BRB wins Enhancement Award, Jenkins named museum curator and other Shenandoah news

Town of Shenandoah Community Enhancement Award for February 2023
Shenandoah Branch Manager Tim Bailey accepts the February 2023 Community Enhancement Award on behalf of Blue Ridge Bank from Shenandoah Mayor Clinton Lucas Jr. at the Feb. 28 council meeting.

~ PVN staff report

SHENANDOAH, Feb. 28 — During its meeting on Tuesday night, the Shenandoah Council announced the February 2023 Community Enhancement Award winner as the Shenandoah Branch of Blue Ridge Bank, 600 S. Third St. Shenandoah Mayor Clinton Lucas Jr. presented the award to Blue Ridge Bank’s Shenandoah Branch Manager Tim Bailey.

Prior to Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the Shenandoah Council held a Town Code Workshop. Town residents are encouraged to come out and share any changes they would like to see in the Town Code at the next workshop planned for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at Town Hall. Budget Workshops will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 28 at Town Hall.

On Tuesday, the Council also promoted Town Clerk Lora Jenkins to become the next Town of Shenandoah Museum Curator, effective March 13 with a starting salary of $35,360. The new museum curator will be eligible for a 5-percent pay increase after a six-month probationary period.

Jenkins replaces Joyce Fluharty, who is retiring after 18 years of employment with the Town of Shenandoah — many of those years as the supervisor of the Shenandoah Computer Center. Fluharty also served as administrative assistant to the Shenandoah Police Department and most recently curator of the Town of Shenandoah Museum and Welcome Center, as well as Shenandoah’s Art and Music Event Coordinator.

Fluharty’s last day with the Town will be Thursday, March 9.

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Town Clerk with a starting salary of $27,040. Applications are available at Town Hall or the Town’s website

In other business at its Feb. 28 meeting, the Shenandoah Council took the following actions:

• Received a letter from the Shenandoah Planning Commission recommending the Town Council review, make any needed corrections, and set a joint public hearing date for the Comprehensive Plan. The joint public hearing will be held in April. A draft of the Comprehensive Plan will be at Town Hall, and will also be on the Town’s website or may be requested by e-mail by contacting Town Clerk Lora Jenkins at Public input is encouraged.

• Accepted the resignation of Sean Wheeler from the Planning Commission, as he no longer lives within Town limits. There are two vacancies on the Planning Commission. Anyone who lives within Town limits who is interested in applying should bring a resume into Town Hall or send a resume to Town Clerk Lora Jenkins at

• Approved the use of the remaining $4,889.13 left of the ARPA first tranche to be used in combination with PACA’s $6,000 grant for a new piece of playground equipment at Big Gem Park. In order to use the grant, the playground equipment must be assembled and set by June 30, 2023.

• Accepted the low bid of $37,190 for a paved ADA trail and parking lots at Big Gem Park. The Town was awarded a reimbursable grant of $43,000 for this project. The paving must be completed by April 2023.

• Heard that with the assistance of Racey Engineering, the Town was one of four localities to receive a grant from VDOT’s Ready, Set, Go Projects. The grant will be used to update intersections, provide a school crossing, and a sidewalk.

• Approved a donation of $100 to the Shenandoah Elementary School PTO for their courtyard rehabilitation project. Donation will be paid from General Fund Donation budgeted line item.

• Approved a donation of $500 to the Page Alliance for Community Action (PACA). Donation will be paid from General Fund Donation budgeted line item.

• Approved SVEC estimate of $50,000 to provide power to the new well site. Payment will be paid from Utility Fund ARPA reimbursement for the new well.

Rescinded the motion for $10,000 of the first tranche of ARPA funds to be used for a Dog Park fence.

• Approved to purchase six rumble strips in the amount of $11,151. Payment will be made from the ARPA first tranche funds.

Shenandoah news briefs taken from notes provided by the Town Clerk.

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