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Photo by Lisa HurdleSprinkled throughout Fluvanna County are subdivisions with unapproved roads that have no prospect of being taken into the state system. Without money from the state or developers, the residents of the homes lining those streets are realizing – much to their chagrin – that the burden may fall on them to bring their roads up to Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) standards.
VDOT does in fact have a plan in place for bringing unapproved roads into the state system. But unfortunately, said Joel DeNunzio, VDOT residency administrator, most of the subdivisions in Fluvanna don’t qualify for the program.
In the past developers, who must create roads up to state standards, paid for those roads as expected till they were successfully admitted into VDOT’s system. They put up bonds with the county that ensured that the work would be done – and if they defaulted on their commitment, the county had the bonds to cover the cost of the remainder of the work.
But when the economy went belly-up developers fell into bankruptcy by the dozen and many failed to finish the roads they had started. Coupled with the sour economy was the county’s mishandling of some of the road bonds – either by releasing too much of the money so that the remainder was insufficient for the needed work, or by not obtaining a bond at all.
So most of the subdivisions in question are the ones that were created fairly recently, such as Taylor Ridge and Cunningham Meadows on Rt. 53 and Needham Village on Rt. 618. Many residents of those subdivisions bought houses with the belief that the roads were going to be turned over to VDOT soon after their purchase.
In reality, however, no one is taking responsibility for those roads, which means that no one plows when it snows, school buses can’t enter the subdivisions, and worst of all, the roads sit decaying while residents wonder if they’ll end up footing the bill.
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Photo by Lisa HurdleThe graduation ceremony was held Saturday, May 23, at Phil Browning Stadium at Fluvanna County High School.

*Honor Graduates
#Blue Ridge Virtual Governors School
(V) Valedictorian
(S) Salutatorian

Frederick Vaughn Adams
Vincent Harry Agee IV
Hunter Brianna Albertson
Kiersten Lyn Allen
Katelyn Marie Almarode
KaShawn Malik Anderson
Tanae Raychelle Anderson
Devon Allen Armstrong
Marcos Enrrique Arroyo
Jennesee Elise Ashby
Piasa Ayanna Ashnafi
John Bryant Atkins
Christian James Baber
Theresa Gayle Baber
Timothy Austin Baber
Virginia Elizabeth Bagwell
Natalie Ruth Bellatty
Markyll Jordan Bland*
Larry Vaughn Marshall Bodie
Julian Dennis Bonner
Jwhaun Junius Booker
Tezah Sh’Cole Booker
Ryan Christopher Boone
Johannes Philip Booysen
Joshua Paul Boteler*
Destiny Nicole Bourne
Faith Alexis Bourne
Jordan Nicole Bourne
Shane Austin Bowman
Molly Elizabeth Brennan
NaTaryia Lasha Brock
Brian Jamal Brown
Colton Todd Brown
Kristin Destinay Brown
Carrie Michelle Brownell
William Parker Browning
Karel Alexan Bruce
Ashley Nicole Bryant
Devon Brynn Burger*#
Zachary Franklin Burrows
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Fluvanna County took another step toward cost recovery for ambulance transport Wednesday night (May 20) when the Board of Supervisors approved a contract with a cost recovery billing company.
“This [step] is critical for us to able to get the assistance we need in order to move forward,” said Cheryl Elliott, emergency services coordinator.
By approving the contract, supervisors put in place the mechanism for billing for ambulance transport. They did not, however, vote on the cost recovery program itself, which is still undefined. Elliott said she would bring to the Board policies, procedures, and resolutions to establish fees for ambulance transport in the next month or so.
Supervisors approved the contract with EMS Management & Consultants, Inc., which Elliott said is a company solely devoted to EMS billing. “They have been highly recommended” by the nearby counties such as Louisa and Greene that use the company, Elliott said, especially for their “strong” customer service.
EMS Management & Consultants will charge 4.75 percent of net collections for its services, which Elliott called a “highly competitive” rate. If issues arise, Elliott said the company will assist without charging extra.
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While catching up on the status of publicly-owned water and sewer systems in Fluvanna County, the Board of Supervisors learned Wednesday (May 20) that it may need to finance substantial improvements to the Fork Union Sanitary District (FUSD).
Wayne Stephens, director of public works, asked supervisors to consider the possibility of financing $400,000 to $500,000 worth of repairs and replacements to the FUSD system, though he said FUSD could “live with” only $250,000.
The county would not foot the bill in the traditional manner. Rather, Stephens suggested a sort of loan in which FUSD would repay the funds over time by means of a lease. Counties are prohibited by law from lending money to a sanitary district, Stephens said. But since the county actually owns the property on which FUSD wells and tanks are located, and the equipment as well, Stephens said, “FUSD is sort of leasing the facilities for $0 right now. If the county is going to put money into the facilities and still allow FUSD to use them to provide water to its customers, then the lease money would cover the cost of the improvements to what are effectively county-owned facilities.”
FUSD would use the funds for three major repair and replacement projects for the Carysbrook, Morris, and Omohundro wells, which have “excessive” operations and maintenance costs due to their need to be improved and refurbished, Stephens said.
“I would really appreciate it if you would all think about this as a methodology for getting the needed FUSD system improvements completed,” Stephens said. “It’s the only way I’ve been able to come up with, in my mind, to be able to cover these repairs in an even remotely reasonable way.”
Though no decisions were made, supervisors gave Stephens the go-ahead to formulate a more in-depth plan.
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Perrie Johnson.  Photo by Tricia JohnsonPerrie Johnson announced her candidacy for the Fork Union District seat on the Fluvanna County School Board on Tuesday, May 19, at the Fork Union Village Restaurant. The seat is being vacated by Bertha Armstrong, who has served her community on the School Board for 16 years.
Johnson, who taught in Fluvanna schools for 25 years, considers herself to be well qualified for the job. “I have a huge investment, both personally and professionally, in the success of Fluvanna’s students, and I’m confident that I’m highly qualified to serve,” Johnson said during her announcement. Both of Johnson’s children attended Fluvanna schools, and she now has three grandsons being educated in Fluvanna classrooms.
“For the past five years,” Johnson said, “I’ve attended almost all Fluvanna School Board meetings. I’ve read almost all published documents, heard discussion, and weighed in with public comments on many decisions. I am already up to speed on current issues and future expectations,” she explained.
Johnson, who is certified to teach, and whose Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University is in finance, has applied that education to intense study of the School Board budgets and financial statements.
She also has been the president of the Fluvanna Education Association for five years. “In my leadership role, I’ve conducted meetings, communicated by print and social media, talked with state legislators, and, most importantly, earned the trust of Fluvanna’s 150 Association members,” Johnson said.
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