Council discusses event parking, personnel matters

NEW MARKET – The town’s finance and personnel committee on Monday discussed parking and merchant fees for the town’s Tis the Season holiday event on Dec. 3. Kelli Penstock, representing the New Market Chamber of Commerce, asked for the use of the town’s parking lot for vendor space.

Councilman Tim Palmer asked if there was any possibility of using SunTrust Bank’s parking lot as the primary land for the merchants, explaining that Councilwoman Peggy Harkness suggested the issue be discussed at Town Council’s meeting. Councilman Peter Hughes made such a motion and it was carried.

Town Manager Mike Ritchie also explained that due to Angela Clem’s acceptance of the position of town manager for the Town of Woodstock, she has resigned as a member of New Market’s planning commission and her position on the Board of Zoning Appeals.

“Both of those openings are being posted on our website,” he said. “We will, next month, hopefully be bringing candidates back over for appointment.”

He went on to explain another personnel matter.

“The Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board – the town appoints a representative to that board as well,” Ritchie said. “That has been Larry Smith who, as most of you know, has relocated. … Council will make a recommendation to the county Board of Supervisors, so we’re also looking for candidates to fill that spot.”

Ritchie also explained that a street sweeping company sometimes used by the town has decided to get out of that business and suggested that council consider discussing the viability of purchasing his street sweeper truck.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com.