At its September 7 meeting, the Campbell County Board of Supervisors decided to move forward on a large-scale broadband project and a partnership to install utility infrastructure for a development in the Yellow Branch area.
The board gave its approval for county staff to apply for Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) funding to extend broadband internet service to unreached parts of the county. Applications for the VATI program were due to be submitted September 14. The county had plans to partner with three companies, Firefly, Riverstreet and Shentel, to execute their proposed VATI project.
If the county receives the grants, it will likely receive tens of millions of dollars, and will be required to match with an estimated total of $9,180,000, but this could potentially be covered by the over $10 million the county is set to receive as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
The scope of all three projects would cover much of the county, including large areas in the southeastern and southwestern corners, a large swath between Brookneal and Rustburg and an additional pocket near Concord and Madison Heights.
The board then approved a plan to install infrastructure for utilities on a parcel of land behind the Campbell County Technical Center. Once an LLC known as Luke 10:27 acquires a roughly 75-acre property, it will transfer three acres of its new acquisition to the Industrial Development Authority (IDA). Under the plan the county will also transfer $1,528,000 to the IDA, which will contract with the Campbell County Utilities and Service Authority (CCUSA) to install infrastructure on the three-acre parcel acquired by the IDA and extend utilities to it across Route 24. The county will then provide $15,000 to the IDA for the three-acre parcel once the necessary infrastructure has been installed.
This plan first began to take shape during a closed session of the board of supervisors on July 20, when the board directed staff to pursue a partnership with CCUSA and IDA to facilitate the installation of utilities on land owned by Luke 10:27, LLC.
Next the board approved the purchase of five new recycling containers for the Livestock Road and Concord transfer sites, and a contract with Elite Recycling to have the firm provide recycling services for the Livestock Road and Concord transfer sites. The containers will cost $44,694, and the agreement with Elite Recycling will cost $37,500. The county’s metal recycling program has netted over $70,000 to offset those costs.
Also at the meeting, multiple individuals voiced dissatisfaction with Campbell County Public Schools’ handling of mask mandates and speaking opportunities at school board meetings, and the board recognized Rustburg High School’s state championship-winning softball team.