By Pauline Hovey, Greene County Field Officer
The most important item that showed up in a rather uneventful Board of Supervisors meeting last night was something not even on the agenda—the capital improvement plan. In “other matters from the board,” Supervisor Jim Frydl (Ruckersville) stressed he would like to see the supervisors push the capital improvement plan forward. “We need to drive buy-in and commitment from various departments so we can get a thorough, active list of capital projects we need and start planning for the future and spend the money wisely,” Frydl said.
Chairman Steve Catalano agreed that having such a list of projects is a necessary “tool for us to appropriate capital improvement money. We want to know what big ticket capital projects are coming and we need to be able to prioritize what we spend capital improvement money on.”
Once it becomes clear what’s needed and what the County’s future needs will be, supervisors anticipate being able to set funding priorities and make better decisions in the budget process year to year.
Supervisor Frydl suggested requiring updated information from county agencies and giving them a format to follow to enable them to more easily provide this information. Supervisors unanimously agreed to move forward on updating the CIP and agreed to have County Administrator Barry Clark refine the current list.
Other agenda included a quarterly update from a Virginia Department of Transportation official concerning the status of road projects and routine road maintenance. Supervisor Buggs Peyton (Stanardsville) requested VDOT look into extending the turning lane from Rte. 29 heading north turning west onto Rte. 33. Now that the super Wal-Mart has opened at that intersection, he is concerned about the growing amount of traffic turning at that intersection. The VDOT rep requested the board provide a letter stating their request and why.
Greg Wichelns, district manager of Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District, provided an update on the current strategic plan required by the state. Much remains uncertain as to what types of changes in water quality improvement the state and federal agencies will require. In the meantime, dialogue among the various interested parties will continue.
One final matter worth noting, the board unanimously approved authorization to apply for grants from the Department of Forestry and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for stream restoration and interpretive trails at Greene County’s community park.