Holland Holds Budget Community Meeting
To continue engaging with citizens about the budget process, Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland and School Board Member John Erbach co-hosted two Dale 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 to the board.
Jim Holland talks with citizens about the FY2018 budget.
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.
Virginia High School League Swimming Championship Coming to Chesterfield
The 2017 sports tourism season is underway with the Virginia High School League 3A and 4A Swimming Championships coming to Chesterfield County Feb. 17 and 18. The Collegiate School Aquatic Center will play host to high school swimmers from around the state for a chance to be crowned champion in their division. In fiscal 2016, sports tourism had an economic impact of $37.7 million in the county and brought in $1.4 million from tax revenue.
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.
Falling Creek Middle Young Gentlemen of the Creek Neck Tie Ceremony
The Falling Creek Middle boys mentoring program, Young Gentlemen of the Creek, held their annual necktie ceremony on Nov. 15. The ceremony included a motivational speaker, shopping for donated neckties and engaging with men in the community during necktie tying tutorials. In previous years, neckties have been donated by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Tim Kaine and former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney, along with many other notable male figures in the Richmond region. The Young Gentlemen of the Creek was formed by a dedicated group of teachers at Falling Creek Middle that wanted to start a young boys mentoring program. The purpose of this group is for boys in sixth-eighth grades to participate in a youth empowerment, mentoring and academic support group. A central component of participation for each young gentleman is to dress in professional attire two Wednesdays per month. In the inaugural year, more than 500 neckties were donated from members of the community, including educators, business owners, law enforcement and clergy.
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.
Cub Scout Pack 2874 Meets with Dale District Supervisor
Earlier this month, a group of seven fifth-grade boys in Cub Scout Pack 2874 from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church visited the Public Meeting Room to meet with Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland. As part of their final requirement to move up to Boy Scouts, the boys had to meet with a government leader, learn about their role and discuss important issues going on in the community. Lt. John Miller from the Chesterfield County Police Department is the group’s den leader and arranged the meeting.
Mr. Holland talks to the Arrow of Lights group from Cub Scout Pack 2874.
Falling Creek Reservoir Restoration
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.
The Falling Creek Reservoir restoration project, located in the Dale District, has a watershed drainage area of about 34,000 acres. The reservoir is part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and water released through the dam drains to the James River. With its large drainage area, Falling Creek Reservoir captures runoff and has the potential to act as a stormwater treatment facility by collecting suspended sediment and removing nutrients from the water prior to being released downstream. While it is expected that the reservoir currently provides some benefit for treatment, past sedimentation, accumulation of pollutants, water quality deterioration, and lack of modern design features have diminished the potential for the reservoir to reduce the pollutants. Therefore, the goal of the project is to enhance the reservoir’s efficiency for removal of nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended solids, while also providing for additional recreational opportunities as well as water quality benefits downstream. Engineering design and permitting began for the project in the fall of 2016 with construction estimated in 2020.
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.