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Council considers traffic challenges

A number of matters discussed at the Culpeper Town Council special meeting Nov. 1 may find their way onto the agenda for the Nov. 13 regular meeting.

The council typically holds planned special meetings spring and fall so that more time can be allotted for the full council to consider items that have been before one of the three council committees.

Although the council remains in town for the “retreats” there is a more relaxed atmosphere and less time pressure.

Two of the items discussed Nov. 1 included constructing a parking garage downtown to assist with expected increased vehicle traffic when the refurbished State Theatre opens next spring, and a possible third traffic circle – or roundabout – as part of Inner Loop construction that is also scheduled to begin in 2013
One item that probably won't be on the agenda, but which was discussed at the special meeting, is moving town elections from May to November to coincide with general elections (only Councilman Dave Lochridge has expressed enthusiasm for the change).

Two other items that are expected to go before the town council Tuesday for additional discussion and, possibly, resolution are closing part of Davis Street to allow the Culpeper Ruritans to hold Culpeper Day there in May 2013 and whether to adopt a logo currently being used by the Culpeper Tourism Department for marketing outreach. Currently the town uses the Culpeper Minuteman flag with the words “Don't Tread on Me” on both official documents and for other paperwork.

The council may also consider the qualifications it wants in the new position of zoning inspector, a grant for dam rehabilitation at both Mountain Run and Pelham Lakes and an agreement with Verizon Wireless to lease space on the Belfour Water Tower for an annual fee of $27,600.

The above items are only tentative topics of discussion as Town Council agendas are not finalized until the Monday before meetings. Final agendas are available at meetings and online at: culpeperva.gov.

Council meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room, 306 N. Main St.

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