Katie Thisdell reports on news from Stafford County. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 540/735-1975.
Looking ahead to Tuesday’s agenda
The Board of Supervisors will meet tomorrow at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Here is the complete agenda, and here are some highlights:
Supervisors will be introduced to Kahn, the county’s new courthouse dog. The black Lab starts work tomorrow, as I reported in this post. I’ll have more in the paper later this week about how his first few days of work go.
Three public hearings are also on the agenda at 7 p.m. The first, continued from last month, is about a conditional use permit for a radio tower on Hollywood Farm Road, in a rural area of the county. Several neighbors who commented at the Jan. 17 public hearing were concerned about the height and about potential negative health effects of the 480-foot tower; others were worried about lower home values. The public hearing was continued because Supervisor Bob Thomas planned to work with the Telemedia Broadcasting to address issues and find out more information. The tower would broadcast radio stations 95.9 and 104.5, giving them better signal strength in Stafford. General Manager Tom Cooper told the board: “The signal, by the time it reaches this area, isn’t strong enough to penetrate buildings. That’s been a real thorn in our sides.” Here is more on the background of the issue on the board’s agenda.
Another public hearing is planned to ask VDOT to restrict trucks on three rural roads that avoid congested U.S. 17. Transportation reporter Scott Shenk has this story here, and here’s the background info from the county.
Finally, Supervisor Paul Milde has a legislative request regarding an at-large chairman. It’s “so the voters can finally weigh in on this issue,” Milde said. “I expect that we’ll finally vote on it Tuesday.” If a majority of the board votes in favor, then the request would be sent to the General Assembly for next year. Then, either the board or 10 percent of voters could petition the circuit court for a referendum on the issue.