After 35 years with VDOT, Mr. Moore sought a way to stay involved in his community. As an avid runner and with knowledge of county development, he fit right into the organization and helps with events such as the annual Great Pumpkin Ride and 5-K Trails Challenge.
In the short term, he believes Fauquier generally will look the same, but with “more houses, more vehicles on the road. Development will come at a moderate pace . . .. It’s growing at a steady rate, thanks to the county’s comprehensive plan to draw people into the county.”
What would he change about the place?
“Speed up getting more trails, because we are behind most states and counties around us like Fairfax.”
Approximately 90,000 people a year use the Warrenton Branch Greenway according to Mr. Moore.
Volunteer secretary for the Fauquier Trails Coalition. He served as the president for three years and has volunteered for five years. He retired from VDOT in 2006 after 35 years, working in construction, maintenance, management and as the resident engineer.
• Why do you do the job?
When I was with VDOT, I had a lot of contact with local people, and I enjoyed that. I really wanted to stay active in the community. Per Bang-Jensen invited me to join the Fauquier Trails Coalition. I have to keep moving and doing things.
Wife, Janice; daughters, Jennifer and Robyn, and son, Bob Jr.
Rappahannock High School, 1961.
• Civic and/or church involvement
Deacon at Flint Hill Baptist Church. My great grandfather was one of the founders of the church. Volunteer with the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics. Volunteer with the Fauquier County Trails Coalition events such as the Great Pumpkin Ride and the 5K Trails Challenge.
• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Since 1984, thirty years.
• Why do you live here?
Fauquier County is a good place to be and there is some development, but that’s needed. Good schools, organizations, good council and board of supervisors.
• How do you describe this county?
It’s growing at a steady rate, thanks to the county’s comprehensive plan to draw people into the county. It’s planned pretty well here. Lots of farming and urban areas. A mix that makes it pretty nice — flat terrain and mountains.
• What would you change about Fauquier?
Speed up getting more trails, because we are behind most states and counties around us like Fairfax.
• What do you do for fun?
I run. Do home projects, build things, renovate my house, tinker. Work on my 1976 Chevrolet Vega.
• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Where my mailbox stands, you can see the Blue Ridge Mountains and Chester Gap.
• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?
Not much different. More houses, more vehicles on the road. Development will come at a moderate pace, and that will depend on water and sewer supply. Maybe another high school. VDOT needs to start looking at new road construction from here to the north with the county board and citizens. In 50 years, maybe get commuter rail here in Fauquier County.
• Favorite TV show?
Shows on the History Channel such as “Modern Marvels” and on the Science Channel, “How It’s Made.”
• Favorite movie?
Clint Eastwood’s Western movies.
• Favorite book?
I don’t do a lot of reading, but I do a lot of scan reading of military and Civil War books.
• Favorite vacation spot?
Nags Head, The Outer Banks. The Chesapeake Bay near Reedville.
• Favorite food?
Chick-fil-A or any grilled chicken.
• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
My mother always said, “Be kind to people and be a good listener. “
• Who’s your hero and why?
My mother, because at times she was only person working to support us when I was real little. My wife for raising the kids and making sure they were readers. In the way of political folks, Dwight D. Eisenhower because he came through World War II and started the interstate highway system.
• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
Probably help my kids with their college loans.
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