Councilman Jenkins’ last meeting, museum to get model train display and other Shenandoah news

Charlie Jenkins

~ PVN staff report

SHENANDOAH, Dec. 13 — Councilman Charles Jenkins received special recognition at the December meeting of the Shenandoah Town Council. It would be Jenkins’ last meeting as a councilman, after 22 years in the role that he often embraced with enthusiasm by taking an active role in the activities of the Town. Mayor Clinton Lucas presented Jenkins with a plaque to mark his more than two decades of dedicated public service. The final four-year term for Councilman Jenkins ends on Dec. 31.

The Town of Shenandoah Museum and Welcome Center was also a topic of discussion at the council’s Dec. 13 meeting. An estate in Roanoke has offered to loan the museum a model train display custom built for the former N&W office in Roanoke, as long as it is displayed. A trip to Roanoke is being planned by members of council and Town Manager Juanita Roudabush to take a look at the display.

Council also received a report stating that the museum received 161 visitors in October, and 55 in November. Over the two-month period, donations totaled $188.39, while 31 ornaments and three greeting cards were sold, and 296 photos were printed. Two seminars in October drew 58 people, with 26 attending the first on the Shenandoah National Park Oct. 22, and 32 attending the Oct. 29 seminar on the Flood of 1870.

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

• Accepted the Shenandoah Planning Commission’s recommendation and approved a request to consolidate two lots into one lot at 201 Pennsylvania Ave./420 Second St., identified by Tax Map numbers: 102A3-(1)-E lot 9 and 102A3-(1)-E lot 10, submitted by the Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Co Inc.

• Received three thank you letters, including one from the American Macular Degeneration Foundation for the Town’s donation in memory of Clyde Sours Jr.; one from the family of Clyde Sours Jr. for the Town’s donation to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation in his memory; and one from the Luray Volunteer Rescue Squad for the Town’s donation in memory of Luray’s former Mayor Barry Allan Presgraves.

• Received a letter from Comcast informing customers of Xfinity service about pricing increases effective December 20, 2022.

• Discussed that there have been recent requests for assistance with high water bills due to leaks or sewer repairs, but Council noted unfortunately, the Town cannot help due to policy and grant/loan requirements.

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



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