Jaeckle Holds Budget Community Meeting
To continue engaging with citizens about the budget process, Bermuda District Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle and School Board Member Carrie Coyner co-hosted two Bermuda District community meetings focused on the county and schools proposed FY2018 budget. The meetings provided an opportunity for residents to preview elements that will be incorporated into the plan and ask questions.
On March 15, from noon to 5 p.m., the county administrator will present the full proposed FY2018 budget during a work session with the Board of Supervisors in Room 502 of the Administration Building. Additional community meetings will be scheduled following the release of the proposed FY2018 budget.
Dorothy Jaeckle talks with citizens about the FY2018 budget.
Chester Kroger Remodel Complete
Kroger has completed an extensive remodeling of its store in Chester. The company said it invested $3.5 million in the Chester store at 12726 Jefferson Davis Highway. The remodel included the addition of ClickList, Kroger’s new online ordering service, as well as new décor, paint and updates to many departments. The store celebrated with a grand “reopening” on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Bermuda District Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle lends a hand at the Jan. 17 grand “reopening.”
Chesterfield County Celebrates Black History Month
Black History Month in Chesterfield County is a tradition. This is the county’s 28th year of producing education and entertainment events that are all free and open to the public. Each year’s celebration is unique and special, with music, lectures, performances and much more. View a full list of Black History Month events.
Board Elect Chair and Vice Chair
At the Jan. 11 organizational meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Bermuda District Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle was selected as board chair and Midlothian District Supervisor Leslie Haley was selected as vice chair for 2017. Additionally, the board adopted its 2017 meeting schedule for the year. A live stream of all board meetings can be watched at chesterfield.gov.
Organizational Procedures Adopted Governing Conduct of Board Meetings
The Board of Supervisors voted on several changes at their Jan. 11 meeting on how board meetings will be run in 2017. Beginning at the Jan. 25 Board of Supervisors meeting, the 3 p.m. work session will now be in Room 502 of the Administration Building. The evening session will now begin at 6 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room. All decisional items on the agenda requiring a vote will be discussed in the evening session.
Partial Tax Exemptions for Rehabilitated Structures
The Board of Supervisors recently made some changes to the county’s incentive program for the rehabilitation of properties, making it easier for people to apply for partial tax exemptions for rehabilitating older homes and buildings. There is no application fee for the program, which offers an exemption to people who meet certain criteria when improving older properties. Buildings must be 25 years old, though newer structures may qualify in certain cases. The property improvement must raise the assessed value of residential homes by 10 percent and commercial/industrial buildings by 15 percent. Large commercial projects are now eligible for an exemption at a lower improvement value threshold, which may encourage revitalization in projects worth $10 million or more. Call the Department of Real Estate Assessments at 804-748-1321 for more information.
Ashton Creek Vineyard Ribbon Cutting
The tasting room at Ashton Creek Vineyard officially opened for business last month. Located at 14501 Jefferson Davis Highway, Ashton Creek Vineyard is set on nine acres just north of Ashton Creek and in addition to a tasting room, the vineyard also houses an event space for weddings and private parties. Bermuda District Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 16.
Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load and Stormwater Fee
In an effort to improve the health and vitality of the Chesapeake Bay, states and localities in the Bay watershed are constructing stormwater treatment facilities to reduce pollutants and runoff from entering local waterways that drain to the Bay. The Chesapeake Bay TMDL requires localities to implement projects for pollutant load reductions of nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended solids. As part of planning for the program, Chesterfield County Department of Environmental Engineering developed a Chesapeake Bay TMDL Compliance Plan. To remain in compliance with the requirements of the Chesapeake TMDL, the county estimates it will cost $35 million over the next 5 years. Earlier this year, the Board of Supervisors voted to adopt a stormwater utility fee of $25 per year for homeowners. This fee is expected to generate about $4.5 million in yearly revenue.