Road abandonment on agenda

Published 11:51 am Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Members of the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors are set to discuss issues relating to the potential abandonment of a road on Route 770, Court Services programs by the Piedmont Regional Jail and further discussion on a potential solar facility during the board’s Thursday meeting.

Alvester Edmonds

According to an email in the meeting board packet, the potential abandoning of Route 770 Landfill Road is set to be undertaken by C. Todd Cage, land development engineer with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

Cage said in a phone interview VDOT and Lunenburg County have been collaborating on different actions to take regarding the road.

Cage said in the email the road is 0.19 miles in length and begins at the Route 659 and Old Mansion Road intersection.

Cage cited that issues relating to road maintenance and a county landfill being located on the right of way at the road have contributed to a discussion of potentially abandoning the road.

Cage and the email cites that one single-use property owner is located on the road.

A discussion of services for nonviolent felons and an annual report from the Piedmont Regional Jail (PRJ) and Piedmont Court Services is set for the agenda during Thursday’s meeting.

According to a letter in the board packet by District Six Supervisor Alvester Edmonds, who is also Chairman of the Piedmont Community Criminal Justice Board, the Piedmont Courts Services focuses on alternative sentencing that could offer additional safety for members of surrounding communities and offer offenders the opportunity for greater responsibility and rehabilitation.

Edmonds in the letter cited that 73 percent of all offenders placed under Piedmont Courts Services’ supervision during the 2016-2017 fiscal year completed the Services’ programs successfully, and noted a lower cost between alternative supervision, which includes financial restitution and community service, than incarceration.

A discussion of general information regarding solar facilities, including the solar developers that the county Planning Commission Chair Buck Tharpe had contacted, was also included in the board packet.

Facility developers indicated in the packet that were contacted include VA Solar LLC, based in Richmond; Holocene Clean Energy based in Raleigh, North Carolina; SolUnesco based in Reston and Hexagon Energy based in Charlottesville.