Mayor, DEQ to discuss water treatment plant

EDINBURG – Mayor Dan Harshman said Tuesday that he will meet with the state Department of Environmental Quality today to address some of the wastewater treatment plant’s problems.

“We’re meeting with them as sort of a progress meeting on our e. Coli violations that we had: the steps we’ve taken, what the results have been and what other steps we’re going to try to take to try to continue to be in compliance,” Harshman told Council at its Tuesday meeting. “… We’re approaching that time where we may need to do something different.”

Capt. Wes Dellinger, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Department,  introduced a new police officer assigned to Edinburg, Justin Thompson, a recent academy graduate. Dellinger also gave an update on the Sheriff’s Office’s overall performance in its policing of the town.

“As we’re getting more rooted into the community, I think we’re building those stronger relationships with the town’s citizens and business,” Dellinger said. “They’re starting to become more familiar with us. … I think we’ll continue to move forward in that direction. It helps the officers.”

The mayor also gave an update on the town’s Community Block Development Grant proposal, which intended for facade enhancement within the town. Harshman said the town plans to submit the application for the grant in March. He identified those properties toward which the grant is geared.

“It doesn’t necessarily have to be an existing business,” he said. “It could be a potential income-producing property – it could be a landlord that has a piece of property that right now may be residential but he’s thinking about putting a business in and it will just be for facade improvement.”

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