Town Council approves upcoming events
After opening with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Girl Scout Troop 40339, event requests took center stage at Tuesday’s monthly Shepherdstown Town Council meeting.
The council urged residents to mark their calendars for local favorite events. A number of events received approval, including the annual Easter Parade and egg hunt (over 1000 eggs), to be held Wednesday at 11 a.m.; the Eastern Panhandle Pride event on June 16, which will be moving from Morgan Grove Park to King Street in front of Town Hall; the Shepherdstown Farmer’s Market Farm-to-Fork dinner, which will be held July 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.; the annual Rotary Club July 4th parade, to be held at 11 a.m.; and the Good Shepherd Caregivers annual Rubber Duck Race on July 21.
The council held two public hearings as well. One of them was the second reading of an ordinance regarding the purchase, consumption, sale, possession or service of alcoholic beverages and furnishing alcoholic beverages to underage persons as a misdemeanor – the ordinance was thereby adopted into law. This ordinance mirrors state code, but will allow the Shepherdstown Police Department to deal with infractions more easily on a municipal level.
The other reading, with subsequent approval, was to annex three parcels of land containing 8.276 acres to the Corporation of Shepherdstown. The land is identified as parcels 43, 43.1 and 43.2 on Tax Map 8. Annexation was made per the request of the land owner, George Kalathas with a future public event venue in mind.
The anticipation of a return to glass recycling for town residents prompted council members to approve $15,000 for new recycling receptacles to replace the current containers in town. The receptacles will have three compartments for recyclables and should make their appearance within the next few weeks.
There’s no published date as of yet for the start of glass recycling, but council members wish to remind residents that the program is for town residents only. People who live outside Corporation limits won’t be permitted to bring their glass to town to be placed in the bins. However, they can still bring glass to the Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority in Kearneysville.
Shepherd University made a request for $500 for its “Alternative Spring Break” program, which council approved. Last year, several students spent time volunteering in Mingo, Wayne and Logan counties, working on renovations on the abandoned Fort Gay High School and an old factory in Williamson. They also worked at a surface mine that’s being redeveloped into an agricultural venture and at the Courtyard Apartments in Wayne. Students plan to return to southern West Virginia again this year.