National Night Out a Success
Chesterfield County participated in the 33nd Annual National Night Out celebration on Aug. 2. More than 150 people, including volunteers and members of the Police Department and other agencies, worked tirelessly to help make the evening a huge success. Thousands of residents throughout the county attended 117 block parties.
Queensmill National Night Out celebration.
Central Virginia Food Truck Rodeo is Back!
The Central Virginia Food Truck Rodeo is coming back to Chesterfield Towne Center Sunday, Aug. 28, from noon to 6 p.m. Over 25 food trucks will be in attendance along with local music, Virginia craft beer, wine and art and crafts vendors. Admission is free. The event will be located in the rear parking lot off Koger Center Boulevard and Mall Drive.
Build Chesterfield’s Blueprint
Throughout the month of July, the county changed the way it engaged with residents about spending and other community priorities by urging residents to fill out a community priorities survey, which focused on how residents wanted their tax dollars spent in fiscal 2018. County residents were asked to “Build Chesterfield’s Blueprint” by sharing their thoughts at summer workshops and through the online survey. More than 6,200 surveys were collected and county staff is working hard to go through the feedback you provided.
Close to 6,000 surveys were submitted.
Recycle your eWaste and Shred Documents for Free
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 Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Westchester Commons shopping center. The event will be held in the parking lot near Regal Cinemas.
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. Hard drives can be shredded for $5.
For more information, call 804-318-8694.
Check out the County’s YouTube Channel!
Chesterfield County’s YouTube channel is now live! Watch short videos on all things Chesterfield, and subscribe today to make sure you don’t miss anything!
Route 60 New, Wider in Midlothian
Hear from Transportation Director Jesse Smith about what you can expect when driving along the new, wider stretch of Route 60 in Midlothian. Video
The Route 60 Widening Project widened Midlothian Turnpike from four lanes to six lanes between Alverser Drive and Old Buckingham Road.
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.