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									                                                 The County Messenger
                                                                     Louisa County, Virginia
Fall 2009                                                                                                                                         Volume 9, Issue 2

Career Firefighters Join LC Emergency Services
   Coming from a pool of over two
hundred applicants, thirteen new
full-time, cross-trained Firefighter/
EMTs were selected for their abil-
ity, readiness, training and commit-
ment to Fire and Emergency Medi-
cal service.
   During the August 3, 2009, Lou-
isa County Board of Supervisors
meeting, when the thirteen were in-
troduced, Chairman Willie L. Harp-
er said to them, “You’re going to set
the example on how this program is
going to work. We are very pleased
that all of you have volunteer back-
grounds and ask that you not forget
where you came from, and work
diligently with our volunteers to
make this a successful endeavor.”
   On Friday, August 21, 2009, the
first group of career Firefighter/
EMTs graduated from recruit school       Louisa County Board of Supervisors welcomes thirteen new career Firefighter/EMTs. Front row, from left; L.J. Andes, Jonathan
during a ceremony held at the Loui-      Apperson, second row, from left; Richard Havasy (Green Springs), Micheal Keatts, Timmy Luck, Jeff Johnson, Jason Stinnett,
sa Volunteer Fire Department.            Vice-Chairman Willie Gentry (Cuckoo), back row, from left; Lt. Delbert Feaster, Dan Byers (Jackson), Sean Barrett, Chairman
                                         Willie Harper (Mineral), Robert Hughes, Eric Groome, Mark Stanton, Tim Morton, Trevor Jones, Whit Jacobs, Jack Wright
                                         (Mountain Road), Fire Chief Robert Dubé, Fitzgerald Barnes (Patrick Henry), P.T. Spencer (Louisa)

 IN THIS ISSUE:                            Each of the thirteen has substan-       EMS and volunteer experience with           Jason Stinnett; 3 years in Fire/
PAGE 2 -                                tial experience, ranging from 2-17         Campbell County and Albemarle               EMS and volunteer experience with
New Marine Unit                         years of professional experience in        County VFDs.                                Powhatan VFD.
Building Setbacks                       Fire and EMS, all have volunteer
                                        experience and five have local vol- Recruit School #2
PAGE 3 -                                unteer service.                     Michael Barrett; 10 years in Fire/
EMS Revenue Recovery                                                        EMS and volunteer experience with
                                        Recruit School #1                   Chickahominy and Mechanicsville
PAGE 4 -                                Larry Andes, Jr.; 11 years in Fire/ VFDs.
“Burn Building                          EMS and volunteer experience with Thomas Jacobs; 11 years in Fire/
                                        Seminole Trail and Zion Crossroads EMS and volunteer experience
PAGE 5 -                                VFDs.                               with Orange and Hampton-Sydney
Gators in Louisa                        Jonathan Apperson; 17 years in VFDs.
Foster Parents Needed                   Fire/EMS and volunteer experience Trevor Jones; 4 years in Fire/EMS
National Preparedness Month             with Palmyra VFD.                   and volunteer experience with Bea-
                                        Eric Groome; 9 years in Fire/EMS verdam VFD.
PAGE 6 -                                and volunteer experience with Min- Timothy Luck; 3 years in Fire/
Secondary Road Improvement              eral VFD.                           EMS and volunteer experience with
                                        Robert Hughes; 2 years in Fire/ Mineral VFD.
PAGE 7 -                                EMS and volunteer experience with Timothy Morden; 9 years in Fire/
Beneficial Garden Insects               Mineral and Holly Grove VFDs.       EMS and volunteer experience with
End Domestic Violence                   Jeff Johnson; 11 years in Fire/EMS Mechanicsville VFD.
Social Services Eligibility             and volunteer experience with Bar- Mark Stanton; 10 years in Fire/                      Louisa County held a graduation
John Mercer Langston                                                        EMS and volunteer experience with                   ceremony recognizing the new career
                                        boursville VFD.
                                                                                                                                FF/EMTs. Picture is Fire Chief Robert
                                        Michael Keatts; 17 years in Fire/ Louisa and Trevilians VFDs.                           Dubé
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  County Services Directory
      Area Code: 540
Administration         967-0401
                                  LCSO Dedicated New Marine Unit
Animal Control         967-3477      The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with local and state agencies, private businesses and citi-
Circuit Court          967-5312   zens from Louisa, Orange, and Spotsylvania Counties, dedicated the new Louisa County Sheriff’s Office Marine
Commonwealth’s                    Unit on Saturday, April 18, 2009.
Attorney               967-2205      Sheriff Ashland Fortune and Major Donald Lowe presented a new 2009 Pro Line center console patrol boat
Commissioner of                   and two 2008 FX SHO Yamaha wave runners that were utilized this summer to patrol Lake Anna to provide
Revenue                967-3432   safety and security for the thousands who enjoy the recreational activities the lake affords. The Sheriff’s Office
                                  began a fundraising campaign over four years ago to create the Marine Unit.
                                     Sheriff Ashland Fortune stated. “The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to providing effective, ef-
Development            967-3430
                                  ficient law enforcement to solve community problems and create a safe environment for our citizens and visi-
County Attorney        967-4582
County Engineer        967-3455
                                     Chairman Willie Harper (Mineral District) and Supervisor Dan Byers (Jackson District) participated in the
Department of Forestry            dedication along with Senator R. Edward Houck, Delegate William Janis, Brad Franklin, Government Relations
                       967-3702   Executive - Yamaha Corporation, Chris Manthos, American Watercraft Association Magazine, Mike McAllister,
Economic Development              Office of Commonwealth Preparedness, Joe Ricks, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and representatives
                       967-4581   from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, North Anna Power Station, Lake Anna Civic Associa-
Emergency Services 967-3491       tion, several community groups and local businesses.
Extension Services     967-3422      Major Donald Lowe said, “The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office is grateful for the fundraising efforts of so
General Services       967-3462   many organizations and individuals.
General District Court 967-5330   The Marine Unit has allowed us to
Health Department 967-3703        further the Sheriff’s Office’s mis-
Information Systems 967-4599      sion of maintaining peace, provid-
Environmental Health 967-3707     ing safety and security and deterring
Housing                967-3483   unsafe boating practices.”
Juvenile Probation     967-2307      “The Board appreciates the tenac-
Landfill	              894-5390   ity these folks have demonstrated,”
Louisa County Library 894-5853    Chairman Willie Harper, Louisa
Louisa County                     County Board of Supervisors said.
Public Schools         894-5115   “The Marine Unit represents the ef-
Parks and Recreation 967-4420     fectiveness of public-private part-
Piedmont Crossroads               nerships and the cooperation needed
Visitors Center        832-0555   to reach a common goal.”
Real Estate Assessment967-3450
Sheriff’s Department 967-1234
Social Services        967-1320   Building Setbacks from Rome to Louisa
Town of Louisa         967-1400      You may be surprised to know        neighborhood.                           isa County will not require a survey
Town of Mineral        894-5100   that government has required mini-        The Louisa County Department         for all new construction, but the
Treasurer’s	Office	    967-3435   mum setback distances from proper-     of Community Development recent-        new policy establishes a threshold
Voter Registrar        967-3427   ty lines and buildings since ancient   ly initiated a setback compliance       of twenty feet. In most cases, build-
Water Authority        967-1122   times. In fact, the earliest Code of   policy to help improve the moni-        ings proposed within 20 feet of the
Website                967-4599   Roman law in 451 B.C., referred        toring of setbacks. The policy sets     minimum setback would be subject
                                  to as the Twelve Tables, provided      written guidelines for staff to work    to the survey requirements of the
                                                                         with property owners in the build-

