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Future of Elkton’s old town hall remains cloudy

ELKTON — Town staff might not return to the former Civil War hospital most recently used as Elkton’s Town Hall. Mayor Wayne Printz and Troy Shifflett, the town’s public works director, said at last Monday night’s Town Council meeting that the building at 173 W. Spotswood Ave. is in very poor condition. An effort is being made to rid the structure of asbestos and mold. The town moved its operations to the Elkton Area Community Center nine months ago after the first floor of the structure flooded.
The Valley Banner / 05-25-2017

County plans to give recreation building to Elkton

BRIDGEWATER — Rockingham County plans to give a little-used division building to Elkton. The School Board declared the recreation building at Elkton Elementary School as surplus during its meeting Monday at John Wayland Elementary School. Board members Dan Breeden, Lowell Fulk, Charlette McQuilkin, Renee Reed and LaDonna Shiflet voted to declare the building surplus. The building at the intersection of B Street and Ashby Avenue hasn’t been used by Elkton Elementary for 15 years, Rockingham County Public Schools Director of Maintenance Steve Reid said. During that time, the town has used it as a community dance studio.
The Valley Banner / 05-10-2017

Elkton closer to resolving town manager’s position

ELKTON — Town Council on Monday moved a small step closer to resolving a vacancy at the top of its administration. Members of the panel’s public safety, public health and personnel committee were told that nine of 11 applicants the committee has deemed most qualified remain interested in the town manager position, Chairman Harry Armbruster said following the meeting. Those resumes will be reviewed in a closed session at next week’s council work session. The committee planned to resume its review Monday, but Armbruster said it delayed the chore because Councilman Jay Dean was absent from the meeting. Town leaders previously suspended their search for about two months while Dean, a member of the committee, recuperated from a serious illness.
The Valley Banner / 05-03-2017

Council takes first step toward renovating town hall

ELKTON — Town Council voted Monday night to take a first step toward making Town Hall habitable again. By a 4-1 vote, Elkton council members approved spending $21,180 to resolve environmental health issues that forced the town to move its operations to the Elkton Area Community Center last year. Councilman Jay Dean, Councilwoman Margaretta Isom and Councilmen Steve America and Joshua Gooden voted to award the contract to Waco Inc., a Richmond company with an office in Mount Crawford. Councilman Harry Armbruster cast the “no” vote. Councilman Jeff Jones was absent. Troy Shifflett, the town’s public works director, said the building will be healthy to occupy once Waco completes its work, but it might not remain that way.
The Valley Banner / 04-26-2017

Fire and rescue grant funds new firefighting equipment

HARRISONBURG — There’s little room for error in an emergency, and Rockingham County Fire and Rescue is trying to minimize mistakes. The county received 120 self-contained breathing apparatus last week as part of an ongoing effort to standardize equipment. Fire and Rescue Chief Jeremy Holloway said the equipment was paid for through a $747,000 grant from the federal Assistance to Firefighters grants program. It includes a 10 percent local match. Personnel are assembling the 120 pieces of equipment, which are used to provide oxygen to crews during fires, at the East Rockingham Emergency Services station in McGaheysville. Holloway said Timberville and Hose Company No. 4 already had the equipment through the standardization effort, which was expected to take 10 years after it started around three years ago. The grant allows the county to expedite the replacement process and allow departments to use the same equipment, which was recommended in a study conducted by the Virginia Fire Services Board in November 2015. The new SCBAs should be distributed to the remaining stations by the middle of May.
The Valley Banner / 04-19-2017

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