By William J. Des Rochers, Fluvanna Field Representative
Having dispatched the FY 2011 budget, the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors is settling down to govern the county and fissures are beginning to develop. What widely had been expected to be a center-right coalition seems to be on the way to a center-left alliance. And the two members of the left can just wait for the center to arrive to their point of view, without having to say much to justify their positions.
Take, for example, a June 16th decision to provide up to $300,000 in grant match funds for installation of a rotary at the intersection of Routes 15 and 53. What might have been expected to be an issue of affordability actually turned into a question of the county’s commitment to economic development.
The 3-2 vote to commit the funds should a grant application to Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) be accepted signaled a new approach on the part of the county. A private developer would also contribute to the cost of the rotary. Supervisors did not want to appear to oppose a public-private partnership that would stimulate economic development. County dollars are not expected to be committed for at least two years.
In other actions, supervisors approved:
· A new sign ordinance that established new categories and definitions that clarified the previous legislation;
· A liberalized nonconforming use ordinance that allows homeowners greater flexibility to expand their dwellings;
· A water supply plan, as mandated by the state; and,
· A withdrawal of 301 acres from an Agricultural-Forestal district.
In another development, another senior county official has resigned. The county’s economic development director, Ms. Vicki Karabinis, has resigned to pursue other opportunities. She joins the county administrator and deputy county administrator who have left the county in the past few months.
Supervisors have hired an interim county administrator. Mr. Frank Pleva, a former county administrator in Mathews and King William counties, will assume the position immediately. Officials expect that he will apply for the permanent position, which supervisors expect to fill within the next few months.
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