                                  for setback lines to protect public                                            policy.
                                  safety and property values. Much       ing permit application process to          Interested members of the pub-
            ounty                 like modern zoning laws, setbacks      obtain necessary information. The       lic can contact the Louisa County
                                  have been used in some form or an-     policy also sets a reasonable thresh-   Department of Community Devel-
                losings           other throughout recorded human
                                                                         old for when a survey is necessary
                                                                         to ensure setback compliance.
                                                                                                                 opment to obtain more information
                                                                                                                 about required setbacks in Louisa
                                     There are several reasons why          Having a survey done is not an       County, as well as details of the new
                                  setbacks are beneficial for the com-   inexpensive endeavor, but is a nec-     setback compliance policy. Addi-
Louisa County Offices will        munity. Setbacks create fire sepa-     essary safeguard when building          tional information is available on
be closed on:                     ration between structures, maintain    close to a property line. A survey      the internet at www.louisacounty.
October 12 - Columbus Day         open space, and allow sunlight and     will help prevent a substantial loss    com/LCcommdev. You may also
                                  ventilation. They provide privacy      because of the improper placement       contact Staff directly by coming to
November 11 - Veterans Day        and distance between neighbors,        of a building. It will avoid disputes   the office, located on the first floor
November 25, 26 & 27 -            and leave room for future public       with neighbors, and will protect        of the County Administrative Build-
                                  utilities and roads. In addition,      against having to demolish or relo-     ing, at 1 Woolfolk Avenue Louisa,
                                  when setbacks are consistently and     cate the building after construction.   Virginia. Staff may be reached by
December 24 & 25 -                fairly enforced, they protect prop-    This is why many banks require a        phone at (540) 967-3430.
Christmas                         erty values over time by adding        survey as part of the lending pro-
                                  uniformity and aesthetic appeal to a   cess for all new construction. Lou-
Fall 2009                                                              The County Messenger                                                                       Page 3

