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Culpeper Town Council to consider two water tap fee waivers for county

Although it's budget season for the Culpeper Town Council – a special meeting was held Tuesday night to discuss the document – a wide variety of other items may come before the panel at its regular meeting June 12.

Culpeper County is asking the town to waive water tap fees for two 5/8-inch water meters to provide service to the county's Sports Complex concession operations on Greens Corner Road. The town is also negotiating with the county to secure use of a salt bunker and hanger structure not used by the county at the county-owned former VDOT residency facility at 1835 Industry Drive. These snow emergency facilities would replace a damaged salt structure at the town's public works facility. The town Light and Power and Water and Wastewater Committee is expected to recommend to the full council that the tap fee waiver be approved and that a lease agreement be entered into with the county for the snow emergency facilities.

Currently the town offers health insurance coverage to council members at the full cost of the plan. The council may discuss providing health insurance to council members at the employee rate instead.

The Culpeper Industrial Development Authority has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture to secure a Rural Development loan in the amount of $1.037 million to purchase the Salem Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. The Salem VFD is in the county. The IDA has informed the town of the loan since IDA financial activity shows up on the annual town financial report.

The town Finance and Technology Committee recommends that the council support the IDA efforts.

In other possible agenda items:
• The council has determined the Spring Street water and electric facility is not suitable for an arts center. With that in mind, the council may be asked to dissolve the Spring Street Arts Committee and create a new Culpeper Arts Committee initially composed of Councilman Frank Reaves, Gary Close, Elizabeth Hutchins, Scott Whitehead, John Hutton and Kathi Reagan to explore using the former Cameron Street police building as an arts center. The council would be asked to indefinitely halt the proposed demolition of the old police station and authorize Town Manager Kimberly Alexander to move forward with plans to turn the building into an arts center.

The council may approve a request to allow Smokehouse Restaurant owners Mike and Kevin Baker to construct a 20-foot by 40-foot outdoor dining area/deck onto the building at 302 E. Davis St. owned by Steve Lane.

The above items are only tentative topics of discussion as Town Council agendas are not finalized until the Monday before meetings. The final agendas are available online at www.CulpeperVa.gov

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

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