Town looks into streetlight fix

John Fox Sullivan, town of Washington mayor, plans to meet with representatives of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to talk about the streetlights lining town streets.

Sullivan said during a town council meeting on Feb. 16 that the meeting with the utility is planned for March 4.

Sullivan and Town Clerk Laura Dodd expect to talk about upgrading the lights, which according to Council member Jerry Goebel, will sometimes go off when someone walks underneath.

“A year and a half ago when we were dealing with Allegheny I asked about the lights in the town,” said Council member Gary Schwartz. “There was new technology then coming out.”

The REC and the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative took over the distribution system in Virginia of Allegheny Energy Inc. last year.
Sullivan said he would also ask about the feasibility of burying the lines underground.

In other business, council approved installing a handrail at the town sewage treatment plant at a cost of $1,586. The work will be done by Environmental Systems Service, Culpeper, the firm in charge of the plant.

Sullivan said the town is getting monthly reports from ESS about the operation of the plant.

“The plant is doing very well. On one or two occasions there’s been a blip but we’re under DEQ limits,” he said, referring to standards set by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality.

The board also approved appointing Susan M. Stoltzman to a vacancy on the town’s architectural review board.

“We are very impressed with the commitment folks have made to preserve the historic nature of the buildings,” she said in writing to the council to request an appointment. “I would like to be a part of that process.”

Stoltzman said that she and her husband, Dan, recently moved into town. They live on Mount Salem Avenue.

The next town council meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. March 14.

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