Town discusses vacancies, survey

NEW MARKET – At its monthly council committee meeting Monday, the town discussed three appointments to assorted boards and committees, and also heard an update from Police Chief Chris Rinker.

Vacancies need to be filled on the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Recommendations were made for Darryl Watkins to join the planning commission, Eddie Litten the board of zoning appeals and Calvin Alger the Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Watkins and Litten will be recommended to Town Council for consideration, and Alger’s recommendation will be made to the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors.

In his report, Rinker said the New Market Police Department received 279 day shift calls for service in October, and 228 night shift calls for service for a total of 507 for the month. He said two automated external defibrillators purchased with funds raised by the New Market Rotary will allow police officers to further assist emergency medicine personnel.

“Both AEDs will be placed in patrol vehicles at the beginning of shifts,” Rinker said. “Officers will respond to cardiac emergencies to assist the rescue squad and fire department. Often, officers are the first on the scene to cardiac arrest calls just because we’re out moving around.”

The public safety committee had Jamie Bowman, assistant chief of New Market Fire and Rescue, scheduled Monday to present an update on the goings on within that department, but he did not give that report.

At the town’s economic development committee meeting, Councilman Peter Hughes reported on the status of the economic survey being designed to attract business and consumers to the town.

“We had a rather lengthy meeting two weeks ago,” Hughes said. “We got most of the survey ready to be looked at for one more revision. We hope to make that revision in the next week, maybe two and we hope to put together a plan for distribution.”

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