At the April 23 Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Gecker presented a resolution to three members of the Midlothian High School Latin Club, recognizing April 21-25 as “Chesterfield County Classics Week.”
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 Mid-Lothian Mines Park, construction will begin this summer on a project to add trails, stabilize historic mining operation ruins and add interpretive signage. It will be finished by the late fall. At Huguenot Park, improvements will be made to the playground. At Robious Athletic Complex, improvements have been completed to three baseball fields and interior areas to renovate this heavily-used facility.
- Road Projects: The county was successful in obtaining Bike and Pedestrian Safety funds to construct sidewalk along northbound Coalfield Road from the Sycamore Village subdivision to Watkins Elementary School. Construction should begin later this year. Revenue-sharing funds and Federal Regional Surface Transportation Program funds will be used to widen Route 60 to six lanes between Alverser Drive and Old Buckingham Road. Construction is expected to begin later this year.
- 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 Midlothian District qualifiers from Manchester Middle School: seventh-grader Bryan Childers and eighth-graders Zachary Adee, Yash Korde and Tyler Stromberg. Robious Middle School had four eighth-graders who qualified: Jenny Glazier, Bryce Hall, Kenna Jenkins and Mark Weeden. Students who finish among the top at the regional final will compete in the National History Bee in June.
- Networking Technologies and Support Inc. will invest $1.5 million to expand its local headquarters operation, creating 140 new jobs over the next three years. The addition of 140 jobs will bring the company’s work force to nearly 300. Networking Technologies and Support, Inc. was recognized by the Board of Supervisors at the August 28 meeting as the 2013 Innovation Impact Award Winner through the county’s First Choice Business Awards Program.
- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts opened a new store in Stonebridge in January. The company is located in 810 locations in 20 countries around the world. The location and type of business is an excellent fit to the future development of Stonebridge.
- The Chesterfield County Public Library’s Bon Air branch closed in December for renovations. The renovated Bon Air library building is projected to reopen in June 2014. Customers are encouraged to use another branch during the temporary closure, and also to take advantage of CCPL’s remote services such as free eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks and electronic databases by visiting the library website at library.chesterfield.gov. For more information please call 804-751-CCPL, or visit library.chesterfield.gov.