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LakeAnnaLifeTimesSpring2016 20 did you knowLAKE ANNA HISTORY TRIVIA NEWS Since we last checked in with the Citi- zens for New Bridge Fire Rescue Sta- tion CNBFRS the group has continued to focus in two key areas 1 building com- munity support for the New Bridge Fire Rescue Station and 2 putting a proposal before Louisa County government for this facility. In pursuing these efforts a new third focus has evolved promoting the need for a county-wide Fire EMS Stra- tegic Plan. Weve made many presentations to or- ganizations businesses and HOAPOA groups that cover the need for a new fire and rescue station at the New Bridge area of Lake Anna CNBFRS organizer Ron Skinner told LT Our research of the facts data and prospective benefits has built a compelling case. According to Skinner getting the word out has resulted in 65 letters of support and endorsements including the Lake Anna Business Partnership representing over 100 member businesses the Lake Anna Civic Association representing 815 members 16 local business owners six HOAPOA Boards and many individual members of HOAPOAs and other citi- zens. Petition drives have so far gathered about 1700 citizen signatures from resi- dents property owners shoppers work- ers and visitors to Louisa County. HOAPOA presentations group events and petition drives are beginning again in earnest this spring as the weather warms and annual meetings are sched- uled. An online poll conducted by The Cen- tral Virginian came out 78 in favor of a municipal fire and rescue station at Lake Anna. CBS-TV19 News in Charlottes- ville did an investigative report that aired in February. Other recent endorsements of the need for a fire station at Lake Anna and the efforts of CNBFRS include letters from Mineral Volunteer Fire Department Louisa County Fire EMS Manage- ment Oversight Group the Lake Anna Advisory Committee and a Resolution of Support from the Louisa County Board of Supervisors BOS. Presentations to the Louisa County Planning Commission at their Capital Improvement Plan CIP work sessions Citizens For New Bridge Fire And Rescue Want To Know Plan For The Future BY C.C. MCCOTTER and meetings in December and January seemed to be making headway on get- ting a Project Proposal for New Bridge Fire Rescue Station to be included in the current CIP review process part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget. Working with Louisa County Fire EMS Chief Keith Greene we anticipated that the New Bridge FRS proposal could be added to the Planning Commissions recommendation to the BOS Skinner recalled We had addressed an over- view of the needs GIS map and data analysis of the under-protected Lake Anna Growth Area benefits to Fire EMS County-wide population growth al- ready in-place and planned growth basis in the Countys Comprehensive Plan a written Project Request Form and Proj- ect Cost spreadsheet documenting the project description justification benefits probable impact if not completed site location and status resources available and required co-location potential with cooperating departments and gross es- timated line-item project costs before grants proffers donations and Federal State reimbursements. Three Louisa County government votes on New Bridge FRM Station were taken in February. All three votes came with- out the topic being on a meeting agenda without being advertised in a public no- tice without holding a public hearing and without CNBFRS making a traditional full proposal presentation. On February 11 the Planning Commis- sion effectively voted 6-0 to sidestep New Bridge on their CIP recommendation to BOS based on an unexpected closed session decision. Members of Citizens for New Bridge Fire Rescue were al- lowed to speak only during a public com- ment period in three-minute slots. Then on February 16 at the BOS meeting citizen representatives again discussed the CIP for New Bridge FM Station during the public comment period in three-minute slots. Unexpectedly thanks to Willie Gentry Cuckoo District supervisor the BOS agreed to amend the meeting agenda and he later motioned to include New Bridge on the CIP seconded by Stepha- nie Koren Mineral District supervisor Skinner explained. However after animated discussions continued on page 26