Council enters settlement agreement on parcel for well and other news from Shenandoah

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~ PVN staff report

SHENANDOAH, Sept. 13 — The Shenandoah Council last week accepted the Shenandoah Planning Commission’s recommendation to concur with the Zoning/Subdivision Administrator that the acquisition of Well Site Number 1 from the Shenandoah Land and Improvement Company by the Town does not violate the Town’s subdivision ordinance, because the acquisition of the property is not a “subdivision” regulated by that ordinance.

The council followed up by adopting a resolution to approve a settlement agreement with Shenandoah Land and Improvement Company for the purchase of a tract or parcel of land containing approximately 0.270 of an acre, more or less, together with the acquisition of easements from said company, and also to approve the dedication of a well situate in the Town of Shenandoah, Virginia, as part of the municipal water system of the said Town.

In other business at its Sept. 13 meeting, the Shenandoah Council took the following actions:

• Adopted a resolution providing the Enhanced Hazardous Duty Retirement Benefit to full-time Town Law Enforcement Officers, effective January 2023. Also, approved the one-time upfront payment of $253,256 requirement by VRS to fund the Enhanced Hazardous Duty Retirement Benefit followed by a yearly fee to stay in the program. Payment to be transferred from the Utility Water and Sewer Line Replacement Account into the General Fund to make this one-time payment. Shenandoah was the only agency within a 50-mile radius who did not offer this benefit. It will help Shenandoah in Officer retention and recruitment.

• Authorized obligating $253,256 of the second tranche ARPA funds to water and sewer line replacement.

• Approved $575 to repoint the south end wall inside the Town Museum and Welcome Center by Timothy Brown. Payment will be from the ARPA funds already budgeted for The Museum/Welcome Center, which welcomed 88 visitors in August.

• Received a flyer from Breaking Chains Addiction & Recovery, who will be starting a 12-week faith-based program for life controlling substances starting from 7 to 8 p.m Oct. 6, 2022 at Fields United Methodist Church, 412 Third Street. Participants may begin at any session during the 12 weeks. Sessions are open to teens and adults. For more information, e-mail [email protected].

• Received a thank you from Page One for the Town’s donation of $11,700 of the Town’s allocated ARPA funds to Page One for a supplemental food program for needy families, where gift cards may be purchased from a local restaurant.

• Approved the installation of a new soft start controller and surge protective device at the Trenton Street Well by Trumbo Electric in the amount of $9,200. Amount to be transferred from the Utility Fund Capital Improvements checking account to the Utility Fund checking account.

• Heard that the interior of the River Park restroom has been painted, and the ramp to the gazebo will be replaced with either concrete or Trex once prices of the materials can be discussed. The Big Gem restroom interior is scheduled to be painted next.

• Heard residents of Junior Avenue are concerned about the new stop signs being placed on Junior Avenue. The stop signs will create a four-way intersection at Hockman Avenue and Junior Avenue, and J Street and Junior Avenue, which will mitigate excessive speed and number of accidents on Junior Avenue. The Town will have a trial run with the new signs to see if the signs are helpful to the residents living on Junior Avenue.

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, September 24

Discovery Hike 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.,  Big Gem Park, 736 Fourth Street. Join retired Shenandoah National Park Ranger-Naturalist Mara Meisel on the 1-mile loop Clinton Lucas, Jr. Trail to see what flora and fauna are located on the trail. Wear sturdy shoes as the trail is rocky and uneven with an elevation gain of about 100 feet. Bring binoculars, sunscreen, and bug spray. No pets please.

• Join us for our Free Music in the Park Series. Big Gem Park, 736 Fourth Street from 6-8 p.m. Isaac Stroupe will be playing. So Mote It Beef BBQ will have chicken quarters, pork bbq sandwiches, chips, and drinks for sale. Bring your own lawn chair. Call (540) 652-8164 or visit www.townofshenandoah.com

Race Night at Shenandoah Speedway, 301 Precision Road, 6 p.m. LM 75, SP, U-Cars, Leg, Anycar, and Bando.

Monday, September 26

• The Sentara RMH Medical Center’s Mobile Mammography Van will be parked at Mamma Mia’s Italian Restaurant parking lot, 701 South Third Street. Registration is required. To make an appointment, please call Sentara Patient Scheduling at (540) 689-6000.

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