The citizens of Damascus have an important decision on Nov. 2. This electoral decision will determine the direction and quality of life for many of our residents.
Our community is facing a choice between continued demise of permanent residency and growth. Damascus now has fewer than 800 permanent residents. Our R-1 zone (single family dwelling) has been opened to transient lodging, reducing available residential housing for those wishing to relocate here. The correlation between reduced population and transient lodging is apparent.
Many false and misleading statements are floating around, but contrary to those rumors, existing or approved transient lodging in R-1 zones will continue to operate as usual, as they are grandfathered in and will not be closed, as some rumors and false statements have claimed. A happy medium can certainly be reached if all will work together for our town’s future.
Two candidates are seeking election to the Town Council, Mr. Charles Fields and Mr. Robert Van de Vuurst. Mr. Van de Vuurst has been very active supporting our town. He is presently on the Town Council, served as the chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals, and currently serves on the board of The Stone Mountain Health Clinic in Damascus. He has volunteered on many town committees such as: Town of Damascus Beautification Committee, Farmers Market, Trail Days Auction, Trail Days Town Sales and helping to clear the land for the new dog park. He is an active member of his church and helps with Soup and Something meals every Saturday. He is also a lay minister and serves on the circuit.