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Council approves spending remaining ARPA money on parks and rec-heavy spending plan

The Harrisonburg City Council ultimately decided Tuesday to allot the remaining $11 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds on a spending plan that prioritized parks and recreation. 

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City braces for higher construction costs, including public works building and potentially the new homeless shelter 

Concerns about ballooning construction costs for the city’s homeless services center and low barrier shelter prompted the city council to hold off on finalizing a plan Tuesday for spending its $23.8 million in federal American Recovery Plan Act funds.

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Ande Banks becomes new city manager; Council expresses concerns over recent shootings

After spending five years as a deputy city manager and all of 2022 as an interim city manager, Ande Banks will shed the first word from those titles and become Harrisonburg’s new city manager.

Council aims for ‘greatest impact’ with ARPA funds. Meanwhile, upcoming events will divert traffic.

The city council unanimously approved applications for several upcoming events in Harrisonburg, and some involve road closures, so even if you don’t plan to attend, they might affect you as you drive around town. 

City plans for reshaping roads with more bike lanes and sidewalk projects

Harrisonburg plans to apply for state grant money for seven transportation projects, including adding bike lanes on some major thoroughfares and some work on South Main Street near the new Rocktown High School that’s under construction. 

Residents want ARPA funds to help with housing, health and child care

Affordable housing, robust mental and physical health care and accessible child care for working families are Harrisonburg residents’ top three needs that could be addressed using the city’s share of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. 

Open Doors returns to JMU for the summer but city finds a site for a permanent shelter

The city’s announcement that Harrisonburg has found a permanent site for a homeless shelter will eventually put an end to years of shifting from one temporary facility to another for Open Doors, the organization that runs the shelter. 

Council approves budget and hears concerns about financially struggling households

More than half of the children in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County live in households that struggle to make ends meet even though family members are employed, according to the local United Way’s analysis of economic data. 

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