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LOCAL BRIEFS: People apparently posing as Public Works staff

People are posing as Fredericksburg public works department employees and offering to check water supplies for contaminants or sewer lines for tree root damage.

A resident experienced a person offering to check the quality of the tap water after implying that the city had concerns over the cleanliness of the water in the area.

Another was offered an inspection of potential damage to sewage pipes by nearby tree roots, which the fraudulent person said would be fixed as needed.

The Department of Public Works said it has not authorized any employees or entities to offer services related to either water or sewer to city residents.

Anyone who has questions about the city’s water or sewer services can call the Department of Public Works at 540/372-1023.

—Katie Shepherd

Lansdowne Road detour scheduled

There are going to be daytime closures on a section of Lansdowne Road in Spotsylvania County over a several-day stretch next week, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The road will be closed between Chapman Drive and Teton Drive from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

A detour route will be posted. It will run from State Route 2 to Benchmark Road and then Mine Road, which connects to Lansdowne.

Crews will be replacing wire baskets filled with stone that line drainage ditches along Lansdowne, according to VDOT, which said the baskets were installed in 2011 to “support the road’s slope, prevent erosion and improve roadway drainage.”

—Scott Shenk

Caroline boards change meetings

Both the Caroline School Board and Board of Supervisors are changing the dates of their August meetings.

The School Board will meet Aug. 4 instead of Aug. 11. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Caroline Middle School, 13325 Devils Three Jump Road.

The supervisors will meet Aug. 26, instead of Aug. 12. That meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium in the Community Services Center, 17202 Richmond Turnpike.

Prior to that meeting, at 4:30 p.m., the board will hold a work session about the county’s wastewater treatment planning.

—Robyn Sidersky