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County Admin’s May message

Contact Information:

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

Message from the County Administrator

May, 2010

This message is the fifth 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 will launch a new Customer Service Help Line on Monday, May 3. The phone number is (804) 633-3499. The line is established to streamline the time it takes for citizens to reach various departments and agencies within County government.

County government offices will be closed Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day. A special ceremony will be held on the Courthouse Lawn at 11 a.m.

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

The Board of Supervisors will consider at its May 11 meeting the possibility of closing non-essential County government departments on Friday, May 28. This furlough day for employees comes in response to a shortfall of state funding in which all state employees will be required to take off May 28. The furlough day will save Caroline County approximately $25,000 if it is approved by the Board of Supervisors.

The Board of Supervisors will continue discussions at its May 11 meeting regarding the proposed FY 2011 Budget. Still outstanding is final approval for funding for the Public School Division; Department of Social Services; personnel matters; and reductions in hours of operations for solid waste convenience sites. The budget must be approved by June 30.

Bowling Green Supervisor Jeff Sili will hold a community meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 3 at Bowling Green Town Hall. Residents from the Bowling Green District and throughout the County are invited to attend.

Madison District Supervisor Wayne Acors will hold four community meetings this month: (1) May 10 at Lake Land Or at 7 p.m.; (2) May 13 at Ladysmith Volunteer Fire Department at 7 p.m.; (3) May 24 at Lake Caroline at 7 p.m.; and (4) May 27 at Ladysmith Branch Library in Ladysmith Village at 6:30 p.m. Residents from the Madison District and throughout the County are invited to attend.

Members of the Board of Supervisors have been invited to a special meeting at the Virginia Sports Complex at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19 to receive information regarding a possible expansion of the facility.

The annual Business Appreciation Reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 20 at the Caroline Visitor Center. All business owners in Caroline County are encouraged to attend. Guest speaker is Billy Beale, President of Union First Bank.

Caroline County Day of Caring will be held Tuesday, May 18. County government employees will be participating in projects throughout the County to assist residents.

The Parks and Recreation Department will oversee the annual Bicycle Rodeo at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15 at Caroline Pines. Children are encouraged to bring their bicycles and helmets to the event. Prizes will be given away.

The 2nd Annual Ladysmith Day will be held Saturday, May 22 beginning at 10 a.m. Activities will be held throughout the day. See www.LadysmithDay.com for further information.

County residents are encouraged to fill out and mail their 2010 Census Form. Census workers will be visiting homes of those who don’t mail back the form. Caroline County is at 76 percent return rate as of April 30.

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 May:

  • The Parks and Recreation Department is taking applications for its Summer Camp Program. Cost is $250 per child. Applications are also being received to hire counselors and supervisors. 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 May 11 meeting will receive a report from Commonwealth Attorney Tony Spencer regarding a program sponsored by the McShin Foundation.
  • Discussion of a new fee schedule for Advanced Life Support services will be held at the May 11 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
  • 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 have approved the application for the Port Royal Visitor’s Center and bid documents will be reviewed this month to pursue construction.
  • AT&T is close to finalizing a 300-foot communications tower in Chilesburg. Fire and Rescue equipment will be co-located on the tower.
  • The Board of Supervisors will continue discussion at its May 11 meeting regarding the VDOT Revenue Sharing Program.
  • A report on the progress made by the County and the Public School Division regarding joint purchasing procedures will be issued at the May 11 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
  • The Board of Supervisors will discuss at its May 11 meeting the possibility of moving toward a permanent car decal and eliminate the annual renewal process.
  • A public hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25 as part of the meeting of the Board of Supervisors on amendments to the Animal Control ordinances.
  • A public hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25 as part of the meeting of the Board of Supervisors on a rezoning application by Virginia Land Investments.
  • A public hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25 to amend the sign ordinance in the Recreation and Entertainment districts.
  • Staff discussions will continue this month regarding the construction of Victory Park in Bowling Green.
  • The County is getting closer to introduce its GIS program that will assist with mapping and property identification.
  • Staff is gathering information regarding the County providing water to the Caroline Pines subdivision.
  • Staffing is finalizing information to be presented to the Board of Supervisors regarding a public-private partnership proposal to expand the wastewater treatment facility.
  • Change of address letters will go out this month regarding naming the road leading to the County Fairgrounds “County Fair Lane.”
  • The Board of Supervisors will have under consideration at its May 11 meeting the approval of rankings to hire a communications consultant to assist with implementation of new narrowband regulations.
  • Renovation to the space formerly occupied by the Commissioner of the Revenue will take place this month in preparation for the Museum Committee to move into the area this summer.
  • The Department of Fire and Rescue will be coordinating a review of the County’s insurance rating (ISO). The process will last a couple months and could give savings to home and business owners on their property insurance.
  • Blue Ridge Appraisal continues to reassess County property in preparation for presentation in 2011.

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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