Tag: Council Member Chris Jones
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.
Overly rosy or ‘doom and gloom?’ Council candidates offer different views of Hburg, but find some agreement
Even as city council candidates painted different pictures of Harrisonburg, the five contenders on the Nov. 8 ballot found some common ground Wednesday when it came to the role of police, and specifically in supporting diversity among the ranks.
In their second party caucus of the year, city Democrats chose Council Member Chris Jones as their nominee for the special election to replace Council Member George Hirschmann.
Harrisonburg Democrats are preparing for their second caucus of the summer next weekend to select their nominee to fill out the last two years of a city council seat’s term.
Harrisonburg Democrats chose Dany Fleming and Monica Robinson as the party’s nominees for a pair of City Council seats in the November election, while the only sitting council member running for re-election, Chris Jones, finished third by a single vote.
Council tackles taxi rates. Mayor addresses the Salvation Army. And could the Municipal Building return to action?
With the number of licensed taxi drivers in Harrisonburg down 68% from 2017, the city council on Tuesday gave initial approval to a sweeping re-write of the city code to allow taxi companies to set their own rates, among other changes.
City leaders added a commitment to address “climate change challenges” as one of it’s short- and long-term goals during their biannual retreat over the weekend. And their debate over that — as well as a discussion over the city’s diversity — revealed the challenge of crafting lofty priorities to be specific but not exclusionary.
Council approves 4-cent property tax increase for new high school; Mayor says MRRJ expansion is ‘off the table’
The Harrisonburg City Council on Tuesday approved a four-cent increase on the real estate tax rate, which will help restart construction of the new high school — all part of the final version of the city’s nearly $295 million Fiscal Year 2022 budget. Also in Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Deanna Reed announced why a proposed expansion of Middle River Regional Jail is a no-go.