By John Haksch, Louisa Field Officer
During their February 22nd meeting, Louisa County’s Board of Supervisors unanimously supported a $2.2 million dollar increase to the cost of expansion of the Zions Crossroads Waste Water Treatment Plant.
The public hearing held prior to the vote included a short but lively discussion regarding the project. In considering the expansion, supervisors were also well aware of the recent violations of the discharge permits that have cost the county in excess of $100,000 in fines and a $102 million pending lawsuit filed by Historic Green Springs, Inc. against the county regarding the plant. The additional $2,267,130.42 authorized for the project brings planned capital expenditures for expansion of the plant to $9,636,000.
The Board voted to award the contract for the work to Mid Eastern Builders of Chesapeake, Virginia, out of thirteen bids, subject to
verification of consistency with the specifications of the Invitation to Bid.
In other business during the regular meeting, there was public discussion and debate of the draft Louisa County Transportation Plan. Several Board members questioned certain portions of the draft plan, specifically in the area of Routes 15 and 613. The Board voted to postpone any decision until the requested changes were made to the plan. The Board then asked the presenters to re-examine the plan and report back to the Board in 30 days.
The discussion of the Louisa County Broadband Initiative was moved to closed session. After returning from closed session, Supervisor Fitzgerald Barnes (Patrick Henry) moved to have Louisa County issue a request for proposal (RFP) to provide county wide broadband coverage. The supervisors endorsed the motion unanimously. It is anticipated the RFP will be released within 30 days.
John Haksch is the Louisa County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization. If you find this report helpful, please consider supporting the Free Enterprise Forum. To learn more visit www.freeenterpriseforum.org