17 November 2015
Any survey yielding 90 percent support to a controversial issue is worth noting. Chamber members were invited to respond to a simple, six-question survey, said survey creator and Chamber board member Rudy Garcia, and 58 members opted to do so.
When asked to rate how they agreed with the statement, “I believe the county must have good water and sewer infrastructure at Zion Crossroads,” 82 percent of respondents agreed fully, 14 percent agreed with reservations, and only 4 percent disagreed.
But when asked the same question in the negative, “I do not believe the county needs to have good water and sewer infrastructure at Zion Crossroads,” the numbers changed. While those who agreed fully held steady at 5 percent, those who agreed with reservations plummeted to 2 percent, and those who did not “agree with this statement at all” shot up to 93 percent.
Only 4 to 7 percent of respondents indicated that they do not support “the county moving forward with the Zion Crossroads water project with the Department of Corrections,” and just 5 to 9 percent disagreed with the statement, “I support the county moving forward with the James River Water Authority (JRWA) project.”
Recently the county voted to move forward with a water project that would bring 75,000 gallons per day of water from the Department of Corrections on Rt. 250 to the Zion Crossroads area at a cost of about $8 to $10 million. On Dec. 2 the Board of Supervisors will vote on whether to approve the JRWA project, which would pump up to 12 million gallons of water per day from the James River to a junction. From that point Louisa County would shuttle water through Fluvanna to a treatment center it would construct at Ferncliff, then on to Zion Crossroads. Fluvanna’s portion of the JRWA costs would be between $4 and $5 million.
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