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The Navy base at Dahlgren can't spend the money on an Independence Day celebration, so it looks like the show won't go on

Date published: 11/12/2012

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"I am steadfast against giving in to VDOT's present stance," he wrote. "We should press the issue for redesign."

Resident Gloria Robinett said there would be more accidents if additional lanes are added without a traffic light.

Resident Heath Taylor agreed the project was ill-conceived and asked the board to oppose it as a whole. Property owner Dottie Burgess said the whole project has been a nightmare.

VDOT officials have had several meetings with the county and have another work session at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26 in the board room.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Cedell Brooks Jr. and Sisson said they are waiting to see the redesign VDOT brings back before commenting.

A METER, NOT A MIKE

At the meeting, Chairman Brooks noticed that Sheriff Steve Dempsey was holding what looked like a microphone in his hand. He wondered if the sheriff was getting ready for a karaoke performance.

The sheriff was showing off the county's new decibel meter, a tool needed for the county to enact a noise ordinance.

The meter measures how much noise certain activities generate, such as music from live bands. Localities determine the acceptable levels of noise, and readings above those violate the ordinance.

Dempsey said his office was considering an ordinance with limits in the range of 55 to 60 decibels. There have been two noise complaints since the department got the meters and both were lower than that, Dempsey said.

The sheriff said there probably won't be many noise complaints during the winter, but his department will continue its spot checks in the spring when people have outside events again.

Then, the board could put a policy in place.

Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425
Email: cdyson@freelancestar.com


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