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Elkton plans to take over operation of wastewater facility
ELKTON – Although the lion’s share of last week’s council meeting dealt with the sale of the former Kite properties, a changeover at the town’s wastewater treatment plant was announced. Mayor Wayne Printz said the town plans to take over maintenance of the wastewater treatment plant at 15917 Old Spotswood Trail at a savings of “up to $100,000 a year.” A contract between Inboden Environmental Services, Inc. and the town expires Sept. 9. The town plans to take over operation of the wastewater treatment plant on Sept. 10, Town Manager Kevin Whitfield said. He projects that the town will operate the facility at a savings of $60,000 to $120,000 a year. Over the past three years, the town contracted with Inboden at a cost of $240,000 to $270,000 per year.
The Valley Banner / 08-28-2015
Elkton Council approves sale of Kite property, mansion
ELKTON – Council approved a current California and former Elkton resident’s $2.5 million proposal to buy 189 acres of former Kite property Monday night by a 5-1 vote. Pham Chopra was not at the meeting, but his statement was read by Councilman Harry Armbruster detailing some of his ideas for the property that is located next to U.S. 33 on the eastern edge of town and on Mount Pleasant Road on the northeast side of town. The town purchased the properties in question from Mary Elizabeth Kite and Dr. Joseph Hiram Kite for a combined $1.76 million in 2002 and 2006. Their current assessed value is $1.59 million. More than 30 people were in attendance at the meeting and 10 spoke during public comment.
The Valley Banner / 08-19-2015
Elkton Council looks at potential sale of Kite property, mansion
ELKTON – Town Council heard public comment from only two people last week about the potential sale of a portion of two former Kite properties, including the Kite Mansion, but otherwise took no action during the meeting that left a number of the 19 people in the audience scratching their heads. A potential deal is in the works with former Elkton resident Pham Chopra for the sale of 189 acres on the eastern edge of town. No details of the prospective deal were disclosed at the meeting, but afterwards a source familiar with the negotiations said the offer is for $2.5 million. Nearly 19 acres of the total includes the Kite Mansion and adjacent farmland located between the 11-room home and Elkton Middle School north of U.S. 33. The remaining 180 acres is north of Mount Pleasant Road. The town purchased the properties, which were formerly owned by Mary Elizabeth Kite and Dr. Joseph Hiram Kite, more than 10 years ago. The Kite Mansion was acquired in 2002, according to the town website.
The Valley Banner / 08-10-2015
Grottoes’ lawn party starts Wednesday
GROTTOES – It’s lawn party time again in Grottoes. The Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department’s annual lawn party and Summer Bash Raffle begins Wednesday, July 29, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 1. The event, which is held at Mountain View Park, 1100 20th St., is the department’s main fundraiser. Famous Lawn Party chicken will be sold beginning at 4 p.m. nightly. The Fireman’s Parade is featured Friday at 7 p.m. It starts at the intersection of Forest Avenue and 6th Street and culminates at Mountain View Park.
The Valley Banner / 07-29-2015
Fire Company’s expansion will add 3,500 more square feet
MCGAHEYSVILLE – Preparing for the next 50 years. That’s what McGaheysville Volunteer Fire Company is doing. The fire company recently started an expansion of its facility at Stover Drive and U.S. 33. “Our call volume is getting closer to needing 24-hour coverage,” fire company President Darwin Rhodes said. “We’re trying to prepare for the next 50 years.” The fire company celebrated its 50th anniversary at its annual lawn party last week. Fire Chief Todd Breeden, who has been in his position for eight years, said calls for service have been going up approximately 5 percent each year for the past five years.
The Valley Banner / 07-29-2015