Albemarle Supervisors Discuss Funding for Biscuit Run, Transportation
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Albemarle County supervisors are discussing a number of issues affecting community members, including jump-starting Biscuit Run Park and innovating public transportation services.
Supervisors say improving both of these public services will make a difference in people's lives, especially as they look to enjoy county resources.
Supervisors are asking the General Assembly for $5 million. The county has already committed $4 million of its own 2020 budget to develop Biscuit Run Park. Supervisors are hoping to get a total of $15 million from the state over the course of three years.
“We think this is completely appropriate because they can help us to do the phase one parking lot and get our citizens access to the trails,” said supervisor Ann Mallek.
Another item on Wednesday’s agenda was reviewing the county's fill and waste regulations. This refers to policy allowing landowners to accept certain construction debris for agricultural purposes.
“Some rural land owners find that they can make money,” said supervisor Liz Palmer.
Supervisors say that can pose issues, as farmers may start accepting materials without a means to use for agriculture.
“There's a lot of good actors, we can't lose track of the fact that there's a lot of good reasons for this or you know for that practice,” Palmer said. “What we're trying to do is, is put some stricter regulations in there.
Last on the list of presentations was a report from the CEO of JAUNT. The Public Transportation Service plans to launch an on-demand service app, similar to Uber or Lyft, next year.
“It will empower the customers to have be much more involved in scheduling their routes and it's going to be, I think, quite exciting,” Mallek said.
Supervisors also heard about a host of other issues, including their long range transportation plan and the budget for fiscal year 2020.