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Fluvanna Supervisors Hear Property Assessment Results

By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer

Last week, (10/3) the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors were briefed on the latest mass appraisal of real property performed.  The City of Fargo has a concise definition of this process:

Mass appraisal is the systematic appraisal of groups of properties as of a given date using standardized procedures and statistical testing. This differs from single-property appraisal, commonly referred to as “fee” or “bank” appraisal, which normally deals with only a particular property as of a given date.

Pearson’s Appraisal Service performed an appraisal this year, the first by the company in Fluvanna. Overall, the county saw an average increase of 4.7 percent increase across the county limits. However, inside Lake Monticello only increased 3.4 percent.

Representative from Pearson explained all assessment decisions were based on data from sales.

Lake Monticello vacant land had a decrease in assessment by 15 to 20 percent. Because the subdivision is nearly built out, most undeveloped property is not desirable.

The public utility infrastructure was also reassessed and goes effective immediately. The Commissioner of Revenue estimates that will bring in $83,000 of additional revenue. Those funds will increase the FY19 collection.

Notices of new tax values will be mailed to all land owners and Pearson will be available to discuss the new assessment.

Also at the October 3 Board of Supervisors meeting, supervisors approved two change orders to complete the E911 radio project. The last two changes needed an additional $26,500.

The county’s animal shelter services are handled by Fluvanna SPCA. Despite the county only contributing for 50 percent of the operational costs, the county’s shelter takes up 75 percent of the FSPCA. To help alleviate some funding issues, supervisors approved a supplement of $35,000.

FSPCA and the county operate on a contract services. In future years, FSPCA will present a budget that supervisors can go over with FSPCA officials during the budget season.

Supervisors approved creating an employee ladder system in the E911 operations center. The FY19 fiscal impact was $10,000. Over the last few years county administration has worked at creating mobility options in the organization chart of departments to allow employees to get promoted. Previously employees would have to either wait to become a department head or leave for a bigger organization with a larger chart to fill.

Supervisors will next meet on October 17 at 7 p.m.

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Bryan Rothamel covers Fluvanna County for the Free Enterprise Forum

Photo Credit:  Fluvanna SPCA


Groundhog Day in Fluvanna?

By Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer

The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors’ budget calendar begins in earnest when the calendar flips to February. The county administrator will present a budget proposal that will kick off the vast majority of discussion the supervisors will have regarding the fiscal year 2019 budget.

groundhog day gobblers knobPredictions of actions by this, or any, governmental body can be as reliable as Punxsutawney Phil, but there are times that early session decisions truly foreshadow future votes.

The last few years the board has been able to hold the Real Estate tax rate steady. This year the supervisors had a budget work session in December to help steer staff as Steve Nichols, the county administrator, prepares his budget proposal.

Mozell Booker (Fork Union District) and Tony O’Brien (Rivanna District), the two left leaning supervisors, told Nichols they were ok with a slight raise in the tax rate if necessary. Booker even saying a $0.92 per $100 assessed real property rate was ok. Currently the rate is $0.907.

Patricia Eager (Palmyra District) and Don Weaver (Cunningham District), the two right leaning supervisors, advocated for low as possible. Eager even suggesting a decrease in tax rate.

A decrease in the real property rate will be difficult because the county will begin paying for the Zions Crossroad water project and trying to decrease business related taxes to help jump start development in the ZXR area.

The past four years, Mike Sheridan (Columbia District) has been the one to bridge the gap between the two sides. Last year during a work session Sheridan even suggested the $0.907 tax rate where the supervisors ended up.

In an interesting sign during the 2018 organizational meeting, when nominations for chairman started, Booker quickly nominated Sheridan with a second from O’Brien. Booker has advocated multiple times for a roving chairship after she lost the gavel two years ago.

Sheridan, abstaining from the vote, was unanimously elected chairman. Then Eager quickly nominated Booker for vice chair with Weaver seconding. She was elected unanimously, Booker abstaining from the vote.

Such unanimity could be a sign of further cooperation or it could be a sign of lines being drawn with a budget season just ahead.

Nichols will present his budget on February 7 at 7 p.m.


