Council discusses paving, grant to help at old town dump

The Valley Banner

ELKTON — Town council members heard about paving plans and a grant to remedy the old town dump at Monday’s council work session.

Public Works Director Troy Shifflett said the town plans to pave five streets this year, including all of Lee Avenue and portions of Terrace and Clark avenues and West Washington and North streets.

The town received three bids for the project, with the low bid of $100,532 coming from Smith Paving, Shifflett said.

The town will be able to use Virginia Department of Transportation funds for the project, but may also use some $50,000 from town funds to pave a parking area on Terrace Avenue.

Councilman Jay “Tony” Dean asked where the town funds would come from.

Mayor Wayne Printz said the funds are not included in the Fiscal 2017 budget, and added that they would have to come from the town’s savings account.

Shifflett said a paving contract would likely be voted on at Monday’s council meeting.

Grant approved
The town’s grant writer, Allison Morris, told council that the town was approved for a $65,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

After the meeting, Shifflett said the grant would go toward fixing a portion of the old town dump that is leaching into the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. A portion of the dump was remedied in the 1990s, Shifflett has said.

Odds and ends
In other news, Shifflett said Woods Excavating of Elkton is scheduled to begin digging in preparation for installation of new clarifiers at the town’s wastewater treatment plant this week.

The clarifiers, or sediment ponds, will be installed to remove sediment and other debris from wastewater before it is released into the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

Printz proposed spending some $3,000 to have a pool party as a town employee appreciation day since town employees did not receive a pay raise in the Fiscal 2017 budget.

Councilmembers Dean, Margaretta Isom and Joshua Gooden didn’t support the idea. Other council members discussed surveying town employees to see how many would attend such an event.

Jeff Jones suggested using $3,000 to buy town employees gift cards instead.

Printz said that he and Shifflett have discussed opening some public campsites in town.

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