YEARS OF DETAILED AND THOUGHTFUL OPPOSITION TO THE $6.9 MILLION One-Block PROJECT LED UP TO FINAL PUSH THURSDAY NIGHT BEFORE THEIR VOTE TO AWARD CONTRACTS.
Cancel Project efforts will continue; email or call us for info~
Listen to all those who sacrificially came and waited for their turn before the BOS!
The Fauquier County Attorney told the MBRA earlier this year that the decision to go forward with this One-block Main Street Improvement (Streetscape) Project is a political decision. A couple Supervisors who really want this Project have said that the only thing that would change their minds is if they see that the majority of people are against it.
Of special interest are the Marshall Minute Newsletters from October and November of 2018. They cover detailed minutes of the two MBRA Community Meetings where we hosted the County covering the Marshall Main Street Project.
The County recently informed us that there is no ordinance nor law that the Board of Supervisors have passed that mandates that this Project must happen. The County also told us they have no evidence that this Project will benefit Marshall, nor has the County done any stress tests to gauge the effect on businesses due to the 600-days the County is allotting for undergrounding.
If you do not want this Project, but instead want it Cancelled so that VDOT will no longer wait to pave our Main Street and repair and maintain our sidewalks, then stop by anytime between 10 am and 12 noon this Saturday, October 3rd, and walk, stand, or sit with us along Main Street to help us express that to Chairwoman Mary Leigh McDaniel and fellow Board Members. We'll have stickers for you. Spread the word and help us show that the Marshall community does not want this Project! Be a Champion for your town, small businesses, and neighbors!
~Join with us along Main Street this Saturday! ~Look for us there with the blue CANCEL PROJECT stickers!
Don't let them silence us!! Show up, bring a mask, and wear a sticker we'll have for you at our station. Even if it's just for two minutes, please stand, walk, or sit with us along Main Street sidewalks this Saturday from 10-12 noon to show you want the One-Block Project Cancelled!
Whether the County votes to award the contracts for this Project in September is a political decision, according to the County Attorney. The ONLY obligation our County Supervisors have is to follow the law. There is no law that says they must go forward with this Boondoggle.
We will also have petitions and form letters for you to sign, if desired. Ask us for a car sticker!
Also, help to make your voices known to the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors! Email them and cc the MBRA to make sure your email does not get lost! See below button to send emails.
All five Supervisors are making huge decisions that will greatly impact our lives here in our Marshall District. Time to pursue incorporation, but right now, we've got to Save Marshall from their Boondoggle Project! Visit us this Saturday, even if it the rains, on Main Street across from BB&T, from 10 am - 12 noon! See what you can do to help stop this!
Contact us, sign a form letter & petition, email the BOS, display a sticker, spread the word, and DONATE to help us stop this BOONDOGGLE project!
Believe it or not, you CAN make a difference NOW!
There is strength in numbers~Join with us now!
So many came and spoke from the heart!
The highly controversial One-Block Improvement Project for Marshall, VA was the topic that dominated Citizens' Time at Fauquier County's Board of Supervisors' monthly meeting on October 8, 2020, when the BOS planned to vote to award contracts. Meeting was held at the Warren Green Building, 10 Hotel Street in Warrenton, VA where citizens came to STAND FOR MARSHALL
In typical fashion, Fauquier Supervisors completely ignored the hundreds of residents and businesses within the Special Tax District who signed detailed form letters opposing this Project. FYI, the Special Tax District has approximately 906 properties, but fewer property owners, as some own multiple properties within it.
The Fauquier Times article of October 8 states "At the work session, board Chair Mary Leigh McDaniel (Marshall District) expressed confidence that if additional funding is ultimately needed that it could be raised from other sources, citing the 10% contingency built in to the project’s budget, as well as private donations."
Chairwoman McDaniel believes we don't have to worry about not having all the funds for the Project now because they won't be needed until the end of the Project, plus we have a "contingency fund" we can use if necessary. Contingency funds are supposed to be a cushion for unexpected and unknown expenses, NOT intended to be used up for an unfunded, yet known expense. The Fauquier Times article says: "McDaniel expressed confidence that if additional funding is ultimately needed that it could be raised from other sources, citing the 10% contingency* built in to the project’s budget and private donations. "
*Contingency fund: a reserve of money set aside to cover possible unforeseen future expenses.
At the door, Citizens were initially wrongly denied the right to speak about the Project during Citizens' Time (there was no public hearing for it and there has not been since 2015), but we reminded the County of the rules of Citizens' Time and were thus allowed to speak on it.
Citizens of all ages and those with disabilities were forced to stand and wait over an hour outside in the cold during COVID-19 because the Supervisors will not move their meetings to one of the larger spaces in the area, as they have done in previous times.
