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Town Council discusses glass recycling, repaving local roads

By Staff | Apr 13, 2018

At a brief Town Council meeting Tuesday, the Council heard updates about ongoing projects.

Construction has been completed on the dedicated water line project, which began last November. The line will transport water from the plant to water tanks with no service taps along the way, reducing the number of contaminants in the water. The line has been pressure tested and will be tested for bacteria within the next few weeks before being put into use.

As part of the contract with the company that put in the water line, High Street will be repaved after Shepherd’s semester is over to repair damage from the installation.

The West Virginia Department of Highways had requested bids to repave the four-way stop at German and Duke streets. Jefferson Asphalt will be doing the repaving, and will extend the work to High Street. Frank Welch from the Public Works Department said the milling and paving at German and Duke will take place at night to ensure as little disruption as possible.

The Shepherdstown Centennial Lions Club and the Blue Moon Cafe sponsored Breakfast with the Easter Bunny before the Easter parade to raise money for a water fountain at Shepherdstown Elementary School. That breakfast, along with Breakfast with Santa at Christmas, and other donations, has raised enough money for the purchase of the outdoor water fountain. The Lions Club is now looking into installation work.

Glass recycling pickup is going to be reinstated on April 24 for town residents within corporation limits only. Initially, glass will be picked up the last Tuesday of every month. Information about what kind of glass can be recycled can be found on the town’s website at www.shepherdstown.us/recycling/. Additionally, there will be new receptacles in town for people to deposit recyclables.

Lori Robertson, council member and member of the Path advisery committee, said the project for a multi-use paved path on Route 480 from Shepherdstown Middle School to Morgan’s Grove park is about 30 percent complete. The project has been years in the making and has been reduced to a five foot wide path instead of eight feet.

“But still, we’re thrilled,” said Robertson. “We’re at 30 percent design, which is a pretty big deal for a project. Once you’re at 30 percent design, then you meet again and hash out any other issues, then we go to final design, which means that we actually begin to put it (the plan) into action.”

The path is in the purview of the county, outside the Corporation of Shepherdstown, but the Corporation has footed much of the bill.

“This was a Corporation of Shepherdstown project, even though it’s in the county,” said Mayor Jim Auxer. “The Corporation is glad to take responsibility to improve safety and to improve the use of Morgan’s Grove Park.”