By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer
The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors approved two applicants’ special use permits bringing three more cellular service towers and one school to the county.
The three cellular service towers is to fulfill a desire from the federal government to bring high speed internet and cellular phone service to rural areas. 52-Eighty, a cell tower construction company, wants to build three towers in the eastern portion of the county.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made the area eligible for a $1.9 million grant to a company who was willing to expand service to that portion of the county. FCC wants 176 miles covered by the money.
T-Mobile won the reverse bid to provide the service to the area. 52-Eighty was contracted to build the towers.
The three towers are all east of Route 15 starting at Bremo Bluff, near the power plant. Another will be placed near the James River, still in the Fork Union area. The third location, in Kents Store, will be on land the tower company will purchase.
Each tower is permitted to be up to 199 feet. Over 200 feet requires to be lit.
The tower company will work with Fluvanna if tower space is needed as part of the county’s E911 radio upgrades. Towers will also be able to have co-location capabilities for other cell phone companies to place antennas on the monopoles.
The three SUP applications by 52-Eighty were approved unanimously.
Supervisors also unanimously approved Lafayette School, to be located in the Zion Station Industrial Subdivision on Route 250.
The private school is for 24 students who do not succeed in a public school environment. The facility has three classrooms encompassing elementary, middle and high school.
The school combines special education and therapeutic intervention. Two instructors are in each classroom with availability for therapy sessions when needed.
Lafayette School currently is in Charlottesville on Fontaine Avenue. The new Fluvanna facility is limited to the 24 students number and normal weekday, working hours.
Supervisors did ask if the hours were too limiting and were willing to expand to weekend allowances but an official of the school said it was not necessary. There is a provision to have school Board of Directors meetings once a month after school hours.
In other action items, the board approved changing their work session schedule to have a 4 p.m. work session on the third Wednesday of the month, when necessary, prior to the regularly schedule 7 p.m. meeting.
Previously, supervisors had work sessions on the first Wednesday, after the 4 p.m. meeting.
Supervisors also approved an FY16 budget calendar that includes setting two tax rates. The first, in February, will be because of a possible reassessment. A county cannot raise taxes through a reassessment.
The second will allow supervisors to raise taxes, which is a most likely considering the county’s financial picture.
The next Board of Supervisors meeting is Oct. 1 at 4 p.m.
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