Supervisor rejects lake rescue station move

A proposal by the developers of Cutalong to relocate the county’s planned fire and rescue station was rejected this week by Supervisor Duane Adams (Mineral District), who represents the area near Lake Anna.

“Nothing that I have seen or heard gives me a reason to support moving the location of this much-needed facility,” Adams said in a statement.

Cutalong’s Nathan Kiser made a pitch to the Louisa County Board of Supervisors at its Nov. 1 meeting to swap the county’s 2.4-acre New Bridge Road parcel for a similar-sized one on Kentucky Springs Road. Kiser said a hotel operator was interested in the New Bridge Road frontage.

But Adams said he saw no benefit to the county, and that making a last-minute change of location would create confusion. He said there is not a significant difference in topography between the two sites.  

He noted that the county already committed more than $50,000 for initial engineering work and is close to breaking ground on the fire and emergency services station, which will be the first one built by the county government rather than by volunteer-run agencies.

“We could break ground now, but I want to get some initial funding we will need in place,” Adams said. “Then we’ll start moving dirt.”

The supervisors previously put a price tag of $900,000 on the new facility, with $100,000 of that amount raised by the Foundation for Lake Anna Emergency Services. Adams said the total cost will probably be closer to $1.3 million, and that he would ask his colleagues at the Nov. 22 meeting to budget the additional funds.

The goal is to have the fire and rescue building in operation by summer 2022, Adams said.

The board moved the date of its Nov. 15 meeting to Nov. 22 because several members were planning to attend the Virginia Association of Counties conference in Norfolk.

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