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August message from County Administrator Percy Ashcraft

Message from the County Administrator

August, 2009

This message is the eighth in 2009 to better update our citizens and visitors to the website. The information serves as a status report for ongoing projects, and also serves as a preview to different happenings that are in the planning stages.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its regular meetings this month on Tuesday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 25 at 6 p.m. at the Community Services Center.

Congressman Rob Wittman will attend the August 25 meeting of the Board of Supervisors and give an update on various congressional issues.

County Staff will begin this month meeting with individual members of the Board of Supervisors in establishing short and long-range strategic goals for the County. The BOS deferred action on the County Administrator’s Six Month Goals at its July 30 meeting.

National Night Out activities will be held at two locations this year on Tuesday, August 4. From 5-8 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office will host an event at the Community Services Center. From 5:30 p.m. until dark, Newland Communities in Ladysmith Village will be host at the Resident’s Club. Both activities are open to the public.

A Job Fair for potential employment during the State Fair on September 24-October 4 will be held at the Meadow Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 26. Call (804) 569-3242 for further information.

Caroline County will continue its effort this month to promote the All-America Cities Award that was captured in June.

A Skateboarding competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 1 at the Skateboard Park at County Park.

A new Fire-EMS Chief is expected to be announced the week of August 3. The Board of Supervisors will have under consideration at its August 11 meeting amendments to the ordinance that would create the Fire-EMS Chief position.

All county residents are encouraged to register for the Caroline Alert System. The system will notify residents of emergencies and other government news through their cell phones and desktop computers. This is a free service offered by the Board of Supervisors. Click on www.CarolineAlert.com to register.

Here is a capsule glance of other activities that will be happening in County government during the month of August:

  • The Parks and Recreation Department will begin soccer and youth football practice this month. The Department will also be offering a Marketing Seminar on August 31. Contact the office at (804) 633-7277 for information on these programs and other offerings.
  • New rates for users of the County Utility System went into effect April 1. Please contact the Utility Department should you have questions.
  • The Board of Supervisors will continue this month to discuss the update to the County’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • At the request of Chairman Acors, County Staff will be putting together a 2010 Census Team which will be charged with assisting with the identification of every County resident for the 2010 Census.
  • County staff and consultants continue to work on a proposal that will allow the County to withdraw water from the Rappahannock River in the future. The Department of Environmental Quality must grant its approval before water can be withdrawn.
  • The Dawn Wastewater Project is nearing completion of its first phase, with almost 200 homes to be served. Residents interested in signing up for Phase II are asked to contact the Utility Department at (804) 633-4386. The Board of Supervisors will continue discussion on Phase II at its August 11 meeting.
  • The Utility Department will continue this month to oversee the drilling of new wells to increase potential for new water quantity in the County.
  • The Utility Department will continue to provide the residents of Lake Caroline with water because of a failed system operated by the Lake Caroline Water System. A hearing is planned before the State Corporation Commission in October to sort out the future plans to provide water to the residents. Board Chairman Wayne Acors and County Staff will participate in two meetings for the residents of Lake Caroline on Wednesday, August 5 and Saturday, August 8.
  • The Board of Supervisors will have under consideration at its August 25 meeting an incentive package for Fire and Rescue Volunteers as recommended by the Emergency Services Commission.
  • The Board of Supervisors will have under consideration at its August 11 meeting an ordinance that would create a Housing Stimulus Package that will look to provide a boost to local builders.
  • The Board of Supervisors will have under consideration at its August 25 meeting a lease agreement with the Public School Division regarding the use of the old Ladysmith Elementary School.
  • A request to rezone property by the Flippo family for the purpose of a residential subdivision along Route 207 next to Belmont has been delayed indefinitely at the request of the property owner.
  • The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at its August 11 meeting on standards to allow private roads in rural subdivisions.
  • The Board of Supervisors has delayed action indefinitely at the request of the owner a proposal to locate a mulch plant (Norfleet) along Route 2.
  • The remaining allocation of space for County offices is expected to occur this month. The Extension Office will move into the former Registrar’s Office in the Courthouse Complex; Caroline’s Promise will move into the area vacated by the Extension Office in the Social Services Department; and the Division of Public Works in the Public Utilities Department will move into the former Economic Development Office on Main Street in Bowling Green.
  • The Board of Supervisors adopted at its July 30 meeting an ordinance to establish Technology Zones in Caroline County.
  • The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at its August 25 meeting on a text amendment establishing Guest Quarters at the location of Ladysmith Floor and Lumber.
  • The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at its August 25 meeting to establish a Wireless Service Authority.
  • An agreement is close involving the negotiations between the County and Metrocast regarding a TV Cable Franchise agreement.
  • Planning Director Mike Finchum will give an update at the August 11 meeting of the Board of Supervisors regarding the County’s new GIS system.
  • The Board of Supervisors will have under consideration at its August 11 meeting a proposed amendment by the Virginia Sports Complex to establish terms and conditions in which alcoholic beverages can be served.
  • County Staff will continue to work with regional officials to expand the use of the Lloyd Boxley Cannery located along Route 301 south.
  • Have a great month!

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