Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

William G. Downey, Scott District Supervisor

May 10, 2007

Staff Lead:


Larry Miller, Director

Parks and Recreation


A Resolution to Execute a Cooperative Agreement Between the County of Fauquier and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to Manage and Operate Lake Brittle

Topic Description:

Consideration of a resolution to enter into a twenty-five (25) year Cooperative Agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) regarding operation and improvement of the Lake Brittle property.

The proposed Agreement allows Fauquier County and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to cooperatively improve and operate the Lake Brittle property.  The Agreement includes all grounds, water, and facilities within the Lake Brittle property.  Under the Agreement, Fauquier County shall be responsible for all day-to-day maintenance and operations.  Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries shall be responsible for dam safety compliance with State regulations and applicable safety responsibilities and fishery management.

A five (5) year Lake Brittle Concession Agreement commenced on February 1, 2002, and expired earlier this year. On December 14, 2006, the Board adopted a resolution approving language in a proposed twenty-five (25) year agreement. Upon review of the proposed agreement language and subsequent discussions, VDGIF staff requested several changes. Most are minor but one is substantive: language commiting the VDGIF to build a Fishing Resource Center at Lake Brittle within two (2) years has been replaced with the VDGIF “will continue to pursue options and funding to construct a Fishing Resource Center.”  

The Parks and Recreation Department Board reviewed the VDGIF reguested language at its April 4, 2007 meeting and determined that while the revised language is acceptable, the Board believes that the County should request that the Fishing Resource Center be made a high priority by VDGIF.


Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.


Financial Impacts Analysis:



Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

County Attorney

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries



1.  Cooperative Agreement between Fauquier County and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries 

2.   2002 Lake Brittle Concession Agreement


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