Nelson County Supervisors to review use of Oak Ridge farm for major festivals

The five-member Board of Supervisors in Nelson County meet at 2 p.m. in the General District Courtroom at the Courthouse in Lovingston followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. (meeting packet)

The meeting begins with a resolution honoring Mark Christopher Wagner II, the Wintergreen Police officer killed in the line of duty on June 16. 

There are two presentations in the afternoon. One is from the Virginia Department of Transportation. The other is from Blue Line Solutions on automated speed enforcement in school zones. 

“’The TrueBlue™ Single Beam per-lane LIDAR system contains multiple features using proprietary technologies, processes, and analytics not available from any other company,” reads a letter sent to the county by the company. 

Blue Line Solutions conducted a series of speed studis last fall including this one on U.S. 29 by Nelson County’s high school and middle school (Credit: Blue Line Solutions)

Under new business there are four items:

  • There is a proposed amendment to the transient occupancy tax rate to increase it from five percent to seven percent. The public hearing was held on May 9. 
  • There is a resolution to discuss implementation of the pay study conducted by MAG.
  • There is a resolution on the salary and classification system for FY23 and FY24. 
  • There are proposed amendments to the county’s safety program. 

The rest of the afternoon will be taken up by various reports.

The evening session features two public hearings.

The first is for an amendment to the real property tax that would provide for relief for spouses of members of the armed forces who are killed in action.

The second is a five-year review for the special use permit that authorized the use of the Oak Ridge property in Arrington as a “Festival Ground.” This is site that was used for the Lock’n festival. 

“Overland Expo is scheduled to return this October with a participant estimate of 10,000 to 15,000,” reads the narrative for the review. 

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