 Fall Harvest Festival                                                              Louisa County Board
                                                                                    Recognizes 97 Years of Life
    Celebrate autumn during the 6th Annual Fall Harvest Festival, spon-
 sored by Louisa County Parks and Recreation and the Mineral Busi-
 ness Association, on Saturday, October 17, 2009. Walton Park, Louisa
 Avenue and 6th Street in the Town of Mineral, is the festival’s location              The Louisa County Board of Su-               Ms. Morris is the last surviving
 again for 2009.                                                                    pervisors recognized the long-life           sibling of seven children by the
    A craft show will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., so come              of Ms. Van Morris on September               late Clayton and Willie Timber-
 early and maybe get a head start on holiday shopping.                              21, 2009. Ms. Morris recently cel-           lake Morris. She has two children,
    There will be music, good food, carnival-style games, face painting,            ebrated her 97th birthday, having            five granddaughters, eleven great-
 balloons, and fun for the whole family. There will be a minimal charge             been born on August 29, 1912.                grandchildren and eight great-great-
 for games and all players receive a small prize.                                      “I am reminded that often, those          grandchildren and has been a devout
    Craft vendors should contact the Parks and Recreation at (540) 967-             lives of quite, faithful and generous        member of the County Line Baptist
 4420 for vendor space information.                                                 service to others very rarely war-           Church since a very early age.
                                                                                    rants a commendation of this na-                Supervisor Fitzgerald Barnes,
                                                                                    ture but Ms. Morris, you have been           Patrick Henry District, said, “Ser-
                                                                                    recognized and people do appreci-            vice to the community is much more
                                                                                    ate you for who you are. Like Dr.            than a one-time volunteer experi-
                                                                                    Albert Schweitzer said ‘the only             ence; it is a lifetime commitment.
                                                                                    ones that will truly be happy among          It is a true blessing that Ms. Morris
                                                                                    us are those who have sought and             has lived such a long, vibrant and
                                                                                    found how to serve others,’” said            faithful life of servitude. She has
                                                                                    County Administrator Dale Mullen             been a valuable assist to our com-
                                                                                    during the presentation recognizing          munity and a priceless addition to
 LCPR’s 5th Annual Fall Harvest Festival was held on Saturday, November 1, 2008     Ms. Morris.                                  the lives of those she has touched.”
 and was a beautiful, sunny day! There were numerous craft vendors selling their
 wares and several carnival-style games for the children.

