The longtime debate between Louisa and Fluvanna counties over funding a pipeline is over.
Louisa County has succeeded in its push to connect one of its developments to water from the James River.
Both boards of supervisors met Tuesday night and came to a speedy, one-sided agreement. The meeting only took about 20 minutes. Louisa County proposed footing the bill for the entire project, an offer Fluvanna County couldn't turn down.
"It took a 24-minute conversation to end a 15-year debate," said Shaun Kenney, chair of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors.
Louisa County proposed to fund the entire $55 million project, with no cost to Fluvanna County.
"It has not fit well with Fluvanna's budget at this point. We feel that it is a point where we can now move ahead with it. Our budget will allow us to do the project and hopefully down the road both counties are going to end up with a great benefit as a result of it," said Willie Harper, chair of the Louisa County Board of Supervisors.
The 22-mile pipeline will run from Columbia, a change from the Zion Crossroads proposal, into Louisa County, where Louisa will construct and operate a water treatment facility.
The original agreement was to split the project 50-50 until Fluvanna supervisors pulled the plug in 2010. Now it can finally move forward.
"We think that this is the start of something that is going to be very beneficial for both counties," Harper said.
Both boards say it is a good decision and it will resolve long-term water needs for both sides. It also takes the pressure off Fluvanna County.
"If Louisa is willing to pay for a water pipeline, we're willing to work together to get that done," Kenney said.
While details are still vague, Louisa County is asking for an additional vote on the James River Water Authority Board, something Fluvanna County says still needs to be ironed out.
There are still details that need to be hashed out before anything can get started.
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