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October 6, 2017

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: Airport terminal bids

The county airport’s new terminal will cost at least $3.68 million.
$3.68 million
The apparent low bid to build a new terminal at the county-owned Warrenton-Fauquier Airport near Midland.

Taft Construction of Culpeper on Monday bid $3,681,350 to build the two-story, 10,000-square-foot terminal.

The only other bidder, Asturian Group of Virginia Beach submitted a price of $3,715,200.

Architects for the county last year estimated the project would cost $2.8 million.

After staff review, the board of supervisors in November probably will consider accepting one of the proposals. It then would go to the Virginia Aviation Board early next year. The state agency would pay 60 percent of the cost; Fauquier would fund the balance — at least $1.47 million.


18 mph
The average speed of vehicles traveling both directions on Warrenton’s Main Street in 2016, according to town police Chief Lou Battle.

The town council’s Public Safety and Transportation Committee on Thursday rejected a request to lower Main Street’s speed limit from 25 mph to 15 for safety.


$23
The hourly starting pay for Fauquier County Public Schools nurses.

The school board Sept. 18 unanimously raised nurses’ starting pay from $19.12 an hour.


$1.57 million
The Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility’s fiscal 2018 budget.

The WARF opened in September 2008. During its first full year of operation, the facility’s budget amounted to $1.63 million, or 3.9 percent more than this year’s total.

As of September, the recreation center along Waterloo Road employed 93 people. As of August, it had 1,638 memberships.

The $24-million facility includes competition and leisure pools, fitness equipment and classes, sports fields, a roller hockey rink, a skateboard park, a playground, hiking trails and a lake.


$5,200
Amount PATH Foundation paid to purchase 400 copies of human longevity expert Dan Buettner’s new book, “The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons from the World’s Happiest People.” A National Geographic fellow and bestselling author, Mr. Buettner will speak at 7 p.m. in the Highland School’s Rice Theater.

As of Friday morning, 337 people had registered for the free event, according to PATH. Rice Theater can seat 355.

Each person who attends the event will receive a complimentary copy of the book, which cost PATH $13 apiece. Mr. Buettner will be available to sign books after his presentation.
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