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At the July 15 Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board decided not follow Albemarle, Louisa, Nelson, and Madison counties, who consider the balance of EMS charges not covered by insurance to be covered by resident’s county taxes. Instead, they voted 3-1 (Mr. Sheridan was absent) to bill 911 EMS patients for the balance of charges not covered by insurance.
The charges are higher than surrounding counties, as well. Fluvanna charges for BLS, ALS 1, ALS 2, & mileage are $444, $527, $762, and 13.78, respectively. Louisa’s are $400, $500, $600, and $10, respectively. In the presentation to the BOS, it was pointed out that significant amounts would be generated by Fluvanna’s mileage charge.
The bill for BLS, ALS 1, ALS 2 transport from the Lake Slice Gate/CVS to Martha Jefferson will be $651, $734, and $970, respectively. Add $64 if going to the University of Virginia Medical Center. The bill from Fork Union Firehouse/Community Center will be $794, $877, and $1,113, respectively. Add $55 if going to U.Va.
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The Fluvanna Leadership Development Program (FLDP) is accepting applications until August 15 for its’ 13th class beginning in September. The FLDP offers a unique learning opportunity to all residents of the county. I graduated from FDLP this past spring, and what a great experience it was.
I learned about Fluvanna history and had the opportunity to explore the county by bus with folks who know the county inside and out. They pointed out the historical significance of sites that I had often driven by but never appreciated. We also had the opportunity to visit one of Fluvanna’s historic plantation houses.
From talking with people knowledgeable about our government I gained a better understanding of county organization and infrastructure: who reports to whom, where county revenue comes from and how it’s spent, how the school system works and is funded, plans for economic development, law enforcement, volunteer fire and emergency services, etc. Steve Nichols, Gena Keller and many other Fluvanna leaders and staff shared their knowledge and insight.
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I write to ask that everyone who understands that peace comes through strength to write our two senators to urge them to publicly announce their opposition to the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. It is simply a bad and dangerous deal. As Alan Dershowitz noted, this deal does not actually achieve what President Obama purports it will achieve, and will end up like the fiasco of the Clinton deal with North Korea (http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/6167/does-this-deal-prevent-iran-from-developing). At least with North Korea China struggles to keep them from destabilizing the neighborhood too much. There is no such constraint with Iran. Russia and China simply hope that Iran will be our problem, not theirs. Virginia, as the home to the largest naval station in the world, will be called upon far more to undo the damage that will arise from this false deal than other states that do not house our nation’s military infrastructure. Thus our senators have a special burden to protect our nation from a dangerous deal that will only invite a nuclear arms race to unfold in the most dangerous region in the world.

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I the July 9 edition of the Fluvanna Review, it was reported that the Fluvanna Historical Society had recommended that the new sign for the area around the Confederate Memorial name it Confederate Park. In fact that is incorrect. The Historical Society had recommended that the sign indicate that the area was to be called Memorial Park since there was nothing in our archives to indicate that it had ever been officially given any name. We continue to stand by naming the park, “Memorial Park.”

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It is alleged that ISIS has reduced to rubble the ancient statues and monuments at Palmyra, Syria. It now appears that ISIS has finally arrived at the modern town of Palmyra, Virginia USA! What disposition will be made of the Confederate Park sign? Will it be used for firewood?

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