City Council Supporting Woods Creek Application

Lexington City Council Oct. 17 voted to offer $20,000 in-kind labor to support efforts to clean up Woods Creek.

This vote was prompted by a presentation from Sandra Stuart, who is a board member for the Natural Bridge Soil and Water Conservation District.

After a two-year study on the creek, whose water quality was deemed “impaired” by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Stuart said that they were ready to look for funding through the DEQ.

“It’s very precise what they want, and they required all of the stakeholders, all of the people that are involved along the creek to participate and clean up the creek. This involves, obviously, you all,” Stuart said, addressing Council. She said that Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute were already on board as partners on the application.

Council member Chuck Smith said that he had talked with public works director Jeff Martone earlier that day, and he recommended the figure of $20,000 in in-kind labor.

“It’s critical that we assist in the efforts of the application,” Smith said.

Council quickly moved to support this recommendation.

“Does this include volunteer hours from city Council?” Mayor Frank Friedman asked, joking.

Stuart laughed. “Yes, it does!”

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