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County Admin’s January message

Contact Information:

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

Message from the County Administrator

January, 2011

Happy New Year!

This message is the first one in 2011 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, January 14 in observance of Lee-Jackson Day and Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 18.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its regular meetings this month at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 11 and Tuesday, January 25 at the Community Services Center. The Board of Supervisors will set is annual meeting calendar and elect its leadership at the January 11 meeting.

Members of the Board of Supervisors have been invited to a legislative reception at 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 5 at Lowry’s Restaurant in Tappahannock to receive information on the 2011 General Assembly session.

The Department of Fire and Rescue will hold its annual Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 12 at the Community Services Center. This involves recognition for both volunteer and career personnel.

A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 11 as part of the Board of Supervisors agenda on an incentive package for Volunteer Fire and Rescue personnel.

A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 11 as part of the Board of Supervisors agenda on reduction of FRED bus service to the communities of Dawn and Port Royal. The Board of Supervisors will also consider at the same meeting additional funding for FRED for the remainder of the fiscal year.

The Board of Supervisors will receive a report at its January 11 meeting on procedures for a Bond Referendum and the time frame required before it can be placed on a ballot.

The Board of Supervisors at its January 11 meeting will receive a report from a consultant on mandated improvements to the County’s radio system.

The Board of Supervisors at its January 11 meeting will receive Staff recommendations regarding increases to utility availability fees. A public hearing was held December 7 to raise the fees by $4,000 to be dedicated to debt service.

The Board of Supervisors will begin discussion at its January 11 meeting the parameters of redistricting of voter districts and preliminary results of the 2010 Census data.

Finance Director Fran Hatcher will present a mid-year budget report at the January 11 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

The Board of Supervisors at its January 25 meeting will consider First Reading of an ordinance to adopt the statewide Fire Prevention Code.

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 January:

  • The Parks and Recreation Department will continue 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 25 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.
  • County Staff is working with the Town of Bowling Green and other interested parties in preparing documents for the construction of Victory Park in Bowling Green.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 25 meeting will hold a public hearing on an ordinance establishing a Planned Recreation and Entertainment District Umbrella License.
  • Construction of a new branch library is underway in Dawn at its location off Route 301 south.
  • 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.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 11 meeting will have First Reading on a proposed ordinance identifying traditional neighborhood development street standards.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its January 11 meeting will receive a Staff report on environmental and regulatory proposals.
  • 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. Staff will seek approval by the Board of Supervisors at its January 25 meeting.
  • As part of the County Administrator’s report at the January 11 meeting, the Board of Supervisors will receive an update on BOS and Staff goals for the first six months of 2011.
  • The Planning Department is scheduled to unveil the County’s new GIS for public viewing this month.

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