Town updates Rebel Park project, announces new marketing director

NEW MARKET – Town Council committees met Monday evening to address a personnel matter, provide an update on field light repair at Rebel Park and bestow a gift to the Rouss Center for the Arts.
The finance and personnel committee recommended to the council that Tom Brower join New Market’s board of zoning appeals. If council votes to appoint Brower, a recommendation will be brought before the Shenandoah County Circuit Court for final approval.

The town’s planning and zoning administrator position remains vacant following Chad Neese’s departure. Applications are being accepted through March 17.

Town manager Mike Ritchie said Amber Denison has been hired as events and marketing director, replacing Brittany Clem. Denison will begin work on March 13.

Ritchie also announced significant savings for the replacement of several broken lights at Rebel Park. The Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative will be donating equipment and labor for the project and will provide new lights at a discounted rate.

“Shenandoah Valley Electric Coop really stepped up and agreed to donate some services,” Ritchie said. “They’ve donated the use of (a bucket truck) as well as the labor and they are selling the Rebels the lights at their cost. I don’t know what the final tally is going to be but I feel very confident that the total cost of the project will be less than $2,000 which is about a quarter of what we thought it would possibly be.”

Also, representatives from the Rouss Center for the Arts were given a $1,000 gift from the town, previously earmarked for use of the Schulz Theatre, which has since relocated.

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