During Tuesday’s monthly Town Council meeting two important aspects of the Clarke County High School project were addressed and moved forward. First, the Fire Flow agreement that has bounced back and forth between School Board and the Council finally came to rest in front of the Council in a form that was, for the most part, acceptable. During the meeting Town manager Keith Dalton pointed out two specific areas that he recommended be amended prior to approval. One dealt with a semantic change for clarification the other with a cost issue that may have slipped outside of the contract language. The cost issue covered soft costs for the project which were estimated at $15,000. Dalton pointed out that it was an estimate that the School Board made in good faith but that a provision needed to be added that if soft costs exceeded $15,000, the overage would be split between the School Board and the Town.
Council member Mary Daniel questioned the estimate and Dalton replied, “It’s an estimated cost, but at some point in time you have to grab hands and jump off the cliff.”
The Council took the leap and voted unanimously to approve the utility construction and cost sharing agreement with noted amendments.
The second issue pertaining to the high school project was a provision to move past the ongoing issue of Mosby Boulevard. One of the conditions of the Special Use Permit that the School Board has been unable to respond to is the entrance of the school. Uncertainty about VDOT’s recommendations on the easements and the ultimate positioning of the road have put the School Board in an awkward position as they seek to finalize all of the conditions of the Special Use Permit. Since neither party has the ability to force VDOT’s hand on the issue, the School Board and the Council are attempting to agree on a “floating easement” that will allow some latitude in the final disposition of the road while at the same time meeting the requirements of the Special Use Permit. Town Manger Keith Dalton asked the Council to schedule a special meeting to review the floating easement that the School Board hopes to have no later than next week.
The Council agreed to a Special meeting and scheduled it for May 25th.
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