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Board moves ahead with water system study

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Monday night to accept a $5,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Health to study the feasibility of establishing a small water supply system for Mathews Court House.

Planning and Zoning Director Thomas Jenkins said the last time such a study was made was in the mid-1990s, and that it would be worthwhile to explore the possibility again, especially with a grant to fund it. The county will need to procure a consultant to complete the work, he said.

Supervisors’ chair Mike Rowe said there are a lot of wells in the downtown area “that nobody even knows where they’re at.”

“We’re lucky we haven’t been closed down,” he said.

Jenkins said the study would be “a very preliminary first step” in the process.

Land purchase

The board voted unanimously to approve the purchase by the county of two parcels of land totaling 39.94 acres in the court house area for public use.

The parcels, Tax Map Parcels 21-A-15 and 2...

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