COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Hatton Ferry Funding

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Request to appropriate funds to continue the operation for the Hatton Ferry for one quarter beginning July 1, 2009.

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, and Mullaney

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

July 1, 2009

 

ACTION:     X          INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:              INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   No

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

At its June 3, 2009 meeting, the Board of Supervisors discussed the decision of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to close the Hatton Ferry on July 1, 2009.  As a result of that discussion, the Board authorized Chairman Slutzky to send a letter requesting that the Commonwealth Transportation Board reconsider this decision and at a minimum work collaboratively with the County to weigh other alternatives for continuing the Ferry operation. On June 10, 2009 the Board of Supervisors agreed to guarantee funding for VDOT to continue operations for one quarter beginning July 1, 2009. This was communicated to Commissioner David S. Ekern via a letter from Chairman Slutzky.  The Board took this action with the expectation that private funds would be forthcoming to reimburse any County funding necessary to guarantee the continued operation of the Ferry.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 1:  Enhance the Quality of Life for all Albemarle County Residents.

 

DISCUSSION:

In response to the County’s proposal, VDOT has taken the position that the continuation of their operation of the Ferry will require advance payment of funds and a memorandum of agreement signed by the appropriate County official and Commissioner Ekern.  VDOT has estimated its administrative/overhead cost for the upcoming quarter to be approximately $1800.  The daily contract rate for the Ferry operator is $290/day.  Last year, the Ferry actually operated only 12 days during the July 1 through September 30 time period.  Pending river conditions, there are potentially 26 days the Ferry could operate during the upcoming quarter.  Given these two scenarios, the total cost to VDOT to operate the Ferry for the upcoming quarter is estimated to range from $5,280 to $9,340.  Funding for the continued operation of the Hatton Ferry is an appropriate use of tourism funds.  The Parks and Recreation Director is recommending that $10,000 from tourism fund capital code 1901072030950107, River Access Improvements, be appropriated for the purpose of guaranteeing the operation of the Ferry through September 30, 2009. 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The estimated potential total budget impact for the County is $9,340 for the operation of the Ferry from July 1 through September 30.  It is unknown to the extent that this budget impact will be mitigated by private fund raising.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board appropriate $10,000 from tourism fund capital code 1901072030950107, River Access Improvements, for the operation of the Hatton Ferry through September 30, 2009 with the understanding that any private contributions received for the Hatton Ferry operation be utilized to offset County funding support. It is further recommended that the Board authorize the County Executive to execute an appropriate memorandum of agreement with VDOT. 

 

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