26 January 2016
After hours of debate, apologies, and passionate speeches from the public, the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors reversed its position on the James River water project by unanimously voting Wednesday night (Jan. 20) to approve the two special use permits associated with the project.
In doing so, supervisors may have freed Fluvanna from two lawsuits – one for $40 million – that hinge upon the Board’s Dec. 2 denial of the two permits.
When asked if the lawsuits would be dropped, Mike Lockaby, Louisa county attorney for the James River water project, said that while he needed to confer with Louisa County Administrator Christian Goodwin before making any decisions, he believed Louisa had gotten what it wanted when Fluvanna supervisors passed the permits.
Chairman Mike Sheridan was absent for health reasons. Because a 2-2 vote fails, three supervisors needed to support the permits in order for them to pass. Supervisor Don Weaver voted against them on Dec. 2, and new Supervisor Trish Eager voted against them while she was on the Planning Commission.
But all four supervisors voted for both permits – two after delivering heart-felt apologies to Fluvanna residents.
“The decision here tonight was made two years ago,” said Supervisor Don Weaver, referring to the 2013 interjurisdictional agreement approved by the Board – but not by Weaver – that bound Fluvanna to passing the zoning for the James River water project. “It seems like you the people never really get listened to.”