Council approves 2023 SVFC officers, $82K spent on radio system and other Shenandoah news

Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Department

~ PVN staff report

SHENANDOAH, Jan. 24 — During its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Shenandoah Council unanimously approved the new slate of officers for the Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Department. The elected officers are as follows:

  • President — Gary Taylor
  • Vice President — Billy Foltz
  • Secretary — Heather Greene
  • Treasurer — David Huffman
  • Chaplain — Roy Smith Jr.
  • Chief — Dustin Lucas
  • Assistant Chief — James Williams
  • Captain — Dylan Hensley
  • First Lt. — Zack Wells
  • Second Lt. — Lester Hensley
  • Third Lt. — Lucas Cardin
  • Chief Truck Driver — Gary Taylor
  • EMS Officer — Dustin Lucas
  • Chief Fire Warden — Billy Foltz
  • Wardens — Bobby Comer Sr., Bobby Comer Jr. and Joe Stover

In other business at its Jan. 24 meeting, the Shenandoah Council took the following actions:

• Authorized a $81,690.18 payment to the Page County Treasurer for the new emergency radio system. Payment will be transferred from the General Capital Improvement account. This is a required purchase to allow for better communication by multiple agencies. The new system went live on Jan. 18 and improved coverage countywide from about 60 percent to more than 95 percent.

• Authorized a $6,782.24 payment to Racey Engineering for their professional services thorough Jan. 15, 2023, to include grant writing and schematics needed for a DEQ grant application. Payment will be transferred from the Utility Capital Improvement account to the Utility Fund.

• Authorized $4,572 for the purchase of a 10×16 storage building from Mountain View Sheds to store Shenandoah Beautification Committee decorations. Payment will be taken from ARPA funds.

• Recommend Jennifer Bowling for a five-year term on the Shenandoah Board of Zoning Appeals to the Page County Circuit Court. The term would run from Feb. 23, 2023 through Feb. 23, 2028.

• Received a list of 2022 Accomplishments including Town, infrastructure, and equipment upgrades, parks and recreation news, and a list of events held in Town. It also included that the Town had three new home constructions and 14 new businesses open.

• Heard there is a position open for District 5 on the Page County Economic Development Authority. Councilwoman Denise Cave has stepped down since she was elected to the Shenandoah Town Council. Her term on the Page County EDA ends on Jan. 31, 2025. Those interested in filling the remainder of that term may call Town Hall at (540) 652-8164 and speak with Town Clerk Lora Jenkins, or email to get on a list of potential appointees that will be recommended to District 5 supervisor Jeff Vaughan. The Page County Board of Supervisors appoint EDA members.

• Heard the Town Code Workshop will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Town Hall to discuss updates to the Town Code.

• Agreed the Town’s electronic signboards purchased with CARES Act funds will only be used for emergency messages and Town event messages.

Aaron Cubbage, candidate for sheriff of Page County in 2023, introduced himself to the Mayor and Council and spoke about initiatives he would pursue if elected.

• Received a thank you card from the Shenandoah Lions Club for the Town’s annual donation, and a thank you letter from the Where Angels Play Foundation for the Town’s donation towards the playground in Stanley dedicated to the memory of Stanley Officer Nick Winum.

• Heard the First Responders Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Christ United Methodist Church fellowship hall (211 Central Ave.). RSVPs are due by Wednesday, Feb. 8. First Responders in Shenandoah are invited, as well as a guest. Please RSVP to Billy Foltz (540) 652-6180, Matt Cronin (540) 742-9667, or Chief Paul Davis (540) 652-8193.

• Heard about the next regular joint meeting with officials from Page County, Town of Luray, Town of Shenandoah, and Town of Stanley at 3 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2023 at the Stanley Fire Hall.

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

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