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Last night’s meeting

I had to leave the meeting early last night to deal with a family emergency, so I didn’t get to update you. I apologize. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Lakeside and Summerfield public hearings were rescheduled. Neighbors with properties adjacent to the rezonings didn’t receive prior notice of the public hearings, as county code requires. So County Attorney Jay Stroman recommended the Board of Supervisors postpone the hearings and send the matters back to the Planning Commission. Apparently, neighbors didn’t receive notice of the commission’s public hearings either. This means that both matters will be decided by the new board, as last night was the last meeting for the current board.
  • Supervisors voted to stick with Alternative 3 for State Route 3. As you probably know, the widening project has been going on for a while. But there’s been a little disagreement over how to deal with the stretch near the old cancer center. VDOT has already approved a plan, now called Alternative 1. But businesses and residents affected by the project don’t like that plan. They say it calls for too much land to be condemned and could negatively impact business. The county then developed Alternative 2 to address some of the neighbors’ issues. But VDOT couldn’t approve that alternative, because it calls for a traffic light which would not be justified by a traffic study. So that brings us to Alternative 3. VDOT recently sent a letter to the county saying that it needs more details about the alternative. Last night, the board voted to send a letter to VDOT asking them to consider the alternative. This alternative could delay the project’s finish–which is scheduled for late July 2013.
  • During public comments, members of the Spotsylvania Volunteer Rescue Squad addressed the board. They spoke about the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Commission, the recent decision to go to 24/7 coverage and information about service gaps and training. I’ll include their comments in the next blog post.