By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer
The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors voted on June 15 to improve the E-911 radio project by building a tall tower and eliminating two smaller towers.
The change includes building a 300-foot tower on the property of old Columbia School. This new tower will match the lattice towers at the Sheriff’s Office and the Dominion Bremo power plant. This latest change will also increase the coverage of the radio project.
Two other changes were approved on June 15: erosion and sentiment control at the Sheriff’s Office tower location and upgrades to the communication center.
On June 1 the supervisors approved the first change order to build two county owned towers, eliminating the need to rent space on Carter Mountain. One tower will be in the Lake Monticello area and the other will be on the county owned old landfill. Both towers will be lattice towers.
These change orders have increased the project by $1.4 million. The biggest bulk, approximately $1.2 million, has been the building of the three towers.
Owning the towers does decrease the annual costs of the radio system because the county does not have to lease tower space. The county also could start selling space on its towers to cellular service providers.
Fluvanna entered into a lease agreement to pay for the original $6.5 million E-911 radio project even though the county savings had cash on hand. Staff feels it could issue a bond that includes the $6.5 million plus all of the change orders for a lower interest rate than the lease.
Also on June 15 the supervisors approved an elevator maintenance contract with a cost of $6,900 per year. This past year the county spent over $19,000 on items that will now be covered in the contract.
Supervisors approved making a part-time position in Social Services full time. The state is partially funding the benefit programs specialist.
The public works director informed the supervisors the county had incorrectly billing the 25 customers on the Palmyra sewage plant. Customers were under billed approximately $7.65 each month since July 2008.
The county will not try to correct past bills but will start charging correctly this July. The estimated increase in collections from the 25 customers will be approximately $1,850. Most of the sewer system is used by public entities.
The only non-unanimous action of the night was reimbursement of $6,750 to a resident of Taylor Ridge. At the previous meeting the supervisors approved taking the Taylor Ridge roads into the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) system, making them public roads.
VDOT charged an acceptance fee that the Hutcherson family paid outright to finally get the roads approved. Don Weaver (Cunningham District) voted against reimbursing the Hutchersons because he felt it was an expense the county shouldn’t bear. It passed 4-1.
The next supervisor meeting date is a doubleheader. July will have just one meeting date. On July 6 supervisors will have a regular 4 p.m. session that will then be followed by a 7 p.m. regular session. There will be no second meeting date in July.
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