Notice of Vacancy – Planning Commission

Abingdon Planning Commission is seeking a member to fill an expected vacancy.  The committee meets the 4th Monday of each month at 5:30 pm in the Arthur Campbell Room at the Town municipal building, 133 West Main Street.  Interested persons may be subject to completion of a statement of economic interest form and may not miss more than three (3) meetings during a 12-month period of service.

Interested persons should complete the Board and Commission application found here and return the application to Kim Kingsley, kkingsley@abingdon-va.gov by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17.

Council will consider the applications at the April 20, 2020 Council meeting.

Virginia Creeper Trail Temporary Shutdown Effective Immediately

In order to protect public health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Virginia Creeper Trail will be temporarily closed, effective Monday, April 6th at 5:00 pm. The decision was made jointly by the managers of the trail–the US Forest Service and the Towns of Abingdon and Damascus. 

“Recent overcrowding along portions of the trail, concern for increasing the burden on local Emergency Medical Services and the health and safety of all trail users were the driving forces behind this decision,” explains Matthew Crum, President of the Virginia Creeper Trail Conservancy.

This decision aligns with state and local measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is aimed at preventing groups from congregating and violating “social distancing” guidelines and is consistent with the closure of several other public trails across the Commonwealth.

As of 5:00 pm, Monday, April 6, all access points along the 34-mile trail from Abingdon to Whitetop Station will be temporarily shut down until further notice.

“Ensuring the health and well-being of our communities, visitors and employees is our top priority,” says Joby Timm, Forest Supervisor for the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. “We look forward to reopening the Creeper Trail and welcoming all trail users back as soon as we safely can,” adds Lisa Quigley, Executive Director of the Creeper Trail Conservancy.

Please direct questions to the Virginia Creeper Trail Conservancy at 804-334-5853.

The Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is a 34.3-mile rail-to-recreation trail, traversing through two counties from Abingdon, Virginia, through Damascus, and ending just past Whitetop Station in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, at the Virginia-North Carolina border. Damascus and Abingdon local governments administer the trail from Abingdon to Damascus (mile 0-15); the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests’ Mount Rogers National Recreation Area manages the trail from Damascus up to the North Carolina line (mile 15-34).

Governor Northam’s Order of March 30, 2020: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/EO-55-Temporary-Stay-at-Home-Order-Due-to-Novel-Coronavirus-(COVID-19).pdf

Guidelines for health and safety, recommended by the CDC, are available at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html.

Town of Abingdon, VA Offices Closure Schedule


NOTICE REGARDING UPCOMING MEETINGS

As a result of the State of Emergency, the Council for the Town of
Abingdon has CANCELLED the following meetings:
April 6, 2020 – Regular meeting
April 9, 2020 – Budget work session
April 23, 2020 – work session
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The Council for the Town of Abingdon has SCHEDULED a
Regular meeting/budget work session for
Monday, April 20, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Council Chambers
133 West Main Street.
The meeting is open to the public, however Council strongly urges to view
via live stream on Abingdon TV YouTube page.

For information, please contact:
Kim Kingsley, Clerk
kkingsley@abingdon-va.gov
(276) 492-2149

Coomes Recreation Center – COVID-19 Announcement

As COVID-19 continues to cause concern across our region, the Town of Abingdon has made the decision to close the Coomes Recreation Center for a two (2) week period beginning Saturday, March 14, at 5:00 p.m.  Although we realize the center provides opportunities for our community to focus on overall wellbeing, we take the health and safety of our staff and guests very seriously.  As community leaders continue to work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will continue to monitor the advice of the CDC, Commonwealth of Virginia, and our local health officials.

Although social distancing is encouraged, we understand the importance of the social component that our center brings.  We encourage our community to continue to keep in touch with each other through phone conversations and social media outlets.  You can also follow updates on our Coomes Center Facebook page and website at www.coomescenter.com.

Respectfully,

James Morani
Town Manager

Notice of Upcoming Town Council Meetings

NOTICE OF MEETINGS
THE ABINGDON TOWN COUNCIL WILL HOLD COUNCIL MEETINGS AND WORKS SESSIONS*
ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

May 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm – Council Chambers – Municipal Building
May 21, 2020 at 2:30 pm* – Council Chambers – Municipal Building
June 1, 2020 at 6:30 pm – Council Chambers – Municipal Building
June 24, 2020 at 2:30 pm* – Council Chambers – Municipal Building

For information concerning the agenda, please contact:

Kim Kingsley, Clerk
kkingsley@abingdon-va.gov
(276) 492-2149