Citizens have been relegated to trying to watch the BOS meetings televised on outside screens with poor sound and visibility due to the need to social distance along the roadside.
Even if your home or office in Fauquier happens to have internet access, the County meetings, which are streamed, frequently glitch and always seem to stop streaming during critical info points of the County meetings and work sessions.
County Board Meetings have been held in alternative locations before and the County has had plenty of time and complaints since the onset of COVID-19 to arrange an alternate meeting location to accommodate its taxpayer audience while BOS conducts business.
There are a number of Marshall area residents and businesses who are not supportive of the County's Main Street Improvements for over $6 million, and believe we can improve Main Street, retain parking spaces, beautify Marshall Va, AND save our small businesses, without burdening our taxpayers and without narrowing Main Street.
Let us know what you think!
Against the $6 million project for one block? Sign the petition at:
Board of Supervisors Meetings begin at 6:30 pm and are held in the
Warren Green Building 10 Hotel Street, Suite 208
Warrenton, VA 20186
*If emailing Supervisors re: proposed Marshall Main Street Project,
please cc us on your email: MBRAeditor@gmail.com
Note: County suddenly deleted email address they had us use during Covid!
To email the entire board at once, please use: BOS@fauquiercounty.gov
please cc us on your email: MBRAeditor@gmail.com to make sure yours is counted!
PH: 540-422-8020 FAX: 540-422-8022
Renée P. Culbertson, Clerk to the Board of Supervisors
To reach our Supervisors individually:
Marshall District, Supervisor Mary Leigh McDaniel:
Center District, Chairman Chris Granger
Scott District, Vice Chair Holder Trumbo
Cedar Run District, Rick Gerhardt
Lee District, Supervisor Chris Butler
Your contributions will help the MBRA to continue to inform our community and will help our efforts to Cancel the Project Now! The MBRA is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit. Contributions are NOT tax deductible. Donors may remain anonymous.
We are seriously pursuing all options available to us to stop this Boondoggle once and for all! We greatly appreciate your generous support towards that end!
The County's info regarding the Marshall Main Street Improvement Project (Streetscape) can be found by the tab, below.
MARSHALL MAIN STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT INFO
Our September 2018 meeting on the Main Street Improvement Project was held at the Marshall Community Center Auditorium, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 ~ Marshall District Supervisor Mary Leigh McDaniel and representatives from the County, VDOT, and Land Planning Design Associates were there to present the project and show displays. About 80 people were there.
For about an hour, Supervisor McDaniel took questions from the audience, which was largely against the project.
Click on the "More" tab, above and then go to our "Main Street" tab on the drop-down menu. We will continue to post updates from our meeting and additional information.
We're here for you! Want to give feedback? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or see our "Main Street" tab to give feedback to the County.
Thank you for coming to our Community Meeting on Tuesday, September 11th 2018, which was held at the Marshall Community Center Auditorium
For detailed notes on the Marshall Main Street Improvement Project, go to "Our Newsletters" tab above, and click on the following months:
October 2018 (covers minutes of County's September presentation)
November 2018 (covers minutes of County's October Q&A)
Please scroll to the bottom of the following link to see 2013 graphics of proposed project:
We had a great meeting with dinner and conversation at the Marshall Ruritan building Tuesday night! We greatly appreciate having key people associated with the project present to answer questions that the MBRA Board had provided the County in advance.
Since our Board has been carefully studying the details of the project as they became available to us the past few months, we collected many questions that we had regarding the project. The MBRA Board has diverse opinions on this subject from those for, those against, or anywhere in between, and the questions were representative of them. Many were questions we had also heard from the community.
Especially with a project that will have the largest impact on Marshall that we have seen in a long time, it is important that people have the opportunity to get answers regarding this project that will be paid for, in part, by the Lighting Tax District (Special Tax District, MELBID).
Over 70 people attended to hear approximately 25 questions answered directly from those who had the answers.
Great thanks go out to our Marshall District Supervisor Mary Leigh McDaniel, former Marshall District Supervisor and Project Manager Peter Schwartz, Current Project Manager and Director of Office and Management and Budget Erin Kozanecki, and former Project Manager Paul Lawrence. It was very informative to have all of them assembled and participating in this community forum on such an important topic of discussion around Marshall.
We applaud the above four individuals for answering some tough questions in a clear and time-efficient way so that the audience could gain information directly. Such an open and transparent event helps the community come together by addressing community concerns and involving them in the process. This was a great step forward together in government-community relations and we look forward to continued good communications in the future!
As we get more information, we are posting it on our website (see "Main Street" tab above) or go to MyMarshallMainStreet.com. For a chance to post and see pros and cons, as well as alternative ideas to the planned project, see the non-MBRA website: ShapingMarshallTogether.com.