Fluvanna Review

Aqua Virginia customers may soon pay more for their water and sewer.
If Aqua receives the full amount of the increase it requested from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) in August, its customers will pay between 8 and 21 percent more for water and between 4 and 13 percent more for sewer.
Shannon V. Becker, president of Aqua Virginia, estimates that Lake Monticello customers would see a 15 percent increase in water rates and a 5 percent increase in sewer rates. So for the average Lake Monticello household using 3,150 gallons of water per month, the Aqua bill would increase from about $110 to about $120.
In its application with the SCC, Aqua gave three reasons for its request for rate increases: significant infrastructure improvements the company completed for its water and sewer systems, increases in operational expenses, and a decrease in customer water usage.
Just this past summer at Lake Monticello, said Becker, Aqua replaced the surface water plant’s filter media in order to better filter deposits. Recently Aqua has also installed plate settlers, a new vacuum system, filter drains, and a chemical building. It has replaced 4,000 manual water meters with new radio-frequency meters, installed remote monitoring systems, and upgraded several sewer lift stations.
Operational expenses are also on the rise, Becker said, between increases in medical costs and benefits for employees, jumps in fuel and chemical prices, and raised rates from vendors that do lab testing. Plus, Aqua has to base its rate increase requests on expenses as they exist at the time of the application. Right now Aqua’s rates reflect expenses as they were in November 2011. So they continually operate off of outdated expenses: “We’re always looking backward,” Becker said.
Decreases in customer water usage also plays a role in pricing, Becker explained, because prices set with a certain usage in mind don’t yield as much revenue when customers end up using less water than they did before. “In the last six years we’ve seen a 12.8 percent average decrease in consumption for metered customers across the state,” he said. Not only that, but the average Lake Monticello household uses 650 gallons less per month than the average Virginia household, Becker said.
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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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Catherine NeelleyJust two months into her new job as general manager of Lake Monticello, Catherine Neelley sits confidently in her office, jotting off e-mails. It’s two in the afternoon. She hasn’t eaten lunch yet. She’s been too busy. Add a comment

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The Carysbrook Center for the Performing Arts and the Fluvanna County Arts Council (FCAC) has rolled out their 2014-2015 season of performances and this season is infused with a myriad of performances sure to please the most selective of music and theater lovers.
The performances include everything from country music to bluegrass, from live theater with the Persimmon Tree Players and Langden Mason to singers, comedians, and the Charlottesville Municipal Band ensembles. The FCAC has gone all out to make this a season people will remember and bring people back to live theater beginning with country duo Wilson Fairchild set to play on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
If you are a fan of country music, don’t miss Wilson Fairchild. Their rich vocals and classic country sound are evocative of the days when country music was pure in sound and unique in its own rhythm and genre.
“We love country music and will never let it die,” says the duo. Will and Langdon Reid, sometimes known as the Reid boys among those who know them well, have been performing, composing and playing music ever since they were in their teens. Will Reid is the son of Harold Reid and Langdon is the son of Dan Reid of the legendary Statler Brothers.
Following Wilson Fairchild will be Fluvanna’s only community theater group, the Persimmon Tree Players. This season they will be performing Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap, still running in theaters in London and the U.S. It’s a classic whodunit in the Christie style with twists and turns sure to keep everyone wondering “Who done it?”
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Fluvanna Art Assoication members (front) Page Gifford, Maria Carter,Deborah Nixon, Gayle Bielanski (back) Loli Stams, Izzy Hickey, Mickey Meyer and Carolyn Brown.It was a long time in coming, but a small group of members from the Fluvanna Art Association finally spread their wings and traveled over to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Member Gayle Bielanski, arranged for a private tour of a couple of exhibits the members were interested in, including the late 19th century and 20th century American art. The members looked in awe at the opulence reflected in the period of the late 19th century. Pam, their guide for the tour, explained this was commonplace for wealthy individuals to display their wealth openly. Pam skillfully combined elements of these periods, to complete an interesting art history as the members toured the American wing.

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