Midlothian Special Area Plan Kicks Off
The Midlothian Special Area Plan kicked off in February 2016, and staff is currently working on researching existing trends and conditions. A community workshop is scheduled for Monday, May 23 from 4-8 p.m. at a location still being determined. Check the Midlothian Special Area Plan website regularly for updates and workshop locations. Residents are encouraged to attend the community workshop to provide input and ideas regarding the future of Midlothian.
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.
County Congressional District Changes
The redrawing of Virginia’s Congressional Districts, which was required by recent federal court rulings, resulted in 18 Chesterfield County voting precincts being moved from the 4th Congressional District to the 7th Congressional District. Additionally, two precincts were split by the new boundary lines, resulting in two new precincts being created in the 7th Congressional District. In response to the change, the Registrar has divided the boundaries of each of those two affected voting precincts to follow the new congressional district line. Those two voting precincts are Bird Precinct in the Dale District and Beach Precinct in the Matoaca District. Only voters whose precincts are in the new 4th Congressional District will participate in the June 14 Democratic and Republican primary elections.
See the updated congressional district map
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.
VDOT Resurfacing Many Roads this Spring
The temporary gravel surfaces being encountered on some roads in Chesterfield County right now are the result of a multistep process by the Virginia Department of Transportation, or VDOT, to resurface the roads. This is a temporary condition. After this initial surface sets or cures over a couple of weeks, crews return to sweep up excess gravel and apply a layer of slurry seal to seal the road and create a smooth surface. It takes a bit of time to complete but will result in a much better surface. Pedestrians and bicyclists are encouraged to use extra caution when encountering these temporary conditions.
A gravel surface on some roads that VDOT is currently resurfacing is temporary.
Drinking Water Week
The Chesterfield County Department of Utilities celebrated National Drinking Water Week May 1-7. The department released a new video highlighting Chesterfield County’s clean, safe and reliable drinking water, and posted information to the county’s social media sites, Facebook and Twitter. Several public service announcements are also running on local TV and radio stations, so keep an eye out!
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.
Experience Chesterfield in Spring
The weather is warming up, flowers are starting to bloom, and it is a great time to get outside. Check out Experience Chesterfield for suggestions for springtime festivals and events, outdoor hikes to see the May flowers, and soaking up details about county history. Register to build your own rain barrel and mark your calendars for the Celebration of the Vine wine festival. Pack a lunch and bring the entire family to Kite Day, or take a trip to the Metro Richmond Zoo to visit the world-famous Kumbali and Kago, a cheetah and canine who are best friends. Travel back to the 1800s for the 38th annual Bon Air Victorian Days Celebration, and have your heirlooms appraised at the Antique Evaluation Fair. There is a lot to do in the county this spring. Visit ExperienceChesterfield.com for more ideas.
Spring pansies are in bloom.
Wegman’s Grand Opening Scheduled for May 22
Crews are working hard at the new Wegmans located at Stonehenge Village Shopping Center off Midlothian Turnpike, preparing for the grand opening on May 22. Construction is on schedule at the 115,000-square-foot supermarket, which will feature The Pub by Wegmans, a full-service family restaurant within the store. Hiring and training is still taking place. Visit the Wegman’s website to apply.
In addition to the Wegmans construction, the Route 60 Widening Project, which will widen Midlothian Turnpike from four lanes to six lanes, is on schedule for an expected completion date of May 31. The westbound side of Midlothian Turnpike between Alverser Drive and Old Buckingham Road was completed in December on schedule. Work is now being done on the eastbound side. The project is expected to reduce traffic congestion and the frequency of accidents along this heavily traveled corridor. For more information on the project, visit www.route60widening.com.
Construction is on schedule for Wegmans and the Route 60 widening project.
Download the New Chesterfield County Community Care Mobile App!
Getting the information you need is sometimes difficult, and it only gets more difficult when you are in need of help quickly. The new Community Care mobile application provides families with children the information they need. Whether it's help with parenting, disabilities, transportation, substance abuse or finding a great park, the Community Care app will help connect you with the right people who can provide assistance. Users can browse by category or search department descriptions to learn how to get help, where that help is located and contact information. Download the Community Cares app for your Apple or Android phone today!