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Town approves bid requests

The Farmville Town Council approved advertising for invitations to bid on the development of the comprehensive plan, zoning ordinances and subdivision ordinances at the Feb. 14 council meeting.

Gerald Spates

Town Manager Gerald Spates said in a previous Herald report that amending the town’s comprehensive plan shouldn’t delay a decision by council members regarding the options being considered at the intersection of Oak and High streets and Griffin Boulevard.

“(The intersection decision is) going to connect with the (comprehensive) plan because part of your (comprehensive) plan’s going to deal with movement of traffic and future roads, so I don’t see where it’s going to delay it,” Spates said regarding the intersection project being considered.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will provide analysis on the intersection in order to give Farmville an idea of traffic patterns and pedestrian traffic.

The decision to do so came during a discussion Jan. 22 between Mayor David Whitus, Spates, Ward E Council Member J.J. “Jamie” Davis, At-Large Council Member Thomas M. Pairet, Longwood University Chief of Staff and Advisor to the President Justin Pope, Longwood Associate Vice President of Campus Planning and Construction Louise Waller and VDOT Lynchburg District Traffic Engineer Gerry Harter.

Whitus said he was contacted by Pope to schedule a meeting between Longwood, VDOT and town representatives to discuss funding possibilities.

Spates said the intersection is one of the busiest and safest intersections in town.

“Discussions on the roundabout came to light when Longwood updated their Master Plan,” Spates said. “There have been minimal accidents at the intersection.”

He cited an engineer’s report done by McCormick Taylor, an engineering firm, that ranked three options.

Those options include a roundabout, realignment of the intersection and leaving the intersection as it is.