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County Admin’s March message

Contact Information:

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

Message from the County Administrator

March, 2011

This message is the third 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.

The Board of Supervisors will hold its regular meetings this month at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 and Tuesday, March 22 at the Community Services Center. A public hearing on the FY 2012 Budget will be held at 7:30 p.m. as part of the March 8 meeting. A worksession on proposed capital projects will be held at 5 p.m. as part of the March 8 meeting.

School Superintendent Dr. Greg Killough will present the 2011-12 Budget for the Public School Division at 6 p.m. as part of the March 8 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

Lt. Colonel John Haefner of Fort AP Hill will make a special presentation as part of the March 8 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

Bowling Green Supervisor Jeff Sili will hold two community meetings this month. The first will be at 6 p.m. Monday, March 14 at the Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Department and the second at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 at the Sparta Volunteer Fire Department.

The Caroline County Winter Sports Festival will be held March 5-6 at the Community Services Center. Net proceeds raise funds for the Optimist Club of Caroline County and its mission to serve youth. Hours are 10-4 each day.

A citizens committee appointed to make recommendations on new election districts will hold meetings on Mondays and Thursdays this month at 7 p.m. at the Community Services Center.

Registrar Danette Moen will initiate a discussion at the March 8 meeting of the Board of Supervisors on bail-out provisions that are available to the County regarding the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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 March:

  • The Parks and Recreation Department will begin practice 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 March 8 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 March 8 meeting.
  • A new C1 schedule for FRED transit went into effect January 31.
  • A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 22 as part of the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors on proposed amendments of the County Code for the purpose of providing a reduced sewer availability fee for certain customers.
  • 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 will be overseeing the restoration of the roof on the old historic jail. Caroline Citizens for Historic Preservation, Inc. (CCHP) has agreed to fund the restoration.
  • The Board of Supervisors at its March 8 meeting will discuss the advance order of school buses for FY ’11-12.
  • Regional Health Department Director Brooke Rossenheim will make remarks to the Board of Supervisors at 6 p.m. as part of their March 8 meeting.
  • Representatives of Robinson, Farmer, Cox will review the FY ’10 audit as part of the March 22 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.
  • A First Reading of an ordinance to regulate backflow will be held as part of the March 22 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

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

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