Thursday, January 8, 2009

Congressman Bob Goodlatte Meets with City Council

Congressman Goodlatte and aide, Pete Larkin

Congressman Bob Goodlatte met with City Council on a number of topics at a Monday noon luncheon prior to the 2:00 PM Council meeting. Goodlatte lamented over the funding for the flood reduction project that now stands at slightly over $1 million. Goodlatte is attempting to get it increased to $1.5 million but was unsure what the outcome would be with a new administration. Goodlatte said that the project would continue but it would be delayed without additional funding to keep the project moving this year. He is also monitoring the misappropriation of funds in regard to Valley Metro since they were mostly Federal funds calling it a “significant amount.”

The City Manager, Darlene Burcham, brought up that the Virginia Municipal League adopted a resolution that stated if the Federal government would back bond financing and “stand behind them” then that guarantee would allow municipalities to receive a more favorable interest rate and advance projects that would stimulate the economy. Goodlatte agreed saying, “that was a better approach in that it preserves the local decision making.”
Burcham also made Goodlatte aware of the VDOT funding needed to complete the Valley View interchange. Completion would open up a large track of land for economic development. She emphasized that the City is landlocked and this approximately 100 acres would then be available for retail development. According to Burcham there are a number of retailers interested in coming to the City. She stressed to Goodlatte the significant impact this would have on the City’s economy. There is a significant amount of Federal money attached to the project. Goodlatte said he would work on it in the next highway bill for next year.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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