24 November 2015
Supervisor Tony O’Brien said that the amendment, which is not yet available on the county’s website, stipulates that Louisa will make “every effort possible” to have 400,000 gallons per day of water for Fluvanna’s use at Zion Crossroads by Dec. 31, 2018. Per the agreement, he said Fluvanna will be able to purchase that water at Louisa’s then-current commercial rate.
“In essence this agreement provides a pathway for us to have quantities of water at Zion Crossroads sufficient for decades to come, at a cost that is significantly below any cost that has previously been seen by the Board,” said O’Brien.
The vote, which was not on the agenda, took place after the regular portion of the meeting had come to a close. When supervisors exit for closed session, typically any remaining members of the public and media leave. Closed sessions can last for hours. Supervisors then reconvene in open session to certify that their closed session only pertained to matters which they are permitted to privately discuss. Often, though not always, the meeting immediately adjourns.
This time, however, O’Brien brought up the idea to vote on the amended interjurisdictional agreement. Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch was not present at the meeting, and when the topic arose Supervisor Mike Sheridan exited the meeting in conformance with his promise to recuse himself from discussions on the LCWA pipeline, as a portion of it is proposed to run through his property. So only three supervisors – O’Brien, Chairperson Mozell Booker, and Supervisor Don Weaver – voted on the agreement, which passed 2-1 (Weaver dissenting).
When asked why the issue didn’t come up during the regular portion of the meeting, when the public was present, neither O’Brien nor County Administrator Steve Nichols would comment.
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