Fluvanna Review

Plaguing some subdivisions around Fluvanna County is a pesky little problem that sometimes pops up when it snows then lays dormant for the rest of the year – but if left unchecked could blow up into a nightmare for the homeowners who live there.
The problem is this: No one will claim responsibility for the roads.
So when it snows, no one plows – as in the case of Needham Village, a nine-house subdivision off of Rt. 618 (Lake Monticello Road). Residents drive over the snow or remain inside their houses, waiting for it to melt. The slick road is seen by some residents as a nuisance – maybe even a tremendous nuisance – but, after all, one that only pops up two or three times a year.
Or parents drive their children all the way to where their subdivision hits the main road, as in the case of Taylor Ridge off Rt. 53, because school buses usually can’t drive on private roads. It’s an inconvenience – maybe even a terrible inconvenience – but it becomes routine.
But what happens when the roads start falling apart? When the potholes proliferate and the cracks in the asphalt branch like lightning bolts till chunks of the road break under the weight of the cars driving over it? Who pays for the road then?
It could be the homeowners.
How did this happen?
During the boom in the early 2000s developers flocked to create subdivisions – many right here in Fluvanna – and the thought of what could happen if they were left unfinished typically didn’t arise, said Steve Tugwell, senior planner for Fluvanna County, “because people were finishing them.”

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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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Lewis Field. Photo by Christina Dimeo GusemanFamily and friends of Fluvanna’s missing woman, Janet Renee Field, gathered in front of Subway near Lake Monticello on Saturday afternoon (March 7) to keep her in the forefront of people’s minds as her case passes the eight-month mark.
Kenny Jarels of Help Save the Next Girl, the organization that put on this event for Renee Field and for missing Albemarle woman Bonnie Santiago, emphasized that the two women haven’t gotten as much media attention as their younger counterparts. “Morgan Harrington and Hannah Graham have been found,” he said. “We want these cases to get attention too. We want to keep them fresh in people’s minds. We want to get some closure for these families.”
Shaking loose a memory or dislodging a piece of helpful information from local folks’ minds is the primary goal of these events. Perhaps someone saw something suspicious around the time Renee Field disappeared but hasn’t quite connected the dots, Jarels has said. Also, reminding people about her case keeps them looking for her – or for anything suspicious.
Renee Field, who was 49 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen at her Scottsville-area home July 2 by her husband, Lewis Field. In the early morning on July 4 her burgundy Subaru Forester was found at the park and ride commuter lot at Zion Crossroads. While her purse, keys, and cell phone were still in the car, her driver’s license, credit cards, and cash were missing.
Lewis Field said that there is no new information in his wife’s case. “I went through with tidying the house,” he said, “seeing if anything struck me, but nothing popped – nothing unusual.”

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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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