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Town council talks anniversary, events

By Staff | Jul 15, 2011

The Shepherdstown Town Council met this week and discussed upcoming fundraisers and events as well as Shepherdstown’s forthcoming 250th celebration.

All seven members of the council and a few members of the public were present Tuesday evening for the brief meeting held at Town Hall.

Mayor Jim Auxer also reported on the status of the waste water treatment plant which is due for completion in January and the library project which is currently seeking bids for funding.

Mayor Auxer also announced the town’s plans to repave alleyways around town during the first two weeks of August.

Meredith Wait, chair of the 250th celebration committee, gave a short presentation on its status.

According to Wait, several projects are currently in the works as part of the 250-year commemoration.

“We have so many people who are planning so many things,” she said.

The committee hopes to present a budget to the council next month for approval which will outline many of its plans.

Wait also discussed the promotion of a website that has launched for the project, at www.Shepherdstown250.com and a forthcoming Facebook page.

The council also the heard requests for approval.

The Cystic Fibrosis 5K Run/Walk was approved for Sept. 3, as was the Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers’ Rubber Duck Race fundraiser to be held the same day

The 5K, in its fourth year, will begin at the Shepherdstown Train Station around 6:30 a.m. and end at 11 a.m.

Gary Tucker, who serves on the Good Shepherd Board of Directors, said the duck race is a fundraiser for a new project the organization is starting called “fix-it team.” The “fix-it team” will assist with home repairs and house work at the residences of elderly people around the area.

A zoning request submitted by Devonshire Arms Cafe and Pub was also unanimously approved Tuesday evening and will allow the recently reopened restaurant to serve alcohol.

Councilor David Springer expressed concern about the potential issues managing patrons leaving the pub at night. Mayor Auxer said that the Shepherdstown Police Department has had no problems in the past.

“Patrons at the Carriage House (Devonshire Arms) haven’t been an issue,” he said.

The town council will meet again next month, Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the new Town Hall.