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County Admin’s November Message

Contact Information:

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

Message from the County Administrator

November, 2009

This message is the 11th 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 Wednesday, November 11 in observance of the Veteran’s Day holiday. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, November 12. Local veterans groups will sponsor a Veteran’s Day ceremony on the Courthouse Lawn at 11 a.m. on November 11.

County government offices will also be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday, November 30.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its regular meetings this month on Thursday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 24 at 6 p.m. at the Community Services Center.

Chairman Wayne Acors will hold four community meetings this month – 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 2 at Ladysmith Branch Library; 7 p.m. Thursday, November 5 at Lake Land ‘Or; 7 p.m. Monday, November 16 at Ladysmith Volunteer Fire Department; and 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 17 at Lake Caroline.

Vice Chairman Maxie Rozell will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 19 at Dawn Community Center.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3. Contact the County Registrar at (804) 633-9083 for election information.

The Department of Fire and Rescue will host its annual Awards Ceremony to recognize volunteer and career personnel at 7 p.m. Friday, November 6 at the Community Services Center.

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 November:

  • The Parks and Recreation Department will conclude youth football games this month and continue to accept applications for youth basketball. Planning is also underway to develop a new curriculum for the Summer Camp Program. 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.
  • 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.
  • County staff will recommend changes to the charter of the Emergency Services Commission at the November 24 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
  • A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 12 as part of the Board of Supervisors meeting on a new TV cable franchise ordinance.
  • The Lloyd Boxley Cannery is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, November 5 after being closed for nearly two months. County Staff will continue to work with regional officials to expand the use of the facility located along Route 301 south.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its November 12 meeting will resume discussions on amendments to the Service Agreement for Peumansend Creek Regional Jail that would allow certain federal prisoners to enter the facility.
  • The next meeting of the 2010 Census Committee will be held Monday, January 25. Committee representatives will spend the next two months sharing information about the Census to their various constituency groups.
  • A lease agreement with the Caroline County Museum Committee will be considered by the Board of Supervisors at its November 12 meeting.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its November 12 meeting will continue discussions regarding a request from the Public School Division to borrow $10 million for energy efficient projects at Caroline High School.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its November 12 meeting will continue discussions regarding the proposed Victory Park for the Town of Bowling Green.
  • Registration is underway for residents of the Dawn community who would like to sign-up for Phase II of the Dawn Wastewater Project.

Follow the latest Caroline County government happenings on Twitter on our main page at www.visitcaroline.com.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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