Residents Express Concerns During AlbCo. Supervisors Meeting

May 1, 2013

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors held a meeting this morning to discuss the status of capital projects and budjets. However, most of the meeting was filled with resident complaints about problems in their neighborhoods.

Some residents spoke on cell phone towers being too close to their neighborhoods or dirt roads that needed to be paved.

But one large concern came from residents who live in the Walnut Hill neighborhood near the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport.

Those residents have seen damage done to their homes as a result of blasting taking place during airport construction.

The executive director of the airport spoke at the meeting, addressing their concerns.

"In June, if weather permits, becasue it's all contingent on weather, we will be at a point where we will be blasting one to two times every one to two weeks up through the end of September into October," explains Melinda Crawford.

As of now, blasts from construction occur three to four times a week.

But residents are not satisfied with the airport's actions to reduce the blasting.

"The airport is not properly addressing the issue and there are damages that are going on but no one is stepping up to act on what's going on," says Rit Venerus, Walnut Hill resident. "We are going to continue to fight for our homes because these are our homes."

Crawford explained that insurance would be available for residents who have damage from the construction blasts, but the question residents are asking is when will that insurance be available to repair their homes.

Board supervisors expressed that they do have a problem with the damages in that area, but they will continue to investigate the issue in later meetings.

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