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November 3, 2017

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Millions to close old dump

The county will close Landfill 149, which it purchased four decades ago from a private operator, under a consent order from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
$16 million

Fauquier County’s estimated cost to close its old landfill south of Warrenton in compliance with an order from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

The county in October agreed to submit a plan within three months for closing the landfill, which the board of supervisors purchased from a private operator in 1974.

Fauquier has dumped only construction debris in the unlined landfill since 1996. But, because it has no liner — as modern regulations require — the landfill continues to produce high volumes of toxic “leachate” that gets collected, trucked out by tankers and treated. Closure will reduce the amount of liquid waste oozing from the former dump.

The county maintains a newer, lined landfill next to the old one. But, for more than two years, Fauquier has shipped its garbage to a commercial landfill in Henrico County. Closure of the newer landfill eventually will cost millions of dollars as well.


Students attend Claude Thompson Elementary near Rectortown — the smallest of Fauquier’s 11 public schools for kindergarten through fifth grade.

The county’s 11 public elementary schools average 429 students.

Margaret M. Pierce Elementary School in Remington has the highest enrollment of the 11, with 518 students as of Sept. 9.


The Warrenton Police Department’s calls for service so far this year, through September.

For the first nine months of 2016, the department handled 15,449 calls.


People came to the Families 4 Fauquier “Trunk or Treat” Halloween celebration Friday, Oct. 27, at the WARF (Warrenton Aquatics and Recreation Facility.

The event took place the same night as Homecoming at Fauquier High School, just across Waterloo Road. That created a traffic jam, which town police handled well, Families 4 Fauquier founder Rachel Pierce said.


Parcels of real estate that the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors owns.

That includes everything from the Warren Green Building to C.M. Crockett Park and scattered parcels received through donations, some of them “proffers” from developers for rezonings.

County Administrator Paul McCulla has produced a list of properties that the supervisors could sell to raise funds for capital improvements and to reduce maintenance costs.
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Stacie Griffin · November 3, 2017 at 12:06 pm
Congratulations to Rachel and Families 4 Fauquier on such a successful Trunk or Treat Halloween event. Thank you for providing families with a safe fun event. We appreciate you!
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