CAROLINE CROSSROADS Free Lance-Star reporter Robyn Sidersky covers Caroline County government and schools. You can reach her at 540/374-5413 or You can follow coverage on Facebook or Twitter as well.
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Last night there was a public hearing on the Flippo Development proposed in the Carmel Church area on the northwestern side of Route 207 and west of the Route 207/716 intersection.

Only one person, Sandra Stevens of Ruther Glen, spoke in support of it as long as they satisfy her concerns with increased traffic, the environment and run-off.

The development (which may be called The Flippo Tract of Carmel Church) calls for 220 single-family detached homes, 145 villas and 285 townhomes (650 units). There are also plans for a 27-acre regional park site, a 32-acre industrial park and a 16-acre shopping center.

It could be finished in about 12 years once started at 85 homes per year, said project manager Jim Evans.

The developers have agreed to some proffers (or voluntary contributions when they want to rezone land). Those include: the regional park, a commuter lot, road improvements, bus shelter, etc. A school site was on the proffer list but was removed since the developers of Belmont agreed to one.

Other things they said they would consider throwing in were: a fire truck, a community pool for all county residents and a cash proffer for the schools. And maybe making some of the housing units age-restricted.

Right now, their proffers total to $6,500 per home.

There aren’t any ideas for what might go in the shopping center, but they are thinking small boutique businesses. But definitely no anchor store, Evans said pointing out that Belmont may provide that in their commerial area.

There was no vote on it and some deails are still being worked out.

In other BOS news:

The Board adopted the FY2010 budget. There were a few changes from the original proposal.

Some of the areas that got more money included the Dept. of Social Services, which needed $30,000 more to get an additional $150,000 from the state. $6,500 for noise-measuring devices for the Sheriff’ Office. $10,000 more to the Summer Employment Program and to the Rappahannock Community Services Board and $35,000 was given back to the volunteer fire & rescue.

Now, that $91,500 had to come from somewhere.

Here’s what was reduced: Public Works admiistration by $20,000; the Comprehensive Services Act (a VA law for at-risk kids and families) by $57,000; a $2,000 cut to the Thurman Brisben Homeless Shelter; a $15,000 reduction for Caroline’s Promise and $5,000 or less in cuts to Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence, Disability Resource Center, Rappahannock Legal Aid and the Southeast Rural Community Assistance, which had given the county $100,000 for the Dawn Wastewater Project.

Read my co-worker Dierdre Blake’s radio report here.

The Summer Youth Program was also a hot topic.

They will continue the program although they can’t fully fund it. An advertisement will come out to see how much interest there is in the program, which is something like a camp in the summertime during school hours. The program may cost about $250 and could change from a 8-week to 6-week program. Area churches may step in to help, according to Rev. Melvin Covington Jr of Calvary Baptist Church in Bowling Green.

Also, the technology team meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled.

Alrighty, that was your BOS update. Im going to bed now. :)