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Council considers ‘loop’ lane

LoopRound and round the roundabout will go, but the Culpeper Town Council may take a more direct route to providing access for a couple of impacted businesses at its Aug. 14 regular meeting.

The current plans for the James Madison Highway/Route 229 traffic circle allows for the possibility of traffic backups that could impede entrance to the Wendy's and Pizza Hut restaurants located just west of the roundabout.

As a result, the Public Safety, Public Works, Planning and Community Development Committee is recommending that the full council approve an access proposal that will include a new commercial entrance and a 350-foot service lane off of the inner loop. The cost of this change would be less than $50,000 to the town with an additional $50,000 in VDOT matching funds, according to the committee recommendation.

Although council agendas are not finalized until the Friday before the meeting, the council may also deal with the following items:

・ A request by councilman Ben Phillips that the bike lane on East Street be removed due to safety concerns, VDOT non-compliance and non-use by bicyclists. A second bike lane on East Street could also be considered for removal.

・ Holding a first reading on proposed amendments to the town code dealing with parades and public gatherings, as well as unattended displays. A committee report stated that under the current ordinance, “if someone wanted to place a three-ton sculpture on the grass in front of Town Hall, the Town Council would not have any basis to say no.”

・ The possibility of conducting a feasibility study to determine whether Amtrak would be better served at its existing location or at the Virginia Regional Transit facility, located off Brandy Knoll Road. Both facilities have direct access to the railroad tracks. However, parking facilities and other considerations may be considered as part of the feasibility study.

・ Use of the former police department building on Cameron Street. Culpeper County would like to expand the sheriff's office into the building following low-cost renovations and contract negotiations, according to County Administrator Frank Bossio, who broached the matter at the July 25 Town-County Interaction Committee meeting.

Council meetings begin at 7 p.m. In the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 306 N. Main St.
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