Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Public Hearing on granting a permanent easement to RWSA for McIntire Road Extended project on Aug. 17

The legal notice provided below was published in the Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009 Daily Progress. City Council has previously only authorized temporary easements to be granted as part of the McIntire Road Extended roadway project that is proposed to use significant parkland in McIntire Park. Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) is requesting a permanent easement for relocation of utility lines. City Council has appeared reluctant in the past to grant permanent easements in McIntire Park. An Attorney General Opinion requested by the city attorney several years ago stated that granting of a permanent easement would not be in compliance with the Virginia Constitution. I have not seen the request for easement or the staff report that will be presented to council in their August 17, 2009 council meeting agenda packet, but should be provided a copy in the very near future. Don't be shy about expressing your opinion on putting roadways through McIntire Park. Interestingly, neither the McIntire Road Extended project nor the Meadowcreek Parkway (of which McIntire Road Extended is one of three components) is mentioned by name - only project number - in the legal notice.


On Monday, August 17, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. the Charlottesville City Council will hold a public hearing in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 605 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA regarding the conveyance by the City of a permanent utility easement to the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA) for sanitary sewer line facilities. The proposed easement is located on property know as McIntire Park and identified on City Real Property Tax Map 45 as Parcel 1, and on Tax Map 46 as Parcel 2. All of the easements are shown on plan sheets 4 and 5 of Virginia Department of Transportation Project No. U000-104-102, RW-201, C501, dated 10-30-08. Any person may appear at the public hearing to express their views on the proposed conveyance. A copy of the full text of the Ordinance authorizing the conveyance and the above-referenced VDOT plan sheets indicating the boundaries of the easements are available for inspection in the Charlottesville City Attorney's Office.

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