Squad car to serve seniors

The Town of Edinburg will be giving the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging its choice of two vehicles formerly used as town police cars for use with their Meals on Wheels program.

Mayor Ed Harshman said he received a call from the SAAA in June asking about using a vehicle, and the Town Council voted unanimously in favor of a motion to donate one at their meeting on Tuesday. The program provides daily meals to seniors in the area and currently utilizes a small car and large bus for transporting the meals to qualified individuals. According to Harshman, the SAAA sometimes spends over $100 a week on gas for the bus.

The two vehicles up for selection are both Chevy Impalas, one a 2007 model and the other a 2008 model. Both cars have tires in good condition, but the oil sensor light on the 2008 model currently malfunctions even after an inspection. The vehicle not selected for use by the SAAA will be auctioned off along with a town maintenance truck.

The Edinburg Police Department building shifted into a satellite office for the Sheriff’s Department on July 1 after the town council voted to discontinue the police department in May.

Council member Ed Hite said the shift from police department to Sheriff’s Office has caused voluntary positive feedback from residents. He reported an increase in visibility: residents have seen many officers patrolling in cars, walking the streets and even introducing themselves to locals.

Because of recent storms dumping rain in the area, Harshman reported that more than 300,000 gallons of water came through the sewer plant on Monday. In addition, the water treatment plant shut down two filters Tuesday because of high turbidity. The filters remained offline overnight, allowing them to operate at full efficiency in preparation for future storms on the horizon.

“We’re hoping by giving it some time, maybe it’ll settle back down,” Harshman said.

Some residents in Edinburg reported 3.1 inches of rain Monday, and an apartment building in the area was evacuated because of flood waters. The high water also caused the Edinburg town office building to delay in opening on Monday morning.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com