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Arrington delays resignation

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By John Barnhart

If you showed up at the board of supervisor’s Monday evening work session, you probably noticed that there was a person sitting in the District 5 seat who looks a lot like Steve Arrington; that’s because it was him.

    Arrington, who announced at the supervisors’ last regular meeting of 2013, that he plans on stepping down from the board of supervisors has delayed the effective date of that resignation. He said he is postponing the effective date because there are issues he wants to finish.
    “I certainly will weigh in on the schools,” he said.
    Arrington had been on the supervisors school committee since it was first formed during the Jefferson Forest High School renovation. He has stepped down from that committee and a new member has been appointed. Arrington wants to stick around for a bit to provide assistance to the new member. He also wanted to be in on the joint meeting the supervisors held with the school board last week.
    He also wants to see how the overall budget development goes.
    “I want to know what the sense and feel of the board will be,” Arrington said.
    The Bedford Regional Water Authority’s proposal to pipe water from Smith Mountain Lake, after treating it at a plant to be built on the former Camp 24 site, is also a concern for Arrington. He hasn’t ruled out staying on the board of supervisors for that.
    Arrington is concerned that buying water from Lynchburg to satisfy Forest’s water needs could leave that portion of Bedford County vulnerable to annexation by Lynchburg, should the current annexation moratorium expire. According to Arrington, about 40 percent of the county’s tax revenue comes from Forest.