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Stafford Meeting Round-Up: Fife and Drum Edition

In case you missed it, here are the highlights from last night’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Keep in mind–this is just one man’s opinion.

1) Stafford helps out the Friends of Stafford Civil War Sites and the proposed Civil War Park near the Eskimo Hill landfill.

FSCWS director Glenn Trimmer made a proposal that could bring the National Guard in to build the road needed to access the park. The National Guard work represents $800,000 of value to the park, but time is short and the FSCWS needs $57,000 from the county to get the project underway. Supervisors decided to give the group $5,000 to get the ball rolling, and will consider the rest of the funding at their next meeting. Check Clint Schemmer’s article in today’s paper for details on the deal and the site.

2) Midyear Budget Review

I covered this in today’s story,  but the upshot is that county officials are projecting a $3 million budget surplus by the end of the fiscal year.

3) Stafford to Get a Cell Tower Plan?

A request for a conditional use permit to allow a cell tower near the Clearview Heights neighborhood in south Stafford was unanimously deferred last night. Supervisor Susan Stimpson expressed concern that the tower could affect the residents’ viewshed. She proposed that supervisors look into forming a plan for future towers instead of just approving them as they come to the board.

“Do we want to be a county with cell phone towers every mile and a half,” she asked.