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Fluvanna Ponders Proactive Rezoning for Economic Development Prospect

By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer

The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors will hear an application to rezone a property in the Zion Crossroads area at the December 20 meeting.  The rezoning was initiated by the Board of Supervisors in hopes of attracting a specific company looking to invest over $8 million in a new facility that would employ 30 to 40 people. The company’s name is not disclosed at this time.

The property is located along Memory Lane (State Route 698), approximately 0.35 miles south of the intersection of Richmond Road (U.S. Route 250). The parcel is within the Rural Residential Planning Area and is adjacent to AG Dillard and near the rear portion of the women’s correctional facility. It used to be part of the Cosner salvage yard.

The Cosner salvage yard use of the property was nonconforming to the zoning of A-1. For the property to become a salvage yard again, it would need to be I-2 plus get a special use permit.

The unnamed company would have to initiate a Special Use Permit (SUP), if the zoning change is approved. At that time, additional details would be released. The I-2 zoning does not allow a salvage yard by right but is a permitted use with SUP.

A county official declined to release any other information on the company other than the pictures that were part of the presentation slated for the meeting.  The pictures depict a much different salvage yard than how Cosner operated. The pictures show a cemented yard of cars and a large warehouse.Recycled-green-auto-parts-info-graphic-3

The new term of art for salvage yards is “Automotive Recycling” [See infographic to the right]. The car recycling Industry is the 16th largest in the United States, contributing $25 billion per year to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The US automotive recycling industry employs around 100,000 people and earns around $25 billion a year. Nationally, there are around 7,000 vehicle recycling facilities.

During the Planning Commission meeting, officials said the company brings in cars through the warehouse for inspection then stores the cars in the parking area. Spare parts are shipped to interested buyers and there could be some local buyers. The company would pay taxes including machinery and tools.

The Planning Commission recommended denial of the rezoning on a 3-1-1 after two failed motions. First, the PC had a motion to approve that failed to get a second. Then, there was a motion to defer that did not get a second. A motion to recommend denial received a second but failed on a 2-2-1 vote. Shortly there after a motion to reconsider.

The Planning Commission had issues with the I-2 zoning in the rural planning area. The property is next to the community planning area and next to I-1 zoned property.

PC members at first started considering the economic development portion of the rezoning but then retreated to only considering the question, “Should this property be zoned I-2 on its own merits?”

One suggestion was rezoning on the possibility the zoning reverts back to A-1 if the interested company backs out of the arrangement. County officials said without the rezoning, the business would move on. Tony O’Brien (Rivanna District), the Board of Supervisors liaison to the commission, said there is little concern about the company’s intentions.

The Board of Supervisors will take up the issue at the 7 p.m. session on December 20.


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Photo Credits: Automotive Recyclers Association

Fluvanna Supervisors Approve Funding For Zion Water and Sewer Design

By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer

The Fluvawater-bib_thumb.jpgnna County Board of Supervisors approved funding for the final design of the Zion Crossroads sewer and water system during the December 7 meeting.

The Board approved $47,870 to complete the final design with Dewberry Engineers. Previously supervisors in FY14 approved funding of $575,000 for preliminary work on the Zion Crossroads water system.

That funding plus a supplementary appropriation of another $30,000 paid for preliminary engineering report,18 preliminary design task orders, an aerial survey and a ground survey.

The project is to have both a drinkable water line and a sewer line from the Fluvanna Women’s Correctional Facility down Route 250 to Route 15 and then turns down Route 15.

The current scope of the project will include construction of a water booster station, water main, elevated storage tank, wastewater pump station and a wastewater force main. With a 20 percent contingency, it is estimated to cost $9.52 million. The original estimate in the preliminary engineering report was $7.07 million for the same items.

Once the final design is completed, the project can move to bidding services and construction administration.

Supervisors approved a deer hunt at Pleasant Grove for handicap hunters. The Wheelin’ Sportsmen have conducted the annual hunt since 2013. The Fluvanna Sheriff’s Office will provide patrol during the event. The park will be closed from 2 p.m. until dark during the hunt. The date will be early January.

County staff suggested the Board of Supervisors encourage the Planning Commission (PC) and the School Board (SB) to flip their meeting weeks to improve the county’s planning process. Currently the School Board meets on the third Wednesday of the month. The Planning Commission meets on the fourth Wednesday.

