Fluvanna Review

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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Rob Browning with his art.It was hot, triple digit temperature day and in Palmyra they had no electricity, so things were heating up at Maggie’s house and elsewhere. But by 11, the lights and air conditioning were back on and the artists were chatting with onlookers about their work at the second annual Artist’s Studio Tour.

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David MooreAt the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association meeting Thursday (May 24) the board welcomed a new finance director, decided on how to handle deer and heard about how to protest the proposed Aqua Virginia rate hike.

Association General Manager Catherine Neelley introduced the new Finance Director David Moore. Moore is a Lake resident.

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The Fluvanna County School Board voted 4-1 (Charles Rittenhouse, Cunningham District, dissenting) on Feb. 11 to approve a fiscal year 2016 budget request for local funding in the amount of $16,495,653. This request will be submitted to the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Feb. 18. The 2015 fiscal year local funding was $15,251,745. This year’s request marks a $1,243,908 increase in local funding for Fluvanna’s schools.
The total requested FY 2016 appropriation, including funds from Fluvanna, the state, and the federal government, is $37,485,969. That includes state funding of $19,096,059 and federal funding of $1,120,457, as well as $773,800 of other local funding.
The budget request includes $300,000 to “hold harmless” school employees from increases in the cost of their health insurance. An additional $322,245 is earmarked for compensation for school employees; $69,729 of that is offset by changes by the governor in the VRS employment rate. Additional staff and professional development accounts for $187,995 of the increase, and technology replacement will cost an additional $300,000.
The meeting was also an opportunity for the public to learn about the budget and to address comments to the board about the budget; only one person chose to speak.
The school board also approved the 2015-2016 school year calendar. The first day of school will be August 10; Dec. 18 would be a half day and students would be off the weeks of Dec. 21 and Dec. 28; they would return on Jan. 5. Spring Break is scheduled for the first full week in April, and school ends for the year on May 20.
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If the new James River Water Authority (JRWA) pipeline intake and pumping station ends up located too close to the historic Point of Fork arsenal at the confluence of the James and Rivanna Rivers, the Fluvanna Historical Society is concerned that one of the county’s most historic sites could be endangered or even destroyed, said Historical Society President Marvin Moss.
On behalf of the historical society, Moss wrote a letter to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) declaring the arsenal site “a major part of Fluvanna’s history” and urging the DHR to “take an active role in protecting this site and ensuring that it is properly preserved during the planning and construction phases” of the waterline project.
“The Point of Fork arsenal was throughout the Revolutionary War the site where most of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s military supplies were stored,” Moss wrote in his letter. “This important complex…included the armory, magazine, machine shop, barracks and other structures for provisions and military stores. It was in fact the target of advancing British forces and had to be abandoned eventually as they approached... In fact a reproduction of the arsenal building is on both the county’s flag and its official seal.”
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