River City Announcement
At the Oct. 26 Board of Supervisors meeting, county administration announced its intent to purchase the 115-acre River City Sportsplex, formerly known as Sports Quest and currently owned and operated by Sports Complex Holdings LLC. The board will vote on the purchase at its Nov. 16 work session. The county is offering Sports Complex Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Shaw Industries Group Inc., $5.5 million to purchase the property, located at 13030 Genito Road. Funds currently allocated for recreational development and sports tourism will be used for the purchase. Management and operations of River City Sportsplex, when purchased, will be by the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation. A community open house was held at Clover Hill High School and River City Sportsplex for residents to ask questions about the planned purchase of the facility.
An aerial view of River City Sportsplex.
Fi-Tech Ribbon Cutting
Fi-Tech, the leading manufacturers of complete machines or technical components used in the production of polymer, synthetic fibers, nonwovens, textiles, converting, perforated products or in tobacco processing, opened their world headquarters in Chesterfield County. A ribbon cutting was held Nov. 4 at the company’s new 17,000-square-foot building in Waterford at Route 288 and Charter Colony Parkway.
Clover Hill Supervisor Chris Winslow was in attendance at the Fi-Tech ribbon cutting.
Midlothian Special Area Plan Update
A Midlothian Community Special Area Plan community design workshop was held in October focused on future land use and design/development standards. County staff presented a brief presentation followed by small-group discussion focused on what residents want to see related to future land use and design standards in Midlothian. Clover Hill Supervisor Chris Winslow and Planning Commissioner Gloria Freye were in attendance to hear from residents and business owners.
Clover Hill Supervisor Chris Winslow listens to residents at an October community design workshop focused on the Midlothian Community Special Area Plan.
Chesterfield County released its annual report based on fiscal year 2016. This report is not your average annual report. It’s interactive, engaging and full of information. It includes short videos and links to some of the departments that contribute to Chesterfield County being an outstanding place to live, work, play and raise a family.
Revitalizing Chesterfield: Bringing New Life to Older Communities
The Board of Supervisors has made revitalization and preservation of our community a priority. Every community has a life cycle. Neighborhoods and businesses mature, and we must find ways to help them adapt to today’s standards. In this short video, hear from the county’s Revitalization Office, which oversees revitalization efforts throughout the county.
The Chesterfield County Police Department and Chesterfield County Anti-Litter Program are partnering to bring Gone 4 Good Shred and eWaste Tech Systems to Chesterfield Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. All paper items will be shredded for free – residents can bring up to 3 paper grocery bags full, or up to two small boxes (10 inches by 13 inches by 18 inches). Computers, laptops, flat screen televisions, CDs, DVDs, stereos, cell phones and chargers will be recycled for free. CRT televisions and computer monitors less than 27 inches will cost $10 to recycle; if those items are 27 inches or larger, a fee of $20 will apply. For more information, call 804-751-2227.
Parade of Lights
The 24th annual James River Parade of Lights, presented by the James River Advisory Council, takes place Saturday, Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m. Each year, boaters decorate their boats and converge on the James River for a parade that marks the beginning of the holiday season. Spectators can view the parade at Dutch Gap Boat Landing and Henricus Historical Park. This free event also features other entertainment at viewing sites. For more information, visit JRAC.
Police Community Building Named in Honor of Capt. Jason Zaccarine
On Sept. 29, a ceremony was held to rename the Clover Hill Police Support Facility to the Chesterfield County Police Department Community Services Building in honor of Capt. Jason Zaccarine. Capt. Zaccarine joined the Chesterfield County Police Department in 1994 and rose through the ranks of the department, working as a patrol officer, a detective, a sergeant, a lieutenant and a captain. In 2012, he was assigned as the Commander of the Community Services Division, which focuses on community outreach. In August 2014, he was diagnosed with cancer and after a six-month battle, he passed away at the age of 43.
County Among Nation’s Top 3 Percent of Fire Protection Systems
Chesterfield County’s fire protection system now ranks among the top 3 percent nationwide following a recent evaluation by the Insurance Services Office. The Public Protection Classification rating assigned by the ISO, improved from a Class 3/9 to a Class 2/2Y. The county’s fire protection system previously ranked among the nation’s top 10 percent. The new rating will take effect on Dec. 1, 2016, and could mean potentially lower insurance costs for property owners. Read the full news release.
New Lobby Opens in County Administration Building
On Sept. 12, the newly renovated lobby of the Chesterfield County Administration Building officially opened, with the Information Desk moving to its new permanent location, and the Treasurer’s Office moving to its temporary location in the lobby. This new entrance is now the primary entrance for visitors. Additionally, renovations have begun to update and improve the Treasurer’s Office, which will move back to its permanent home on the first floor in early 2017.
The renovated lobby opened to the public on Sept. 12.
County Awarded Governor’s Technology Award
The annual Governor’s Technology Awards were presented to honorees in nine categories at a special ceremony at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium in Richmond on Sept. 7. Chesterfield County was the recipient of the award for Innovative Use of Open Data for the Geospace Open Data Portal. Geospace and Open Geospace was developed by the county’s Information Systems Technology Department.
Virginia Archers Compete at Outdoor Championships
More than 125 archers from all over Virginia, plus some guest archers from other states, traveled to the county to compete in the 2016 Virginia State Outdoor Championships held at Clover Hill Athletic Complex. The event, which falls under USA Archery, consisted of 144 arrows shot over two days by each archer at a single distance. This was the first time the event was held in the county.
Archers participating in the Virginia State Outdoor Championships take aim at the target.