November 21, 2013
There was a lot of controversy over a 3-2 vote from the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors Wednesday night. The vote allows a water treatment plant by the company Aqua Virginia, to come to Zion Crossroads.
There has been much debate on this issue and critics say the deal would force people using wells to connect to the system, but supporters, like county chair Shaun Kenney, say it will provide infrastructure for economic development.
“It's a win, win for all parties,” says Kenney. “It's $43 million in tax relief at the end of 20 years.”
“That's money we can put in schools, deputies, it's good for Fluvanna and it finally gets us into the 20th century where we belong,” says Kenney.
Back in October the board agreed to end the deal with Aqua Virginia and according to the Fluvanna Review, during Wednesday night's meeting, there was still dispute among supervisors, wondering where this vote came from.
Some Fluvanna county residents want to keep the county rural; Kenney says there's room for development.
“We've cut all of the money we've possibly be able to cut from education, from deputies, from county staff,” says Kenney. “There's no one that can save us but ourselves, so unless we put the infrastructure in the ground and plan ahead, to bring the type of economic development that will keep us stable and secure and meet the challenges we are facing from Richmond to Washington, we're never going to be able to adequately meet our services and we are never going to move in the 21st century in a real way.”
The project will take a little over a year to complete and would cost around $18 million.
We reached out to supervisors Don Weaver, and Bob Ullenbruch to get a better understanding of why they voted against bringing Aqua Virginia to Zion Crossroads, but they did not respond to our calls.