Fire and rescue, broadband, road salt policies on Monday’s agenda

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meets at 2 and again at 7 p.m. Monday (April 7) in the courthouse. Among the busy agenda’s notable items:

• County Administrator John McCarthy said he will ask the board to commission a fire and rescue study, which will “hopefully yield methods we can use to sustain the volunteer system longer; some suggestions about uniform funding, reductions in equipment, consolidation of companies or equipment, ways to boost volunteerism” and other issues. “Not throwing in the towel on a volunteer system yet,” McCarthy said.

• Additionally, McCarthy will be presenting broadband internet data to the supervisors, “to let them know I have filed a request for a study with the FCC (along with hundreds of other places); mainly just saying that we are staying on the notion of trying to improve access.”

• At the 7 p.m. session, the environmental effects of road salt and other snow-melting chemicals take center stage at the evening meeting, as local attorney David Konick has asked for some time to discuss VDOT’s chemical use policy in the county, as well as explore less corrosive alternatives to salt (such as beet juice).

Full story in next week’s Rappahannock News.