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.
Yes, we have lots of questions about how Harrisonburg will emerge on the other side of this pandemic. But there’s a lot more to ponder in the new year as well.
While any celebration has been difficult during this global pandemic, Harrisonburg’s artist co-op wasn’t about to let its 20th anniversary go unacknowledged. So its staff sought to pull it off by tapping into the same creativity and emotion used to make beautiful art.
Although not at emergency levels, cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19 have been trending noticeably upward in the Central Shenandoah Health District. “The district has seen a significant increase in cases and general increases in hospitalizations related to COVID,” said Dr. Laura Kornegay, health director for the district, in an email to The Citizen.
Earlier this fall, the percentage of Fs in Harrisonburg High School classes was more than twice as high as usual. So officials had an intervention. Meanwhile, while some students have found mostly online learning to be challenging, other students have thrived in unexpected ways.
The Harrisonburg City Council made a few steps toward increasing residents’ access to solar and wind energy on Tuesday night, as council members unanimously approved the lease for a solar farm on the north end of town, and adopted a resolution that aims to have 50% of the city’s electricity come from renewable energy by 2025.
Mayor Deanna Reed, one of five candidates contending for three seats on the Harrisonburg City Council, says she has plenty of unfinished business — in part as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harrisonburg City Public Schools will receive an additional $1.1 million in federal CARES Act funds to recoup costs incurred during the pandemic, as Chief Finance Officer Tracy Shaver announced to the Harrisonburg School board in a work session on Tuesday.