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County Admin’s November message

Contact Information:

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

Message from the County Administrator

November, 2010

This message is the 11th 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 Thursday, November 11 in observance of the Veteran’s Day holiday. Offices will also be closed at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, November 24 and remain closed until Monday, November 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Two special ceremonies will highlight Veteran’s Day in Caroline County. At 11 a.m., the traditional ceremony will be held on the Courthouse Lawn. At 7 p.m., a ceremony will be held at the Community Services Center to pay special tribute to those veterans involved in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

The General Election will be held Tuesday, November 2 at assigned voting precincts throughout Caroline County. County government offices will be open, but public schools will be closed.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its meetings this month at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16 and Tuesday, November 23 at the Community Services Center. A worksession to discuss the 2011-12 Capital Improvements Plan will be held at 5:00 before the November 16 meeting. A joint meeting of the County School Board and Board of Supervisors will be held at 4:30 p.m. before the November 23 meeting.

Supervisor Wayne Acors will hold three community meetings this month: Wednesday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ladysmith Branch Library; Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m. at the Ladysmith Volunteer Fire Department; and Monday, November 29 at 7 p.m. at Lake Land ‘Or (Heritage).

Supervisor Jeff Sili will hold two community meetings this month: Monday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Department; and Thursday, November 18 at 6 p.m. at Sparta Volunteer Fire Department.

Applications are being accepted for the position of Director of Public Utilities following the resignation of John Boryschuk in September.

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 November:

  • The Parks and Recreation Department will be registering this month for its winter basketball league. Contact the office at (804) 633-7277 for information on this program 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 documents will be reviewed this month to pursue construction.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its November 16 meeting will continue discussions on possible uses for the Cannery building.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its November 16 meeting will receive an update from Comcast representative Marie Schuler.
  • County Staff will continue its work on the establishment of a Central Accounting System.
  • The Board of Supervisors will consider construction of Victory Park in Bowling Green at its November 16 meeting.
  • The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing as part of its November 16 meeting on restriction of through truck traffic on Route 610 – Pepmeier Hill Road.
  • The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing as part of its November 16 meeting on proposals received for the expansion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant under Public-Private Partnership legislation.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its November 16 meeting will continue discussion on the new GIS policy.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its November 16 meeting will have First Reading on an ordinance establishing a Planned Recreation and Entertainment District Umbrella License.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its November 16 meeting will have First Reading on an amendment to the water and sewer ordinance to increase availability fees by $2,000 and extend the discount for connections under certain conditions.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its November 23 meeting will receive a report of the activities of the County Agricultural Fair Committee.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its November 23 meeting will have First Reading on a proposed ordinance identifying traditional neighborhood development street standards.

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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