NEW: ShenCo Town Delays Fire Personnel Vote

Posted: August 15, 2014

Daily News-Record

HARRISONBURG — Toms Brook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department tabled its vote Thursday on a county personnel agreement until October.

Toms Brook Chief Jason Shipe did not give a reason for the postponement on Friday, saying only that the vote had been tabled.

Department members were expected to vote on a revised agreement to continue housing some paid Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue personnel at the Toms Brook fire hall. In exchange, the county would commit up to $95,000 for improvements to the building.

Assistant County Administrator Evan Vass did not confirm whether the county could continue housing personnel at the Toms Brook station if the county and department do not come to a new agreement.

"We'll have to look at our options," he said Friday.

The department would be charged with finding a contractor and requesting bids for the work, while the county would assist with documentation. The agreement is slated for the next 15 years but can be terminated with a year’s notice.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of a memorandum, but Toms Brook fire members would still need to approve the measure as well. District 4 Supervisor Cindy Bailey and District 1 Supervisor Dick Neese voted against the agreement.

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