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Rt. 600 to Rt. 53 to Ruritan Road will take cyclists to some of our most scenic areas. When cycling these two routes you can experience a nerve-racking moment where a vehicle passes you a little to close and a little to fast. With help from the cycling community and motorists we can ask for the needed Share the Road signs on these two roads. They will alert drivers to the presence of our cyclists. The Share the Road signs that have been placed on Ruritan and Rolling Roads have helped a lot. I can attest to that. Let’s call and ask our representatives to help get these signs. Call Steve Nichols at 434-591-1910. Tony O’Brien at 434-242-1649. Donald Gaines at 434-806-9244. Andrew Scott VDOT representative at 434-422-9859.

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As a former student of FCHS, I realize that I had taken for granted the educational and extracurricular opportunities made available to students while I attended Fluvanna County High School. If students have the capacity to succeed at Fluvanna, they can with AP and PVCC classes offered that are not only more challenging than the average high school curriculum, but also provide opportunities to earn college credits. Some classes also offer students the ability to gain hands-on experience in fields that they may be working in directly out of high school, such as carpentry, photography, and media production. In addition to all of these potential educational opportunities are the successful sports programs that many of my classmates received scholarships for. Fluvanna offers chances to succeed to students of all interests.
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I am an Aqua Virginia customer living at Lake Monticello, Virginia. Aqua Virginia proposes an increase for water and waste of over 12%. Aqua Virginia is seeking higher profits while they fail miserably at their mandate and refuse to resolve problems while also polluting our air.
Residents here already pay more for water than any other location in the U.S., including California.
I find the request for a rate increase to be particularly unthinkable when Aqua Virginia consistently fails our community.
Although I paid a significant amount to buy a home directly on the lake, I am unable to enjoy being out doors due to the septic odors that belch from Aqua Virginia’s grinder pump, which is about .8 miles from my home. The disgusting stench blankets the area, and occurs at the numerous other grinder pumps operated by Aqua Virginia at Lake Monticello. Complaints to Aqua Virginia equals lip service but no improvements. They refuse to fix the problem and then demand rate increases! This odor problem has become increasingly worse over the last two years.
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“To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe” – “You can’t fight City Hall” – Some folks consider these as analogies for the efforts of Lake Monticello’s ad hoc committee against Aqua Virginia’s rate request. We agree that it is a long shot – but-- with enough public outcry it is possible. Water customers of Aqua America in Florida banded together and put sufficient pressure on Florida’s regulatory agency for them to re-examine the ground rules which resulted in great profits for Aqua America (they are very good at what they do) at the expense of their customers (as we know so well.)
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Enough already - another Aqua Virginia water and sewer rate increase of 15% for water and 5% for sewer at Lake Monticello. But there’s more; Aqua’s parent company Aqua America has also petitioned the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) for an infrastructure surcharge that would be applied to your bill to cover infrastructure upgrades. Aqua is taking predatory advantage of both a favorable regulatory climate in the Commonwealth and the lack of consumer advocacy. The surcharge is part of what Aqua America calls Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Service Charge and they are writing their own regulations for the SCC. Whatever Aqua Virginia wants to replace, you pay for it and pay up front.
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