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Community members urge city council to call for Gaza cease fire; Police seeking collective bargaining rights

Dozens of community members filled in seats at Tuesday’s city council meeting and urged city leaders to pass a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza — an action the city council members sidestepped. 

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City to stick with American Ramp Co. for skate park project

The city will proceed with its existing contract with the American Ramp Company for the initial reconstruction of the Westover Skate Park using federal funds. 

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City Council entertains doing a 180 on skate park contractor

Before deciding the next step in rebuilding the Westover Skate Park, the city council on Tuesday decided to explore whether it’s best to find a new contractor. 

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To keep new high school opening on schedule, city heads to court

As construction on Rocktown High School continues, the City of Harrisonburg and Truist Bank are headed to court to settle a dispute over the value of property and easements needed to construct the intersection for the school’s main entrance.

A situation is heating up at the Rock St. Fire Station, and other news from city council

Disagreement over a 50-year-old agreement between the city and Hose Company No. 4 was on the agenda at last night’s city council meeting – and is now on its way to court. At issue is a request made this spring by Fire Chief Matt Tobia that volunteers from Hose Company No. 4 vacate the Rock St. fire station, colloquially known as Fire Station 4, by June 30. A 1973 agreement between the city and the then all-volunteer company included a provision that the city could assume full control of the station if Hose Company No. 4 no longer was providing “adequate fire protection for the City of Harrisonburg.”

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City council approves Bluestone Town Center in 3-2 vote

The proposed development split the council much like how it inspired opposing reactions from residents. Here’s how the council members voted and why.

A lawsuit against the city schools and the fate of an area veterinarian got a lot of buzz in 2022. Here are The Citizen’s most-read stories of the year.

For the first time since the 2019 year-end roundup, the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t driving local news, at least in the stories our readers were clicking on the most. In fact, of the top 10 most-read stories on The Citizen in 2022, the word “COVID” appears only in passing, like a black cloud receding into the distance. 

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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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