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Middle River Regional Jail board delays action on expansion as officials ‘need to verify’ figures

Plans to expand the Middle River Regional Jail have stalled – for now. Rockingham County Administrator Stephen King, who serves as chairman of the jail’s authority board, announced at the board’s meeting Tuesday that the board would not take any action on an expansion proposal that day.

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Council members see need for investment but still not sold on expansion after MRRJ tour

After a tour of the Middle River Regional Jail on Saturday, Harrisonburg city council members indicated that they still want to explore alternative options to the proposed $40 million expansion plans.

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Council seeks to clean up recycling ordinance

The Harrisonburg City Council is updating its ordinance to direct businesses and residents to separate recyclable materials — such as cardboard, cans and certain plastics — from their trash. The city has left open the option of curbside recycling since discontinuing it in 2015 but has no plans to resume that service anytime soon.

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Council focuses on disparity in area inmates

Amid discussions of Middle River Regional Jail’s $40 million expansion proposal, Criminal Justice Planner Frank Sottaceti outlined to the city council on Tuesday how Harrisonburg’s share of inmates at the facility is less than half of Rockingham County’s.

Jail expansion could get warmer reception from Rockingham Co. supervisors

As the Rockingham County supervisors prepare to hear Middle River Regional Jail’s pitch for a $40 million expansion, the supervisors signaled that they’ll be a more receptive audience than some of the other local government bodies that fund the jail.

Suggestions for housing crunch include new coordinator position and a trust fund

Hiring a city housing coordinator, attracting higher paying employers, providing more incentives to developers and establishing a housing trust fund were among the 17 recommendations consultants suggested Tuesday to the Harrisonburg City Council.

Reed and Romero return as city leaders. Now comes the hard part of leading Hburg’s recovery.

After the Harrisonburg City Council re-elected them to their positions for another two years on Monday, Mayor Deanna Reed and Vice-mayor Sal Romero outlined in interviews with The Citizen their shared priorities for the coming months, including recovering economically from the pandemic, encouraging affordable housing and building the second high school.

City’s pursuit of clean energy sets ambitious goals, raises some questions

While formally calling for a transition to 100% clean electricity in 15 years, the city council has placed Harrisonburg in the middle of an ongoing debate over how electric utilities can move away from power sources that burn gasses contributing to global warming.

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