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County Admin’s February message

Contact Information:

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

Message from the County Administrator

February, 2011

This message is the second 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 Monday, February 21 in observance of President’s Day. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 22.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its regular meeting this month at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 10 at the Community Services Center. The FY 2012 Budget will be presented at 7:30 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors will also meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 2 to discuss filling the vacancy for Reedy Church District supervisor.

The Board of Supervisors will hold a joint meeting with the School Board at 5 p.m. Thursday, February 10 at the Community Services Center in advance of its regular monthly meeting.

Vice Chairman Wayne Acors will hold a community meeting for the residents of Lake Caroline at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 3 at the Lake Caroline Lodge.

Personal property tax forms are due to the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 1. Forms may be postmarked by Feb. 1 if mailed.

A citizens committee appointed to make recommendations on new election districts will hold its organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 8 at the Community Services Center.

Members of the Board of Supervisors have been invited to participate in “Legislative Day” Thursday, February 3 at the Marriott in Richmond. The event is co-sponsored by the Virginia Association of Counties and the Virginia Municipal League.

The Board of Supervisors will begin immediately to launch a search for a new County Administrator after I submitted my resignation January 31 to accept a similar position at Prince George County, VA.

The Board of Supervisors at its February 10 meeting will receive a report from a consultant on mandated improvements to the County’s radio system.

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 February:

* The Parks and Recreation Department will continue its winter basketball leagues this month and begin taking registration for spring soccer. 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.

* 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.

* 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 February 10 meeting will consider receiving a grant and approving a consultant agreement for 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 February 10 meeting.

* A new C1 schedule for FRED transit went into effect January 31.

* A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 10 as part of the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors on proposed amendments of the County Code for the purpose of providing a reduce sewer availability fee for certain customers.

* The Board of Supervisors at its February 10 meeting will consider a rezoning request by J.D Young to locate a hotel near property along Route 1.

* The Board of Supervisors at its February 10 meeting will consider a new parking ordinance in an attempt to control traffic in Carmel Church.

* The Board of Supervisors at its February 10 meeting will consider naming the route for the 652 Loop Road.

* The Planning Department is scheduled to unveil the County’s new GIS for public viewing this month.

* County Staff is watching closely federal legislation that would allow the United States Postal service to close up to 2,000 small post offices throughout the country. This could impact post offices in Caroline County.

* The Department of Utilities is gathering three quotes to present to the Board of Supervisors on restoration of the roof on the old historic jail. Caroline Citizens for Historic Preservation, Inc. (CCHP) has pledged to fund the restoration if the lowest price meets their budget approval.

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

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