by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
WHITE STONE—The White Stone Town Council is taking steps to remedy a stormwater problem thanks to a recently awarded planning grant.
In December, council directed town manager Patrick Frere and Mayor William Hubbard to pursue a Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) grant to tackle a drainage issue at Rose Lane and Chesapeake Drive. The application was submitted in December and Frere told council on February 1 the town has been awarded a $50,000 planning grant.
“So we’re headed in the right direction,” said Frere.
The area in question is included in a prior project plan but a recent engineer evaluation uncovered problems greater than the budgeted amount would cover. The DHCD advised the town to work with the Northern Neck Planning District Commission to reapply for a planning grant to hire an engineer to develop a new stormwater plan and identify a fix.
Council acknowledged at its December meeting there are other drainage issues throughout town but planned to tackle this one first.
In his monthly update regarding public sewage and business district revitalization updates, Frere told council the rehabilitation of seven investor-owned upper story apartment units is underway with….