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Supervisor wants to sell Paradise Lane waterfront property

by Larry Chowning

At the Middlesex County Board of Supervisors work session on Friday, January 4, Hartfield District supervisor John Koontz suggested the county sell its waterfront property on Paradise Lane in Deltaville and use the funds to enhance other waterfront properties.

At the meeting, each supervisor was asked by board chairman Chip Holt what were their priorities for the upcoming 2019-20 (FY20) fiscal year. Koontz said he was not going to give up on providing good public recreational access to waterfront.

Koontz said the purchase of the property at Paradise Lane on Jackson Creek by the county was a “misuse of funds. I think we made a mistake and it doesn’t make sense to keep that property.”

The Middlesex Water Authority (MWA) considered using part of the Paradise Lane site for the location of a water tank and pump station for the Deltaville water distribution center. MWA has since found another location for that water infrastructure and has purchased a half-acre lot behind Deltaville Market on Providence Road. It was purchased recently for $35,000 by the MWA.

County administrator Matt Walker did not agree with Koontz. He said the landing at the end of Paradise Lane could be a good location for a kayak or canoe launch and other recreational public amenities. He noted the county has very few sites on the water with the amount of acreage as the Paradise site. The acreage is 7.05 acres at the headwaters of Jackson Creek and was purchased by the county in 2015 for $214,000. Paradise Lane is about a half mile behind the Deltaville 7-Eleven.

posted 01.17.2019

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