By William J. Des Rochers, Fluvanna Field Representative
At its May 19th meeting, Fluvanna’s Board of Supervisors was briefed on new amendments to the county sign ordinance that they will vote on next month. According to county staff, the amendments are needed to remove inconsistencies in the current draft, replace inadequate definitions, and address such things as sign size.
The county planning commission will consider the draft at its meeting on May 28th. There are no penalties outlined in the statute for non-compliance; the zoning administrator merely is tasked with enforcement.
Non-conforming signs will be grandfathered and subject to certain conditions may be repaired. Non-conforming signs, however, may not be altered to reflect a new business.
Real estate signs are permitted but not in the public right-of-way; there are no setback requirements.
The Board also conditionally agreed to refinance nearly $68 million in school bond debt.
The Board directed its new bond counsel, Morgan Keegan, ensure that the interest rate for the refinance did not exceed 4.5 percent. Currently the rate is almost six percent. The county hopes to save some three percent in costs: around 200,000 per year.
Supervisors also dealt with a number of housekeeping chores at the meeting. They:
· Increased the filing fee to place one’s property in – or remove from – an agricultural/forestall district to $500; currently it is $100;
· Agreed to purchase new management software and services from Tyler Technologies for $427,000; and,
· Approved the construction of a Pleasant Grove Comfort Station ($187,000, only $25,000 of which is county funding);