With the new year just around the corner, the staff at The Shepherdstown Chronicle decided to lay out some resolutions for the town.
Define an urban growth boundary. If the town is interested in taking control of growth in the area, they should clearly define an urban growth boundary. And the staff applauds officials in taking steps in the right direction. At the November planning commission meeting, the board invited county officials in to educate them further on urban growth and what it would mean for the town.
Try to secure funding for more parking around town or on campus. According to a November 2010 report from the Shepherdstown Police Department, 286 parking citations were doled out within corporate limits of town. University, local and state officials have tried to get funding to erect a garage on campus but to no avail. The town and the university need to work together to solve the parking problem.
Continue to encourage economic development in the town. According to an article written in last week's edition of The Chronicle, town businesses have seen business go up this season compared to last year's tough times due to the recession. There is a wonderful business association in town that provides guidance and encouragement to veteran and new businesses, and we would like to see more customers going in and out of shops and restaurants along German Street during the year to come.
Determine the future of the recreation areas. With the Shepherdstown Men's Club's lease to Morgan Grove Park ending in 2013 and with a riverfront revitalization effort in the works, it is our hope the town and its citizen will work together to find a way to keep the green areas in town up and running.
Kick off Shepherdstown's 250th birthday in style. Every year, no matter who you are, it seems there is always a resolution on the list that will most definitely be accomplished. We at The Chronicle believe this one is it. With over two dozen volunteers already on board for the effort, we know the town's semiquincentennial celebration will be a year-long extravaganza that will be kicked off right come November 2011.
The staff of the Shepherdstown Chronicle would like to wish its readers a safe and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.