Personnel, survey discussion on tap at New Market meetings

An update from Jamie Bowman of New Market Fire and Rescue will be presented at Monday’s public safety committee meeting as well as an update from Councilman Peter Hughes regarding the status of the economic development committee’s citizen survey.

Bowman, the department’s assistant chief, made his case to members of council at last month’s public safety committee meeting that a volunteer should be appointed to the position of New Market fire chief, which Tim Williams, recently appointed chief for Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue, is serving as on an interim basis.

Mike Ritchie, town manager for New Market said that he anticipates Bowman’s report to be “an update on the activities of the fire department.”

Ritchie also said that there are no items relating to the town’s fire chief position on the Town Council meeting agenda for later in the month, but that it “could change.”

At the town’s economic development committee on Monday evening (committee meetings begin at 6:30 and run consecutively), Hughes will present the survey update. The survey is designed to determine a variety of factors relating to business in the town.

“Peter will bring everyone up to date on where we stand with that and develop a plan to move further toward  distributing the final version,” Ritchie said. “We did have a work session on Oct. 17 prior to the council meeting and we received input on what would go into the survey questions and I met with Peter and some other staff since then and we’ve fine-tuned it a little bit further.”

Three considerations for appointment are also slated to take place at the committee meetings – Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board appointments will all be discussed.

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