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01/18/11 BOS agenda
JANUARY 18, 2011
This is a change. The January 11 meeting was postponed.
COMMUNITY SERVICES CENTER
MILFORD, VIRGINIA AGENDA
COMMUNITY SERVICES CENTER
6:00 P.M. – CALL TO ORDER OF 2011 ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
- ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
- Election of Chairman
- Election of Vice-Chairman
- Adoption of Rules of Order
- Schedule of Regular Board Meetings for 2011
- Board Appointments
- Close Organizational Meeting
- Redistricting Committee
- Board of Zoning Appeals (Reedy Church District)
- CONSENT AGENDA
- Approval of Minutes
- Approval of Warrants
- Requests from Caroline County Public Schools: 1) Approval of Re-Appropriation of Fiscal Year 2010 Sprint Character Education Grant Funds; and 2) Approval of Supplemental Appropriation to Fiscal Year 2011 Budget for Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth Grant Funds
- Request from Treasurer for Approval to Dispose of Old Tax Records
- Approval of Payment of Special Assessment from the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) to Combat Proposed Legislation Changing Burden of Proof for Property Assessment Appeals
- Proposed Elimination of FRED Public Transit System C2 Route Service in Caroline County and Discussion of Funding and Service Options for C1 Route
- An Ordinance to Amend Article VI, Section 103-43 (Filing of Return Tangible Personal Property and Machinery and Tools Taxes) of the Caroline County Code to Provide for a Reduction in Personal Property Taxes for Active Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Company Members
- Proposed Amendment of Chapter 92 (Sewers) and Chapter 112 (Water) of the Code of Caroline County to Increase Availability Fees – Cover
- Discussion of Options for Reuse of Former Cannery Building
- Fiscal Year 2010/11 Mid-Year Budget Report
- First Reading of TXT-05-2010: An Ordinance to Amend the Zoning Ordinance of Caroline County by Amending Article XV, Supplemental Regulations, by adding Section 22, Traditional Neighborhood Roadway Standards for Traditional Neighborhood Developments. The purpose of this amendment is to establish public and private road standards for Planned Developments built as Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND).
First Reading of TXT-06-2010: An Ordinance to Amend the Zoning Ordinance of Caroline County by Amending Article XI, Division 1, Planned Unit Developments by adding Section 7 – Traditional Neighborhood Development Roadway Standards. The purpose of this amendment is to establish public and private street standards for Planned Developments built as Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND).
- Discussion of Parameters for 2011 Election District Redistricting – Cover
- COUNTY ADMINSTRATOR’S REPORT
CALL TO ORDER OF REGULAR MEETING
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
OPENING BOARD COMMENTS
CLOSING BOARD COMMENTS
- Section 2.2-3711 A.1. Personnel
The following article was submitted to the Caroline Progress for its January 6
edition by Caroline Chairman Maxie Rozell.
The new year provides an opportunity to reflect back on the accomplishments and challenges of the past twelve months. Like most localities, Caroline County faced difficult times in 2010 as the stagnant economy placed significant stress on our budget. Given the circumstances, perhaps the County’s most significant accomplishment in 2010 was to balance its budget without a tax increase.
Despite the constraints, however, I believe the County achieved some significant accomplishments during 2010.
Economic Development & Tourism
2010 was a landmark year with the announcement that healthcare services and information technology giant McKesson is coming to Caroline. The recruitment represents the largest private investment by square footage announced in Virginia in 2010 based on Virginia Economic Development Partnership criteria.
The Fortune 14 company will invest $150 million in Caroline, hire at least 150 new employees and generate approximately $500,000 in new revenue for the County annually. Construction of the 340,000 distribution center in Carmel Church is underway with a 2012 opening planned.
The Caroline County Visitor Center welcomed its 20,000th visitor in December, a little over two years after opening its doors.
Additional capital projects were approved for the school system in 2010 using remaining funds from previous borrowings. Funds were provided for security improvements to Bowling Green Elementary, Bowling Green Primary, Madison Elementary, Caroline Middle and Caroline High School, roof and HVAC replacement at the Bowling Green Elementary Annex and exterior door replacements at Caroline High.
In calendar year 2010, Caroline County contributed a total of $14.6 million to the schools in operational funding and debt service payments.
The County completed the development of a Geographic Information System
(GIS) in 2010. The system, which will be available in early 2011, contains a
number of geographic data layers (such as roads, buildings, topography, tax
parcel boundaries, etc.) derived from aerial photography.
In August, a mixed use, transit oriented development was approved in Carmel Church that will include a train station, retail/commercial development, recreational uses, light industry, parks and many types of residential development. The Carmel Church Station Project holds the promise of many exciting economic development opportunities for the County for years to come.
With the completion of the 2010 census, the Board is forming a citizen’s
committee to make recommendations for a federally mandated redistricting in 2011.
Fire & Rescue
In 2010 the County was able to significantly bolster its fire & rescue career
staffing by securing a SAFER grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security. SAFER grant funding enabled the County to fill six previously frozen full-time Firefighter/Medic and Firefighter/EMT positions. This translates to better service to the public by increasing staffing levels and coverage throughout the County. The additional staffing provides 24/7 coverage at Bowling Green Rescue, Ladysmith Rescue and Frog Level Fire/Rescue.
To promote the recruitment and retention of fire & rescue volunteers, the Board advanced a 50% reduction in the personal property tax assessment for one vehicle per active volunteer. A public hearing on this proposal will be held in January.
In September, the Board approved funding for a new Dawn library branch on
Route 301 near the intersection with Route 30. The new state of the art building will open in 2011.
Construction on the Washington Rochambeau Victory Park in Bowling Green is expected to begin in early 2011. The partnership between the County and the Town of Bowling Green, funded in large part by federal TEA 21 money, will improve the area between the old and new courthouses for pedestrians.
In October, the Board approved a $16.3 million expansion to the County’s
wastewater treatment plant to provide needed capacity for residential and
commercial growth. The expansion, which will increase capacity to 1.5 million gallons per day, is expected to take up to two years to complete.
The Board also approved extending a County waterline along Route 652 to
Caroline Pines. The existing 381 households in the subdivision will become new County customers. Caroline Pines residents will receive badly needed potable water and the County’s utility fund will get a revenue boost from the expanded customer base.
The County has applied for $250,000 in WQIF funds from the Virginia
Department of Conservation and Recreation for a second phase of the Dawn
Wastewater Project. If successful, grant proceeds will be combined with
$300,000 in federal STAG dollars to connect 35 to 50 additional homes to the Dawn wastewater treatment plant.
Permanent County Sticker
The Board amended the County Code last year to allow the Treasurer to begin
selling permanent decals (“County stickers”) in 2011. Once permanent decals
have been sold for all vehicles for calendar year 2011, no additional decal will be required unless a new or used vehicle is purchased. A license registration fee will be assessed annually on all motor vehicles with a situs of Caroline County thereafter by the Commissioner of the Revenue to replace the revenue from the decals.
Thank you again for the opportunity to reflect on the successes of the County in 2010 on behalf of the Board of Supervisors. I am confident that Caroline will continue to prosper in 2011 as we work together to overcome the challenges that face us.
D. M. “Maxie” Rozell, Jr.
Caroline County Board of Supervisors