The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors began 2018 with two new members who defeated incumbents in the November 2017 general election.
Karl Roulston joined the board as the newly elected District 4 representative. He defeated incumbent Cindy M. Bailey.
Longtime District 5 Supervisor Dennis Morris returned to the board after defeating Martha Shruntz, who had unseated him four years prior. District 1 Supervisor John R. “Dick” Neese retained his board seat after fending off challenger Karen Kwiatkowski.
The board spent much of the year working with the architectural firm Grimm and Parker, the Sheriff’s Office and county staff on the future headquarters for the law enforcement agency and a new home for the public safety radio system. The board and county staff, including emergency communications officials, also worked on a replacement 911 system. By the end of the year, the county had selected Lantz Construction of Winchester to build the $8 million facility. Crews started demolishing part of the existing buildings at the site in the north end of Woodstock in late fall. The contract calls for Lantz Construction to complete the project within roughly 18 months.
The board started its annual budget work in late winter and continued deliberations into April. The proposed fiscal 2019 budget called for a real estate tax increase and increased spending. Ultimately, the board approved the spending plan after members heard support for and opposition to the proposed budget. The board approved increasing the real estate tax rate from 60 cents per $100 to 64 cents per $100.
Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy C. Carter took ownership of another property it once used for its investigations and transferred the land and buildings to the Board of Supervisors in June. The board has yet to decide if it should use or sell the property on Tisinger Road in the Mount Jackson area.
A judge in Shenandoah County Circuit Court in September ruled that the county could take ownership of $3.4 million held in eight bank accounts collected through the asset forfeiture program. The money came from assets seized by law enforcement through its investigations into criminal enterprises. The Sheriff’s Office has offered to provide the funds to the county to help cover the cost of the agency’s new headquarters.