By William J. Des Rochers, Fluvanna Field Representative
Fluvanna’s Board of Supervisors considered ways to expand utility services to county buildings and residents at its January 22nd meeting. While no final decisions were made, the county seems poised to extend the Palmyra wastewater treatment area to Pleasant Grove, and to adopt an energy efficiency program that will pay for itself through savings over twelve years.
The supervisors also agreed to an agenda for the January 21st meeting with their Louisa counterparts on the proposed water pipeline from the James River. The agenda discussion led to an exchange over whether or not any votes would be taken at the session.
Chairman Marvin Moss (Columbia) intimated that he might seek an agreement to establish a joint water authority, something on which supervisors Gene Ott (Rivanna) and Don Weaver (Cunningham) have reservations at this time. After County Attorney Fred Payne reminded the body that such an action would require a public hearing, Mr. Moss said he would try to seek a consensus, with no voting.
Separately County Administrator G. Cabell Lawton IV also stated that according to the NADA “Blue Book”, there is an eight percent drop in personal property values – especially trucks and sport utility vehicles – and it will lower tax receipts by $500,000 to $750,000. Lawton also said that tax avoidance is increasing.
Pleasant Grove Sewer Line
Supervisors were briefed on the second phase of the Palmyra sewer district development. According to Mr. Donald Rissmeyer, of A. Morton Thomas and Associates, the sewer line extension would go from the old intersection of Routes 15 and 53 to the site of the new high school.
Initially the new library and the sheriff’s office would be connected, and the line would cross the Rivanna to serve an expanded Camp Friendship development area.
Construction is planned to start in the spring or summer of this year, once the necessary approvals are obtained.
Mr. Lawton assured a skeptical supervisor Weaver that the funding was, for the most part, in place and once Camp Friendship came on the system, it would pay for itself.
Something for Free?
The Board agreed to pursue a Memorandum of Understanding with Siemens Building Technologies to do a technical energy and water savings audit for fourteen county buildings. Under the program, Siemens would conduct the audit and determine the amount of savings that could be generated with more efficient equipment and usage.
The generated savings would pay for the new equipment and building upgrades over a specified time period — a preliminary analysis suggested twelve years – and in effect would cost the county nothing.
Siemens would guarantee that the county would meet the projected savings by making up the difference as long as the county implemented the suggested program. The audit will cost $8,000.
The Board’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at the County courthouse on February 4th at 2:00 pm. On Saturday, February 7th, the supervisors will hold an all day work session on the draft Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will be held at the Palmyra Volunteer Fire Department and will begin at 9:00 am.