Final draft of “stealth” plan for Clarke Co, VA Monument removal awaits consideration

(It’s bad enough to erase heritage and history, but do you have to go about it in such a chicken-s*** manner – DD)

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(Winchester Star) It likely will be a few months before recommendations to upgrade the Clarke County Courthouse grounds are finalized.

Efforts to enhance the property along North Church Street in downtown Berryville stem from controversy arising in recent years over a century-old Confederate monument there.

An initial draft master plan developed by Alexandria landscape architecture firm Rhodeside Harwell Inc. (RHI) was presented during a public meeting in November. At that time, the firm anticipated having a final draft ready by January.

County Administrator Chris Boies on Monday said he’s received the final draft. However, he said he hasn’t been able to review it yet. Other projects — such as preparing a budget proposal for the new fiscal year that will start July 1 — are taking precedence with regard to time constraints, he said.

Also, an illness among one of the RHI consultants involved in preparing the final draft resulted in a delay, Boies said.

RHI now is “waiting on us to get back to them with some feedback,” he said, referring to himself and the Clarke County Board of Supervisors.

After he reviews it, he continued, he probably will bring…

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