Louisa Christmas Festival &
Parade 2009
   Come celebrate the holiday sea-         lyn McCray is accepting applica-
son at the Louisa Christmas Festival       tions for Festival Vendors, $25 for a
and Parade on Saturday, December           12x12 booth space. Please contact
5, 2009.                                   Ms. McCray at (540) 832-2754 for
   The Festival will be from 10:00         more information.
a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Court-            Louisa Parks and Recreation is
house Square in the Town of Lou-           accepting entry forms for the pa-
isa. The Parade will begin at 3:00         rade. Participation is free but regis-
p.m. and will travel down Main             tration is required. Please contact       Supervisor Fitzgerald Barnes (Patrick Henry) presents a resolution adopted by the
Street. The 2009 theme is “What            Parks and Recreation at (540) 967-        Louisa County Board of Supervisors recognizing the 97th birthday of Ms. Van
                                                                                     Morris, who is seated.
Christmas Means To Me.”                    4420.
   Louisa Tourism Manager Caro-
                                                                                    Breakfast With Santa
                                                                                       Join Louisa County Parks and Recreation and have breakfast with Santa!
                                                                                    The 5th Annual Breakfast with Santa is scheduled for Saturday, December
                                                                                    5, 2009.
                                                                                       Treat the little ones to an exciting morning, where they can even deliver
                                                                                    their Christmas Wish Lists and have a picture taken with Ole Saint Nick.
                                                                                       A breakfast of pancakes, bacon, eggs, cereal and juice will be served
                                                                                    between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
                                                                                       PSEP Photography will take professional photographs of your children
                                                                                    with Santa. All participants attending must purchase a meal ticket, $18
                                                                                    pays for one adult, one child and one 5x7 photo, and it is $5 for each ad-
                                                                                    ditional child or adult.
                                                                                       This is a fun family event that children, parents, and grandparents will
                                                                                    enjoy. Preregistration is required. Please contact Parks and Recreation at
                                                                                    (540) 967-4420 for more information or to register.
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County Moves Forward With
“Burn Building”
   “The Louisa County Board of Supervisors is committed to providing and supporting core public safety ser-
vices for the citizens of Louisa County. In March, the Board approved construction of the much anticipated fire              County of Louisa
training center located just outside the Town of Mineral,” said County Administrator Dale Mullen.                           Board of Supervisors
   To meet the ever increasing need for training opportunities for volunteer and career firefighters, Louisa County
Emergency Services Department and the Volunteer Firefighters Association joined together to build a 3,500                       Fitzgerald A. Barnes
square foot, multi-story building using high-end technology for burning structure simulations.                                 Patrick Henry District
   “The state-of-the-art facility will provide Louisa County with a multi-use facility that will be utilized for con-              (434) 996-8534
ducting critically needed initial training and continuing education sessions for all facets of emergency incident   
preparedness and response,” said Fire Chief Robert Dubé.
   Over the course of the past 10 years, in partnership with the Louisa County Volunteer Fire Association, Louisa                Daniel W. Byers
County has been developing a training facility for use by the seven volunteer fire departments along with the                    Jackson District
County’s Department of Emergency Services. Developed on approximately 18 acres, the site currently has a                         (540) 872-3539
classroom, garage and facilities being used by volunteers and full-time staff. This site is also the new remote      
assembly site and staging area for off-site security operations for North Anna Power Station.
   The new building will provide opportunities for live fire training, search and rescue, ventilation, rope opera-             Willie L. Gentry, Jr.
tions, ladders and many other training opportunities that are not currently available within the county. Addition-              Vice-Chairman
ally, the facility will be used to host state and national level training courses.                                              Cuckoo District
   “Live-fire training is essential to becoming a firefighter,” said Ricky Bywaters, President of the Louisa County             (540) 894-4751
Volunteer Firefighters Association. “Having a local training facility decreases the costs for training, as well as  
offers the ability to conduct additional training because of the site’s convenient location. Our firefighters will
now have the opportunity to prepare as much as other jurisdictions that have their own facilities.”                             Willie L. Harper
   Chairman Willie L. Harper (Mineral) said “The Board of Supervisors places high value on the commitment                           Chairman
and dedication of the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Service Providers. This facility is an important                     Mineral District
step forward in ensuring the highest level of professionalism in the career and volunteer ranks. Our community                   (540) 894-6260
should expect nothing less than the highest standards of commitment and professionalism from all emergency          
services personnel.”
   A ground breaking ceremony was held Saturday, August 1, 2009. Construction of the facility should be com-                    Richard A. Havasy
pleted in November/December 2009.                                                                                              Green Springs District
                                                                                                                                  (540) 967-2393

                                                                                                                                  P. T. Spencer
                                                                                                                                 Louisa District
                                                                                                                                (540) 967-2575

                                                                                                                                Jackson T. Wright
                                                                                                                              Mountain Road District
                                                                                                                                 (540) 223-1450

                                                                                                                              County Administration
                                                                                                                                 (540) 967-0401

                                                                                                                                  Send mail to:
                                                                                                                               Post Office Box 160
                                                                                                                              Louisa, Virginia 23093

                                                                                                                               The County Messenger
                                                                                                                               Government Newsletter
                                                                                                                               is published tri-annually
                                                                                                                            by the County of Louisa and
 Representatives for each of the volunteer fire departments serving the citizens of Louisa County broke ground on the new   is distributed to all addresses
 “Burn Building” August 1, 2009. From left; Stewart Cameron (Mineral VFD), Marty Hart (Holly Grove VFD), Chief Robert
 Dubé, Robert Perkins (Louisa VFD), Matt Smith (Gordonsville VFD), Ricky Bywaters (Zion Crossroads VFD), Phil Van Skike
                                                                                                                                   in Louisa County.
 (Trevilians VFD), Charles Simpson (Locust Creek VFD), Joe Gordon (Bumpass VFD).
Fall 2009                                                             The County Messenger                                                              Page 5
           Do you know your veterans benefits?
                         We do!                                                    Foster Parents Needed
         Virginia Department of Veterans Services                                      Foster parenting is filled with challenges and opportunities. It can be
                                                                                   challenging to parent children with difficult histories. Becoming a foster
                                                                                   parent is an opportunity to care for children who benefit greatly from your
                       Need help?                                                  love and support.
   A representative is available on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th                            Children need role models. This is especially true of children who come
  Wednesday of each month between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00                               into foster care. Kids need caring adults who can give them a safe and
                                                                                   secure home that will shelter them from the trauma and distress of their
                           p.m.                                                    young lives. You can provide such a home. You can become a foster parent.
Visit us at the Louisa County Administration Building                              Like thousands of other Virginians who have stepped forward to help care
     at 1 Woolfolk Avenue in the Town of Louisa.                                   for our most vulnerable, you too can change a child’s life.
                                                                                      Whether you are married or single, live in an apartment or a house, you
       For more information call (434) 295-2782                                    can be a foster parent. Foster parents change lives one child at a time. They

LCPR Welcomed the
                                                                                   believe in investing in the future of our children. Please consider making
                                                                                   this very important investment. If you are interested, please call Louisa
                                                                                   County Department of Social Services Foster Parents Voice Mail Box at

                                                                                   (540) 967-4680, extension 7029. Please leave your name, phone number
                                                                                   and address and a representative will be in touch.

