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County Admin’s July message

Contact Information:

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

Message from the County Administrator

July, 2010

This message is the seventh 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 offices will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 6.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its meetings this month at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 27 at the Community Services Center.

An Independence Day celebration will be held in the Town of Port Royal on Saturday, July 3. The Board of Supervisors has appropriated $3,000 to help sponsor this event.

The Caroline County Agricultural Fair will be held July 14-17 at its new location near the Virginia Sports Complex. The Board of Supervisors has appropriated $15,000 to help sponsor the event.

The Boy Scout Jamboree will be held July 25-August 8 at Fort AP Hill. Each Boy Scout attending has been asked to bring a can of food to donate to the Caroline County Social Services Food Bank.

New hours will go into effect on July 1 at the Solid Waste Convenience Sites. Monday through Friday will be 10-7; Saturday 9-5; and Sunday 1-5. Sites will open every day except for the holidays of Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

County employees, except those working for the Public School Division, will receive a salary reduction of either one or two percent effective July 1 as part of the new budget year.

The Board of Supervisors will consider at its July 13 meeting on First Reading an ordinance that would establish a Permanent Auto Decal Program.

The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing as part of its July 13 meeting on amendments to the water and sewer ordinance. The amendments also include adjustments to the utility rates for public utility customers.

The Board of Supervisors will receive a status report at its July 13 meeting on Staff Goals that were established in October, 2009.

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 July:

  • The Parks and Recreation Department is taking applications for its Fall Football and Soccer programs. 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 will receive an update at its July 13 meeting.
  • Registration is underway for residents of the Dawn community who would like to sign-up for Phase II of the Dawn Wastewater Project. The Board of Supervisors will receive an update on the project at its July 13 meeting and consider proposed expenditures for the project.
  • VDOT representatives are still reviewing the application for the Port Royal Visitor’s Center and bid documents will be reviewed this month to pursue construction.
  • Staff discussions will continue this month regarding the construction of Victory Park in Bowling Green. The Board of Supervisors will receive an update at its July 13 meeting.
  • Staff is gathering information regarding the County providing water to the Caroline Pines subdivision. The Board of Supervisors will receive an update at its July 13 meeting.
  • Staff is finalizing information to be presented to the Board of Supervisors regarding a public-private partnership proposal to expand the wastewater treatment facility.
  • Renovation to the space formerly occupied by the Commissioner of the Revenue will continue this month in preparation for the Museum Committee to move into the area this later this year. A Grand Opening is scheduled for April, 2011.
  • 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.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its July 27 meeting will discuss a fee schedule that is paid by Peumansend Creek Regional Jail.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its July 27 meeting will discuss the potential use of the VDOT Devolution process as part of Revenue Sharing for the turn-lane project into Campbell’s Creek.
  • Finance Director Fran Hatcher will summarize the FY 2010 Budget as part of the July 27 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
  • County Staff will present at the July 13 meeting of the Board of Supervisors the new GIS program that was primarily funded through grants.

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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