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County Admin’s January message

Contact Information:

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

Message from the County Administrator

January, 2010

Happy New Year!

This message is the first in 2010 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 Friday, January in observance of New Year’s Day and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday, January 4. County offices will also be closed Friday, January 15 in observance of Lee-Jackson Day, and also Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 19.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its first meeting this month on Tuesday, January 12 at 6 p.m. at the Community Services Center. At this meeting, the Board of Supervisors will elect its new leadership and make committee appointments. The Board will also discuss the feasibility of only holding one meeting a month as opposed to the traditional two meetings. Should the Board maintain the two-meeting-a-month calendar, the second meeting will be Tuesday, January 26 at 6 p.m. at the Community Services Center.

The Caroline County Census Committee will hold its next meeting at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, January 28 at the Community Services Center.

A meeting of all stakeholders interested in the development of Victory Park will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 11 at the Community Services Center. Elisabeth Lardner of Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects has been retained to collect input and devise a draft for consideration by the committee and the Board of Supervisors.

Staff work will begin this month on the development of the FY 2011 Budget. The Board of Supervisors will receive the County Administrator’s recommendation at the February 9 meeting.

County Staff and a select committee from the Public School Division will be meeting this month to discuss ways to involve both entities in joint purchasing.

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 January:

  • The Parks and Recreation Department will make a presentation regarding revisions to the Summer Camp Program at the January 12 meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The Department will also this month be offering youth basketball this winter and developing plans for spring soccer registration. Contact the office at (804) 633-7277 for information on these programs and other offerings.
  • The Board of Supervisors will have on its January 12 agenda consideration of adoption of the update of 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.
  • The Lloyd Boxley Cannery closed December 31 and will reopen July 1, pending available funds. County Staff will continue to work with regional officials to expand the use of the facility located along Route 301 south.
  • Dr. David Sam of Germanna Community College will make a presentation at the January 12 meeting of the Board of Supervisors regarding the school’s new construction project and other issues at the institution.
  • Superintendent Greg Killough of the Public School Division will make a request at the January 12 meeting of the Board of Supervisors regarding unspent funds for school renovation. Dr. Killough will also return at the second meeting on January 26 or the February 9 meeting to discuss overall expenditures for the construction of Lewis and Clark Elementary School.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 12 meeting will consider giving Staff authorization to issue a Request for Proposal to hire a consultant to help with the transition of a new radio system.
  • A proposal to expand the wastewater treatment plant will be under consideration by the Board of Supervisors at its January 12 meeting.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 12 meeting will once again have a First Reading on amendments to the TV Cable franchise ordinance.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 12 meeting will discuss the feasibility of returning unspent borrowed funds for a new fire station in Sparta to the bank to eliminate an annual debt payment.
  • A public hearing will be held at the January 12 meeting of the Board of Supervisors on amendments to the Animal Control ordinance.
  • The Board of Supervisors will receive a report either on January 26 or February 9 containing the results of a feasibility study for providing water to Caroline Pines.
  • 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 great month!

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