Gloucester Board Votes No to Grant for Woodville Park

Despite the pleas of many who support the idea, the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors has voted against pursuing a grant to bring sewer to and construct a well at Woodville Park. The grant would have provided $500,000 for the project, but would have also required a matching contribution from the county.

The Gazette Journal reports that seven residents, including several who have volunteered many hours developing Woodville Park, spoke at the beginning of the meeting, asking the board to match $500,000 toward a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant offered by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

According to some who spoke, if the board had voted to match the grant, the county could have utilized the $55,000 appropriation in the fiscal year 2015 Capital Improvement Plan budget for Woodville Park, along with $120,000 of the tourism reserve fund. Volunteers would have also contributed labor to assist with site preparation and building construction.

Others, including at least one supervisor disagreed, saying for the county to blatantly spend the money with-out knowing the fiscal impact, would not be an example of good financial stewardship.