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Supervisors question need for large sediment ponds at Ward’s Corner

Two large sediment ponds being excavated at Ward’s Corner drew comments from Mathews supervisor Charles Ingram during last week’s board of supervisors meeting.

At the Feb. 22 meeting, Ingram questioned the need for such large ponds and wondered what it was costing, and chairman O.J. Cole agreed that it seemed like too much.

"People ask me about it every week," said Ingram. He wondered if any property owners were involved in the project. The land where the excavation is taking place belongs to Foster & Wilson at Stutts Creek LLC.

In the absence of Virginia Department of Transportation resident engineer Sean Trapani, who had a death in the family, county administrator Steve Whiteway pointed out that the board had requested the improvements to the intersection but that cost-effectiveness might be an issue.

Trapani, speaking by telephone Friday, said that the reason for the two large ponds was that the drainage ditch serving both sides of the road will h...

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