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The Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln, demanded “…government of the people, by the people, for the people…”
Contrast those soaring words carved into the wall of our nation’s Lincoln Memorial to a remark by Fluvanna Supervisors’ Chairman Mozell Booker during a supervisors’ meeting Aug. 6:
“Why do we make our rules and ordinances if we are just going to listen to the people?” (As reported in Fluvanna Review for August 14-20, 2014.)
Booker’s comment was shocking on its face. Even worse, though, she asked this question by way of explaining why she voted for an exception to one of the ordinances she mentioned. That’s right. She did not vote for the ordinance. She voted for the exception.
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I am extremely disappointed in the vote to approve Poplar Ridge. I do not possess the knowledge to determine adequacy of ground water or whether the septic systems will be able to adequately handle the waste generated by this development. Also, will this development generate sufficient tax revenue to pay for the additional costs (schools for one) incurred by the county, or will we face additional tax increases to cover needed county revenue?
I cannot believe that our supervisors are apparently accepting the word of a hydrologist hired by the developer without the county hiring an independent hydrologist. The developer would be billed for this independent survey. If this is not accomplished and my well runs dry, shall I bill Mozell Booker, Tony O’Brien and Bob Ullenbruch or the county for the cost of drilling a new well?
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I am writing to inform members of the community that I have heard conversation at the restaurant that the Ashlawn Grille is in danger of closing in the very near future because of a pending disruption of service between Skip Alston and his customers by some of the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association staff and Board members.
As we all know, restaurants have a high mortality rate in the first five years of operation. Skip has survived for nine years and we are about to lose him. Previous Boards granted the Alstons certain guarantees, understandings and promises on a “gentleman’s handshake.” Some of the present Board and the general manager would like to renege on these agreements, effectively putting the Ashlawn Grille out of business.
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We have a wonderful group of women at our Lake who make handcrafted items (quilt, stitch, crochet, knit) and then donate the proceeds from their products. Last year, they donated their proceeds from the vendor and craft sale to Lake Monticello Fire & Rescue. The Piecemakers make quality pieces and will once again be selling their handcrafted items at the craft and vendor sale at the fire and rescue building on Sat. (Sept. 20) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We wish to publicly thank them for their contributions and hope that the community will come out and buy their products as, once again, they will be donating the proceeds to fire and rescue.

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I would like to express my support of the Ashlawn Grille and Skip Alston.
He has provided our community with a much needed service for almost a decade of his life. I feel that he, a neighbor in good standing, should be supported in his efforts. My hope is that Lake Monticello will respect our neighbor Skip and find a just and equitable solution to whatever this mysterious disagreement is. Since it is a human problem, I am confident a solution can be found. Skip is an asset to this community.

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