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March 10, 2020 · OPINION

Marshall Main St. Project not a “done deal” yet

The project would improve more than a block of Marshall’s Main Street.
By Mary Wilkerson

The Marshall Business and Residents Association has on record: 

• This project will narrow Main Street by 2 feet. 

• County taxpayers will have to pay for the maintenance of the sidewalks after this project goes through, and it will no longer be done by Virginia Department of Transportation, funded with our state tax dollars.

• VDOT has been asked for years to hold off on its normal paving and maintenance of Main Street because this project has been “pending” for the past 12 years. We want to see the normal repaving of our Main Street and crosswalks that we have been denied because of this “pending” project,

• There are business ventures and property purchases that will only occur once this project is cancelled.

In all of our going door-to-door in the Lighting Tax District, we have yet to find one person who supports this one-block Main Street project.

Additionally, we have good reason to believe that relocating the utility lines to the back of buildings is a viable option. In any case, the more than $6-million, one-block Main Street Improvement Project is simply not justified.    

If you gave an easement to the county for this project, we would love to speak with you. We currently have a Freedom of Information Ac request pending with the Fauquier County Attorney's Office, requesting copies of all the easements obtained regarding this project.  

There is a long and well-documented history of disruptive and harassing tactics against the MBRA ever since we first announced our position against the project. We are dedicated to providing a safe space for disseminating accurate information regarding this project and for those who are opposed to the project to also feel that they are heard, especially since Fauquier County is pushing this project by using our taxpayer dollars. 

The project is not a done deal until the contracts are awarded. Be a champion and join us at 6:15 p.m. this Thursday, March 12, at 10 Hotel Hotel St. in Warrenton at the board of supervisors meeting to ask them during citizens’ Time to cancel the project now!

The writer is the president of the Marshall Business and Residents Association.
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