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Yesterday’s News

Yesterday’s Board of Supervisors meeting was unusual in that there were no public hearings and hence, no evening session. A majority of the meeting was given to presentations: Sheriff Jett on the graffiti task force; Keith Dayton on acid sulfate soil in the county; David Stanley on VDOT’s road projects in the county.

Other items of note:

1) The board authorized a contract to re-paint the Stone River water tank in Aquia. The cost: $345,000. Some thought the price was outrageous (Joe Brito used the word multiple times) and wanted to put the project back out for a re-bid. Problem is, six bids came in the first time around and the low bidder was almost $80,000 below the next-closest bid. Utilities Director Harry Critzer said the department anticipated spending between $150,000 and $200,000 for the re-paint, but doubted a re-bid would bring different results. The contract was awarded with a 4-3 vote. Crisp, Brito and Woodson dissented.

2) The county has received and is currently reviewing an unsolicited Public/Private Transportation Act request that could place the management and construction of all the road bond projects in the hands of a private contractor. State code spells out the process for this situation. HOT lanes are an example of a proposed PPTA project, as is Spotsylvania’s widening of Rt. 3.

3) Supervisors decided to follow the Purchase of Development Rights Committee’s recommendations and enter into negotiations with Edward and Victoria Silver to purchase the development rights on 98 acres of their farm at 650 Belle Plains Rd. Their property was ranked as the top priority out of 6 parcels that were submitted. The county has $600,000 to work with, including $300,000 in state matching funds. The deal needs to be done by February 2009. If it goes through, it will be the county’s first ever purchase of development rights.

4) Joe Brito asked for an investigation of the Greenhow / Hooe cemetery affair I wrote about last week. Supervisors voted 7-0 to inform the Attorney General of the situation.