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Morning Buzz – Dec. 14, 2010

A daily digest of what’s going on in Fredericksburg, and what news from elsewhere is relevant here. Send suggestions to

The City Council meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall. There’s also a 5:30 p.m. work session to discuss “Council policies and procedures.” I’ll be returning to City Hall for that work session for the first time since July tonight, so it will be interesting to see how the new group is getting along.

In addition to the incentives deal and the parking fines, there are a few other items of note on tonight’s agenda, which you can see here. They include:

- The management plan for the land along the Rappahannock and Rapidan rivers that the city put under permanent conservation easement a few years ago. Last month, hunters and trappers came out in force to a public hearing on this plan. They spoke out against the safety buffers the plan proposes around public camp sites, and they asked for more access to the lands for trappers.

- A public hearing on a measure to grant a real estate tax exemption to a $501,600 property at 1915 Charles St., owned by Maranatha Music Ministries, Inc.  We have touched on the process of real estate tax exemptions before, and you can find some background here if you’re interested. This property is already off the tax roles. It was purchased by Maranatha in November from Victory Rebekah Lodge No. 12, which also had an exemption. Maranatha Music Ministries  has three youth choirs, which perform locally and also travel. They would rehearse here.

- A resolution giving the Economic Development Authority the green light to act as conduit for the issuance of $30 million in revenue bonds by Mary Washington Healthcare. This bond issuance, for capital projects at the Fredericksburg and Stafford campuses, has been delayed from its original schedule. Bill Freehling has more details in today’s paper.

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