   The Gordonsville Gators became         active, having lots of fun, practicing
the Louisa Gators this summer. The        good sportsmanship, and always
Central Virginia swimming team            doing our best. Being a part of a         Citizens Urged to Prepare for an
relocated the competition swim
club to the Louisa County Aquatic
                                          summer swim team is a life-chang-
                                          ing opportunity for many swimmers         Emergency
Center. “We added a lot of new            because it offers them the chance           Louisa County is home to over         contact Louisa County Emergency
parents and kids to our Gator Fam-        to learn skills, which can be used       30,000 citizens who have dealt           Services Office for more informa-
ily and we experienced a high level       throughout life,” said Coaches Deb-      with a variety of emergency events       tion at (540) 967-3491.
of sportsmanship, cooperation, and        ra Bickley and Rebecca Toussant.         over the last several years.
participation from them” said Ga-            The Gators are a financially self-       County Officials are encourag-
tors representative Laura Mawyer          supporting swim team with services       ing citizens to take three simple,       The Golden Ages
   Supervisor Fitzgerald Barnes           and coaching supported by private        low-cost steps to protect their fam-        The Golden Age Club meets at
Patrick Henry District said, “Louisa      donations and registration fees.         ilies:                                   10:00 a.m. on the second Friday of
County is committed to increasing         Practices began in May, with a kick-     • Get a kit. An emergency supply         each month in the Betty J. Queen
the quality of life for Louisa County     off picnic at the Aquatic Center in      kit contains essential items to sup-     Intergenerational Center.
residents by providing cost-effec-        Louisa.                                  port a family for at least three days.      Senior newcomers are always
tive and quality recreational and fit-       Even though summer is over, vol-      A kit should include non-perish-         welcome. For information, con-
ness opportunities for all residents      unteers are being sought. For more       able food along with a manual can        tact Darrell Slover (540) 967-5418
– especially the youth of Louisa          information, call Louisa County          opener and about one gallon of wa-       or Brian Vesely (540) 967-4425.
County.”                                  Park and Recreation at (540) 967-        ter per person per day.                  Come along and check out the pos-
   “We are all about being part of        4420.                                    • Make a plan. A family commu-           sibilities.
a team, improving our skills, being                                                nications plan includes discussions
                                                                                   about what to do and who to con-
                                                                                   tact if family members are sepa-
                                                                                   rated when an emergency strikes.
                                                                                                                            NOW AVAILABLE
                                                                                   • Stay informed. It is vital that
                                                                                   people stay informed before, dur-
                                                                                   ing and after an emergency. Listen
                                                                                   to local media.
                                                                                      Louisa County is joining with
                                                                                   the Virginia Department of Emer-
                                                                                   gency Management and the U.S.
                                                                                   Department of Homeland Security
                                                                                   to promote emergency prepared-
                                                                                   ness, urging families, businesses,
                                                                                   and communities to take action.
                                                                                      The Louisa County Commu-
                                                                                   nity Emergency Response Team
                                                                                   (CERT) is a way citizens can get
                                                                                   involved during emergency events
                                                                                   to help its citizens.
                                                                                      To learn more about getting
 The Louisa Gators had a wonderful and fulfilling 2009 Swim Season.                ready for emergencies or CERT,
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Secondary Road Improvement Projects
   The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) works with Louisa County citizens and the Board of Supervisors to improve the roadways in the
County. Each year, VDOT develops a Six Year Plan for Secondary Road Construction (SSYP) which includes improvement projects such as paving,
widening, bridge repairs/replacements and redesigns of intersections to increase public safety.
   VDOT is a state agency funded by gas tax revenues and titling taxes and fees. To date, the state has already cut $6 billion out of the current $77 bil-
lion two-year budget, and Governor Timothy M. Kaine recently said more cuts will be necessary in fiscal year 2010.
   As a result, it has become increasingly difficult for localities to improve roads in Virginia’s Secondary System of State Highways.
   Louisa County receives just over $500,000 annually to fund its SSYP. The Board of Supervisors determines the priority order of the improvement
projects, with VDOT assistance and input, and the funds are applied to the improvement projects in priority order until the project accumulates enough
money in order to begin construction. Some projects can take years to accumulate enough money before construction can begin.

