To clear the air about the bike path

Rappahannock News - - COM­MENT -

Ican­not stand by any longer and let false ru­mors float through the county. There is no way I would ever vote for a $5 mil­lion dol­lar bike path. What we voted for is a res­o­lu­tion to al­low Rap­pTrails to ap­ply for a grant for a trans­porta­tion al­ter­na­tive path.

The grant money has al­ready been col­lected by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and passed on to VDOT. This cov­ers 80 per­cent of the to­tal $1 mil­lion cost of the 1.2 mile path that would con­nect the two schools. The other 20 per­cent has been pledged by pri­vate cit­i­zens.

In the event the grant is ap­proved I would not vote to ac­cept the grant with­out as­sur­ance that the funds were fully com­mit­ted and avail­able to the county. We would have un­til June to do so. There would also need to be money set aside for main­te­nance so the Rap­pa­han­nock County tax­payer is com­pletely pro­tected. You will not find a bet­ter pro­tec­tor of your tax dol­lars than I have been over the past eight years. CHRIS PAR­RISH Stonewall-Hawthorne Su­per­vi­sor Editor’s note: In­cum­bent Chris Par­rish is seek­ing his third term on the county’s board of su­per­vi­sors, with Elec­tion Day this Tues­day, Nov. 7.

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