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In 1995, I was a young adult who was given the opportunity to serve Fluvanna County as a deputy clerk for the circuit court. Over the next six years, I had the privilege of working for a public servant who possessed a passion for bettering our community. Bouson E. Peterson, Jr., clerk of the circuit court, deserves to be recognized for his dedication and service to this county.
After 26 years of service to Fluvanna County, Mr. Peterson has decided not to seek re-election as clerk. As a citizen of Fluvanna County, I would like to thank Mr. Peterson for his public service to this county. His commitment to office and experience as an attorney-at-law have been instrumental in making the Fluvanna County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office the best in Central Virginia and one of the best in the Commonwealth. He has made many contributions to this county but one that stands above all is his dedication and tireless effort in seeing the new courthouse through planning and construction. His input was instrumental in realizing this change and step forward for Fluvanna. The citizens of this county have been the beneficiaries of Mr. Peterson’s immeasurable contributions and we should be thankful.
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Those supporting the renovation proposals at Lake Monticello are not a special interest group, as some have suggested, but are a large number of people who are concerned about the long term health of their community. These are folks who do not wish to live in a deteriorating community. They want to maintain their property values and they are willing to spend 26 cents a day to help make that happen.
And I am saying this from the perspective of someone who has lived here for over 20 years and served the Lake Monticello Owners’ Association organization in several capacities, on the Board, on committees and even a short stint as interim general manager. My hat goes off to the current Board, the staff and the committees that have put together this renovation effort. Not only have they given members of the community ample opportunities, via surveys and town meetings, to provide input to this effort but they have provided a great deal of detailed information on the plans and costs for these projects.
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I am writing in support of Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project. The project is supported by Republicans and Democrats and supported by all three governors of the states impacted – West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Governors have agreed this project is important for their state’s economic health.
We all know that due to increased federal regulation our coal plants have suddenly become obsolete. We must replenish this lost source of energy, and fast. The purpose of the ACP is to move abundant natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale basins of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to markets requesting access to this low-cost energy supply. The benefits of natural gas are clear and not just savings in energy costs, but this project will bring construction activity of the ACP and can inject an annual average of $456.3 million into the economy of the three-state combined region, supporting 2,873 annual jobs in the region from 2014 to 2019. The gas pipeline is also projected to bring businesses due to the updated infrastructure.
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I want to thank the Fluvanna Supervisors for allowing me to speak at the May 20 Board Meeting regarding the proposed contract with EMS Management & Consulting, Inc.
I recognize the desire of the Board to have two EMS ambulances on duty 24/7, and to recover the cost of paying the University of Virginia over $600,000 each year to provide two EMS personnel 24/7, effectively replacing the Fluvanna County Rescue Squad. The Lake Monticello Volunteer Rescue Squad provides the second 24/7 EMS crew.
My primary concern with the contract is to understand who is going to be billed for 911 EMS calls. For Fluvanna residents, is it just Medicare and the insurance companies, with the patient deemed to have paid the amount not covered by insurance by virtue of the county taxes they pay? Or is the patient going to get a $500 bill because of insurance deductibles or because insurance wouldn’t cover part or all of the bill?
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I am a lifelong resident of Fluvanna County and have participated, co-chaired and/or have been a team captain for our county’s Relay For Life, for four years in a row. This year’s event was beyond disheartening. I’ve lost grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends to cancer. Haven’t we all? Why don’t more people want to help?
I’m writing to ask, beg and plead for your help. Why has Fluvanna County not rallied behind Relay? The first two years, we raised over $100,000 each year towards cancer research, efforts and local programs. Last year 200 people attended the event and while the numbers were lower, I wasn’t concerned. This year was a different story, altogether. Relay was a flop.
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