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2013-02-27 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

Michael Buettner

State budget includes funds for raising Lake Chesdin water level

The state budget passed last week by the General Assembly includes funds to help pay for increasing the capacity of Lake Chesdin by about 1.9 billion gallons.

A budget amendment proposed by Delegate Kirk Cox (R- 66th) to provide $5 million in state funding to raise the height of Matoaca’s George F. Brasfield Dam by 18 inches was included in the final version of the budget. It now awaits Gov. Bob McDonnell’s signature.

Raising the height of the dam would increase the storage capacity of Lake Chesdin by about 20 percent.

The dam and lake on the Appomattox River are owned and operated by the Appomattox River Water Authority (ARWA), which provides clean water to more than 400,000 people, including about half the county water customers in Chesterfield.

In announcing the proposal earlier this month, Cox noted that ARWA’s members – the counties of Dinwiddie and Prince George and the city of Colonial Heights in addition to Chesterfield – have imposed water restrictions in six of the last seven years because of low water levels in Lake Chesdin.

Preliminary estimates place the total cost of the project to raise Lake Chesdin’s water level at $12 million, according to Cox. The members of ARWA would have to provide funds to make up the difference. Some local officials believe there may be federal funds available to help reach that goal.

The money approved last week would come from a sale of state bonds. No date has been set for a bond sale, and there was no indication of when work on the project might start.

Raising the dam could help delay by 10 years or more the need to create an additional reservoir that Cox and other officials estimate could cost more than $200 million.

Speed limit lowered on stretch of Route 10

The Chesterfield County Police Department is urging drivers to be aware of a speed limit change on West Hundred Road (Route 10) in Chester.

The speed limit on West Hundred Road from east of its intersection with Osborne Road to its intersection with Jefferson Davis Highway is now 35 mph. Previously, the speed limit on that stretch was 45 mph.

Police planned to step up patrols along that section of road starting last weekend and were reminding drivers to be aware of the posted speed limit and drive accordingly.

Police look for double-dip robber

Police are seeking the public’s help in tracking down a robber who struck twice on the same day.

Police said a man wearing a mask over the lower part of his face and holding a darkcolored revolver walked into Marketplace 105 at 7933 Jeff Davis Highway on Feb. 4. He went behind the counter, forced the clerk to open the register, took the cash and ran from the store.

Around 7:30 p.m. the same evening, the same man robbed Tobacco Hut at 11968 Iron Bridge Plaza.

The suspect is a white male, 30 to 35 years old, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 190 pounds. He has light hair and eyebrows and gray-blue eyes. At the time of the robberies, he was wearing a dark coat, light pants and a dark ball cap.

Anyone who has information about these incidents is asked to call Crime Solvers at 748- 0660, submit a tip electronically at crimesolv ers.net or Text-A-Tip by texting “WATSON” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).

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