The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors called a special meeting Friday morning to talk about the water pipeline project with Louisa County that appears to have been pushed aside. But instead of doing the talking, the supervisors did much of the listening, to angry voters on both sides of the debate.
The original purpose of the meeting was to decide whether the board should apply for bond extension with the Virginia Resource Authority (VRA), a potential funding source for a pipeline. Turns out, the VRA already granted the extension. But with such a large crowd, supervisors used the nearly two hour meeting to address looming concerns.
Emotions ran hot for some tax payers and even supervisors at Friday's special meeting. About a dozen people voiced their concerns about a pipeline with Louisa County. Robert Glass supports the proposed project.
"This is to benefit the whole county, not just portions of it," he stated. "But it's to benefit and for the good of the whole county."
But not everyone shares Glass' opinion. Adrian Miller sees the proposed deal with Louisa County as unfair, saying Louisa would benefit more.
"My feelings are: we have the water, they need it, we don't," said Miller. "Why should we pay for half of their water?"
The issue of the pipeline has been going on for 15 years now. Earlier this month, Louisa County gave Fluvanna an ultimatum: you are either in or out when it comes to the pipeline. That deadline expired this week, but Fluvanna County says it still wants to talk to its neighbor.
"Louisa and Fluvanna need to sit down and actually hammer out the final agreement," said Fluvanna Supervisor Shaun Kenney. "Until that conversation occurs, nothing is going to proceed."
While there are plenty of different opinions about water in the county, there was one thing everyone agreed on Friday: securing a future for the county. Fluvanna Supervisor Mozell Booker reminded her colleagues that differences of opinion need to be put aside, and everyone needs to work together.
In a statement, Louisa County Administrator Dale Mullen says the two counties will meet on August 23 to discuss any further action.