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County admin’s March message

Contact Information:

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

Message from the County Administrator

March, 2010

This message is the third 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.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its meetings this month on Tuesday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. at the Community Services Center.

A public hearing will be held on the 2010-11 Budget at 7:30 p.m. March 9 as part of the BOS meeting. Superintendent Greg Killough will present the Public School Division budget at approximately 6:15 p.m. In addition, he will be following up with the BOS on a request to spend remaining funds for capital projects.

The Board of Supervisors will have under consideration the real property tax rate for 2011 at its March 23 meeting. The current is 0.53 per $100 of assessed value.

The Board of Supervisors at its March 9 meeting will consider a resolution of support for the citizens of the greater Port Royal area regarding the proposed new training facility at Fort AP Hill.

Fire-EMS Chief David Layman will discuss with the Board of Supervisors at its March 9 meeting a plan to refund overpayments made by citizens for ambulance service.

March 30 will be a special day in Caroline County! Legendary race horse Secretariat would have turned 40 and the Board of Supervisors has designated this day “Vietnam Veterans Day” in Caroline County.

The Caroline County Census Committee will continue its work at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, March 4 in preparation for National Census Day on April 1.

County Staff will join with representatives from the Town of Bowling Green this month to continue discussions regarding how to proceed with the development of Victory Park. The Board of Supervisors at its February 23 meeting directed the discussions at the request of the Town of Bowling Green.

FRED transit will return to its former schedule on March 15 after complaints from citizens generated concerns among the Board of Supervisors. Contact FRED officials at 1-866-267-1472 for schedule information.

County Staff and a select committee from the Public School Division will meet again on March 17 to continue discussions on ways to involve both entities in joint purchasing.

The Recreation Advisory Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11 at the Community Services Center.

The Youth Task Force will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25 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 March:

  • The Parks and Recreation Department will complete its youth basketball program this month and will begin youth soccer practice. Contact the office at (804) 633-7277 for information on these programs and other offerings.
  • 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 Board of Supervisors at its March 23 meeting will hold a public hearing on amendments to the TV Cable franchise ordinance.
  • A public hearing will be held at the March 23 meeting of the Board of Supervisors on amendments to the Animal Control ordinance.
  • The Board of Supervisors will continue discussions at its March 9 meeting regarding 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.
  • VDOT representatives are reviewing the application for the Port Royal Visitor’s Center. Bids have been received on the renovation and BOS approval will be asked for this month.
  • AT&T is building a 300-foot communications tower in Chilesburg. Fire and Rescue equipment will be co-located on the tower.
  • General Assembly members Peace and McDougle are supporting a bill on behalf of Caroline County to be able to place liens on property of utility customers.
  • A public hearing will be held as part of the March 23 meeting of the Board of Supervisors on a proposed expansion for Ladysmith Floor and Lumber.
  • The Board of Supervisors will have under consideration at its March 9 meeting a proposal to make minor renovations to the former Commissioner of the Revenue’s office in order to prepare the space for the operation of the County Museum.
  • Bids will be reviewed after March 1 regarding a Private-Public Partnership proposal for expansion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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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