Shoreline Management Plan up for review

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By Chuck Neudorfer

I want to express my sincere appreciation to the citizens of District 2 for giving me the opportunity to continue to represent you in Bedford County government.  I am very committed to representing your positions and want you to feel free to discuss any topic with me at any time.  All my contact information remains the same:  telephone 297-9321; address 230 Lee Drive, Huddleston, 24104; or e-mail neudorfer@b2xonline.com.  I have quarterly town meetings at the Moneta Library and one is coming up on Nov.14.  I will be at the library from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and hope that you will stop by.  There are a lot of things going on to talk about.

    One topic is the review and revision of the Shoreline Management Plan.  The plan must be reviewed and updated every five years.  This must occur in 2010 so the process is getting underway now.  There will be two public meetings.  The first will be on November 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Church to get citizen comments about the current plan.  The second meeting will be held in October, 2010, to review the proposed up-dated version of the plan.  Those living on the lakes should take part in these meetings.  In addition, provide me with your comments on the plan.  I am a member of the Steering Committee representing Bedford County and want to bring forward all of your comments, concerns and suggestions. 

    I have been studying an article in The Virginia News Letter written by James J. Regimbal, Jr. entitled “Virginia’s State Budget – A Train Wreck About to Happen.”  The article provides detailed information on the state revenue short-falls and the impact on the current and future state budget.  The most disconcerting facts to me are that about half of the “rainy day” funds and other reserves have already been used to balance the current budget, as well as some of the Federal Stimulus Money that was to be available for future budget years.  It seems to me that when we cross from the current budget to the 2010-2012 state budget that it will be like stepping off the curb, or cliff, or however deep the hole will be.  In the conclusion of this article, one sentence reads “The reality is that the 2010-2012 biannium current services operating budget is still at least $3 billion above forecasted available revenues.”

    Of course, the state budget issues are going to directly impact local governments.  State funds are used in large part to fund schools, constitutional officers, social services, etc.  The County will be given the impossible task of trying to compensate for the lack of state, and federal funding.  The next couple of budget years, at least, are going to be extremely challenging.

    On the good news side, relocation of Diamond Hill Road at Route 122 is underway.  The Food Lion store is under construction.  Moneta Park is showing good progress and I want to thank Wayne Shepherd for all his effort there.  Ground has been broken for the Center for Advanced Engineering Research in the New London Technology Park.  The Request for Proposals is ready to be issued by the Bedford County Broadband Authority to solicit bids for expanding broadband services to the unserved and underserved areas of the County.

    There is a lot more going on, so pick a topic and stop by the Moneta Library on the 14th to discuss it.