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To the Shepherdstown Community:

At the September 8 Town Council meeting, the Shepherdstown Town Council unanimously adopted the following motion relating to Halloween/Trick or Treating related activities:

"The Town Council does not endorse any Halloween events and discourages any Halloween related activities including town-wide Trick or Treating and BooFest based upon Covid-19 safety concerns. "

This decision applies within the corporate limits of Shepherdstown.

The Shepherdstown Town Council made the decision to discourage and not endorse Halloween activities very thoughtfully.  This decision regarding one of Shepherdstown’s premier events was difficult but health and safety must be our #1 priority.

 

Mayor Auxer


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Municipal Election:

As a result of Governor Justice's executive order, Shepherdstown's June 2 Municipal Election has been rescheduled to Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

The election is for the positions of Mayor, Recorder and five Town Council Members.  Sample Ballot  

Polling Place/Location:

Shepherdstown Town Hall

104 North King Street

Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Precinct #33

Polling Hours:

6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Voter Registration:

June 30 is the deadline to register to vote in the municipal election.  For more information about registering to vote, contact the Jefferson County Voter Registration Office at 304-728-3246 or go online to http://www.jeffersoncountywv.org/find-it-fast/voter-registration-elections . To be eligible to vote in the municipal election, you must a registered voter residing within the corporate limits of Shepherdstown.  To verify if you reside within the corporate limits, call the Town Clerk at 304-876-2398.

Voting by Absentee Ballot:

July 15 is the deadline for Town Hall to receive all Absentee Ballot Applications  The application must be completed in the applicant's own handwriting (not typed).  See application for complete details.  The application can be mailed to P.O. Box 248, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443, faxed to 304-876-1473, or emailed to clerk@shepherdstown.us .

June 5 - July 16 - Absentee ballots are mailed to voters who submitted an application.

An absentee ballot is considered received in a timely manner:

  • If it is received by mail no later than the close of polls on election day.
  • If postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service with a date on or before the date of the election;
  • If it is received before the beginning of the canvass;
  • If it is not postmarked and received by mail no later than the day after the election; or
  • If it is received by hand delivery to the recorder no later than the day before the election (note: no person may hand-deliver more than two ballots)

Early Voting:

July 8 - 18 - Early Voting takes place at the Shepherdstown Town Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the last two Saturday's (July 11 and 18) before the election from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   A voter does not have to provide a reason for voting during this time.  The voter does not complete an application for early voting in person.

The Voter ID requirements can be found online here: https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/BeReg.aspx

 

 


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With the Governor's announcements of allowing the rollout of the reopening of businesses in West Virginia, the Town and a task force of stakeholders initiated a campaign to set the tone of Respect, Protect and Appreciation for our visitors to wear masks and do social distancing to make our community a safer one. This campaign includes a Town Resolution, a series of posters to be placed prominently around town and a social media marketing campaign to be implemented by the Shepherdstown Visitors Center.

Resolution

Police Department Guidance

Town Posters


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As a result of Governor Justice's executive order, Shepherdstown's June 2 Municipal Election has been rescheduled to Tuesday, July 21, 2020.  Applications for absentee ballots will be mailed to all registered voters or you can click here to get your application now.  The application must be completed in the applicant's own handwriting (not typed).  See application for complete details.  The application can be mailed to P.O. Box 248, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443, faxed to 304-876-1473, or emailed to clerk@shepherdstown.us . The deadline to return the application is July 15, 2020.  Voters who request an absentee ballot will have them mailed to them beginning June 5.   Contact Amy L. Boyd, Town Clerk, at 304-876-2398 for further information.


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Everyone, please continue to wear your mask and follow the recommended health guidelines of sanitizing, not touching your face, and maintaining physical distancing as we adhere to these safety rules we are protecting our neighbors, families, parents, friends, workers, and helping ensure our businesses remain open. Also, thanks to all the volunteers, nonprofits, the Town’s dedicated employees, and the Jefferson County’s hardworking Health Department. We are grateful to you all, for serving the Shepherdstown Community that we love.

 

Thank you,

Mayor


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As a new member of Town Council and the Public Works Committee, I am excited to begin serving Shepherdstown with a focus on recycling efforts and sustainable action. I serve as Chair of the Recycling Committee and look forward to working with the Public Works Committee to increase public awareness of issues related to recycling. It has come to our attention that many non-residents are illegally dumping glass in the Town recycling receptacles. Although we appreciate your efforts to recycle, this illegal dumping increases Town costs and employee efforts to properly dispose of the same. Please help spread the word that the glass recycling receptacles in Town are for residents and single-use dumping only. Glass recycling for County residetns is offered at the Jefferson County Transfer Station, located at 332 Jefferson Orchards Road, in Kearneysville (http://www.jcswa.com/Recycling/page1.html). If this practice continues, the Town will have no choice but to issue citations. I will work with Town entities in an effort to help resolve this and other pressing issues. You can reach me at chris.stroech@shepherdstown.us with any questions or concerns. Thank you.


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As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, meter parking enforcement was discontinued in March 2020 to accommodate Shepherdstown’s businesses and residents. Meter parking enforcement will resume on August 17, 2020, and citations will be issued for meter violations. Meters will be enforced from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with free meter parking on weekends and holidays.  Residential parking will be enforced twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week as normal.  The free parking zones on East German St, South Church St, West New St, and South King St will be Open 90 Minute parking. For questions and additional information call the Shepherdstown Police Department – 304 876 6036.


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Early Voting:

July 8 - 18 - Early Voting takes place at the Shepherdstown Town Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and the last two Saturday's before the election (July 11 and 18) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   A voter does not have to provide a reason for voting during this time.  The voter does not complete an application for early voting in person.

The Voter ID requirements can be found online here: https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/BeReg.aspx


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Shepherdstown’s parking permits (residential, guest, employee) will expire on June 30, 2020.

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 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 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 Saturday, July 11 and 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30

p.m. 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.

 

Click here to review the Parking Handbook. Please contact the Shepherdstown Police Department with any questions you may

have.

 

Shepherdstown Police Department


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The Shepherdstown Community has voiced concerns regarding the Jefferson County Development Authority.  Please give this survey serious consideration and complete in a timely manner.  Be safe.  Jim Auxer, Mayor

 

Greetings, Shepherdstown!

The Jefferson County Development Authority (JCDA) needs your input and suggestions for its new five-year strategic plan. This is a great opportunity to help ensure that the county’s efforts to strengthen our local economy will align with the community’s vision and needs.

Please take a few moments today to share your suggestions via a brief online survey here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCDASurvey  The survey form includes a few questions plus space where you can provide your ideas. The survey takes about 5-8 minutes to complete.  Please submit the survey by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020.   Feel free to share the survey link with colleagues, family, and friends.

If you have other suggestions or questions about the JCDA or this strategic planning work, please reach out to James Gatz, Shepherdstown Representative, JCDA Board of Directors at JamesGatz.JCDA@gmail.com