Fredericksburg City Beat

This blog includes news about City Hall, city schools and other 22401 news.

Pamela Gould reports on City Hall. You can reach her at 540-735-1972 or Robyn Sidersky reports on city schools. You can reach her at 540-374-5413 or

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Meetings this week

Tonight: School Board, 6:30 p.m., Council Chambers. The part of the meeting that’s open to the public doesn’t start until 7:30 p.m. Word of the month is kindness. Agenda is here.

Tomorrow: City Council, 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers. This is going to be pretty short. The council will be approving various measures necessary to borrow up to $6.6 million for improvements to its wastewater treatment system. The city plans to use Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds for these projects. Those are special forms of financing created by the so-called "Stimulus Act" that are cheaper for the city. The work to be done includes the renovation or replacement of two pump stations, as well as wastewater treatment plant improvements. This is expected to add about $600,000 a year in debt service costs to the city’s sewer fund. This will likely translate to an increase in sewer rates over the years that the city is making these payments. Agenda is here.

Wednesday: Planning Commission work session, 7 p.m., second floor, City Hall. This is a joint work session between the Planning Commission and the Historic Preservation Task Force. The task force will present its draft preservation plan to the commission. This plan will require public hearings before both the commission and the council before it is adopted. Read the draft plan here.