Build Chesterfield’s Blueprint
County leaders want to hear from you this summer about what matters most. Go to blueprint.chesterfield.gov to take a short survey and tell us the top priorities you want Chesterfield County to focus on. Chesterfield County is using Blueprint Chesterfield, its strategic plan, to help balance the community’s priorities with the county’s budget. County leaders have always listened to residents’ thoughts about the formation of the county budget, but now we are using new tools and providing more time to do so.
Community workshops are also planned to provide opportunities for residents and businesses to engage with county staff about community priorities. The open house-style workshops (come at any time) will take place:
- July 12, 4-8 p.m., North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield, 23236
- July 18, 3-7 p.m., Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road, Midlothian, 23112
- July 28, 3-7 p.m., Central Library, 9501 Lori Road, Chesterfield, 23832
Let’s Build Chesterfield’s Blueprint together!
Steam Bell Beer Works Opens in Midlothian
Chesterfield County residents have a source for locally-crafted beer in their own backyards, following the grand opening of Steam Bell Beer Works on Oak Lake Boulevard. Founder and head brewer Brad Cooper is a Chesterfield County native who focuses on brewing unique versions of age-old recipes. Thousands turned out for the grand opening weekend in June. The taproom is open on the weekends.
Steam Bell Beer Works opened to the public on June 11.
Chesterfield Records Record Employment, Business Growth
Employment in Chesterfield County grew at the fourth-fastest rate among the nation’s 342 largest counties from the fourth quarter of 2014 to the fourth quarter of 2015, marking the county’s strongest jobs growth in 25 years. Employment in the county grew 6 percent during the period, well above the nationwide average of 1.9 percent, according to data recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The net increase in jobs was 10,063. Small businesses added 4,049 net new jobs, as 40 percent of the new jobs added were with firms of fewer than 250 employees. During that 2014-2015 period, Chesterfield saw a net increase of 665 establishments, with small businesses contributing significantly with 497 new startup firms. For more details, see the bureau’s County Employment and Wages Summary.
Experience Chesterfield Launches New Website
Chesterfield County has launched a new, mobile-friendly ExperienceChesterfield.com, enabling users to easily plan their next local adventure while on the go. The new Experience Chesterfield website offers themed, three-day itineraries as well as a comprehensive listing of seasonal activities. This summer, for instance, take in free concerts at centrally located Pocahontas State Park, sit in on a discussion with a New York Times bestselling author at North Courthouse Road Library, ohh and aah at Fourth of July fireworks at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, see a hidden island during a paddling trip on the James River, or sign up for a guided tour of Eppington Plantation.
CVWMA Expands Types of Plastics Collected Through Curbside, Drop-off Recycling
Effective July 1, Central Virginia Waste Management Authority greatly expanded the types of plastic bottles and containers it accepts in its Residential Recycling (curbside) and Drop-off Recycling programs in Chesterfield County. Accepted items for recycling will now include plastic containers No. 1-No. 7 (see container bottom) bottles and containers, caps and lids (free of all food and residue) waxy cartons such as milk, juice, juice boxes and containers for egg substitutes. No plastic bags, Styrofoam or food-contaminated pizza boxes are accepted. For more details, visit http://www.cvwma.com.
County Names Next Administrator
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors named Dr. Joseph P. Casey as the next county administrator. Casey, currently the deputy county manager for administration for Henrico County, will begin his new position July 1. Casey will fill the position of retiring County Administrator James J.L. Stegmaier. Casey has served Henrico County as deputy county manager since 2013. Prior to that, he served Hanover County since 1990 in roles including deputy county administrator and finance director. He has a doctorate degree in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as a master’s degree in public administration from VCU and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Richmond. Casey is a certified public accountant.
Road at Clover Hill High School Named for Marine Corps Hero
Chesterfield County government and schools officials joined the family of Sgt. Sean H. Miles, U.S. Marine Corps, June 1, to honor the fallen hero by naming a road at Clover Hill High School "Sean Miles Run." Miles, who attended Clover Hill and played football at the school, died in combat Jan. 24, 2006, while trying to protect one of his men. His brother, Chris, who spoke at the ceremony and unveiled one of the new signs with help from his parents, Michael and Deborah, sister, Erin, and other family members, said his brother wanted nothing more than to bring his men home safely. Watch the video from the ceremony.
Sgt. Miles’ brother, Chris, unveiled one of the new signs with help from his parents, sister and other family members.
Bermuda Hundred DAR Honors Vietnam Veterans
In May 2016, the Bermuda Hundred Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, or DAR, became a commemorative partner with the United States Vietnam War Commemoration. The chapter raised funds for a reception to honor Vietnam Veterans at the Country Club at Highlands. Bermuda Hundred Vietnam Veterans Certificates of Appreciation and Department of Defense 50th Vietnam commemorative pins were presented to veterans. Clover Hill Supervisor Christopher Winslow was on hand to share a proclamation for recognition of the commemoration and present the certificates and honor the veterans.
Clover Hill Supervisor Christopher Winslow with Vietnam Veterans at the Bermuda Hundred DAR reception
Take the Midlothian Community Special Area Plan Online Survey
The Midlothian Community Special Area Plan kicked off in February, and staff is currently working on researching existing trends and conditions. A community workshop was held at Midlothian High School Library, providing the public an opportunity to come provide input and ask questions. It’s not too late to provide input on what you would like to see in the Midlothian Community Special Area Plan. Complete the online input questionnaire to let us know your vision and ideas for the future of Midlothian! Additionally, be sure to check the Midlothian Special Area Plan website regularly for updates and additional workshops.
Over 100 residents attended last month’s Midlothian Community Special Area Plan community input meeting.
National Night Out Set for August
Chesterfield County residents are invited to spend an evening outdoors Aug. 2, 6-10 p.m., with neighbors and police for National Night Out, an annual event held across the country to strengthen neighborhood and police-community partnerships, while heightening crime- and drug-prevention awareness. The Chesterfield County Police Department recently held a kickoff event for this year’s National Night Out, and is looking for neighborhoods to register their parties this August. Go to chesterfield.gov/nationalnightout to find out how.
Also, remember that it is important to always lock your car. Check out this video featuring one of the department’s youngest.