Any applicant going through the PC currently submits an application then waits for the PC’s public hearing eight weeks later. Then the BOS has a public hearing, four weeks later. The process takes 12 weeks, at the quickest.

If the SB and the PC flip flop meeting weeks, the process could be sped up to seven weeks because the BOS and the PC could advertise their public hearings simultaneously and hold them a week apart. Staff estimated 75 percent of applicants would be completed in seven weeks.

If the PC needs two meetings to discuss issues, which happens about 25 percent of the time by staff estimates, the process would then be a similar timeline to the current one.

Staff recommends this change because it will make the planning process streamlined and easier.

The supervisors do not have a say in the other two boards switching their meeting times but can kindly stress the importance of a streamlined process. A quicker process makes the county more attractive to development and in return, increase the tax base.

Supervisors did change one meeting date. The board will next meet on Tuesday, December 20 because of the holiday season. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the Fluvanna Circuit Courtroom.

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Fluvanna To Move Polling Station

Ballot-Box_thumb.jpgBy Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer

The Fluvanna County  Board of Supervisors will have a special public hearing on Jan. 6 about moving the Rivanna District polling station.

It is currently the Lake Monticello Clubhouse but because of planned renovations, the facility may not be accessible during a primary election, if held, and the general election.

The new proposed location is the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire Squad Station (LMVFS). It previously served as the second precinct in the Rivanna District until 2010 when the redistricting eliminated the second precinct and shrunk the district size.

An interesting note, the LMVFS is located outside of the Rivanna District and is in the Cunningham District. While the voting districts are close in population, the Rivanna District is so small geographically because it mainly includes only area inside Jefferson Drive at Lake Monticello. The district is almost completely residential except for the Lake Monticello Clubhouse and Lake Monticello Marina.

The county ordinance (2-2-3) states, “Precincts shall be known by their respective polling places and shall be coterminous with the respective electoral districts.”

The state code (24.2-310) allows polling stations to be outside the precinct if within one mile of the boundary.

The Rivanna District boundary is less than half a mile from the proposed location.

The other options considered were Effort Baptist Church and Lake Christian Church. Both are also located in the Cunningham District and both are within a mile of the boundary lines.

Questions to the Registrar’s Office regarding the county ordinance went unanswered as Joyce Pace, the registrar, is out on vacation for a week.


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Fluvanna Increases Tax Rates

By Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer

Fluvanna BOS_group2014_smThe Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors passed the budget on a unanimous vote for the second time in three years.

The budget season was without much fanfare besides the long work session that set up the final budget. No residents even spoke at the public hearing. The advertised budget of $68.3 million passed without further discussion on April 15.

The real estate tax rate goes from $0.86 (equalized) to $0.899 per $100 assessed. The personal property rate goes from $4.15 to $4.35 per $100 assessed.

Before the board passed the budget and corresponding tax rates, it did vote to de-fund five previously approved capital improvement plans totaling $505,000. That will help offset some costs for this year’s capital improvement plan.

LMVFD LogoThe bulk of the April 15 meeting was spent on a rezoning request from the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad. The LMVFRS has purchased land adjacent to its current property in hopes of expanding the original building.

The current property is zoned R-4 and the purchased property is A-1. The plan is for the expansion of the building to straddle the property line. In order to do so, the county advises for the property in total to have the same zoning.

LMVFRS, in requesting the rezoning, offered proffers to eliminate the R-4 by-right opportunities of single-family dwellings, single-family attached dwellings and townhomes. The applicant did not proffer out multifamily dwelling.

Len Bozza, representative of the applicant, said he wanted to leave that option of a small multifamily building as a way to attract future volunteers. He said the volunteer organization could offer reduced rent to people who run a high percentage of calls.

The planned expansion of the building will only take up half of the six acres of the property. With the remaining three acres, a rental building of less than 10 units could be constructed.

Leaving that option almost stopped the rezoning. O’Brien moved to pass the rezoning but it couldn’t get a second.

Two neighboring residents were concerned with what the proffers left out. It also concerned three supervisors who were failing to second the motion. Bozza offered to proffer out the multifamily units. The rezoning then passed 5-0.

