taking elective art classes.   I believe my art teacher noticed some talent and he really encouraged me to dabble in every type of art or craft available in those classes.   But finally, I settled on watercolor painting because the medium just made sense to me. Unlike many of my classmates, I didn't find watercolor unfathomable or difficult.  I'm a "wing it" kind of person and watercolors allowed me to be creative, while being flexible and loose in my compositions! Presently, I think the medium just allows me to be me. My painting career has been and on again, off again magical mystery tour.   I started doing some serious painting while a grad student at New York University.   But after getting married and starting a family and career, I stopped painting for long periods of time.   I would experience periods of intense production followed by years of inactivity, but I always knew I would eventually buckle down and use whatever talent I had.   Since retirement,I have painted continuously for the past 8-10 years and I still think the best is yet to come!”  Frank is not afraid to push the boundaries of his media and employs an innovative glazing technique for his watercolors that eliminates the need for mats and glass in the framing of his works.  The resulting expression is one of a “pop of colors” revealing the depth of composition emanating from his work.  This glazing technique also allows for more affordable price points on his work.

In his artist statement, Frank reveals, “Painting fulfills my desire to be creative and a need to occasionally escape the craziness of the fast-paced and hectic world we live in.   My style varies and both the watercolors and acrylics are expressive, full of vivid colors and painted in layers, which sometimes makes them appear to be another medium.  They can be realistic, impressionistic, and occasionally abstract”.  Frank also reveals, in response to an interview / jury question, “I have not often been asked what drives me to paint, but it’s not complicated.  I paint because I love it, the creativity of it, the solitude of me, my brushes and my paints!   When you view my paintings, I hope you will see and feel the serenity, peacefulness and solitude I try to create.  Finally, let me say that I am a self taught watercolorist. Yes, I have attended classes and seminars and have read books and articles on painting. But, like most artists, my works express feelings that migrate from somewhere deep inside my psyche. I don't think it's something you can be taught, rather the talent and creativity is just there to be expressed.” 

Reprise will be celebrated with an opening reception and art talk by Frank Herzog, to which the public is cordially, invited, on Friday, 22 February from 7 - 9:00 PM, in The Gallery @ Barr Photographics, 152 E. Main Street, Abingdon, Virginia.  Reprisewill hang, and be offered for sale, through 31, March 2019.   The Gallery @ Barr Photographics is housed in the Greenway Trigg Building, located in the heart of Abingdon’s main street historic district.  Please call 276- 628-1486 or visit for further information.           

Photo #1: “Boat Trip”, watercolor by Frank Herzog

Photo #2: “Autumn Country Road”, acrylic by Frank Herzog

February 20, 2019 Work Session Agenda

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Notice of Business License Applications:


          The Town of Abingdon, Virginia Department of Finance has mailed via U. S. Postal Service, first class mail, the annual business license application. This application is required for all new and existing businesses in the Town pursuant to the Town of Abingdon Code Section 18-28.  License Required.  
          THE APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON MARCH 1, 2019 BY 5:00 pm.   Any applications filed after March 1, 2019 may be subject to penalty and interest.  Applications can be mailed to Abingdon Town Hall, Finance Department, P O Box 789, Abingdon, Virginia  24212 or delivered in person to the Town Hall located at 133 West Main Street, Abingdon, VA.
          If you are a business in the Town of Abingdon and have not receive your renewal application, please contact the Finance Department, 276.525.1464, immediately to request an application. 

Work Session Meeting Notice for March 14, 2019

Town Council Meeting Notice for March 4, 2019

Special Called Meeting Notice for February 28, 2019

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

BZA Cancellation Notice for February 12, 2019

Abingdon, Virginia 24210
February 5, 2019


TO:      Board of Zoning Appeals Members

FROM: Jason Boswell, Director of Planning/Zoning

RE:      Regular Meeting, Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The regular scheduled meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals for Tuesday, February 12, 2019 will NOT be held due to having NO items on the agenda.

            The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday March 12, 2019.