Rural Rustic Road Program                                                                          Projects in Project Pool (Unfunded)
                                                                                    Street Name                Route Project Type                Initial Estimate
   One program that can be used to       allocated, based on priority order, Horseshoe Farm Rd. 714                       Rural Rustic           $400,000
get state maintained roads, roads        until enough funds are accumulated
                                                                                    Old Apple Grove Rd. 658               Rural Rustic           $282,515
with route numbers of 600 or             to complete the project, which could
above, paved is through VDOT’s           be over a period of several years.         Old Apple Grove Rd. 658               Rural Rustic           $370,521
Rural Rustic Road Program. The              As of July 1, 2003, the “Rural Old Apple Grove Rd. 658                        Bridge                 $849,667
road must carry 50 or more vehicles      Rustic Road” concept is VDOT’s Indian Creek Rd.                       699        Rural Rustic           $370,000
per day to qualify for unpaved road      preferred approach to paving many Piedmont Avenue                     1117       Widening Project $40,000
funds. VDOT periodically takes           unpaved roads. For a road to qualify Hart’s Mill Rd.                  647        Rural Rustic           $631,787
traffic counts on unpaved roads.         for the Rural Rustic Program, sev- Payne’s Mill Rd.                   601        Bridge                 $850,000
   To get a recent traffic count for     eral criteria must be met:
                                                                                    Rolling Path Rd.           698        Rural Rustic           $505,038
roads in Louisa or Fluvanna County,      • The county’s board of supervi-
contact the VDOT Louisa Residen-              sors must pass a resolution de- Campbell Rd.                     600        Bridge                 $478,277
cy Office at (540) 967-3710. Those            claring the road to be a “Rural Lindsay Lane                     675        Intersection Relo- $617,788
in other counties who do not have             Rustic Road.”                                                               cation
a contact number should call (804)       • The board of supervisors indi- Blueberry Lane                       709        Rural Rustic           $200,000
786-2746 to obtain the number to              cates that expected growth and Bohannon Rd.                      723        Widening Project $30,000
their local Residency Office.                 increase in traffic over the next Chestnut Avenue                1127       Widening Project $21,132
   If the road qualifies, the Board of        10 years is minimal.                  Lasley Church Rd.          633        Rural Rustic           $1,031,826
Supervisors and VDOT’s Resident          • The curves along the road
Administrator will decide through             should be generally adequate             provements.
an annual public hearing process if
the road can be added to the SSYP.
                                              for the traffic and any increase • The daily traffic volume must
                                              in speeds expected after the im-         not exceed 1,500 vehicles.
                                                                                                                             Rural Addition
If the road is added to the SSYP, it          provement.                           • The citizens along the road             Road Program
is assigned a priority number and        • Roadway drainage must be suf-               should support the improve-
funding to improve the road is then           ficient or require only minor im-        ment.                                      State funds are very limited.
                                                                                                                               However, each year the Board of
                    Projects on Current Secondary System Six Year Construction Program                                         Supervisors can set aside up to
 Street Name            Route Project Type             Initial Estimate Funding Re- Additional       Estimated                 five percent of their total second-
                                                                        ceived YTD    Funding        Completion Date           ary road construction allocation
                                                                                      Needed                                   for Rural Addition projects which
 Walnut Woods           820    Rural Addition          $161,920         $161,920      N/A            December 2009             consists of qualifying roads that are
                                                                                                     (Under construction)
                                                                                                                               not currently state maintained.
 Houchens Road          783    Widening Project        $124,000         $124,000      N/A            Complete
                                                                                                                                  Generally to be eligible for the
 Byrd Mill Road         649    Widening/realignment $708,611            $925,916      $-             December 2011
                                                                                                     (Public Hearing-
                                                                                                                               Rural Addition Program, older, pri-
                                                                                                     October 15, 2009)         vately maintained roads must meet
 Plum Tree Road         739    Rural Rustic            $246,301         $246,301      N/A            Complete                  the following criteria:
 Seventh Street         1115 Widening Project          $248,169         $248,169      N/A            Complete                  • Have been in public use before
 Mount Airy Road        644    Bridge                  $1,772,164       $1,800,545    $-             October 2010                  July 1, 1992
                                                                                                                               • Be available for the public to
 Patrick Henry Place    711    Rural Rustic            $365,118         $366,086      $-             December 2010
                                                                                                                                   use 24 hours a day
 Octagon Church Road 611       Rural Rustic            $350,871         $402,873      $-             December 2010
                                                                                                                               • Have a right of way that is
 Lewis Hill Road        673    Widening Project        $508,359         $505,165      $4,194         October 2012                  available to be dedicated to
 Grooms Lane            791    Widening Project        $229,485         $230,467      $-             May 2012                      public use
 Vigor Road             697    Rural Rustic            $410,537         $178,788      $231,749       December 2013             • Wide enough (usually 40 feet)
 Walkins Lane           721    Widening Project        $287,554         $209,100      $78,454        March 2011                    to meet minimum safety stan-
 Indian Creek Road      699    Resurfacing             $370,000         $0            $370,000       June 2013
                                                                                                                               • Sufficient to permit future
 Ellisville Drive       669    Widening/realignment $10,236,299         $0            $10,236,299    September 2013
Fall 2009                                                         The County Messenger                                                            Page 7

