Haley Holds Budget Community Meeting
To continue engaging with citizens about the budget process, Midlothian District Supervisor Leslie Haley hosted a 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 budget 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. Additional community meetings will be schedule following the release of the proposed FY2018 budget to the board.
Leslie Haley talks with citizens about the FY2018 budget.
James River High School Boys’ Volleyball Team Recognized
At the Jan. 25 Board of Supervisors meeting, the James River High School Boys’ Volleyball team was recognized for its outstanding representation of Chesterfield County. The Rapids were Conference 3 Champions and the 2016 Virginia High School League 6A State Champions.
The James River High School Boys’ Volleyball team finished the season with a 19-1 overall record.
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.
Carnegie Medal Awarded
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors joined a representative of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission last month to recognize Dr. Matthew R. Bartholomew, whose quick, brave and selfless actions on a frigid day saved the life of a woman trapped in a submerged car. On Feb. 16, 2015, Dr. Bartholomew helped to save Joyce A. Byrd from drowning after her car became submerged in an ice-covered retention pond off Charter Colony Parkway. Driving by, Bartholomew stopped at the scene, jumped in the freezing water and tried to find the driver. A responding police officer helping with the rescue handed him a baton and one end of a rescue rope. Bartholomew swam back to the vehicle and broke out its rear window, from where the occupant’s head emerged. Bartholomew grabbed her, pulled her out and then supported her as the officer pulled them to the bank with the rope. Byrd required hospital treatment for hypothermia and a cut to her hand, and Bartholomew received treatment for cuts to an arm and finger. Both recovered from their injuries.
Dr. Matthew Bartholomew with the Carnegie Medal.
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.
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.