Fluvanna Review

Coach Michele Caron (left) and her assistants brief the Sharks.The Lake Monticello Swim Team defeated the Key West Swim Club by a score of 378-306 on Wednesday (July 18). The meet was held at the Key West neighborhood pool. First year head coach, Michelle Caron said that her team of over 100 youth swimmers has not lost a meet this year, and this was the team’s sixth and final swim meet of the regular season.

Caron, who is a rising junior and varsity swimmer at Bridgewater University, is well known for her swimming prowess. She won the Lake Monticello Fourth of July lake swim repeatedly while she was swimming for the Flucos.

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Photo by Lisa HurdleFor the first time in 15 years, Fluvanna residents will elect a new sheriff at the polls on Nov. 4.
Competing for the office are Sheriff Eric Hess, 57, who was appointed sheriff when former Sheriff Ryant Washington resigned last May to take a gubernatorial appointment, and Mark Belew, 36, an Albemarle County detective who investigates Internet crimes against children.
The Fluvanna Review asked both candidates to respond to five questions.
What goals do you want the sheriff’s office to achieve within the first year of your time as sheriff?
Hess: I will continue working on the accreditation of the sheriff’s office. Our agency is in the top 30 percent of law enforcement agencies in the state of Virginia who are accredited or are in the self-assessment phase of accreditation.
I would like to see at least two satellite offices for increased access for the community and efficient sheriff’s office services. Collaborating with an established business or shopping area would be an ideal way to accomplish this. Even a small office area, where the deputies can return phone calls, meet with citizens and work on reports, would allow the deputies more visibility.
I would increase the size of our reserve deputy and volunteers in police service (VIPS) programs to relieve some of the agency workload.
Belew: Any law enforcement agency can only be as effective as the relationship it shares with the community it serves. Community policing models can be effective in encouraging dialogue, building public trust and engaging citizens to become involved in the safety and security of their community. The formation of a citizen’s advisory committee (CAC) is a proven method to bolster the relationship and bridge the gap between police and the community, and this can easily be done within the first year of office.
A CAC is a diverse committee formed of citizens from various parts of the county. The members of this committee discuss community issues with their law enforcement professionals to provide a unique insight into problems that are typically not evident through traditional police patrols. Furthermore, it allows members of the community the ability to have direct input into initiatives that directly influence their everyday lives.
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Ian Jackson, of I and J Home Builders talked to the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association Board at Thursday (June 28) night’s board meeting about more than 30 acres he hopes to buy on the Lake side of Route 618. Jackson said he plans to build homes that would cost between $190,000 and $200,000.

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The Planning Commission met Oct. 20 and 21 to gather information about the Comprehensive Plan. Photo by Tricia JohnsonThe Fluvanna County Planning Commission and staff are busy revising Fluvanna’s Comprehensive Plan, a document heavily relied on by planning commissioners, county government, and the Board of Supervisors when making decisions about progress and preservation in the community.
Toward that end, they hosted two Comprehensive Plan Review public meetings on Oct. 20 and 21 to engage Fluvanna citizens in amending the plan that guides Fluvanna’s future.
Jay Lindsey, the county’s long-range planner, was hoping to accomplish two things with these meetings. “The planning commission and staff get a chance to involve the citizens with what we’ve come up with and what we are working on,” Lindsey said. “Just as importantly, it gives us a chance to learn more about what’s important to the citizens. We get a lot of really valuable information from having dialogue with county residents that we wouldn’t be able to get any other way,” he explained.
State law mandates that each locality have a comprehensive plan, and that it be reviewed and, if necessary, revised every five years. The goal this time around, according to Lindsey, is to better focus the comprehensive plan on practices that can actually be implemented through the commission.
That focus will be more relevant with input from Fluvanna’s citizens. Lindsey called public involvement “essential,” and added, “Citizens know things about the community that we don’t. They understand the local history and economy, and they certainly know what they want in a community. It’s our job to listen and apply planning tools to accomplish what’s important to citizens. Without public input, you’re basically driving with your eyes closed.”
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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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