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Meeting Notes Time Machine!

Thanks to the latest in news-gathering technology, I was able to go back in time to revisit last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting in all its glory. I have returned with these notes and a headache. An unfortunate side effect of time travel, probably.

1) The Comprehensive Plan … After a number of fits and starts, the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission will finally hold a joint public hearing on the comp plan at 7pm on October 6. Unfortunately, I was not able to time travel into the future to see if it actually does happen. I’m sure it will.

2) New Water and Sewer Rates … The utilities department addressed the board, advising them that it will be necessary to raise both hook-up fees and user fees in order to cover improvements, maintenance, debt service and the newly instituted "Payment in Lieu of Taxes" program the board used to bridge this year’s budget gap. The last two items would be covered by a $3 surcharge. The rest could require an 8% annual rate increase each of the next 3 years. I say "would" and "could" because while this was a public hearing, supervisors felt they needed more time to digest the proposal. It was deferred until the November 20th meeting. No, you cannot borrow my time machine to go back to the time of hand pumps and outhouses.

3) Stafford Nursing Home … Supervisors unanimously approved proffer amendments that will supposedly get the ball rolling on this facility off 17. The real news here is that developer Smith/Packett has picked a name for the project: "The Bridges At Falls Run." My time machine informs me that the name will also be the title of a Clint Eastwood / Meryl Streep movie to be released in 2017.