Fluvanna Review

Economic development topped the list of concerns among Fluvanna County residents who participated in the 2017 Residents Survey, County Administrator Steve Nichols told the Board of Supervisors at its meeting April 5.

The survey, which ran from Jan. 26 to March 31, received 325 individual responses. Of those who responded, 67 percent were age 50 or older, 64 percent have lived in Fluvanna for more than 10 years, and 61 percent live outside Lake Monticello.

Participants were asked to rate their satisfaction with living in Fluvanna and the quality of the county’s services. They were also asked what they thought should be prioritized by the Board of Supervisors in the coming year.

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Nichols focused his suggestions more on enhancing systems already in place than on establishing new taxes and fees. But one new initiative – a meals tax – sparked a Board argument by touching too closely on a frequent philosophical impasse.

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Santa and child at ToyliftOne big clue that Christmas is nearing takes place on the first Friday of December when Fluvanna folks team up with other Charlottesville-centric counties to make sure the season is a happy one for all local kids.

This year was no different thanks to the efforts of business owners Ed and Denise Lauterbach who, time and again, have filled the corner of the Food Lion parking lot with lots of reasons to celebrate.

Together with the help of everyday people, the Lauterbachs provide sweet treats and entertainment as an open invitation for the public to donate toys.

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Supervisors honor Rudy GarciaThe Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors clashed over the definition of good stewardship as it examined $29,000 in additional money for county staff pay Wednesday night (Aug. 17). Some supported stewarding funds by keeping an eye on dollars spent while others championed stewarding people by looking out for county workers.

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altFluvanna public schools volunteers effect change in some surprising ways.

It is a given they help students and teachers. But do they affect the budget?

Lissa Gooch is a retired Fluvanna teacher and the volunteer coordinator for the schools.

“We have 124 volunteers working in our schools (that’s a total of all four schools) who come in on a regular basis,” Gooch said.

During the six months from August to January, volunteers worked 2,450 hours, Gooch said.

The most recent calculation for what an hour of volunteer time is worth is $23.56, according to the Independent Sector. Multiplying that number by the 2,450 hours worked in the first half of this school year shows volunteers added $57,722 worth of value to the Fluvanna public schools.
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