Shenandoah holds tax rates heading into FY23 budget and other news around town

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~ PVN staff report, based on notes provided by Town Staff

SHENANDOAH — While the budget process is still waiting on bids, the Shenandoah Council set its tax rates for the upcoming fiscal year during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The council set the tax rate on real estate and mobile homes at $0.31 per $100 of assessed value — no change from the current rate. In addition, council members voted to leave the personal property (vehicles) and the machinery and tools tax rates at $0.40 per $100 of assessed value, which also reflects no change in the current rate.

The council held a budget workshop prior to the regular March 22 meeting to discuss the upcoming 2023 fiscal year, which begins July 1. However, before the council advertises its proposed budget for public hearing, town staff is still waiting on bids for refuse removal.

The town must passed a balanced budget for the new fiscal year by June 30.

In other business at its March 22 meeting, the Shenandoah Council:

• Approved a rebate payment to the Page County Economic Development Authority for $1,506.37 for Tactical Walls LLC and RHB Real Estate LLC, per the terms of the Enterprise Zone Performance Agreement.

• Approved a payment to Racey Engineering in the amount of $1,000 for professional services through Feb. 25. Payment will be from ARPA funds already budgeted for the Railroad Museum/Welcome Center.

• Heard that the First Responders Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the Christ United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 211 Central Ave. RSVPs are due by Wednesday, April 20. 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 that there will be a Shenandoah Garden Workday on March 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 505 Williams Ave. (near Valley Health). The Community Garden is sponsored by Page Alliance for Community Action (PACA). For more information, call Megan Gordon (540) 742-9386 or e-mail [email protected].

• Heard that the JMU Club Rowing will be hosting a Mock Regatta from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 27 at the Shenandoah Landing & River Park, 315 Morrison Rd. For more information, or to express interest in attending, please visit their website at www.jmurowing.com.

• Received the Town of Shenandoah Photo Scavenger Hunt flyer. All photos were taken on public property or at local businesses. Participants may pick up a flyer at Town Hall, the Shenandoah Post Office, or e-mail Town Clerk Lora Jenkins for a flyer at [email protected]. Get the locations of each photo correct and you might win a prize! Turn in the flyer by May 6, 2022 at Town Hall.

• Heard that Christ United Methodist Church will be holding their Easter Egg Hunt for ages 2 through 12 at Big Gem Park at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. This Hunt is free to all, and light refreshments will be handed out. Participants will need to bring their own basket to collect eggs.

• Authorized the replacement of the retaining wall and repair of wall around entry door and office at 507 First St. by William D. Price in the amount of $17,430. Payment will be from the ARPA funds already budgeted for the Railroad Museum/Welcome Center.

• Authorized Racey Engineering to create engineered drawings in order for bids to be placed for a sewer line replacement on Maryland Avenue in the amount of $32,815. Payment will be from the Utility water and sewer line budgeted account.

• After discussing legal matters regarding tax map #102A4-(A)-15, Council accepted terms of agreement and authorized payment in the amount of $11,150 plus taxes. Amount to be paid from reimbursement from ARPA for the new well.

• Heard 12×20 picnic shelter location at River Park has been approved by Council and Nathaniel Brewer’s Eagle Scout project will begin soon. Anyone wanting to donate materials or volunteer to assist with construction may contact Lee Brewer at (540) 908-1055 or [email protected] or contact Monica Brewer at (540) 742-1081 or [email protected].

• Heard that the WigWam playground’s wooden entryway has been removed, and the totem pole has been taken down to repaint. Park benches and ADA picnic tables are needed for WigWam Village, if anyone would like to donate towards a bench or picnic table, please contact Lora Jenkins at Town Hall (540) 652-8164.

• Authorized a new entry sign to be made for the Shenandoah Landing & River Park by Showalter Signs in the amount of $650. Payment will be from Parks Maintenance budgeted line item.

• Heard a new photo op sign will be placed at the River Park near the gazebo soon. The sign was made and donated by Page County artist, Ched Hall.

Highlights from council’s March 8 meeting include:

• Authorized Courtney Nelson and Alana Housden the use of Big Gem Park with a lot on First Street as a backup for a potential Farmers Market. Ms. Nelson and Ms. Housden still need to organize their non-profit business and are looking for a Treasurer. For more information e-email Ms. Nelson at [email protected].

• Received a flyer for the Town of Shenandoah Spring Cleanup April 4-14 except on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays that fall during that span. Call Town Hall (540) 652-8164 to schedule a pickup. Each household is allowed one dump truck load. Items not accepted: tires, brush, paint/chemicals, or remodeling debris.

• Heard the new meter system is 80 percent installed, and Systems Manager Christl McCoy and Public Works Director T. A. Pendlteon are working with United Systems and FMS Software to do test readings with the new system.

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