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County Admin’s September message

Contact Information:

Percy Ashcraft, County Administrator                pashcraft@co.caroline.va.us                    (804) 633-3499

Message from the County Administrator

September, 2010

This message is the ninth 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 Monday, September 6 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 7.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its meetings this month at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14 and Tuesday, September 21 at the Community Services Center.

Public schools will open Tuesday, September 7. Motorists are urged to use caution and be aware of school buses and children walking.

A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. as part of the September 21 Board of Supervisors meeting on the financing of two utility projects – water extension to Caroline Pines and the expansion of the wastewater treatment plan.

A public meeting to review the ongoing process of real property reassessment will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 8 at the Community Services Center. Representatives of Blue Ridge Appraisal Company will also appear before the Board of Supervisors at its September 14 meeting to give an update.

A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 16 at the Dawn Community Center to discuss the status of Phase II of the Dawn Wastewater Project.

A meeting to discuss the upcoming State Fair of Virginia will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 8 at the Community Services Center. The State Fair will be held September 23-October 3 at the Meadow Event Park.

Milford Community Day activities will be held Saturday, September 18.

The Youth Task Force will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday, September 2 to discuss the proposed construction of a YMCA in Ladysmith.

The Parks & Recreation Department will open a Fitness Center to the public after September 6. The Center is located off the hallway across from the P&R office in 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 September:

  • The Parks and Recreation Department will be holding games for its soccer and football programs this month and registering for its winter basketball league. 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.
  • 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.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its September 14 meeting will receive an update on the construction of Victory Park in Bowling Green.
  • Parks & Recreation Director Donnell Howard will give a summary of the Summer Enhancement Program that ended in August at the September 21 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
  • Public School Division Superintendent Dr. Greg Killough will give an update on education budget matters and capital projects at the September 14 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
  • 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.
  • Utility Director John Boryschuk will ask the Board of Supervisors at its September 14 meeting to lift water restrictions that were imposed in July.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its September 14 meeting will consider approval to construct a new branch library in Dawn.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its September 14 meeting will consider a resolution declaring 2010-11 Domestic Violence Awareness Year in Caroline County.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its September 14 meeting will continue discussions on a rezoning request at Carmel Church by applicant Alan Shaia.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its September 14 meeting will continue discussions on possible uses for the Cannery building.
  • A public hearing will be held as part of the September 21 meeting of the Board of Supervisors on an amendment to the County Noise Ordinance.
  • Staff from the Public School Division and Caroline County government will continue its work on the establishment of a Central Accounting System.

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

Have a great month!

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