WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with Shentel on Tuesday night to expand broadband internet services in the county.

The total cost of the project is $32,909,897. Shentel will provide $17,030,872 toward the project. A grant totaling $12,176,662 was also awarded to Shenandoah County by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, but a condition of the grant was that the county contributes $3,702,363 toward the project. The contribution by the county will come from federal American Rescue Plan Act funds.

The board also approved the following reappointments in the county:

Suzanne Montgomery will serve a four-year term on the Shenandoah County Library Board of Trustees.

Jenna French and Chris Kyle will serve two-year terms on the Shenandoah Valley Partnership.

Jim Fitzsimmons will serve a four-year term on the Shenandoah Department of Social Services Administrative Board.

Randy Phillips, Joe Proctor, Dan Harshman, and Jennifer Hentzen will serve three-year terms on the Shenandoah County Tourism Council.

Joe Lehnen will serve a four-year term on the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission.

All of the following reappointments will start July 1 and end June 30 on the year that their terms expire. However, there is the exception with Lehnen, whose term will commence immediately and expire on Dec. 31, 2025.

During Tuesday night’s meeting, the board also approved a contract with Southern Air Inc. on a project to replace the Shenandoah County Courthouse facility’s HVAC system. The budget for this project was $1,500,000, but the county accepted a bid of $1,457,761 for the project by Southern Air.

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