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.
Wegmans Grand Opening Draws Huge Crowd
Last month, the Wegmans in Midlothian celebrated its grand opening of the Richmond area’s first Wegmans store. The grand opening was the third-largest opening day for the grocery chain, which estimated 24,000 people walked through the door. The 115,000-square-foot supermarket features The Pub by Wegmans, a full-service family restaurant within the store.
Wegmans opened its Midlothian store May 22.
Route 60 Widening Project Completed
In addition to Wegmans opening, the Route 60 Widening Project finished at the end of May, widening Midlothian Turnpike from four to six lanes, adding dual left turn lanes at Alverser Drive, upgrading the traffic signals at Walmart Way and adding longer turn lanes throughout. Motorists will have a safer, more efficient commute throughout the corridor with reduced traffic congestion and accidents.
The Route 60 Widening Project widened Midlothian Turnpike from four lanes to six lanes between Alverser Drive and Old Buckingham Road.
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.
Midlothian Supervisor Leslie Haley spoke with many residents at the Midlothian Community Special Area Plan community meeting on May 23.
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.
Utilities Department Honored for Environmental Excellence
The Chesterfield County Department of Utilities was recognized with a silver medal at the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award program at the Environment Virginia Symposium in April. Utilities Director George Hayes accepted the award on behalf of the department. The award recognizes the county’s wastewater treatment process optimization program, which was initiated by employees as a way of identifying process improvements that have led to significant energy cost savings.
Utilities Director George Hayes and Assistant Director Scott Morris accept the award on behalf of the department. From left, DCR Director Clyde Cristman, Scott Morris, George Hayes, DEQ Director David Paylor and Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward.
Haley Joined Stegmaier for ChamberRVA’s InterCity Visit
Midlothian Supervisor Leslie Haley joined County Administrator Jay Stegmaier on the ChamberRVA InterCity visit to San Diego April 19-21. The trip focused on regional partnerships and ways to move the county forward, including neighborhood revitalization.
County Celebrates Its Volunteers
Chesterfield County, like many local governments, has amazing volunteers, and the county greatly values their contributions. In fiscal 2015, approximately 4,000 volunteers dedicated 142,000 work hours valued at $3.5 million. Because of the tremendous work our volunteers do alongside county employees, Chesterfield is able to provide exceptional services and programs to residents daily. Services that might otherwise have been decreased have been maintained and even enhanced because of volunteers. The skills, talents and knowledge that volunteers offer contribute to the strength and effectiveness of the county.
County Administrator Jay Stegmaier accepts an honorary check valued at $3.5 million from some of the county’s treasured volunteers to represent their dedication and time to the county.
Board of Supervisors Adopts FY2017 Budget on Target with Five-Year Plan
In April, the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors adopted a FY2017 budget that strengthens core services, enhances overall quality of life, and is on target with the board’s five-year plan. The $809.9 million general fund budget focuses on making service improvements in public safety and other frontline areas. Examples include the addition of public safety positions, further investment in protective equipment for first-responders, and the restoration of Thursday library hours. There’s also a comprehensive package to support and encourage small-business growth through a “Jumpstart Program.” The schools portion of the budget also accommodates all of the planned enhancements included in the five-year plan, headlined by further reductions in K-2 class sizes and other initiatives. The spending plan also includes a dedicated stormwater fee that will be used to comply with unfunded federal mandates aimed at protecting water quality and the Chesapeake Bay. The FY2017 budget accomplishes a wide range of key quality-of-life improvements, stays within the financial parameters established by the Board of Supervisors, and does so without an increase in property taxes and at no increase in the real per capita costs of county services. For more information, visit www.chesterfield.gov/budget.
Chesterfield County’s FY2017 budget is on target with the Board of Supervisors five-year plan.
Aldi Grand Opening
A new Aldi store opened recently at the corner of Robious Road and Mall Drive. The German no-frills chain seeks to put another store on Lonas Parkway off of Hull Street Road. Aldi operates 1,500 stores in 32 states, and is one of several grocery retailers to make the move to Chesterfield this year.
A new Aldi opened at the corner of Robious Road and Mall Drive.