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Banner fees and neglected buildings on Culpeper’s agenda

The 2012-13 fiscal year budget is in place. The boundary line adjustment that took effect July 1 brought more residential areas and businesses ― Target, Chili's, Lowe's and IHOP for example ―within the Culpeper corporate limits.

Four councilmen ―Frank Reaves, Mike Olinger, Bobby Ryan and David Lochridge ―have been sworn into new four-year terms as a result of the May election.

Nevertheless, it will be business as usual for the Culpeper Town Council at its regular meeting July 10 as the council members deal with other matters before them.

Although agendas are not finalized until the Friday before the meeting, based on committee meetings the council may address such items as charging to install street banners and adopting a hazard mitigation plan in concert with the Rappahannock Rapidan Regional commission.

For the past 15 years the town light and power staff has installed overhead informational banners on Main Street at no charge to the parties involved. The town Light and Power and Water and Wastewater Committee notes that on a yearly average town crews install and remove 80 banners a year at an average cost per banner of $105.

The council is being asked to consider a $100 banner permit fee effective July 12. The fee would bring in about $7,000 to the town light and power budget this fiscal year.

The town Public Safety, Public Works, Planning and Community Development Committee may recommend to the full council that the town adopt the Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan would be used to reduce the impact of natural disasters on town residents.

In other action the town council may:
Hold a first reading of a proposed addition to the town code that would include the which addresses neglect to such things as siding and guttering and to rodent infestation that does not rise to the level of an imminent public safety hazard.
•Discuss three options from VDOT rising out of an April value engineering session for the inner loop project that will connect James Madison Highway/Route 229 with Route 522. The options deal with new roadway alignment and removal of curb and gutters from certain portions of the affected areas and replacing them with conventional shoulder construction.
•Discuss the current status of the Waters Place South project.
Regular meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 306 N. Main St. They are open to the public.
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