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July 5, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Landfill road plan decried

July 1993: Neighboring homeowner Toni Shannon uses a map of the landfill to make a point to board of supervisors Chairman George Herbert as Supervisor Jim Green watches.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of July 9, 1993

Neighbors oppose plan for landfill road

About 50 people milled outside the Warren Green Building on Tuesday night after a wild meeting with the board of supervisors on the county’s plan to use Route 674 as the access road for the new 100-acre landfill just south of Warrenton.

The crowd — mostly residents who live on Route 674 (Green Road) and within spitting distance of the landfill — didn’t like what they heard.

Whatever the byway’s shortcomings or the disruptions garbage trucks continue to cause them, the board told the residents that Route 674 will serve as a “temporary” landfill road until Route 29 can be upgraded to satisfy state transportation standards.

“Temporary?” Karen Kranda said loudly. “Six-seventy-four is going to be permanent!”

That means war.

“We need to tie these people up in court,” Mrs. Kranda exclaimed. “We need to raise some money . . . . Their time is going to run out.”

The county hopes to open the new landfill at Corral Farm by July 1994.

Group seeks site and funds for public pool

In Fauquier County, the simple pleasure of a day at the pool remains an exclusive privilege.

Because the county has no public pool, those who want to enjoy the water must travel to Vint Hill Farms Station, where the public can use the Army base pool on a limited basis, or join one of the area’s members-only swim clubs, where fees can range from $125 to $7,500.

“I would like to see more availability,” says Tina Ross, a member of the Fauquier Alliance for Recreation, a non-profit group of more than 500 county residents raising funds for public recreation center with a pool.

FARE’s effort to build a public pool appears stalled, but Mrs. Ross says the group sees hopeful signs on the horizon.

Officials at Lord Fairfax Community College announced last month that they hope to acquire 50 acres at Corral Farm to expand the Fauquier campus. FARE members and LFCC officials have discussed the possibility of building a public pool on the site, Mrs. Ross says.

Brittle new advocate for gifted students

Nancy Brittle calls it “a chance to be the guide on the side rather than the sage on the stage.”

The county school system’s new gifted and talented coordinator may be moving to the central office, but she hopes her new job brings her closer to fellow teachers and gifted students.

“Gifted and talented students are a little different,” Ms. Brittle said last week. “I’m out there as an advocate for those kids.”

The Remington native has taught English and art heritage at Fauquier High School for the past nine years and has 20 years of teaching experience, including a stint as an elementary teacher in Spotsylvania County.

Liberty needs more seniors

Unless interest increases, there will be no senior class at Liberty High School in 1994-95.

The school board in April voted to establish a senior class at the new Bealeton school, provided 120 rising juniors living in the Liberty attendance zone and their parents sign consent forms by Aug. 31. School officials said they need a class of at least 120 to justify staffing the school with senior-level teachers.

But, as of Tuesday, only 72 prospective seniors and their parents had signed consent forms, according to Director of Administrative Services Butch Farley.

Board voices concerns on trail grant request

A plan to convert the abandoned railroad spur in Warrenton into a “hike and bike” trail hit a few snags this week.

Fauquier Parks and Recreation Director Larry Miller asked the board of supervisors Tuesday to back an application for a $387,000 federal grant to help build the trail.

But, the board postponed a decision until July 20 because of funding and financial question, which Miller hopes to resolve in the next couple of weeks.

The proposed 1.3-mile trail would connect an area near The Depot restaurant on South Third Street to the Eastern Bypass overpass.

Miller said the project would cost about $817,000. Of that sum, $429,000 (53 percent) would come from local sources.


Prepare for Next Year’s Gypsy Moths

Now is the time for neighbors to organize and register for the 1994 Landowner Gypsy Moth Suppression Program. Treatment proposals are due August 15.

Those interested in purchasing treatment are requested to select a representative to contact the Gypsy Moth Office. Fauquier County will include 20 spray “blocks” in its landowner cooperative program. Larger blocks with more people will be given priority over smaller and sparsely inhabited blocks. Proposed areas must have a gypsy moth problem as indicated by egg mass surveys.

The Gypsy Moth Office recommends that “blocks” include 100 to 1,000 wooded acres. Treatments are expected to cost $8 per acre. Spraying is conducted in early May.
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