Fluvanna Review

The two lawsuits that helped propel the James River water project toward approval will be dropped.
“We got what we wanted,” said Mike Lockaby, Louisa County attorney for the James River water project. “A judge hasn’t entered an order yet, but I think we can all safely say that the lawsuits are over.”
On Dec. 30 Louisa County and its supervisors filed suit against Fluvanna County and its supervisors for $40 million based upon Fluvanna’s Dec. 2 denial of permits for the James River water project. On Dec. 31 Louisa County and its supervisors were joined by the Louisa County Water Authority and James River Water Authority in a second suit chiefly concerned with whether Fluvanna should have required the permits in the first place.
On Jan. 20 Supervisor Tony O’Brien confirmed the widespread assumption that the lawsuits were what prompted supervisors to bring the permits back for a second vote that night. They passed unanimously Chairman Mike Sheridan was absent.
“To actually dismiss the case I need to discuss with my client,” said Lockaby, “but yes, we’re in the midst of going through that process. A judge hasn’t entered an order yet, but as far as Louisa’s concerned, we’re done.”
The project will pull water from the James River and pipe in northeast through Fluvanna to Louisa, then on to Zion Crossroads. Louisa has promised to have 400,000 gallons of treated water to Zion Crossroads for Fluvanna’s use by the end of 2018.
“We’re very pleased that, despite this hiccup, Louisa and Fluvanna are working together again as we have for many years,” Lockaby said.

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Lake candidatesLake Monticello Owners Association members will vote for two new board members on June 30. Running for the two seats are Dick Cummings, Page Gifford and Charles Harrelson. The election will fill vacancies created by the expiration of the second three-year term of Don Fickes and the vacant term created by the resignation of Benita Ellen in January.

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A dangerous stretch of road that has seen more than its share of car crashes will be studied by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in the hopes that safety improvements can be made.
Last year there were 10 or 11 accidents on the stretch of Rt. 600 between Broken Island and Lake Monticello’s Riverside Gate, said Sheriff Eric Hess. “Around early December there was a group of five or so,” he said, including a fatality.
“Everybody’s concerned with that area,” said Hess. “There’s really not much difference between those curves and some of the other curves around the county, but there must be other contributing factors.”
So Hess brought Jamie Glass, VDOT residency program manager, along for a ride down Rt. 600 on Thursday (Jan. 28) to see if VDOT could study the area and figure out how to mitigate its danger.
“I’m sending a request to our traffic engineering section asking that they perform a safety review of the corridor between Abby Road and Rt. 618, and specifically concentrate on the series of curves where most of the accidents have taken place,” said Glass.
Glass noted that the road’s speed limit of 45 miles per hour is “already reduced.” He declined to predict what safety improvements VDOT may recommend.
“They may suggest adding extra asphalt along the roadway on both sides to give a little more of a lift to the road, or adding rumble strips,” said Hess. “Then it will come down to whether there is any money for fixing it up.”
Hess hopes to have the report by the end of February. “We’ll go forward with whatever they recommend as long as they’ve got the money,” he said. “We’ll get with the Board of Supervisors and see what we can do.”

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Kelly Williams owns the Painted Horse Ranch.The Painted Horse Ranch Bed and Breakfast isn’t all things to all people, but it could be exactly what you need.

Kelly and Mike Williams own the Painted Horse Ranch just east of the Hardware River on Rt. 6. They call it home and so do about a dozen horses the couple train. Kelly envisioned having a place on their peaceful ranch for people who come to have their horses trained could stay and relax.

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LM BOD candidates Richard Cummings, Page Gifford and Charles HarrelsonThe Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) will hold its 40th Annual Meeting of Members on June 30. This year, the only business for member vote will be the election of two directors from a field of three candidates. Add a comment

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