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Culpeper will pave parts of five rural roads

Virginia Department of Transportation revenue-sharing funds will be used to pave short portions of five rural roads in Culpeper County.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Wednesday to support resolutions allowing VDOT to use $1 million to upgrade Holly Springs Road (State Route 626), Jacobs Ford Road (State Route 681), Whippoorwill Road (State Route 716), Settletown Road (State Route 746) and Dragoon Road (State Route 751).

Culpeper’s revenue-sharing funds will be matched by VDOT funds, and improvements will be made under the state’s Rural Rustic Road Program.

“All five roads should be paved during this construction season,” County Planner John Egerston said.

Egerston also reported that Culpeper County received about $14,500 in state grants to help cover the cost of revamping new stormwater management rules, which, when implemented on July 1, 2014, will impose tougher restrictions on both residential and commercial grading and construction projects.

Permits for building driveways and other projects that involve earth-moving will involve added paperwork, engineering requirements and stiff fees when the new rules go into effect.

Egerston said that those fees have been established by the state, with counties slated to receive 72 percent of proceeds and the Department of Environmental Quality, the new overseer of the program, getting the rest.

Supervisor Steve Nixon asked if there had been any progress toward changing the rules to exempt individual residences (not in subdivisions) from the expensive driveway-engineering fees.

Egerston said he understood that localities had advocated such action, but he did not know the status of those requests.

Egerston added that the county will also be required to administer the program for the town of Culpeper. Supervisor Larry Aylor said he thought that the town should share in the workload and expense of this state mandate.

In other action, the Board of Supervisors voted to allow the School Board to transfer almost $223,000 from the school food services fund, which makes an annual profit, to the capital improvement fund.

Between morning and evening meetings, the Board of Supervisors was given a tour of Culpeper High School to see the progress of the $21 million renovation project, which is now about half finished.

Donnie Johnston:

djohnston@freelancestar.com

 

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