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Notice:

The Corporation of Shepherdstown is seeking letters of interest from persons who would like to serve on the Recycling Task Force.

The purpose of the Task Force is to assist the Corporation of Shepherdstown in transitioning away from the use of Styrofoam containers, plastic bags and plastic straws and replacing those items with recyclable/compostable materials.

To serve on the Task Force, you must reside within the corporate limits of Shepherdstown. Letters of interest will be accepted until Wednesday, October 4, and can be sent to Amy Boyd, Town Clerk, via email, clerk@shepherdstown.us, or hand delivered to Town Hall, 104 North King Street.

09/21/17


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The Corporation of Shepherdstown is seeking letters of interest for persons who would like to serve on the newly appointed Transient Lodging Task Force.

The purpose of the Task Force is to determine if transient lodging would be beneficial to Shepherdstown.  To serve on the Task Force, you must be a homeowner and resident located within the corporate limits of Shepherdstown.

Letters of interest should include your name, address, email and phone number; and should be sent to Amy Boyd, Town Clerk, via email clerk@shepherdstown.us or hand delivered to Town Hall, 104 North King Street.


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On or around Monday, September 18, 2017, the WV Division of Highways will be paving East German Street from Princess Street to the railroad tracks.  Residents with a “residential” parking permit may park in the residential zone on Mill Street or in any residential zone throughout town.    Please contact Kenny Shipley at 304-876-3350 with any questions you may have.

 


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The Shepherdstown Town Council adopted the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) in 2016. The current version of the IPMC is available for reference.  https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/document/code/447/8069116

The Town enforces provisions of the IPMC that governs how the exterior of structures within the Town are maintained as well as general property maintenance considerations such as accumulations of debris or lack of adequate maintenance for landscaping.

The intent of enforcing the IPMC, similar to reasons why the Town requires Project Permits (issued by the Planning Commission)   and Certificates of Appropriateness (issued by the Historic Landmarks Commission) for changes to structures in the Corporation, is to:

  • Preserve the quality of life and rights of Town residents and visitors
  • Protect property values

The Town adheres to the following policies in the enforcement of the IPMC:

  1. 1.     Who can submit a complaint about the condition of properties in Shepherdstown?

Town officials, other property owners, other residents (e.g., renters), and any interested parties. In other words, anyone can request that the Town determine if the IPMC needs to be enforced for any property in the corporate limits.

  1. 2.     How are complaints submitted?

Complaints can be submitted verbally to the Town’s Zoning Officer or via email or written correspondence; there is no specific form required for submitting a complaint. However, complaints should clearly state the issue and the property location.

  1. 3.     Are complaints kept confidential?

Yes, the sources of complaints are not revealed to property owners without the express consent of the person who identified a potential problem.

  1. 4.     What is considered the scope of IPMC enforcement?

Exterior condition of structures, debris in and around a property, landscaping that blocks walkways or obstructs vehicle sight lines at intersections. Interior conditions that involve potential fire hazards due to mechanical / electrical issues or potential health hazards such as mold will be referred to the State Fire Marshall and Jefferson County Health Departments, respectively.

In addition, procedures used by the Town to enforce the IPMC include:

  1. Upon receipt of a complaint, the Town’s Zoning Officer and Code Enforcement Officer will conduct an initial “windshield” inspection to determine if the complaint appears to be valid. If the complaint does not seem justified, the Town informs the person who made the complaint of this decision.
  2. If the complaint appears to have some basis in fact, the Town may transmit an initial notice letter via registered mail to the property owner of record that indicates a complaint has been filed and requests a meeting with property owner (or representative) within two weeks after receipt of the letter. In some cases, at the Town’s discretion for apparent minor complaints, Town officials may contact the property owner directly.
  3. After the issue has been identified, property owners must submit a plan for how issues will be addressed that the Town will approve the plan in writing prior to implementation. No changes can be made to a property that would otherwise require a Project Permit or Certificate of Appropriateness without completing these regulatory processes as well.

For more information, contact the Shepherdstown Zoning Officer at (304) 876-6858 or zoning@shepherdstown.us .


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Press Release

Glass Recycling Update

August 3, 2017 

 

The Corporation of Shepherdstown was dismayed to learn of the discontinuation of glass recycling effective this past spring.  The Corporation, its residents, and businesses pride themselves on helping keep glass out of the solid waste stream, and the discontinuation has caused stress for many dedicated recyclers. We have never stopped pursuing an alternative.

