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November 29, 2018

Throwback Thursday: War declared over water rates

1993: Warrenton Lakes residents Robert and Carol McAndrew and Jack Gray listen as Water Coalition organizer Nick Calvert details plans for a lawsuit against the town.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of December 3, 1993


Group plans to sue over town water rates

They met Tuesday night in a church sanctuary and discussed plans for a war against the Town of Warrenton.

The 60-member Water Coalition contends Warrenton illegally charges 50-percent higher water and sewer rates to out-of-town customers.

“The people of Warrenton Lakes have been like the little boy beat up all the way home from school who finally turned around and punched back,” said Nick Calvert, who started the organization a year ago.

“We’ve done our homework,” Calvert said. “If I didn’t think we had a chance at all, we wouldn’t be doing this . . . . The only that that’s going to stop these people (town officials) is a lawsuit.”

The average town household uses 5,660 gallons and pays $50.26 a month for water and sewer. Customers in the 500-home Warrenton Lakes subdivision average 6,360 gallons and pay $84.74 a month.





Turner named “Business Person of Year”

If the dictionary included a definition of “Southern gentleman,” he could serve as the perfect example.

Modest, polite and knowledgeable about the past, Charles Green Turner Jr. quietly has done things right for more than 30 years at Turner Oil Co. in The Plains.

For his contributions to the community, the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 18 named Turner its “Business Person of the Year.” Just a week earlier, he received a similar honor from The Plains Business and Professional Association, which Turner helped found in 1981.


Power lines hot topic at school

Tom Savage doesn’t like the idea of his 6-year-old daughter Hannah having fun on the playground at Mary Walter Elementary School in Morrisville.

The enormous power lines adjacent to the play area put her at risk of leukemia, according to Mr. Savage.

“I don’t want to wait for the technology to catch up,” the Goldvein resident said.

His concern for Hannah and the school’s 668 other students led Savage to organize a meeting that drew more than 30 parents to the Goldvein firehouse Monday night.

“I would hesitate to send my child” to Mary Walter, said Robert McGaught, a health physicist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — one of three experts who addressed the audience.


Town zoning board OKs Kmart

Warrenton’s board of zoning appeals Wednesday cleared the way for Kmart to the biggest store in Fauquier County.

The board voted, 4-0, to grant Kmart a variance of setback requirements, allowing the retailer to build a 120,391-square-foot store at the east end of the Warrenton Village shopping center on Lee Highway.

The nation’s second-largest retailer, Kmart plans to purchase 8.8 acres from Jefferson Associates LP, the owners of Warrenton Village. The purchase will include the Fashion Bug store, which will be demolished to make room for Kmart.


Jaycees seek Christmas gifts for 1,000 children

With the 43rd Jaycees Christmas Toy Workshop just starting, Dan Hilleary worries about trying to supply toys to the 1,000 children in Fauquier County who need help.

“We’re receiving a few toys, but we’re a little behind because Thanksgiving was so late,” said Hilleary, chairman of the workshop. “Things are a little slow, but the next three weeks will be hectic.”

The civic organization collects new and used toys, non-perishable food and donations for need Fauquier families. Volunteers collect, sort, wrap and then deliver the gifts the Sunday before Christmas.


Fauquier, Liberty activities directors named

School Superintendent Tony Lease this week officially announced that Allen Creasy and Jerry Carter will be the activities directors at Fauquier and Liberty high schools, respectively.

Creasy takes over for Athletic Director John Chmara, the Falcons football coach who plans to retire in June.

Carter will join the staff of the new high school opening next fall in Bealeton.

The position of activities director, new to Fauquier schools, involves the coordination of all extracurricular activities, including sports.
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Rover 530 · December 2, 2018 at 9:05 pm
Warrenton Lakes people should have filed suit in Federal Court vice State Court. Would have had a better chance of winning. Lost opportunity.
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