Supervisors will advertise an ordinance to allow participation in the Virginia Association of Counties/Virginia Municipal League  Virginia Investment Pool Trust Fund. To allow the county’s finance board to participate, the supervisors have to pass an ordinance, which requires a public hearing.

Participating in the investment pool will diversify the county’s investments and slight increase in revenue of county reserves. The net yield of the investment pool in February was 0.58%. The public hearing is scheduled for May 20.


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Photo Credits: Fluvanna County, Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire Department

Fluvanna Supervisor Ullenbruch Not Running

By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer

Fluvanna County Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch will not seek re-election for the Palmyra District seat, despite speculation and reading into recent public comments.

Ullenbruch released the following written statement to the Free Enterprise Forum:


Fluvanna Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch

Since I will be moving out of the Palmyra District at the end of my present term and moving to Cape Cod, I will not be seeking re-election to the Board of Supervisors.

It is a time in my life where I want to be close in proximity to my grandchildren and family. My parents are aging and other health issues with family members were defining factors in planning the move.

I would like to thank the members of the Fluvanna Republican Committee for the encouragement and ever continued support. I need to give the Committee time to recruit a viable candidate for the Palmyra District Seat.

Finally, I would like to thank my constituents. I have enjoyed serving the Palmyra District throughout my term and look forward to finishing the year.”

Ullenbruch ran as a Republican in 2011, defeating incumbent John Gooch.

Often times in board votes Ullenbruch has sided with fellow Republican Don Weaver (Cunningham District).

Now the Palmyra seat is wide open for the 2015 election. So far obvious candidates to run for the seat are not clear. Board of Supervisors meetings have been scarcely attended, even during the budget season.

The other Supervisor seat up for re-election this cycle is in Fork Union. Early speculation is the incumbent, Mozell Booker,  will seek re-election but she has not commented on the matter.


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Fluvanna Supervisors Talk New Taxes

By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer

After back to back shorter meetings, the Fluvanna Board of Supervisors had a meeting with full of informational presentations.

The Board of Supervisors are starting again to look at adding a business fee or tax. It is a subject that comes up every few years.

Fluvanna currently only taxes personal property and real estate for business, just like it does for county residents. There are three options the county can do to further regulate businesses: business directory, business fee or a business/professional/occupational license (BPOL) tax.

The directory option would require businesses to register with the county. The county would publish the directory for residents to peruse business in the locality.

The business fee would require businesses to pay a nominal fee yearly. The fee would be around $30, officials estimated. With over 600 businesses in the county, the county would only bring in $18,000 to $20,000 a year. It would require additional employee hours, creating a net loss for the county.

“It will be revenue neutral. It would probably cost us money,” said Mel Sheridan, Commissioner of Revenue. His office would be in charge of collecting money.

The BPOL tax would go on gross receipts of businesses. Albemarle and Charlottesville charge a BPOL tax. Supervisor Tony O’Brien (Rivanna District) owns a business in Charlottesville and he estimated he paid several thousand in taxes last year.

Ullenbruch2014Vice chairman Bob Ullenbruch (Palmyra District) said there are businesses in Fluvanna who fly under the radar and they do not pay business personal property tax. He suggested a directory or business fee would help correct some of this.

Sheridan said his office actively looks for businesses and makes sure to keep a list of businesses for business personal property taxes, however there are very few not on his list.

“I don’t think (business directory or business fee) would be a 100 percent cure,” said Sheridan.

Sheridan will give an update or ways forward in the first quarter of 2015.

Fluvanna’s biennial reassessment program, completing its first cycle, will increase property values by approximately 2 percent across the county.

“It might be five or six percent increase in a few years, but it won’t be a big swing,” said Dave Hickey from Blue Ridge Mass Appraisals, the company contracted to perform the reassessment.

Sheridan said, “I again want to compliment you for the decision you made a few years back (of doing the reassessment every two years).”

The previous reassessment was done with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2013. The time before that was the state maximum allowed at six years.

This most recent assessment will go in effect Jan. 1, 2015.Nichols2014

County Administrator Steve Nichols gave updates to the board on various projects. On January 15 VDOT will hold a public open house about the Route 15 and Route 53 roundabout.

Louisa County and Louisa County Water Authority will hold a town hall meeting on Dec. 16 about their pipeline that will run along the eastern portion of the county.

