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THE WEEK

January 29 - February 4, 2015 | Culpeper, Virginia | Vol. 9, no. 4 | www.CulpeperTimes.com

The Chamber Advantage                                                            Columnists go canine crazy                                                                                                                                                         GRoUnD hoG Day

Look for something new in this week’s issue. The                                 Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend. Made your choice?                                                                                                                               February 2
Culpeper County Chamber of Commerce contin-                                      Columnist Marshall Conner has and he’s used very scien-                                                                                                                            History of
ues to partner with the Culpeper Times to share                                  tific methods utilizing the whims of animals. See his humor-                                                                                                                       Groundhog day
news of their membership. The previous format                                    ous take on A5. What’s Wally writing about this week? He
of a quarterly special section has moved to a                                    chose a canine topic as well but this one has to deal with a                                                                                                                       The day originated from
monthly page. News will be fresher and more                                      certain Yorkshire Terrier. See B3.                                                                                                                                                 Pennsylvania Germans in
timely. See A6.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     18th century. The first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Groundhog day was cele-
SCHOOL BOARD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        brated in 1887 in which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the phil saw his shadow
Build more?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and indicated the weather
Both boards                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         would remain cold for six
look to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             more weeks. since then,
solutions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           this day has been cele-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    brated on February 2 of
          By Alice Felts                                                                                                                                                                                                                       PhoTos By Ian ChInI  each year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    happy Groundhog Day!
   SPECIAL TO THE CULPEPER TIMES   The Waterloo Bridge has been closed for more than a year. It is deteriorating and needs help. a work group from both counties
                                   looks to its future.                                                                                                                                                                                                             sUGaRLoaF FEsTIVaL
    The Culpeper County Board
of Supervisors and the             VDOT OPEN TO REPAIR                                                                                                                                                                                                              January 30 -
Culpeper County Public School                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       February 1
Board held a joint meeting at      The Waterloo Bridge, closed for more than a year,
the Culpeper County High           has attracted a group of supporters who wish to see                                                                                                                                                                              Looking for a place to see
School library on Thursday,        the historic span repaired, not destroyed.                                                                                                                                                                                       hundreds of artists and
January 22. The main topics of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      their wares. From January
discussion were the forthcom-                  By James Ivancic                     “It’s frustrating to still see large con-                                                                                                                                       30 to February 1, the sug-
ing school district budget for                                                  crete barriers block the entrances to one                                                                                                                                           arloaf Crafts Festival will
FY16 and the need for building               SPECIAL TO THE CULPEPER TIMES      of the oldest metal truss bridges in the                                                                                                                                            bring more than 250 juried
new facilities for elementary                                                   Commonwealth,” Julie Bolthouse,                                                                                                                                                     artists to the Dulles Expo
and secondary school popula-           Efforts to save the Waterloo Bridge      Fauquier County land use officer for the                                                                                                                                            Center in Chantilly. one of
tions.                             near Orlean will get a closer look from a    PEC, said in a message to supporters on                                                                                                                                             these talented artists is
                                   working group from Fauquier and              Jan. 15.                                                                                                                                                                            from the Culpeper area.
    School Superintendent Dr.      Culpeper counties.                                                                                                                                                                                                               Bob yates creates wine
Bobbi Johnson gave a brief syn-                                                     “What’s more frustrating is that even                                                                                                                                           barrel furnishings for the
opsis of proposed needs of the         The metal truss bridge, built in 1878,   though there is overwhelming support                                                                                                                                                home. he crafts rustic and
district and projected state rev-  fed traffic over the Rappahannock River      from Culpeper and Fauquier residents                                                                                                                                                elegant coffee tables,
enue. While the revenue pro-       on Route 613 at the Fauquier County          to save the bridge and there’s a study                                                                                                                                              bistro tables, bars and
posed in the governor’s budget     border with Culpeper County before it        showing rehabilitation is far cheaper                                                                                                                                               wine racks from wine bar-
is approximately $44,000,000, it   was closed in January of 2014 by the Vir-    than replacement, VDOT has remained                                                                                                                                                 rels. I’m sure that he’d wel-
is still early to know what the    ginia Department of Transportation           silent.”                                                                                                                                                                            come visitors over the
legislative impact will be.        (VDOT) because of safety concerns. It                                                                                                                                                                                            weekend.
                                   was used daily by 680 vehicles.                  That was a reference to a study the
    Most of the discussion in                                                   PEC and Fauquier and Culpeper coun-                                                                                                                                                 FooD CLosET
the joint meeting concerned            The Piedmont Environmental Coun-         ties commissioned that said the bridge
whether to build a new school      cil, in favor of rehabilitating rather than                                                                                                                                                                                      Need of
complex with both elementary       replacing the bridge, used the one-year               See BRIDGE, Page A4                                                                                                                                                        the week
and middle school facilities or    anniversary of the closing to chide
adding on to current facilities.   VDOT.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Canned chicken and
In the recent past, the school                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chicken helper
population has increased an av-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Juice boxes such as
erage of two percent. This year                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Capri sun
the population growth was                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           • Tuna, Treet, spam
overestimated and is in a slight                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Large pork & beans (28
decline. The main concern is                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        oz.)
whether the school population                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Food Closet is located
will grow or remain on the de-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      at st. stephen’s Episcopal
cline. There is some question                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Church at 115 n. East
whether the decline is an anom-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     street
aly or a trend.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Phone: 540.825.1177
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Last week, 121 families
    In describing school popula-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    were helped in four days.
tion rates, Dr. Johnson said it
was a toss up as to which is
growing more, the elementary
schools or the middle schools.
Most class sizes, hovering
around 30, are at capacity.

