Persons wishing to comment can do so at the January 12, 2021 Town Council Meeting via the Zoom link provided above. Written comments can be sent to Mayor Jim Auxer at email@example.com and must be received by 6:15 p.m. January 12, 2021.
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.
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
Shepherdstown Town Hall
104 North King Street
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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)
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
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.
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 email@example.com . 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.
Notice of Vacancy
The Corporation of Shepherdstown is accepting applications for the position of Laborer I. Duties include, but are not limited to, general labor duties, such as garbage collection, mowing, street cleanup, assisting Water and Sanitary Departments as assigned, which could include regular lifting of 30lbs. High school diploma or equivalent is required. CDL license is required. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience. A physical examination and other pre-employment screenings, including a background check, are required. Applications may be obtained at Town Hall between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday or downloaded by clicking on the link below. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Corporation of Shepherdstown is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about the position, please contact Frank Welch, Public Works Director, at 304-876-3322.
Shepherdstown will not promote TRICK or TREAT in 2021. German Street will not be closed to vehicular traffic. Those individuals who desire to participate in trick or treat are requested to follow social distancing practices. The Shepherdstown Police Department will provide additional coverage between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 31, 2021. Please be kind and patient during this time. Safety for all is our primary goal.
Mayor Jim Auxer
Update: 09/14/21 2:47 p.m.
The water leak has been repaired. If you experience cloudy water, please run the water until it clears and report it to the Water Plant. Thank you for your patience.
A water leak has been discovered on Rt. 45 in the area of the new Sheetz construction site (across from McDonald's). Crews are working to repair the leak. Customers in this area may experience an interruption in water service. Updates will be provided as they are received. Please call the Shepherdstown Water Plant at 304-876-2394 with questions or concerns.
Shepherdstown's parking permits (residential, tenant, employee, and nonprofit) will expire on August 31, 2021. The entire month of September will be given to renew permits. Permit renewal may be done in person at the Police Department during the hours of 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. (office closed from 12-1 p.m. for lunch) or by mailing in your application. The Police Department will also be open on Saturday, September 11 and September 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to accommodate renewal requests.
If you have not received an application for renewal, please stop by the office or give us a call so that we may hand-deliver a form.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the renewal process, please call our office at 304-876-6036.
Shepherdstown Police Department
“The First Wealth is Health” - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The Shepherdstown Community prides itself on coming together for the common good. The Covid-19 crisis has renewed its attack upon us. Therefore, it seems imperative that we make effort to thwart this foe. Please vaccinate, if you have not vaccinated, wear a mask indoors. If as Emerson proclaims wealth is health, let us enrich our community through vaccination and mask wearing. We are Shepherdstown.
Mayor Jim Auxer
Effective Thursday, August 12 at 8am
SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY WILL
REQUIRE ALL PERSONS, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS,
TO WEAR A MASK WHILE INDOORS.
AT THIS TIME, MASKS ARE NOT REQUIRED OUTSIDE.
The pandemic continues to evolve. The numbers in Jefferson County and surrounding areas are increasing. We continue to listen to our faculty, staff, and students, while also taking into consideration, with frustration, the mixed messages from the state capital. We will do what is needed to provide exactly what we have promised our students – a safe, face-to-face, in-person class experience. Equally as important, we will do what we need to do for you, our staff and faculty, to feel safe when you come to work each day.
- If you have been fully vaccinated, you will have the option of wearing a mask OR teaching behind a clear screen. Your vaccination allows you this choice.
- If you have already posted your syllabi, these new updates can be addressed during your first meeting with your students. Students will be notified separately and repeatedly about the mask mandate well ahead of the first day of classes.
- Names of students who do not comply with the mask requirement should be sent to Jake Mellow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Faculty can – and should – enforce the mask policy when meeting with students or other employees in their private offices.
- If your office provides customer service, you will need to keep your mask on, even if there is a protective screen in your area.
- Supervisors should hold staff accountable for following the mask mandate, using regular progressive discipline strategies. This is a matter of policy compliance and workplace safety. Compliance with this policy is important for the welfare of the University.
- Staff can and should enforce the mask policy when meeting with students or other employees in their private offices
The requirement to wear a mask while indoors is subject to the following criteria:
- Not required while working alone in a closed office assigned to that employee for work and occupied solely by that employee at the time;
- Not required while working in a laboratory or other setting in which alternative facial protective equipment, which covers the nose and mouth, is utilized;
- Not required for employees or students who are assigned to live on campus, while inside their individual living quarters;
- Not required while in a single-occupancy restroom;
- Not required while eating in a room designated for eating meals and while maintaining reasonable distances from other persons who are also actively eating.
- Not required while exercising outdoors. When exercising at The Wellness Center, please refer to posted signage with their policies for each area of the facility.
- What about eating in our campus dining facilities? Wear your mask at all times except while you are eating.
- How will this requirement be enforced? Students’ names will be sent to the Office of Student Conduct at which time, the coordinator will follow policy for non-compliance. Staff or faculty who are in non-compliance will be addressed by their immediate supervisor, which could lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
- Will students be required to wear masks in the residence halls? Yes, except when in their private room.
- Do I need to wear a mask while exercising at The Wellness Center? The Wellness Center will provide masking requirements specific to their facility and the type of exercise being performed.
- What policies are in place for those who are unvaccinated?
o Those who are not vaccinated will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test not older than 72 hours prior to the first day of class. Please watch for more information about how to register your test results.
o Participate in surveillance testing
o Quarantine if in contact with someone who is COVID positive. Please refer to the temporary HR policy as to how leave must be tracked in the event of required quarantine, isolation, or medical appointments.
As the pandemic continues to evolve, so shall we. Shepherd University will base our decisions on facts to provide a safe environment for you — and our entire campus community.
Holly Morgan Frye
Vice President for Student Affairs and
Director of Community Relations
Chair of Campus Health Task Force
Public input is very important to the Shepherdstown Parks and Recreation Committee. In order to ascertain the community's needs and satisfaction with facilities and services offered, please complete the following brief survey by midnight, July 31, 2021.
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On Tuesday, July 20th at 6:00 P.M., Dr. Keith Alexander, Associate Professor of History at Shepherd University in conjunction with the Shepherdstown Historic Landmarks Commission, will present “The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation Projects: Underlying Principles and Overview.” The discussion, part of the training for Shepherdstown’s continued status as a Certified Local Government, will be free and open to the public, and will take place on the 2nd floor of the Shepherdstown Community Club (War Memorial Building). Beginning with an overview of key developments in historic preservation thought, the talk will then consider each of the Secretary of the Interior’s Ten Standards for Rehabilitation in more detail, including examples of acceptable and unacceptable practices. The talk is intended for anyone who wants to find out more about the role of the HLC and the principles underlying its work.
On Wednesday, July 14 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. water service may be interrupted in the areas of Rt. 45 from Crossroads Church to 7-11. This interruption is due to the continued fire hydrant repairs. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Shepherdstown Water Plant at 304-702-2904.