Fluvanna Board Okays Expanded Cell Tower

By William J. Des Rochers, Fluvanna Field Officer

Fluvanna County’s Board of Supervisors raced through an extremely cell phone one barlight agenda on January 18th, granting a height increase (via special use permit) for a cell tower that has yet to built, and another special use permit for an electricity substation. There were no other public hearings. Much of the rest of the meeting was taken up by briefings on ongoing projects.

Supervisors were informed that the conversion to narrow banding for county communications is proceeding apace and that the county should meet the end-of-year federal deadline. Interim county administrator Darren Coffey outlined a timeline for hiring a new county administrator, and although some supervisors seemed to want a faster timetable, Mr. Coffey appeared to convince the Board that a more deliberative process would provide more qualified candidates. Coffey hopes to have the new administrator in place by April.

Staff also provided the Board with copies of several other jurisdictions’ codes of ethics should Fluvanna chooses to adopt such a code.

At its next meeting on February 1st, , supervisors will get their first look at the staff’s budget proposal for FY 2013, which begins on July 1st. At current tax rates, supervisors will face a $2-$3 million budget shortfall. Just to keep services at current levels, supervisors would have to raise real estate taxes between 10 and 15 percent.

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William Des Rochers is the Fluvanna County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization.

The Free Enterprise Forum Field Officer program is funded by a generous grant from the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) and by readers like you.  To support this important work please donate online at www.freeenterpriseforum.org

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