Beneficial Garden Insects
Submitted by Central Virginia Master
                                                                                  John Mercer Langston
   Attracting and maintaining a                                                   (1829 – 1897)
population of beneficial insects is                                               Submitted by the Louisa County Historical Society
an important factor to managing
your garden without the use of pes-                                              	 The	       early	
ticides.                                                                         1800’s	were	dif-
   Insects are beneficial to the gar-                                            ficult times for
den in a wide variety of ways. They                                              people of color
aid in the production of fruits, seeds, Photograph provided by Barbara Ann       in	     Virginia..	
vegetables and flowers through pol- Wiederkher                                   One       unusual
lination. Melons, squash, and many                                               paradox of en-
other garden vegetables require insects to carry their pollen before the fruit   slaved people in
will set.                                                                        Louisa County
   Insects can destroy weeds in the same manner in which they injure crop        was the story
plants.                                                                          of John Mer-
   Parasitic insects destroy other injurious insects by living in, or on, their  cer     Langston.
bodies or eggs. The dead bodies and droppings of insects serve as fertil-        Langston was
izer, and insects can improve the physical condition of soil by burrowing        born on the plan-
throughout the surface layer. Insects also act as scavengers by devouring        tation of Captain
the bodies of dead animals and plants.                                           Ralph Quarles in
   The greatest single factor in keeping plant feeding insects from over-        Louisa County.
whelming your garden is predatory insects. There are numerous species of         Quarles was his
assassin bugs that can significantly reduce plant consuming insects.             father, and his
   If you would like to learn more about methods to reduce, or eliminate,        mother,      Lucy
the use of pesticides, please contact Master Gardener Help Desk at (540)         Langston, was a
967-3422.                                                                        former slave of
                                                                                 African and Na-
                                                                                 tive American
                                                                                 descent who had John Mercer Langston, 1849 (Oberlin College Archives)
Learn to End Violence and                                                        been emancipated by Quarles. He person to serve in the U.S. House of
                                                                                 was the fourth child of Lucy and Representatives in 1890. John Mer-
Abuse                                                                            Quarles. Both parents died when cer Langston was a man who over-
                                                                                 John was only 5 years-old, leaving came all odds to achieve greatness,
    Domestic violence or family the Town of Louisa.                              him and his siblings orphans.         even in a difficult time.
 abuse is when one person attempts          Participants will be taught to          After his parents’ death, the fam-    The Louisa County Historical
 to control or hurt another through prevent abuse through the devel- ily relocated to Ohio, a free state. Society seeks to preserve our Coun-
 actions or threats that can include opment of compassion for them- At the age of fourteen, he enrolled ty’s rich history. To learn more, call
 physical, sexual, verbal, or psycho- selves and others. They will learn in Oberlin College. At Oberlin he (540) 967-5975 or visit online at
 logical abuse. People of all ages, to regulate anger and shame, take earned a Bachelor’s degree, and Also visit
 income levels, faiths, sexual orien- responsibility for behavior and then a Master’s degree in Theol- the Sargeant Museum located next
 tation, gender, and education levels feelings, accept not being in con- ogy.                                          to the Louisa Town Hall and Arts
 can experience domestic or family trol of another person or situation              Following the Civil War, John Center.
 violence.                               and develop safe and compassion- Mercer Langston returned to Lou-
    The Louisa County Department ate solutions to family conflicts.              isa as the Inspector General of the
 of Social Services will be hosting         For more information and to sign Freedman’s Bureau. He was in-

 an “Abuser Intervention Group” up, call Vicki Drumheller at (540) specting the school system through-
 every Tuesday beginning at 6:00 967-1320.                                       out the South.                                 olunteers              are
 p.m. in the Social Services building
 located at 103 McDonald Street in
                                                                                    On June 15, 1867, Langston ad-
                                                                                 dressed a large crowd of people,
                                                                                                                                wanted to serve
                                                                                 black and white, on the steps of the on committees and
                                                                                 Louisa Hotel. Women of the Bap-
                                                                                                                        boards in Louisa
Are you eligible?                                                                tist Church invited him to speak at
                                                                                 their church.                          County. If you are
   Not everyone is eligible to receive financial assistance from the Depart-        John Mercer Langston went on
ment of Social Services. A new web-based eligibility screening has been to become the first Dean of How- interested,                              please
developed by the State to help citizens determine if they qualify.               ard University’s School of Law. He contact the Adminis-
   To find out if you are eligible, visit - was the first African-American to
bilityScreening - and answer a few questions.                                    practice law before the US Supreme tration Office at (540)
   If you are eligible to receive financial assistance from Social Services, Court. He was named Minister to
forms and applications are available on the website or by calling the Lou- Haiti in 1877, and upon returning
                                                                                                                        967-0401 to learn
isa County Department of Social Services at (540) 967-1320.                      to Virginia, became the first black more.
Page 8                                                         The County Messenger                                                       September 2009

