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County Admin’s September message

 

Contact Information:

Percy Ashcraft, County Administrator             pashcraft@co.caroline.va.us                    (804) 633-5380

Message from the County Administrator

September, 2009

This message is the ninth 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.

County government offices will be closed Monday, September 7 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 8.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its regular meetings this month on Tuesday, September 8 and Tuesday, September 22 at 6 p.m. at the Community Services Center.

The Board of Supervisors and Public School Board will have a joint meeting at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 17 at the Community Services Center.

The Board of Supervisors will also host the Regional Elected Officials Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 29 at the Visitor Center.

Tuesday, September 1 will be Bring Your Child to Work Day for County government employees. This is an opportunity for children and grandchildren of County employees to observe and better understand the responsibilities of their parents and grandparents in the workplace.

The State Fair of Virginia will hold its first State Fair in Caroline County September 24 – October 4 at its new site at Meadow Farm. The Board of Supervisors will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday, September 24. State Fair President Curry Roberts will give a report at the September 8 meeting of the Board of Supervisors on the upcoming Fair events.

County Staff will continue this month meeting with individual members of the Board of Supervisors in establishing short and long-range strategic goals for the County.

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

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 games this month. Contact the office at (804) 633-7277 for information on these programs and other offerings.

  • 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 has put together a 2010 Census Team which will be charged with assisting with the identification of every County resident for the 2010 Census. The first meeting will be in October.
  • 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 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.
  • The Board of Supervisors adopted 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 hold a public hearing at its September 22 meeting on 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 September 22 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 has delayed action indefinitely at the request of the owner a proposal to locate a mulch plant (Norfleet) along Route 2.
  • The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at its September 8 meeting on a text amendment establishing Guest Quarters at the location of Ladysmith Floor and Lumber.
  • The Board of Supervisors approved at its August 25 meeting an ordinance to establish a Wireless Service Authority.
  • An agreement is close involving the negotiations between the County and Metrocast regarding a TV Cable Franchise agreement. A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 22 as part of the Board of Supervisors meeting.
  • County Staff will continue to work with regional officials to expand the use of the Lloyd Boxley Cannery located along Route 301 south. The County is accepting applications for three part-time positions.
  • Economic Development Director Gary Wilson will introduce a new signage program at the September 8 meeting of the Board of Supervisors to compliment a recently-adopted Technology Zone ordinance.
  • The Board of Supervisors will entertain First Reading of an ordinance amendment at its September 8 meeting to codify the duties and responsibilities of the Fire-EMS Chief.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its September 8 meeting will receive an annual report from MediCorp Health Services.
  • The Board of Supervisors will discuss at its September 22 meeting future water plans for Caroline Pines subdivision.

Caroline public and private schools open September 8. Please be mindful of children walking in school zones and around school busses.

Have a great month!

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