An unanticipated requirement to extend a 16-inch water line for 1/2 –mile at an estimated cost of $200,000 for construction of the new Page Middle School has the Gloucester School Board looking for help from the Board of Supervisors. The Daily Press reports Superintendent Ben Kiser told the School Board that school system staff learned a few days ago that the county may require the water line to be extended 1/2 –mile beyond the initial terminus on the proposed school’s site plan to have the service available for future development, although no plans for development are imminent. The School Board discussed concerns saying it’s a large volume of water that could become contaminated and leech back into the middle school’s system with no guarantees of future development down the road.
Virginia Peninsula Foodbank officials are starting their first community garden, with the bounty expected to begin growing soon. The garden is located right next to the Foodbank’s facility on Aluminum Avenue in Hampton and volunteers started clearing the space that will be used for the garden as part of National Day of Service activities Jan. 21. A plan is being formulated for using the space to grow the most vegetables, fruits and herbs possible. Donations and volunteers are needed both to provide goods and to work the garden. Plants for the summer garden are expected to be put in around mid-April
GOVERNOR MCDONNELL SAYS HE WILL DROP THE PROPOSAL OF TOLLS ON I-95 IF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSES HIS TRANSPORTATION PLAN. THAT PLAN TOOK THE FIRST STEP TO PASSAGE YESTERDAY WHEN IT PASSED A HOUSE COMMITTEE. THE PLAN WOULD ELIMINATE THE GAS TAX AND INCREASE THE SALES TAX TO 5.8 PERCENT. THE GOVERNOR SAYS IF HIS PLAN PASSES, THEN THAT WOULD GENERATE 845 MILLION DOLLARS IN FIVE YEARS–AND TOLLS WOULD NOT BE NECESSARY. HE ADDRESSES THE CRITICISM OF IT DOESN’T RAISE ENOUGH MONEY RIGHT AWAY BY SAYING THAT IT’S A “RAMP UP PLAN”…IT’S A PROBLEM THAT’S NOT GOING TO BE CURED OVERNIGHT.
Urbanna has been awarded a $78,750 state grant to rebuild the boat ramp at the Urbanna Town Marina at Upton’s Point. The current ramp has developed a drop off at the end, due in part to boaters revving their engines to drive boats onto trailers. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries grant will pay 75% of the cost of complete demolition and rebuilding of the concrete ramp, the town has to match the grant funds by 25%. The town’s match can be in the form of money and/or in-kind services. An in-kind match can be in the form of personnel costs, labor, equipment, design costs, engineering, permitting, or other costs directly associated with the development of the boat launch.