Down Me­mory Lane

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - Com­piled by JAN CLATTERBUC­K

Feb. 14, 1980

In re­sponse to threats of le­gal ac­tion made six months ago by the state De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment, the Rap­pa­han­nock su­per­vi­sors fi­nally took steps at last Thurs­day’s board meet­ing to pro­vide a build­ing in­spec­tor as re­quired by state law.

The board will ad­ver­tise for a pub­lic hear­ing at its March meet­ing and or­di­nance es­tab­lish­ing a county de­part­ment of build­ing in­spec­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to a mem­o­ran­dum from county engi­neer Fan­ning Baum­gard­ner, the county does not pre­pare or adopt the build­ing code, only en­forces it.

“Any pub­lic hear­ing should not waste ef­fort dis­cussing the mer­its of the code. The code is ex­ist­ing law,” he em­pha­sized in the mem­o­ran­dum. Baum­gard­ner noted that the county’s op­tions lie only in pro­ce­dures for es­tab­lish­ing the de­part­ment, fee sched­ule and en­force­ment.

In guidelines de­vel­oped jointly with Jack Proc­tor from the Ad­min­is­tra­tor’s Of­fice of Uni­form Build­ing Code, Baum­gard­ner sug­gests that the build­ing in­spec­tor work of­fice hours on Tues­day and Thurs­day, with an ad­di­tional eight hours of field work per week au­tho­rized.

Baum­gard­ner states in his mem­o­ran­dum that the build­ing in­spec­tor must, by law, is­sue the build­ing per­mits now handled by the zon­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor. Be­fore is­su­ing the per­mit, the in­spec­tor must de­ter­mine if the owner is in con­for­mance with zon­ing, health, high­way, fire safety and other reg­u­la­tions on build­ing, in­clud­ing ero­sion and sed­i­ment con­trol.

The Rap­pa­han­nock su­per­vi­sors au­tho­rized Carr and Hyde agent Dick Bowan to con­duct a li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance study for the county.

Carr and Hyde cur­rently car­ries the fire in­sur­ance poli­cies on county build­ings, due to ex­pire at the end of March.

“I un­der­stand you don’t have li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance,” Bowan told the board mem­bers. He ex­plained that li­a­bil­ity in­sur­ance would cover the county against suit in the event that a per­son was in­jured in a county build­ing, as well as pro­tect­ing the su­per­vi­sors against pos­si­ble suit as in­di­vid­u­als or an en­tire board aris­ing from their ac­tions as board mem­bers.

Bowan noted that three mem­bers of the Fauquier County Board of Su­per­vi­sors are cur­rently be­ing sued by a de­vel­oper for fail­ure to ap­prove sub­di­vi­sion plans. Su­per­vi­sor chair­man E.P. Luke asked if elected of­fi­cials in Vir­ginia held im­mu­nity from suits aris­ing from of­fi­cial ac­tion.

“That im­mu­nity has eroded over the years,” Bowan replied. He added that the costs of de­fense “can be con­sid­er­able” even if the su­per­vi­sors won such a suit.

“I worry about us re­gard­ing fire in­sur­ance,” Luke con­tin­ued. “We don’t have a fire es­cape on the sec­ond floor of this build­ing.”

May 23, 1985

Wed­nes­day, May 15, was not a reg­u­lar school day at Rap­pa­han­nock County High School. On that day, 255 stu­dents left their classes and par­tic­i­pated in a walk­out to demon­strate their dis­ap­proval of the board of su­per­vi­sors’ de­ci­sion to cut $120,000 from the pro­posed 1985-86 school bud­get.

The stu­dents left their classes a lit­tle af­ter 9 a.m. and con­gre­gated on the base­ball field. Some had signs with “Save Our Teach­ers” and “Stu­dents For Qual­ity Ed­u­ca­tion” writ­ten on them, and all were at­ten­tive as Jon and Jim McCullough spoke about the rea­sons for the walk­out.

Jon said that the stu­dents were try­ing to call the gov­er­nor and the State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion to de­mand that they be­come in­volved in urg­ing the su­per­vi­sors to re­place the $120,000 and to find out what hap­pened to the gov­er­nor’s pro­posed 10 per­cent raise for teach­ers. The stu­dents had also tried to reach Del­e­gate Ray­mond “Andy” Guest to make him aware of the si­t­u­a­tion.

The story of how one Rap­pa­han­nock house­wife and mother has be­come a coupon clip­per of the first order be­gan 10 years ago. That was when Sarah Brown started us­ing coupons to buy ne­ces­si­ties. “Then I re­al­ized that I could get try-me sizes of prod­ucts free with coupons, and I kept go­ing from there,” Sarah said.

How far she kept go­ing can be seen in her home’s base­ment, where she keeps her two shoe boxes of coupons, and where she stores pack­ages and la­bels and the non­per­ish­able prod­ucts she stocks in var­i­ous small to large quan­ti­ties.

The abil­ity to re­al­ize those kinds of sav­ings on gro­ceries has been de­vel­oped by Sarah over the seven years since she be­gan keep­ing all pack­ages and la­bels and send­ing in re­fund forms.

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