   See MEETING, Page A4

PUBLIC SAFETY

Is your home unsafe or unsightly?

Expanding the town maintenance code needs more study

             By Wally Bunker                 “Take it a bite at a time, if you   the code along with the appeals               nance without adding duties to town                                                                                                  INSIDE
                                         would,” he told the committee about     process.                                      staff.                                                                                                                               Calendar B1
          SPECIAL TO THE CULPEPER TIMES  why that portion was left out.                                                                                                                                                                                             Classifieds B4
                                                                                     The latest proposal had council               Interim Town Manager Chris                                                                                                       Crossword B2
    Possible expansion of the Town of        In 2013, the town council adopted   questioning the $10,000 immediate ad-         Hively told the committee that he                                                                                                    Focus: Dazzle Me B1
Culpeper’s Maintenance Code needs        the unsafe structures and structures    ditional cost, with the added increase        thought the expansion “would grow                                                                                                    opinion A5
more study, according to members of      unfit for human habitation portions of  of hiring additional personnel if the         into more than $10,000.”                                                                                                             snapshot A2
the Public Safety and Public Works                                               town aggressively enforced the code.
Committee, who met Tuesday after-                                                The town staff recommended that the               Gary Cole, the town’s zoning in-                                                                                                 To place a classified ad,
noon.                                                                            town only respond to complaints and           spector, showed photos of homes that                                                                                                 call 540-347-4222.
                                                                                 “attempt to repair the worst violations       would fall under the expanded ordi-
    The four-member council commit-                                              in town using current staff.”                 nance. He explained what violations
tee had concerns about costs associ-                                                                                           were depicted in each photo.
ated with expansion and just how far                                                 The costs had committee Chairman
the town wanted to go enforcing the                                              Jon Russell asking that the finance               Councilman Bobby Ryan asked
proposed section of the maintenance                                              committee look at the matter before           how Cole inspected property.
code that would cover both exterior                                              coming back to his committee and be-
and interior violations.                                                         fore the town council takes up the or-            Cole said he had to be invited on
                                                                                 dinance at its Feb. 10 meeting. He also       the property by the tenant or property
    The proposed expansion did not                                               expressed concern that the town               owner.
cover the residential inspection pro-                                            wasn’t enforcing the existing ordi-
gram, according to town Planning Di-                                                                                               “I know for a fact that someone has
rector Patrick Mulhern.
                                                                                                                                          See CODE, Page A4

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