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The board postponed a decision on the proposed Blair Construction plan.

At its most recent meeting the Campbell County Board of Supervisors discussed Blair Construction’s proposal for Rustburg Middle School, ruled on a number of rezoning requests and heard a presentation from Warren Kane, a B2X representative, on the company’s progress in setting up additional broadband internet equipment in the county.

Kane said the Johnson Mountain and Red House towers will be the first two ready in the county, and that B2X has already started installing internet capabilities on two to three county residents’ homes per day, with plans to move up to nine homes per day soon.

When asked by the board of supervisors what county residents should expect in terms of the project’s timeline, Kane said those interested in using B2X’s services “should call now.”

The next two towers to be set up are planned for water towers in the county.

The board then discussed Blair Construction’s proposal for Rustburg Middle School. A decision on the proposal was postponed until the next board of supervisors meeting on October 20.

Though the project is still within its allotted budget of $40 million, the foundations of two additional old school buildings were found on site, requiring an additional $90,000 to replace the soil in those areas.

Concerns about whether the proposed new middle school would be big enough to accommodate a growing population in the future were also raised, though according to Blair Construction the proposed school would be able to expand from its current capacity of 750 students to a total capacity of 900 students with relatively few changes to the building.

Next, a number of rezoning requests were brought before the board. A request to have a lot at 2985 Marysville Road rezoned to allow for an automobile graveyard was unanimously denied.

The board approved a request to have an area at 369 Pleasant Hill Road rezoned from agricultural to residential to allow for housing in the area, and also approved a special use permit request on Sunnymeade Road to allow Lynchburg Landscapes to expand its business onto the property.

Lastly the board had a lengthy discussion of a rezoning request for property at 21886 Timberlake Road to be changed from commercial to residential. The developers who want to add 60 dwellings to the area have met with some local resistance to the project.

Surrounding residents cited concerns about the additional erosion and build-up of stormwater that could result in the area from all the new impervious surfaces that would be created by the proposed development. The developers have taken steps to alleviate these concerns including building retention ponds and clearing ditches nearby to help with drainage.

Several nearby residents and members of the board of supervisors voiced concerns that these accommodations would not be adequate, and that stormwater build-up and erosion in areas not immediately adjacent to the development would still cause problems.

The board of supervisors ultimately voted to approve the project. Four members voted for it, two voted against it and one abstained.