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Culpeper board questions Hallowed Ground request

BY DONNIE JOHNSTON

Six years ago, Cate Wyatt told the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors that they wouldn’t have to put up any money to be part of the Journey through Hallowed Ground Civil War program.

Tuesday, Wyatt was back asking the supervisors to contribute $17,000 for nine signs that would be placed within the county and as much as $30,000 in continuing operational expenses.

One supervisor balked at the idea.

“Last year we had to turn away a number of worthy outside agencies at budget time,” said Supervisor Sue Hansohn. “I personally feel that this is not something we can do with our budget.”

Wyatt called the historic program “an economic engine” that would bring tourist revenue to Culpeper. She added that Culpeper had already made headlines in Great Britain because of the Journey through Hallowed Ground program.

Board Chairman Bill Chase, however, told Wyatt that he wasn’t sure he could convince the farmers in his district that they would benefit from the program. He suggested that Wyatt go to the town of Culpeper for money.

“They have more money than we do and they’re the ones that will benefit,” Chase said.

Supervisor Steve Walker was a bit more conciliatory, suggesting that contributions might me made available through the tourism department.

And Supervisor Larry Aylor asked if contributions could be phased in, beginning with small amounts.

Wyatt said that each county along the historic route from Gettysburg, Pa., to Charlottesville would be asked to contribute only what it could afford. She said, however, that if the sign amount was reduced, the number of signs would be reduced, too.

Chase suggested that the funding issue be taken up at the board’s September meeting.

In other action yesterday the Board of Supervisors:

–Approved a pump-and-haul septic system for the Nellie Santinga commercial tract in Brandy Station and decided to look into the possibility of moving the Eastern View High School treatment plant to Brandy.

–Approved a resolution to allow 35 percent personal property tax relief to vehicles (down from 37 percent this year).

–Approved the construction of a temporary store building for youth league football at the sports complex.

–Approved a resolution to reorganize the county’s foreign trade zone from a traditional to an alternative plan.

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