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Hampton might provide municipal services to Fort Monroe
FORT MONROE - ó Hampton might provide municipal services such as police, fire, trash collection and road maintenance to Fort Monroe once the Army leaves in September 2011.
There's no official agreement yet, and Fort Monroe leaders might decide to pay contractors instead for those services. But a "memorandum of understanding" agreed upon Thursday is a step toward working out the details. The document isn't legally binding and it doesn't have any estimates about how much it will cost to provide flood protection, street and bridge maintenance, storm water maintenance, wastewater maintenance, trash collection, police, fire and rescue services.
The city and the Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority will spend the next year trying to figure out those details. In a year's time, the Fort Monroe authority hopes to have an agreement with cost estimates.
In exchange for providing services, Hampton would receive tax and fee revenues from Fort Monroe owners, users, customers and tenants.
The next step is figuring out the age, condition and capacity of streets, pipes, bridges and other infrastructure at the 570-acre historic military installation. The city will also be looking into whether the roads and pipes conform to city and state standards, which is not always the case with military facilities.
One issue that's been spelled out early is that infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, will belong to the state and not the city.
The memorandum of understanding was approved unanimously Thursday by the Fort Monroe authority. One key piece is that the city won't have the responsibility of an estimated $96.5million in upgrades necessary to transition Fort Monroe from a military base to a civilian community.