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August 27, 2019

Message from Mayor Auxer : The East New Street Infrastructure Project has been successfully completed. The project included replacement of decades of old cast iron water lines and broken sewer lines. Service was restored to a nearby fire hydrant. A concrete culvert over Town Run was constructed to replace the collapsed loose stone structure that existed. Thanks to the neighbors on New Street for their patience and to all who may have been inconvenienced. These infrastructure projects are important to our goal of coming together for the common good.

Monday, July 1 - 11:14 a.m. - Beginning on Tuesday, July 2 at 8:00 a.m. to noon, residents on the 100 block of East New Street will experience a water service interruption. Residents in and around this area may experience cloudy water. Please run your water until it clears. For further information, please contact the Shepherdstown Water Plant at 304-876-2394.

Friday, May 31 - 10:55 a.m. - The water line has been repaired.

Friday, May 31, 8:15 a.m. - Due to the construction on East New Street, a small water service line was hit causing a water service interruption for the following areas:  New Street between King and Princess Streets and Princess Street between German and New Streets.  The Public Works Department is currently working to fix the break and expect to have it repaired by 10:00 a.m. today. 

Notice of East New Street Improvement Project (100 Block)

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The Corporation of Shepherdstown is accepting resumes for a Shepherdstown representative to fill an unexpired term on the Jefferson County Development Authority Board of Directors.  The term expires April 5, 2020.  To be eligible for appointment, candidates must reside within the corporate limits of Shepherdstown.  Resumes will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 2.  Resumes can be emailed to Amy Boyd, Town Clerk, at, sent via USPS or hand delivered to Shepherdstown Town Hall, 104 North King Street.    For further information, please call Amy Boyd at 304-876-2398.

The By-Laws of the Jefferson County Development Authority, Section 2. Appointment of Members, provide that the Jefferson County Commission shall appoint one member to represent the County Commission on the Authority board and, for each municipality located within the county, the
County Commission shall appoint one member to represent the municipality. The city and town Council of each municipality located within the county shall submit to the County Commission the  names of three persons, one of whom the County Commission shall appoint to be the municipality’s representative on the board. Other members of the board shall be appointed by the County Commission and shall include representatives of business, education, industry and labor. Other persons, firms, unincorporated associations, and corporations, who reside, maintain offices, or have economic interests, as the case may be, in Jefferson County, shall be eligible to participate in and to request the County Commission to appoint members to the Authority. Members can also be drawn from citizens of a county contiguous to Jefferson
County regardless of their state of residence. (W.Va. Code § 7-12-3 and § 7-12-4)

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Snow Removal Policy

The Corporation of Shepherdstown would like to remind property owners and renters of its policy regarding snow removal on sidewalks.

Section 11-407 Prohibited accumulation of snow, ice and debris on sidewalks and removal thereof by town at expense of property owners provides that…..

No person shall permit the accumulation of snow or ice upon the sidewalk adjacent to any property owned or occupied by him/her within the town, but shall remove the same within a reasonable time not later than 9:00 a.m.,  and 4:00 p.m.,  each day that snow or ice accumulates thereon.


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Notice of Public Forum:

Please be advised that the Shepherdstown Recycling Task Force will host a public forum on December 4, at 6:30pm, at the Shepherdstown Town Hall.

The purpose of this public forum will be to gather information from businesses and residents on the possible prohibition of the commercial use of styrofoam, plastic bags and straws.

Attendees who wish to speak will need to sign in before the forum begins and will have three (3) minutes to share their comments.

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To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Shepherdstown has closed its parks to all high congestion traffic and use areas such as playgrounds, basketball courts and pavilions.  Please enjoy the other open spaces in the parks with enacted and recommended guidelines.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Shepherdstown will hold its meetings online via Zoom.  Every effort will be made for public access to the meetings.  Thank you for your cooperation as we move forward in this trying time.  Meeting information regarding scheduling will be provided on the Town's website and Facebook page.  Information regarding the COVID-19 can also be found on the Town's website and Facebook page.  If you are unable to locate needed information, please contact Town Hall at 30-876-2312.  The Shepherdstown community often comes together for the common good.  Now we must separate for the common good.  We must do our part to help flatten the curve.  Mayor Jim Auxer

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."  -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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April 3, 2020

To the residents and businesses of the Shepherdstown community:


This morning the Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) announced its decision to reschedule its July festival. They will produce the entire repertory of six new American plays in talk theater events in July of 2021.


We support this difficult decision but given the uncertainty of the times, CATF really had no other choice.


We must all support one another as we have been doing. When states start lifting their stay-in-place policies, stores and restaurants will open up and people will start feeling confident enough to travel. I am sure that we will once again see bustling streets in downtown Shepherdstown. Perhaps not as busy this July, as is usual, but then we have a whole year to help promote CATF’s 30th season in 2021.



Mayor Jim Auxer

See announcement

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Message from Mayor Auxer

Thanks to the Shepherdstown Community for putting its best foot forward by presenting a positive and unified approach toward controlling the spread of COVID-19. Also, a sincere thanks to our volunteer organizations, first responders and medical personnel that have reached out to individuals, families and groups requiring various types of assistance. These efforts are necessary and appreciated as we move toward a successful outcome. Please follow all recommended practices to stop the spread of this virus. Thanks to all of US. BE WELL!

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In accordance with Governor Justice's Executive Order 9-20, playground equipment at all parks owned by the Corporation of Shepherdstown will be closed until further notice.  The parks will remain open, however, the playground equipment is not to be used.  Please remember to practice social distancing while at the parks.    Click here for park locations.  Notice:  Morgan's Grove Park is not owned by the Town and is regulated by the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Message from the Mayor

I am grateful to the Shepherdstown Community and Shepherd University for coming together for the common good.  The Shepherdstown government is making effort to provide up to date information about the Coronavirus 2019.  We all have a responsibility to remain calm and strong as we endeavor to push successfully through this crisis.

Eat well, stay hydrated, exercise and commit to social distancing and handwashing.  Check on your neighbors, support our local businesses and cooperate with local health and law enforcement personnel in their efforts to deal with this health crisis.  Please visit our website to avail yourselves of Shepherdstown’s efforts to assist the Community in coping with the COVID-19 crisis. Please remember, we cannot give ourselves a better past but can give ourselves a better future.