Fluvanna Supervisors at Odds Over Approved Aqua Virginia Deal
Some Fluvanna supervisors are fired up after Wednesday night's board meeting. The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a controversial $20 million Aqua Virginia proposal, even though the issue wasn't on the agenda.
Supervisor Donald Weaver called what happened "the shadiest deal the county has ever performed.” And he isn't the only supervisor upset about the unexpected motion.
Vice Chair Bob Ullenbruch says he was caught off-guard when fellow board member Joseph Chesser unexpectedly put the motion on the table during old business at the end of the meeting. The vote came so late, most of the public and media had already left.
Ullenbruch says he thinks supervisors Shaun Kenney, Mozell Booker and Joe Chesser met with Aqua Virginia over the past few weeks to come up with a deal nobody else on the board knew about.
Board Chairman Shaun Kenney, on the other hand, says the public has had months to share their opinions about the project and Wednesday's meeting just happened to be when the board took action.
But Ullenbruch disagrees. "It’s not the merits of the contract, it's the tactics that it took to get the contract passed and that's going to be the problem. That's D.C. politics brought to Fluvanna County, only they don't even do that in D.C., they at least put something on the agenda," he said.
Ullenbruch says there aren't any signed contracts yet and he is urging the public to fight back.
The project is supposed to bring water and sewer service to the Zion Crossroads area. It's also supposed to help boost economic growth, create jobs and develop a stronger commercial tax base.
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