Residents weigh in on paving priorities

Published 11:19 am Friday, June 17, 2016

Buckingham supervisors heard from citizens Monday night on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s six-year plan for road improvements in the county.

The plan designates $335,300 and $395,376 for fiscal years 2017 and 2018, respectively, to pave roads that are currently unpaved. The priority roads on the list — Route 662, Midland Road and Route 653, Logan Road — are eligible for construction beginning in August 2017 and won’t be fully funded until fiscal year 2018.

Residents said during the public hearing that they would like to see changes to the plan.

Charlie Monk, a resident of District 6, recommended Route 684, Cobbs Road for the list. Monk, who lives in one of the eight houses on the mile-long road, told supervisors: “I’ve been a resident of Buckingham County for approximately six years now. When I moved here that road had five residences on the road. We now have eight residences on that road.

“We need to pave that road. We have the density of population to justify this.” 

Monk said that it is impossible for two lanes of traffic to pass on the road. Cars have to drive on the shoulder.

Mike Edgett, a 33-year resident of Cobbs Road, said he’s “seen it go from a decent gravel road … to a dirt path.” He said he would like to see the road paved because “you can’t maintain it with the traffic that’s on it now.” 

Monk called the road a “safety hazard” and a “concern for residents.” He said he was “asking for support before something bad happens on that road.”

According to Scot Shippee, residency administrator for VDOT, the agency will evaluate the road. “This is a road that we can definitely add to next year’s plan, and you guys can prioritize it accordingly,” Shippee said.

Supervisors approved the plan.

In other business, Vice Chairman Robert “Bobby” Jones proposed that supervisors schedule a public hearing to hear citizens’ comments on a possible change to Buckingham’s “No Fence” ordinance.

The ordinance presently states that “the boundary line of each lot or tract of land shall be a lawful fence as to horse, mules, cattle, hogs, sheep and goats.

Jones requested the addition of chickens, ducks and geese, noting that Buckingham Animal Control officers would enforce it.

According to Jones, there are four families that “are having a problem with chickens, ducks and geese coming into their yard.”

The board agreed to hold the public hearing during its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. July 11.