Fluvanna Gets Brewery and Assistant Administrator

By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer

Fluvanna County is about to get its first brewery after unanimous approval from the Board of Supervisors.

foamy-pint-smallAntioch Brewery is looking to get started as a home industry on Branch Road. The brewery has spent a year testing and learning from around the area because it didn’t have approval yet.

The brewery will not have a tasting room but the goal is to eventually have a public tap room in a Fluvanna location but not the same property.

The capacity of the home industry allows 40 gallons a batch and approximately two batches a day. It will use well water and representatives of the organization think the Fluvanna well water helps the taste of the trial runs.

“I don’t see any adverse effects to the neighbors,” said Don Weaver (Cunningham District) about the application.

Eric Dahl
Eric Dahl

In other business, the county has a deputy county administrator. Eric Dahl, the finance director, was promoted to deputy county administrator and finance director.

The county last had an assistant county administrator in 2010 when Shelly Wright was the assistant county administrator to Cabell Lawton. When Lawton resigned in early 2010, Wright served as interim. Wright left later in that year and the job was never filled.

With the county trimming the budget to bare bones in the last several years, adding a job of at least $100,000 in salary plus benefits never made it past the, “that seems nice” phase.

Dahl will get a total raise of $12,000 with an initial bump from the county immediately then an additional two percent when the state raises take effect in December. Dahl will make $82,000. [clarification 11:52 5/24 NW]

According to county administrator Steve Nichols, Madison County is advertising a job of the same title for $85,000. Dahl was the full time finance director with a budget analyst also in his department. That position is currently vacant.

Supervisors voted 3-1 to promote Dahl with Weaver voting against it. Mike Sheridan (Columbia District) was absent.

“I have some reservations,” said Weaver. He felt raising someone so

Supervisor Don Weaver

significantly in one year was too much. Weaver regularly wants items like these to be discussed in the budget calendar.

Nichols already started grooming Dahl for the new job by sending him to an out of county meeting that Nichols usual attends. The week preceding Memorial Day, Dahl is the county administrator designate as Nichols will be on vacation.

The next meeting of the supervisors is June 1 at 4 p.m. Supervisors also scheduled a work session before the 7 p.m. June 15 meeting. The work session will be on water infrastructure policy, economic development and revenue enhancement.


bryan-rothamelThe Free Enterprise Forum’s coverage of Fluvanna County is provided by a grant from the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® and by the support of readers like you.

Bryan Rothamel covers Fluvanna County for the Free Enterprise Forum

Photo Credit: BeerLegends.com, LinkedIn, Fluvanna County

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