Council seeks citizen for planning commission, hires Town Clerk and other Shenandoah news

Town of Shenandoah

~ PVN staff report

SHENANDOAH, April 11 — During its meeting on Tuesday night, the Shenandoah Council received a notice from Storm Hammer that he will resign from the town planning commission.

Hammer stated that the reason for his resignation at this time was due to work schedule conflicts.

The Town of Shenandoah is currently seeking citizens willing to serve on the planning commission to fill the vacancy left by Hammer.

Those interested in a position on the Shenandoah Planning Commission should contact Town Clerk Lora Jenkins at (540) 652-8773 or email for more information.

In other business at its April 11 meeting, the Shenandoah Council took the following actions:

• Held a Town Code Workshop prior to the regular council meeting, with the next one scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 at Town Hall.

• Held a public hearing that drew no speakers on the FY24 budget prior to the regular council meeting. Council plans to adopt next year’s spending plan at its April 25 meeting. The new fiscal year starts July 1.

• Unanimously voted to hire Tonya Southers as Town Clerk at a starting salary of $13 per hour, plus full benefits.

• Heard that Pettit Paving has dug out the entire length of the ADA trail being installed at Big Gem Park. The local company will be working this week on the parking area and an ADA path to the picnic shelter.

• Received a proposal from the Daughter of the Stars Farmer’s Market Board of Directors for funding to support the creation of a paid Farmer’s Market Manager position for 2023. No action was taken at this time.

• Received a report covering March 2023 for the Town of Shenandoah Museum and Welcome Center, noting 134 visitors, the launch of the high-definition livestream of the railyard on March 31, and efforts to create a children’s room. To view the livestream go to or go to the Town’s website at (select “visitors” from the primary navigation and then
“live railyard camera” from the dropdown menu).

• Decided to begin nominating individuals for Community Service Awards in addition to the commercial and residential nominations for Community Enhancement Awards. Individuals receiving the Community Enhancement Award will be given a certificate and a $50 gift card from a local business.

• Agreed that in the event the mayor and vice mayor are absent from a meeting, Councilman Michael Lowe will preside over the meeting.

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

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