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Urbanna seeks dredging of town marina

The Town of Urbanna has completed the application for permission to dredge at the town marina and is hopeful for a fast track for approval, said Urbanna Mayor Steve Hollberg this week. The cost of the project will be supported [75%] with Boating Infrastructure Grant Funds from the State of Virginia, will involve the removal of approximately 550 cubic yards of material, and will provide a MLW depth of 6.5 feet at each of the slips at the town marina. “We are fortunate the amount of material is relatively small and hope the project can be quickly accomplished once it is approved,” said Hollberg. 

“Please note that the Stormwater Survey project conducted by Ecosystems in partnership with Friends of the Rappahannock will commence mid-May and property owners should be aware that recommendations resulting from the survey will not obligate them in any way to upgrade stormwater runoff management (see related story on Page A10),” said Mayor Hollberg.

The survey is not funded by the Town of Urbanna, but supported by the town as it seeks to understand best management practices generally. “If you have any questions, fliers are available at the town office and there should be an announcement within this edition of the Sentinel. The surveyors will have fliers with them, as well, if you have any questions. The focus of the study is on approximately 18-20 sites in Urbanna and just outside the town,” said Hollberg.

The Urbanna Town Council has pursued and is in the final stages of review of a contract regarding its water system. Thrasher Group, a top-ranked engineering firm, will conduct a detailed survey of the water system and operations and follow up with an asset management plan, which will assist the town in setting priorities for upgrades and crafting requests for proposals in the future. The deliverables will assist the town in overall understanding and operations of the system. The town water committee will continue to study pricing alternatives and improve operations processes. 

“Within the new budget for 2018-2019, seed money for improvements at the town boat ramp is set aside,” said Hollberg. “The town will set up a new sign indicating the current end point for the concrete ramp and will begin a study of how best to stabilize the area beyond the concrete apron.

posted 05.09.2018

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