Supervisor Art Warren, along with the rest of the Board of Supervisors, recognized World War II veterans and their families with a dinner on July 22, 2015 to honor their service to our nation and community. Earlier in the day, board members adopted a resolution recognizing Aug. 14 as the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.
During the March 12, 2014 Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Warren presented a resolution recognizing the volunteer contributions of Mrs. Dianne Cardea, Mrs. Monika Fitzgerald and other members of the Brandermill Education Ambassadors, also known as Branderbassadors.
On April 23, 2014, the Board of Supervisors adopted the FY2015 budget. Budget highlights include:
- restoration of the teaching positions that were cut following the 2008 recession;
- funding for the rehabilitation of the schools that were included in the 2013 bond referendum;
- increasing the size of the Chesterfield County police force;
- funding for the opening of the new Harrowgate Fire Station; and
- funding for the completion of the new Reams-Gordon library.
The board voted to increase the real estate tax rate by $.01/$100 of assessed value. At the new tax rate of $.96/$100, the average homeowner in Chesterfield will pay the same amount of tax on their home that they paid in 2007.
- Park Improvements: At Warbro Athletic Complex, improvements to fencing and infields will be completed for the softball fields this spring. The building that holds the restrooms and concessions will get a new HVAC system. At the Woodlake Athletic Complex, major renovations are nearing completion on the restroom/concession building and they will be completed this spring.
- Road Projects: A VDOT project to construct dual right-turn lanes on Courthouse Road at Route 360 westbound is under way. A project to construct a sidewalk and install streetlights at the intersection of Genito Road, Old Hundred Road and Charter Colony Parkway is under way. Construction of the sidewalk has been completed and Dominion Virginia Power will start work on the streetlights in April. The county obtained Federal funds to construct spot widening on Route 360 between Genito Road and Warbro Road in order to complete six lanes on this section of road. Construction is expected to begin this summer. The county was successful in obtaining Bike and Pedestrian Safety funds to construct a sidewalk on Genito Road between Price Club Boulevard and Victorian Square Shopping Center. The project design is complete and right-of-way acquisition will begin this spring and construction is expected to begin late this year. Another project using Bike and Pedestrian Safety funds will construct a sidewalk on Genito Road between Tracker Drive and Stigall Drive. Construction also will begin next year. Revenue-sharing funds (50 percent state and 50 percent county funds) will be used to widen Lucks Lane from two to four lanes from Spirea Road to East Evergreen Parkway. Preliminary engineering is under way and construction is expected to begin next summer. Federal Regional Surface Transportation Program funds have been allocated toward the construction of turn lanes on Reams Road at Rosegill Road. Utility relocations are under way and construction is scheduled to begin in June.
- The Hull Street Corridor Revitalization Plan won the 2013 APA Virginia Chapter Award in the category of Outstanding Plan. City of Richmond and Chesterfield County project staff were in attendance to receive the award on July 23 at the APA Virginia Annual Conference at the Landsdowne Resort. The City of Richmond and Chesterfield County, in partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, were awarded a 2010 Community Challenge Planning Grant to develop an inter-jurisdictional comprehensive corridor revitalization plan for a 4.7 mile stretch of Hull Street Road/Route 360, which includes a community outreach strategy. The location of the projects is in the Hicks Road and Walmsley Blvd. area of Chesterfield County to the railroad line just west of Southside Plaza in the city. Chippenham Parkway serves as both the boundary between the two jurisdictions, and the mid-point for the study area. The planning process emphasized the need for active and frequent community input in order to define a vision for the Hull Street corridor that would be responsive to the needs of both residents and businesses within and near the study area.
- Sixteen Chesterfield County students have qualified to compete in the regional finals of the National History Bee, according to Chesterfield County Public Schools. The bee is scheduled for April 23 in Washington, D.C. Here is a list of the Clover Hill District qualifiers from Tomahawk Creek Middle School: seventh-grader Ryan Cope and eighth-graders Jack Clabough, Philip Vieira and Daniel Hall. Students who finish among the top at the regional final will compete in the National History Bee in June.