Government Briefs

Rockbridge

Wildlife Corridor Fence Proposed

Preventing animal/vehicle collisions is the objective of a proposal to install fencing along a stretch of Interstate 81 near Buffalo Creek.

Speaking about the proposed fencing project to the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors Monday were Barbara Walsh of the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council and Mike Pelton of the Virginia Safe Wildlife Corridors Collaborative.

A wildlife passageway along the Buffalo Creek below the Interstate 81 bridges is part of the Natural Bridge Wildlife Corridor that was established several years ago by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. “It’s a natural bridge between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountains,” commented Pelton.

He shared photographs of bear and deer crossing through the corridor. The photos were taken over the past two years by a camera set up in the passageway along Buffalo Creek.

A similar fencing project for a wildlife corridor beneath Interstate 64 on the eastern slope of Afton Mountain has led to a 92 percent reduction in deer/car crashes, Pelton said. Potential funding for the project, said Walsh, could come from the Viginia Transportation Alternatives Program.

Sewer Project Funding Source Approved

Rockbridge County’s fund balance is to be tapped to help pay for a sewer capacity expansion project along U.S. 60 east of Lexington.

The Board of Supervisors on Monday approved plans to make up a projected shortfall of $1.28 million for the project with money from the fund balance.

The low bid for the project came in at $3,684,912 while projected costs were $2.4 million, which is the amount of a bond issue taken out by the county’s Public Service Authority. The project entails putting in new lines east to County Line Collision, a new pump station off of McCorkle Drive near Taco Bell, and a forced main and pipes along the U.S. 11 bypass and below the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Regional Fair May Move

The Rockbridge Regional Fair may have to be moved from the Virginia Horse Center this year because of scheduling conflicts, the Board of Supervisors was told Monday.

Fair director Janelle Vess said dates that carnival rides are available do not coincide with dates that the horse center can accommodate the fair. Therefore, she and other fair officials are looking for an alternative venue.

The fair, traditionally held in late July, has been held in early September the past couple of years. Vess said a request for county funding in the amount of $25,000 would be made again this year.

Appointment Made

Goshen Mayor Tom McCraw was appointed by the Board of Supervisors Monday to serve on the Rockbridge Regional Jail Commission.