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As city puts greater emphasis on helping pollinators, you can build your own bee hotel

Five years into the city’s 10-year environmental stewardship plan, Harrisonburg extended its annual Pollinator Week celebration into Pollinator Month, which will conclude this week with a workshop to build “bee hotels” at Purcell Park on Tuesday.

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Speed cameras to go up in road construction and school zones; Council approves new budget

New speed monitoring cameras aimed at protecting the safety of road construction workers and children will pop up in construction zones and school zones across the city next month now that the city council unanimously approved a new ordinance Tuesday night. 

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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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City seeks input on plans to reroute University Boulevard, which will mean big changes for that corridor

As Harrisonburg prepares for the estimated $10 million project to reroute University Boulevard, the construction is expected to improve traffic flow while adding a walking and biking path — but will also lead to some big changes in that area, including the demolition of eight homes. 

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City still seeking public input for public art at downtown’s northern gateway

Harrisonburg has been gathering input for the last month about ideas regarding a sculpture where Liberty and Main streets connect on the north end of downtown. And the city will continue to collect ideas from members of the public through August, including through an online survey. 

City looks to add 15 new firefighters for new station. And there’s a plan to cover those salaries for 3 years.

The Harrisonburg Fire Department will move ahead with plans to add 15 new firefighters over the next year so they can begin training staff for the new fire station near EMU’s campus that is slated to open in January 2024. But the city might not have to cover their salaries until 2026.

A new fire station, a homeless shelter, Northeast Neighborhood improvements — council makes more picks for ARPA priorities

While the Harrisonburg City Council plans to collect community input before finalizing how to spend $23.8 million in federal recovery funds, council members on Tuesday pointed to specific projects they’d like to see at the top of the list, including a year-round low-barrier homeless shelter, a new fire station and infrastructure improvements in the Northeast Neighborhood. 

Parks, childcare and the Northeast Neighborhood top council’s funding priorities

Making improvements to the Northeast Neighborhood, funding childcare programs and upgrading parks and recreation facilities topped city council members’ priority list for how to use the $23.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds Harrisonburg will receive. 

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