DebSF -- September 11th, 2010
A few additional local news items from this past week:
- Not much rain lately; the US drought monitor from the Dept. of Agriculture shows what we already know – our area has been abnormally dry over the summer, and the area east of the Valley is experiencing moderate drought conditions. The National Weather Service tags this as ongoing but improving, but WHSV reported this week that these conditions contributed to a small fire outside the Wachovia Bank on South Main Street late Tuesday afternoon. The HFD believes that someone tossed a cigarette into the mulch and bushes near the curb. The fire department has responded to a number of similar calls over the last few days.
- The Harrisonburg City Planning commission met Wednesday night to review the land use guide as part of the ongoing comprehensive plan update. Much discussion centered around the expected uses of the Port Republic Road corridor heading toward RMH. The strategic deployment of mixed-use zoning classifications throughout the city was also considered extensively, as was the possibility of separating and expanding Ch. 7’s Education, Arts and Cultural discussion into two separate chapters.
- The Breeze reports that JMU is expanding emergency medical services to students. According to the story, past Health Center policies generally involved sending most emergency cases straight to the hospital. However, in light of RMH’s move to the county and further outside of easy walking distance for students without cars, the health center has expanded some services and hired a former emergency department physician to meet these needs. The new HC ER physician is expected to start Sept. 20.
- According to WHSV, the HPD is still searching for last Saturday’s Kelly Street shooters. Interesting discussion in the comment section of the story, about the neighborhood watch that had once been established in that area, as well as the former HPD substation and the Weed and Seed program outreach that had been more successful in effectively protecting the neighborhood in the past.And after you make your usual Farmers Market run this weekend, don’t forget the compost bin and rain barrel sale from 9am-3pm in the parking lot in front of the Rockingham County Offices, 20 East Gay Street in the north end of town. More info here.
What did we miss? What’s happening in your neighborhood? What do you want to discuss? Consider this an open thread.