Much of the information requested by Mr. Kiser and Mr. Henry in their letter of October 19 has been provided in public hearings before the Rappahannock board of supervisors, the Rappahannock planning commission (on which Mr. Henry sits) and in articles published by this newspaper. That being said, I will try to assuage the apparent anxiety about this 1.2-mile walking path between the schools.
The question about lag time before the county gets reimbursed by VDOT is irrelevant as the county will have expended no funds and thus will not be entitled to reimbursement.
If the county decides to cancel the project before completion, and after VDOT has expended funds for the completion, then the county must return the funds allocated for the unfinished part of the project.
The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission will be responsible for the oversight and management of the project and they are very familiar with federal rules and regulations.
Rapptrails will be responsible for overruns, etc. There is a maintenance fund that has already been started.
On the issue of a “bike path deficit,” the school needs a safe secondary exit from the high school and the elementary school in case of an emergency. This path will serve that need.
Mr. Kiser and Mr. Henry should rest assured that no single penny of county tax dollars will be used for this benefit to Rappahannock’s children, families and seniors.