By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer
Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors spent well over an hour earlier this month determining how to best allocate $28,000. At the top of the list, Pleasant Grove is getting a new stage, completing a grant awarded from BAMA Works.
Both Republicans, Bob Ullenbruch (Palmyra District) and Don Weaver (Cunningham District), didn’t like spending the $15,500 to complete the project.
The Fluvanna capital improvement plan for the current fiscal year contributed $5,000 and power company Tenaska donated $2,500 for the project. In total, the county had only $17,500 for the stage that costs $33,000.
The largest part of the contributions, the grant from BAMA Works, was only good for a year. Fluvanna was granted an extension but there is fear a second extension would not be granted.
Weaver pointed out that in the last year Fluvanna received the Tenaska donation. “If we wait a little bit, (maybe) we won’t have to use our money,” said Weaver.
Tony O’Brien (Rivanna District) didn’t agree with that theory. He countered organizations give grants to see the projects materialize.
“Part of when people give grant money is they want to see it actualize. It is bad precedent to not actualize,” said O’Brien.
The stage is part of a planned amphitheater. The stage is designed to be the initial step. The next phases include a roof to enhance audio amplification, changing facilities, seating and production center.
“[The stage] is something we can afford,” said county administrator Steve Nichols. “what we can’t afford is the Cadillac (entire project).”
Ullenbruch made a motion for the $15,500 to come from the General Fund Balance but he and Weaver dissented in the vote. It passed 3-2. Early in the stage discussion, Ullenbruch said, “It starts adding up.”
Just before the stage, supervisors authorized $13,500 for Earth Day celebrations. The festivities of Earth Day, April 25, 2015, various things like trail work, vendor booths and waste collection. Fluvanna received a combined $9,000 from a state litter grant and Allied Waste but will need the additional $13,500 for the planned celebrations. The Board of Supervisors contributed the additional funds to have three tire collection, litter awareness materials and a Clean Harbors Waste Collection contract.
“We’ve said no to $8,500 for fireworks because we wanted to save money,” said Ullenbruch.
Also at the Dec. 3 meeting approved a deer hunt for handicapped hunters and $1,000 application for area counties’ application on a tourism grant.
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