Fluvanna Review

Coach Cos DiFazio meets with his swimmers.The Jefferson Swim League held its 47th championship swim meet at the Fork Union Military Academy (FUMA) pool on Friday and Saturday July 27 and 28. Cos DiFazio, coach of the Fluvanna Aquatic Sports Team (FAST), noted before the meet that this was the biggest swim meet ever held in Fluvanna County. Over 2,000 youth swimmers, representing 16 teams competed in the event. In addition, almost 600 volunteers were needed to bring an event of this size together and make it a success.

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The newly opened Panda Chinese restaurant has a lot going for it, food-wise that is. If you’re one of the ones looking for décor and ambiance, Chinese red walls and gold Oriental fans, that is not what Panda is all about. The restaurant offers take-out, a few tables set up for eating in, and catering for small or large parties. It is a place for the true Chinese food lover.

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Chris VanSlooten, FUMA aquatics director.More than 2,000 swimmers and their families are coming to Fork Union for two days of racing this weekend.

Fork Union Military Academy is opening its doors to the Jefferson Swim League for its annual swim championship July 27 and 28, said Chris VanSlooten, FUMA aquatics director. Add a comment

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In the fast-paced development game, Fluvanna is getting shut out.
In a world where companies move from scoping out sites to making location commitments in a mere matter of months, having a site ready to go is key in snagging a business’s attention.
But Fluvanna doesn’t have any sites that are ready to go.
In fact, according to a tier system developed by Timmons Group in which a tier five site shows prime readiness for development, all Fluvanna has to offer is tier one.
The Central Virginia Partnership for Economic Development commissioned Timmons Group, a design firm with an office in Charlottesville, to study one site per county in the region, analyzing site strengths and shortfalls, and advising counties on how to whip them into shape.
Fluvanna’s studied spot was the Cosner site, a 108-acre parcel of land near Rt. 250 just behind the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, owned by Dillard Cosner. But the site, picked by Fluvanna because of its size and prospects for development, ended up ranked the lowest tier possible.
According to the Timmons Group system, tier one means there’s a willing seller but no county control: Fluvanna doesn’t own the Cosner site, which is zoned agricultural. And there’s not much there, just raw land.
Tier two means the county has control over the site, whether through ownership or some sort of partnership. Business zoning is in place and minimal “due diligence,” such as surveys and environmental reports, have been done.
A tier three site has significant due diligence in place, as well as a master plan that explores what sort of buildings and roads the land can hold and what kind of storm water management will be needed.
Tier four means the site is ready to go with property issues cleared and a building pad in place. Water and sewer connections are on site and grading has been completed.
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The verdict is in. Aqua Virginia customers are stuck with the company’s requested rate increase.
The State Corporation Commission (SCC) ordered Thursday (Jan. 7) that Aqua could collect 87 percent of the additional revenue it requested through a rate increase for its customers, which include the residents of Lake Monticello. Aqua had asked for $1,707,180 in additional annual revenue; the SCC granted $1,489,617
This decision grants more to Aqua than recommended in September by Howard P. Anderson, Jr., the SCC’s hearing examiner for the Aqua case. Anderson had recommended the SCC grant 83 percent of Aqua’s requested revenue increase.
Lake residents have overwhelmingly opposed the rate increase, saying that their bills are already unreasonably high. Aqua has estimated that the average Lake Monticello household, which it says uses 3,150 gallons of water per month, pays about $120 per month for water and sewer now that the rate increase is in effect.
“The increase enables Aqua to recover capital-related costs since the utility’s last rate request in 2011 and to cover increased operating costs to provide water and wastewater service to customers and comply with environmental and health regulations,” stated Gretchen Toner, Aqua spokesperson. “This amounts to about a 4 percent yearly increase in water rates and a nearly 2 percent yearly increase in sewer rates since Aqua’s last rate increase.”
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