Fluvanna Review

Jamie Beadle of Lake Monticello Water Rescue. Photo by Tricia JohnsonArnie and Adrian Wipf, ages 4 and 5…Kyron Aikens, 13…Zae’ Quan White, 7…Kymello McLane, 8…Carter Dyke, 14. These are just some of the names of children who have fallen through ice and drowned since the 1st of January. One of these children was in Maryland, another in North Carolina. In Virginia there have been heart-stopping near misses in Fairfax, Virginia Beach, and Roanoke, where children had ventured out onto the ice, fallen through, and were drowning when rescued, just in the nick of time.
Lake Monticello Police have responded to dozens of calls from residents concerned about children playing on the ice covering the lake, according to LMPD Chief Tom Boisvert. While he empathizes with people – including families – who want to go out onto the ice to skate, Boisvert has serious concerns. “The lake doesn’t have a lot of shallow water areas. If someone falls through, it’s going to be deep.” he said.
Posts to the Lake Monticello Facebook page indicate that many of the children that residents have called to report out on the ice have been unattended by adults.
Jamie Beadle of Lake Monticello Water Rescue explained that the ice that forms on lakes and ponds in Virginia is much more dangerous than the ice that forms farther north. Many Lake Monticello residents remember skating on local ponds and lakes in the northern states where they are from; the ice here is very different, and not safe. “…the type of ice that typically forms in Central Virginia is impacted by many things that make it unsafe to venture out on,” Beadle wrote in an email. “While as little as two inches of clear, strong ice can support a single person - the ice that we have seen form on area waterways in the last week is not clear, and not that thick. At the Lake Monticello main beach on Saturday morning, the ice was only an inch thick near the docks. It also was not clear,” he added, “but cloudy from freeze and thaw cycles.” He added that snow cover on the ice also weakens it.
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Comedian Sid Davis will perform in Fluvanna on Oct. 20.The Fluvanna Arts Council’s 14th season is moving in a new direction, bringing in more local talent, some familiar favorites and some newcomers and lower ticket prices. Kicking off the 2012-2013 season on Oct. 20 is comedian Sid Davis from North Carolina. Davis’ act is described as family-friendly fun and invigorating. Davis pokes fun at everyday events and keeps audiences rolling with laughter. Add a comment

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It was opening day at the Fluvanna Farmers Market on April 3. Once again the people of Fluvanna can buy truly locally grown fresh produce where the person they meet is the person who grew it. 
We are pretty strict about that. Co- manager Jutta Glasscock visits farms to be sure, if they say they grew it, they did!  We are unique among markets and CSA’s – where sometimes produce is purchased regionally for resale.

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The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday night (Feb. 18) to advertise a real property tax rate of 93.5 cents, up 7.5 cents or 8.7 percent from fiscal year 2016’s equalized rate of 86 cents per $100 valuation – if it sticks.
Supervisors vote to advertise a tax rate that may or may not end up being the actual tax rate for the county. They can set the tax rate at or lower than the rate they advertise, but cannot raise it without re-advertising to the public – a usually prohibitive process that would delay the implementation of a budget until June, County Administrator Steve Nichols said.
Only about three citizens stayed for the vote who were not county staff, news reporters, or directly affiliated with the public school system.
Fluvanna County Superintendent Gena Keller began the budget talk by presenting the schools’ budget request. “We asked for what we needed,” she told supervisors.
Keller requested $16.5 million in local funds, or $1.243 million above local funding from last year: $190,000 to cover a state funding drop, $253,000 for salaries, $313,000 for health insurance, $188,000 for additional staff and professional development, and $300,000 for technology replacement.
Forthcoming state legislation could change the amount of her request, lowering it to $1.12 million or raising it to $1.275 million.
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Bringing the first batch of water and sewer to Zion Crossroads may cost Fluvanna County about $8 million, Jeff Kapinos of RK&K Engineers told supervisors Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 18) as he presented his company’s preliminary engineering report.
The $8 million would provide Fluvanna’s Zion Crossroads area with about 75,000 gallons per day of water through an agreement with the Department of Corrections (DOC). It would also pay for sewer force mains, or collection pipes. Kapinos said he considered this plan to provide for Fluvanna’s short-term needs.
In the “mid-term” Kapinos recommended finding a way to supplement the DOC option, and ultimately pointed to the James River Water Authority (JRWA). “That really is your long-term solution,” he said.
As the first part of a plan, the DOC “is a very good deal,” he said.
Wayne Stephens, director of public works, told supervisors that buying water from Louisa County would come at a much higher cost per gallon.
“You can’t beat the DOC numbers,” Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch agreed. “And it gives us the opportunity to start up at a fairly low cost.”
Throughout the evening Supervisor Tony O’Brien tried to make the point that while he supported the DOC option, he didn’t want its $8 million price tag to weigh against any future investments supervisors may make in bringing water to the area. “If you’re saying let’s spend $8 million today, don’t be surprised by the next request,” he said, referring to the significant cost of a partnership with Louisa.
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