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December 7, 2018

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: VDOT spending big here

Clockwise from top left: Plenty of pizza places, town’s new rented office space, nurse Renee Lawless and the $26.93-million Warrenton interchange.
$43.3 million

Total cost of four approved projects the Virginia Department of Transportation plans in Fauquier:

• $26.93 million for the Routes 15/17/29 Warrenton Interchange.

• $8 million for Broadview Avenue in Warrenton.

• $4.8 million for Remington Bridge rehabilitation.

• $4 million for Waterloo Bridge restoration.

It also seems likely that VDOT will spend $5 million to $7 million on improvements to the Route 29 corridor between Warrenton and the Prince William County line, but that project still needs formal approval.


The number of pizza purveyors in Warrenton:

• Black Bear Bistro and Brick Oven.

• Domino’s Pizza

• Joe and Vinnie’s Pizza

• Ledo Pizza

• Little Caesar’s

• Manhattan Pizza

• Papa John’s Pizza

• Pizza Hut

• Pizzarama Five

• Vocelli Pizza

$34.2 million

The estimated total cost in fiscal 2019 for health insurance to cover school system, county government, Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority workers and an undetermined number of their family members.

The program covers approximately 1,490 school system and 650 county government workers — along with family members those employees pay to include.

The school system, county government and employees will contribute approximately $17.5 million, $9.3 million and $6.1 million, respectively, to the health insurance fund. WSA will cover 100 percent its costs and claims, projected at about $808,000.

The budget also includes approximately $1.1 million to operate the county’s wellness clinic, which opened in April at 98 Alexandria Pike in Warrenton. Only school and county government employees may use it.

The county last year hired Vermont-based Marathon Health LLC to establish the clinic, which eventually could save Fauquier hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in healthcare costs.


The number of visits to clinics in Fauquier County Public Schools in 2017-18.

Those visits resulted in 5,836 students getting sent home because of illness, according to Pam Trude, the schools’ health coordinator.

School nurses administered 21,029 doses of medication to students.

This year, the school system budgets $698,000 for 18 registered nurses and four LPNs, along with $15,511 for clinic materials and supplies.


The Town of Warrenton’s monthly rent for two offices on the first floor at 17 Culpeper St.

The lease started Oct. 15. Close to Town Hall, the space houses the payroll technician and Warrenton’s new human resources director.

The town also rents office space on the second floor of 19 Culpeper St. for $1,200 a month. Two staff members work in that space, leased since June 1, 2017.

Walter Story owns both spaces, leased to ease crowding in Town Hall.

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lhfry · December 8, 2018 at 8:58 am
Very nice, but what about Fauquier County's secondary roads? Bull Run Mountain Road is in the worst condition in 50 years and other gravel roads are as well. We were promised improvements in 2012/2013 but they never materialized.

J.R. Jeffrey · December 7, 2018 at 4:03 pm
Correction: there are only 9 pizza places in town. Vocelli Pizza closed down several months ago. I remember when there was only pizza hut and dominos, now we actually have too many pizza places.Anyone else remember Pizza Den?
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