Hurricane Season
   Forecasters ex-
pect nine to four-
                                                                              Need a Ride?
                                                                                 Whether you’re traveling to           270,000 trips each year.
teen tropical storms                                                          work, to shop, to the doctor’s of-           Owned by the local governments
during the 2009                                                               fice, or just to visit a friend, JAUNT   it serves, JAUNT uses federal, state
Atlantic Hurricane                                                            has a route that can help you get        and local funding to supplement
Season, with four to                                                          around.                                  fares and agency payments.
seven of them be-                                                                Louisa County residents can               Organized in 1975, JAUNT is
coming hurricanes.                                                            schedule trips from their home to        recognized both statewide and na-
   Last year, sixteen                                                         any location within the county,          tionally for its high quality service,
storms formed in                                                              Monday through Saturday. The             performance record and efficient
the Atlantic; eight                                                           cost is $1.75 each way for passen-       coordinated service.
became hurricanes,                                                            gers with disabilities and those ages        JAUNT’s award-winning sys-
with five classified                                                          60 and older or $2.75 each way for       tem earned the Virginia Transit
as major hurricanes.                                                          area residents. The service starts at    Association’s Outstanding Public
Despite the regular                                                           7:30 am. Louisa seniors can ride         Transportation System Award for
season being July 1                                                           free to the Senior Center on Tues-       Non-Urbanized Areas, the 2009
through November                                                              days, Wednesdays and Thursdays.          Outstanding Public Transportation
30, Tropical Storm Arthur started the 2008 season two days early.                Midday service is also offered        Marketing Award and the National
   The Virginia Department of Emergency Management offers safety tips         to residents in all areas of Louisa      Community Transportation Sys-
to help protect lives and reduce property damage during hurricane sea-        County traveling to destinations in      tem of the Year award from the
son.                                                                          the City of Charlottesville, Monday      Community Transit Association of
   Know your risks. Find out if you live in a flood prone area and if you     through Friday. The route arrives in     America.
do, make sure you have a current flood insurance policy.                      Charlottesville between 10:30 am             JAUNT’s system of combining
   Flood waters can be deceptive. Do not walk or drive through flood wa-      and 11:00 am and leaves at 3:00          resources to serve as many people
ters. According to the National Weather Service, nearly half of flash-flood   pm. The fare for midday service is       as possible has been a model for
fatalities are vehicle-related.                                               $3.25 each way and $2.25 for pas-        transit services across the country.
   Most Louisa County residents use well water. When the power goes out,      sengers with disabilities and those          Call JAUNT at (434) 296-3184
so does the water supply. A tip from the Virginia Department of Emergen-      age 60 and older.                        or toll-free at (800) 36JAUNT for
cy Management is to fill your bathtub with water to use for toilet flushing      JAUNT is a regional transporta-       more information.
in case of an extended power outage.                                          tion system providing
   After the storm has passed, be prepared to be without power, telephone     service to the citizens
and other outside services for up to a week or longer. When Hurricane         of Charlottesville, Al-
Isabel hit Central Virginia in 2003, some residents were without power for    bemarle,         Fluvanna,
two weeks or more.                                                            Louisa, Nelson, and
   If a major hurricane hits Louisa County, the Emergency Services De-        Buckingham           Coun-
partment, with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office and local volunteer     ties and makes over
fire and rescue agencies, will set up a shelter in the Louisa County Middle
School for individuals needing assistance.
   For more information about hurricane preparedness, contact the Emer-
gency Services Department at (540) 967-3491.

Louisa Employment Center
 The Louisa Employment Center, the Virginia Workforce Network to                 Although jobs can be narrowed         Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
sponsored by the Volunteers of assist people in finding a job, draft-         down to specific cities, counties, ar-   and Thursday 1:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Louisa, works in conjunction with ing a resume, determining job skills        eas, or even within a specified dis-        The Louisa Employment Center
                                                    and even career           tance of a zip code, the focus is on     is located in the Sage Building at
                                                    counseling.               helping people find a job right here     115 Jefferson Highway in Louisa.
                                                         The website          in Louisa County. Computer skills        Career counselors are in the office
                                                    www.vaworkcon-            are not necessary and staff is ready     on Monday and Wednesday. For
                                           assists          to help you with your needs.             more information, call (540) 967-
                                                    people with a                The Louisa Employment Center          6095
                                                    statewide listing         is open Monday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30
                                                    of available jobs.        p.m., Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.,

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