WHEREAS, the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center of Virginia (LCEC) is an educational center for visitors of all ages commemorating the Lewis and Clark Expedition; and


WHEREAS, the County of Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville have demonstrated their support of LCEC’s mission by granting a long-term lease of land in Darden Towe Park, participation by the City Parks and Recreation Department in the boatbuilding program for youths, donation of office space by Albemarle County, and participation by area schools in LCEC programs; and


WHEREAS, the LCEC applied for $300,000.00 in Transportation Enhancement Funds from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) which was proposed to be used with other grant funds to construct a 2,500 square foot visitor’s center, develop a system of interpretive hiking trails, and create a ferry boat crossing to allow pedestrian passage across the Rivanna River to the greenbelt trails in Pen Park (the “Project”); and


WHEREAS, VDOT approved the LCEC’s application and has allocated $150,000.00 for the Project; and


WHEREAS, as a condition of the allocation, VDOT requires the County to execute a Project Administration Agreement setting-forth the County’s responsibilities for receipt of the allocation; and


WHEREAS, the County requires a Pass-Through Agreement between the LCEC and the County, setting-forth the LCEC’s assumption of the County’s obligations and responsibilities detailed in the Project Administration Agreement; and


            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors of Albemarle County, Virginia, hereby authorizes the County Executive to execute VDOT’s Project Administration Agreement in order to receive the $150,000.00 allocation for the Project.


            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors of Albemarle County, Virginia,  hereby authorizes the County Executive to execute the Pass-Through Agreement, ensuring the County’s obligations and responsibilities outlined in the Project Administration Agreement are assumed by the LCEC.


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