Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
VRE back in 1985
I came across what I thought were some funny clips from the Board of Supervisors of 1985.
On Jan. 9, 1985, Spotsylvania supervisors discussed a study of a proposed commuter rail service (VRE).
"I’m not impressed at all," said Supervisor Emmitt Marshal in 1985. "I’m not going to spend our taxpayers’ money on that. As far as I am concerned, they can ride a bike to work."
"Or a donkey" another supervisor muttered.
Then-Chairman Hugh Cosner said: "By the time you get that thing built, we’ll have Star Wars. We’ll be flying into Washington." Then he mockingly spread his hands and said "Beam me up."
Cosner said if VRE was brought to Spotsylvania "you would have so many houses up, you wouldn’t be able to see anything."
Unfortunately the same articles says the VRE contract requires a 2-cent gasoline tax. It is/was 2 percent, not 2 cents.
Then-Supervisor James Smith was the only member who favored VRE then, but he said, "I don’t see realistically where it is ever going to get to first base."
Thank golly these guys aren’t fortune tellers.
Then, on Jan. 23, 1985, Marshall apologized for his comments.
"However, I haven’t changed my mind about the project."
Cosner was absent.