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County Admin’s December message

Contact Information:

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

Message from the County Administrator

December, 2010

This message is the final one 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 Friday, December 24 in observance of the Christmas holiday and Friday, December 31 in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. the Monday following each holiday.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its only meeting this month at 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 7 at the Community Services Center. A worksession will precede the meeting at 4:30 p.m. with an agenda to include discussion of the Five-Year Capital Improvements Plan and relative Budget information and projections.

Mattaponi District Supervisor Floyd Thomas will hold a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 8 at the Caroline Visitor Center.

A promotional ceremony for the Fire and Rescue Department will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 8 at the Community Services Center.

The Senior Gala, sponsored by the Caroline Rotary Club with financial support from the Caroline Board of Supervisors, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 2 at Caroline High School.

The annual Friends of the Library Holiday Bizarre will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 4 at the Community Services Center.

The annual Bowling Green Christmas Parade will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, December 11 in downtown Bowling Green. A full day of activities will held at various locations throughout Caroline County.

A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 7 as part of the Board of Supervisors on amendments to the public utility ordinance that proposes to raise availability fees $4,000.

The Board of Supervisors at its December 7 meeting will continue discussion on additional funding for the FRED Transit System for the current fiscal year.

County government is again partnering with the Optimist Club of Caroline County, Caroline County Department of Social Services and the Public School Division on Operation:Shoebox. Contact County Administration at pashcraft@co.caroline.va.us or (804) 633-4471 for further information.

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 December:

  • The Parks and Recreation Department will begin its winter basketball leagues this month. Contact the office at (804) 633-7277 for information on 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 January 11 meeting will continue discussions on possible uses for the Cannery building.
  • County Staff will continue its work on the establishment of a Central Accounting System with the Public School Division.
  • The Board of Supervisors will consider construction of Victory Park in Bowling Green at its December 7 meeting.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its December 7 meeting will have First Reading on an ordinance establishing a Planned Recreation and Entertainment District Umbrella License.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its December 7 meeting will receive a report of the activities of the County Agricultural Fair Committee.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its December 7 meeting will have First Reading on a proposed ordinance identifying traditional neighborhood development street standards.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its December 7 meeting will receive a presentation from the Public School Division regarding a plan to repair the restrooms at Bowling Green Elementary School.
  • The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 7 as part of its regular meeting on a rezoning application by the Caroline County Agricultural Fair Association.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its December 7 meeting will discuss a possible funding source for construction of a new YMCA.
  • Construction of a new branch library is underway in Dawn at its location off Route 301 south.
  • The Board of Supervisors will be establishing a citizens committee in January, 2011, to review proposals for changing the boundaries of Election Districts. Any citizen interested in serving on this committee should contact the County Administrator’s office at phall@co.caroline.va.us or calling (804) 633-4003.
  • Officials with Fort Lee and Fort AP Hill are still working on a plan to transport troops via rail that might include a drop-off point in Milford.
  • Grant funding is being pursued to assist with Phase II of the Dawn Wastewater Project.
  • Negotiations are underway with property owners to acquire easements for the future construction of a water line along Route 652 to Caroline Pines.
  • Negotiations are underway with the contractor to finalize the agreement to expand the Wastewater Treatment Plan.

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

Happy Holidays!

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