 

The Corporation of Shepherdstown Public Works Department is excited to be partnering with Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority (JCSWA) to develop a new plan to recycle mixed glass.

 

Once the plan is instituted, the residents and businesses of the Corporation of Shepherdstown will be able to recycle mixed glass.  They will not have to separate it by color, but will have to separate it from the rest of the recycling.

 

Recycling is near and dear to our hearts in Shepherdstown, so we will be able to offer glass recycling again in the near future.  Thankfully, we can once again keep glass out of our solid waste stream.  The timeline for instituting mixed-glass recycling pick-up is dependent upon procuring the needed equipment.

 

In the meantime, JCSWA has placed a container at their facility for mixed-glass drop-off located at 332 Jefferson Orchard Road, Kearneysville, WV 25430.  Phone – 304-728-0430.

 

A special thanks goes out to Mayor Auxer, Frank Welch - Public Works Director, Billy Madert – Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority Director, and Carry All Products (CAP Glass) – the company in PA where the glass will be recycled.

 

We are committed to providing recycling services for the Corporation of Shepherdstown/or/ our residents, and thank you for your patience and understanding during this process.

 

 


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Shepherdstown Parking Permit Renewal Notice

 

Shepherdstown’s parking permits (residential, guest, employee) will expire on June 30, 2017.

A grace period of the entire month of July will be given to renew permits. You may renew your

permit(s) at the Shepherdstown Police Department located at 104 North King Street, first floor,

during regular business hours (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Monday through Friday) with the office being closed

from 12 -1 p.m. for lunch. Renewals will not be accepted before July 1. The Police Department will

also be open on Saturdays July 15 and 29 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon to accommodate renewal requests.

Please bring your expired guest and employee hangers with you for recycling by the Shepherdstown

Police Department.

 

The Shepherdstown Police Department request that you bring your vehicle(s) to the Police Department

to have the expired permit removed and the new permit affixed to your windshield. Residents must

present their vehicle registration and driver’s license displaying their physical address.

 

You may review the Parking Handbook on-line here or at the Shepherdstown Police Department. Please contact the Shepherdstown Police Department with any questions you may have.

 

Shepherdstown Police Department


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 Municipal Sales and Use Tax Effective July 1, 2017

 

Effective July 1, 2017 the Corporation of Shepherdstown will begin imposing a local Municipal Sales and Use tax at the rate of 1%. The new effective rate is the State sales tax rate of 6% plus the municipality’s tax rate of 1% for a total tax rate of 7%. This local tax is one of the ordinance changes coming out of our Home Rule initiative, the readings for which were on June 14 and 28, 2016. Martinsburg, Ranson and Charles Town have already implemented a similar tax. The Town will be holding an informational meeting at the Shepherdstown Community Club on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. with a representative from the WV State Tax Department present to answer questions. The Municipal Sales and Use Tax will be imposed on all taxable sales of tangible personal property and services within the corporate limits of the Corporation of Shepherdstown for which your business currently pays a States sales tax of 6%. Businesses will be required to report and remit the Municipal sale and use tax on the same form in which they use to report their Sales tax. • If filing electronically, your business will need to complete Schedule M of the West Virginia Sales and Use Tax Return Form. • If filing hardcopy using Form WV/CST-200CU, your business will need to complete either Part III (Municipal Sales Tax) for Part IV (Municipal Use Tax). In both instances the Municipal taxes is added to the State taxes for a single amount due by your business. The State collects Municipal taxes on behalf of the Corporation of Shepherdstown.

Exemptions

Do not charge local sales tax on sales of taxable items when:

• Your customer gives you a fully completed Certificate of Exemption for state sales tax

• You ship or deliver the items to your customer outside the local area

• You sell direct-to-home satellite (DBS) services.

These services are subject to state sales taxes, but not local sales taxes. (This is a federal preemption from the Telecommunications Act of 1996.) Federal government, state and local agencies often are exempt from State and Municipal sales and use taxes, but in situations where they are exempt, they must claim the exemption by presenting a properly-executed exemption certificate. (See TSD-300 Sales and Use Tax Exemptions). Additional information concerning the West Virginia State Tax Department's Municipal Sales and Use Tax is available on their website at www.wva.state.wv.us/wvtax/. Or by calling their office (Mon – Fri from 8:00am – 5:00pm) at (304) 558-3333 or 1-800-982-8297.

For general questions, you may contact the Shepherdstown Town Clerk, Amy Boyd, at (304) 876-2398.