The state has cut localities money based on budget shortfalls. Fluvanna will not receive $59,000 in FY15 that it was expecting. At the first December meeting staff will give recommendations on where to pull money. The school budget may also be affected.

The Pleasant Grove House Museum and Welcome Center is now open. It is open for four hours six days a week and Saturday for six hours.


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Fluvanna BOS Approves 3 Communication Towers and Lafayette School

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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Fluvanna/JABA MOU Fails to Advance (but does not fail)

By. Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer

What seemed like a routine Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors meeting and an even more routine item became a battleground for the two most conservative supervisors.

Fluvanna BOS_group2014_smDon Weaver (Cunningham District) and Bob Ullenbruch (Palmyra District) used the opportunity of a smaller board to allow a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) and Fluvanna County to go without action.

The MOU is for Fluvanna Parks and Recreation department to handle the nutritional program provided twice week for less than 25 participants. The proposed MOU would set the guidelines for the program that is administered by JABA but served by a Fluvanna staff member.

Currently, the program is administered and served by JABA but Fluvanna’s FY15 budget cut funding for serving the program because the plan was to handle it in house in an effort to expand Fluvanna’s senior programs.

That FY15 budget won’t begin until July 1 and it passed on a 3-2 vote, with Ullenbruch and Weaver not voting for it.

In order for JABA to operate with due diligence, it would need the MOU to show the program is being served correctly.

Mike Sheridan (Columbia District) moved to pass the MOU. Chairwoman Mozell Booker (Fork Union District) called for a second. Weaver and Ullenbruch stayed quiet.

Tony O’Brien (Rivanna District) was not at the meeting. Sheridan, O’Brien and Booker voted for the FY15 budget.

“I think people are tired of increase services and cost,” said Weaver after the motion died without the required second.

The move shocked the very small audience, including county staff.

“I’m a little mystified,” said county administrator Steve Nichols.

Weaver also noted he doesn’t like MOUs in general, it was mentioned the county attorney does not like MOUs either.

“I’m satisfied this does what it was intended to do,” said county attorney Fred Payne in response to his dislike of MOUs.

“It lays out the two responsibilities of the two parties.”

Payne said the county could proceed without the activity, take it over without JABA’s support or abandon the whole process.

Because the JABA budget was decreased, Booker asked what they were to do with the activity.

“If we want them to continue what they have been doing, we need to transfer the money [back],” said Booker.

Weaver was content for JABA to continue the program with the budget that was granted without an additional transfer.

“Just leave it where it is before they came before us,” said Weaver when asked what county staff should do. He later said, “They live within the budget.”

Ullenbruch raised issue the program was too far from the majority of Fluvanna’s seniors.

“You are 13 miles from 50 percent of the senior population,” said Ullenbruch referencing Lake Monticello as the epicenter of senior domiciles.

He later kept counting the meals served, at 22.

“I understand you arguing for this, it is for your district,” said Ullenbruch to Booker.

Sheridan responded to Ullenbruch, “Most of my district is further than that (13 miles). Putting a senior center at Lake Monticello would make it further.”

Sheridan suggested using county buildings such as fire stations for senior events throughout the county. Booker and Nichols said the county is starting to do more senior events at various county locations, not just in Fork Union.

“I would readdress it if [county staff] follows through on what you just said,” Ullenbruch said to Nichols on the plans to expand senior outreach to beyond just the Fork Union Community Center.

Booker continued the discussion beyond the agenda item on how the board wants the program to continue. As it wound down she said, “I’m glad we had the discussion we’ve had because it has opened my eyes that we need more education [for the board].”

The interesting aspect of the item is it did not fail but failed to gain a second; it was not outright rejected.

“Might be something we address next time,” Sheridan said at the end of discussion.

The MOU could be readdressed with a full board and it would be expected to pass, if it could get O’Brien’s support. More than likely it would because the JABA budget was decreased specifically because the county planned on bringing the program in-house, a budget O’Brien supported.

In a follow-up odd move in the same meeting the next item on the agenda, re-appointments to the Economic Development Authority, had a prolong time to get a second too. It eventually was seconded and passed unanimously.

The motion for adjournment, hours later, had no issue getting a second and unanimous vote.


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