By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer
The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors recently spent two days looking at the county situation and future planning during a retreat at the Fluvanna County Library.
Mike Chandler, the retreat facilitator, helped the board through county issues and plans.
The supervisors had five items it wants to complete in the next two years. They include education support, tourism development, changing how it handles capital maintenance, support of local businesses and a plan for infrastructure.
The retreat also allowed the new board to develop ideas on how it wants to operate.
“I think we’ve done a good job,” said chairwoman Mozell Booker (Fork Union District) at the completion of the retreat. “We’ve done a lot so far.”
“It has been surprisingly good and positive and goal oriented. Like we said earlier, there’s a lot of words written around us here,” said Bob Ullenbruch (Palmyra District) as he motioned to the walls, lined with paper of things the board discussed throughout the retreat.
He continued, “It’s nice to have a plan — if you don’t carry it out, it is just a plan.”
Tony O’Brien (Rivanna District) said, “It is easy to solve today’s problems but we need to solve tomorrow’s problems too.”
The supervisors have picked a new vision statement of the county, “Fluvanna County: The heart of Central Virginia and your gateway to the future.” The board wants to include various tag lines in marketing including, “A great place to live, learn and play” and “Proud of our past, confident in our future.”
Other changes for 2014 include a new mission statement. Supervisors plan on initiating a comprehensive plan review, to start in 2014 and go into 2015. The board will look at additional revenue streams, including different taxes.
“I think [the retreat] has been a big help for Steve (Nichols, county administrator),” said Don Weaver (Cunningham District).
The board next enters the heart of the budget season. The board is slated to have a water infrastructure plan in place during 2014, and water will certainly impact the budget already. The board will need to pay for James River Water Authority costs plus any infrastructure to Zion Crossroads.
Other impacts to the budget include the education piece. That currently looks to be at least an increase of over $1.5 million from fiscal year 2014 but the School Board hasn’t set priorities for the budget yet. The number could also change because of the the state budget with a new governor.
Supervisors have met privately with Nichols to discuss the budget but he will formally present his budget proposal at the Feb. 5 meeting. It starts at 4 p.m. in the Fluvanna Circuit Courtroom.
The supervisors have a planned meeting and/or work session scheduled for each Wednesday starting on Feb. 5 until April 16.
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