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  • Main Street properties for sale

    Kelly Costa|May 24, 2023

    During Monday night’s city council meeting, the property at 104 E. Main Street and 108 E. Main Street was declared as surplus real property and authorized for sale at a minimum bid of $10,000. All the structures on the property must be demolished and removed by the winning bidder within 60 days of the bid award. Bids will be opened at the June 26 council meeting. The council received a letter of resignation from full-time police dispatcher Tammy Martin dated May 12, 2023. Martin will be retiring and her last day of employment will be May 26, 2...

  • City to take bids for real estate

    Kelly Costa|Jan 11, 2023

    During the city council meeting on Monday night, the first reading was given of an ordi- nance that declares a parcel of land as surplus property and authorizes the city to sell the land and all structures that are on it. The property is adjacent to residential properties on Walnut Street. It is now up for bid with the bid opening on Monday, Feb 13, at 7 p.m. The minimum bid is $10,000. The property is being sold as-is. The successful bidder will be responsible for all costs incurred by the city for publication notices, closing costs and deed...

  • Right to a hearing for water users

    Kelly Costa|Nov 16, 2022

    By Kelly Costa During Monday night’s city council meeting, the council waived the first reading and approved an ordinance amending Chapter 38, Article 2, Section (I) (1) of the city of Staunton Revised Code of Ordinances. This ordinance pertains to delinquent water bill accounts and affords the water user the right to a hearing, if the water user exercises his right to a hearing within three days of the date of service noted on the water shut off notice. If the delinquent user fails to demand a hearing within the three days, then water s...

  • City aldermen down by three

    Kelly Costa|Nov 2, 2022

    During the city council meeting held on Oct. 24, a letter of resignation was received from Ward 2 Alderman Rick Johnson dated Oct. 14, 2022, effective immediately. Johnson’s resignation is due to health reasons. Aldermen Chad Plenske and Randy Hanks also submitted their letters of resignation at the end of the meeting under new business. City Treasurer Cindy Pirok reported that the annual treasurer’s report for the city of Staunton has been completed for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2022. The council voted to accept the treasurer's rep...

  • Requests granted at council meeting

    Kelly Costa|May 25, 2022

    During Monday night’s city council meeting, the council approved Jack Pritchett's request to hold his Eagle Scout ceremony on Friday, July 1, at the city hall complex where he completed his Eagle Scout project. A small reception will follow the ceremony. Jack requested to use the Ralph and Josephine Oltmann Community Center for the event in case of inclement weather. A letter was received from Vicki Renner of Pearl Essence Studio notifying the council that she would like to have some vendors set up across the street from her Main Street b...

  • Council adopts tax levy

    Kelly Costa|Dec 29, 2021

    The Staunton City Council approved an ordinance authorizing the tax levy for the period of May 1, 2021, to April 30, 2022, at their regular meeting on Monday night. The ordinance authorizes the levy and collection of taxes for use by the city of Staunton. The amount of the levy is $658,613. The breakdown is: Insurance $145,000; Social Security $90,000; Recreation $17,000; IMRF $45,000; Band $1,000; and Library $76,000. The council also approved an ordinance for a zoning text amendment for the city of Staunton regarding camping trailers and...

  • Shriners pork steak dinner

    Kelly Costa|Nov 17, 2021

    The Staunton Elbon Shrine Club held a pork steak dinner on Saturday. Shriners John Sharp (forefront) and Moe St. Arnault were just two of the members helping out at the dinner. The club has one more event scheduled for this year–a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Dec. 4, will close out their activities for 2021....

  • Increases approved in water line tap fees

    Kelly Costa|Nov 10, 2021

    During Monday night’s Staunton City Council meeting, the council approved an increase in tap fees to city water mains. Each tap-on to the water main with a service line one-inch in diameter or smaller requires payment of $2,000 for city residents and $2,500 for non-city residents. Each tap to a main with a service line greater than one-inch in diameter is $3,000 for city residents and $3,500 for non-city residents. No new water accounts will be activated outside the corporate limits unless the property owner signs a pre-annexation agreement wit...