Shenandoah residents hoping to reduce Town’s trash during Spring Cleanup April 1-12

Town of Shenandoah

SHENANDOAH, March 12 — While there’s nothing against using the “cattle fencing” that one citizen asked about earlier this month, there seems to be a shared concern by many over the unwanted “junk and trash” that consumes some properties within Town limits.

Citizens addressed the Shenandoah Council at its March 12 meeting and asked if anything could “be done to clean up and help make the community better and a safer place to live,” according to the clerk’s meeting notes.

One solution may be the Town of Shenandoah’s two-week Spring Clean-up, which begins on Monday, April 1 and extends through Friday, April 12. Town Manager Charles Jenkins said, “this will benefit citizens who want to dispose of items laying around their property,” according to the clerk’s report.

Another strategy, according to Jenkins, is to update the Town Code — both for ordinances related to trash or junk on private properties, and to update the Town Code as a whole. The Town Manager estimated the cost at $15,000 to $20,000, with a goal of “having all Town ordinances updated as soon as possible.”

According to the clerk’s notes: “Mayor Lucas spoke about a case in court regarding a current resident and issues with items on the property. He added the judge did not see a problem, even after being shown the pictures, and proceeded to throw the case out of court. Mayor Lucas added court costs and attorney fees for this case were around $6,100 in taxpayer money.”

No official motion was made to move forward with the updating of the Town Code.

In other business at its March 12 meeting, the Shenandoah Council took the following actions:

• Unanimously approved payment of $804 to Myers Ford to replace a cooling fan and oil change for the F-150 used by the Wastewater Treatment crew.

• Unanimously approved payment of $650 to Dennis Price for the repair of the backhoe.

• Tabled a decision on an estimate of $2,303.60 to repair an emergency generator.

• Heard about an Easter Egg Hunt from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at the Shenandoah Moose Lodge. Games, refreshments and photos with the Easter Bunny will be available.

• Heard the Town of Shenandoah Museum and Welcome Center will be hosting a Meet the Author, featuring Warren Pence from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Warren Pence is the author of “My River My Stories”.

• Heard the Shenandoah River Chapter DAR will host a free Community Service Program at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 at the Town of Shenandoah Museum and Welcome Center, 507 First St. Mary Ann Stripling is helping people get their “Ducks in a Row” with her many years of professional experience as both a teacher and a counselor. This experience has given Mary Ann the practical skills needed for helping people get their affairs in order, while personal experience has given her an understanding for the importance of leaving your “Ducks in a Row.”

• Mayor and Town Council would like to replace American Flags along Route 340, among other places, in Town. If anyone is interested in sponsoring a flag for $34, contact the Town Office at (540) 652-8164.

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