COVID-19 Updates Archive - April 2020
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- April 27 Updates
- April 24 Updates
- April 21 Updates
- April 20 Updates
- April 17 Updates
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- April 15 Updates
- April 14 Updates
- April 10 Updates
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- April 7 Updates
- April 6 Updates
- April 3 Updates
April 30, 2020 Update - 2 p.m.
A Message from the Deputy County Administrator for Community Operations
Scott Zaremba discusses how Community Operations has adapted due to COVID-19
In this video, Deputy County Administrator for Community Operations Scott Zaremba talks about how his division is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
April 30, 2020 Update - 9:30 a.m.
Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Initiates Relaunch Chesterfield
Call for business leaders across industry sectors to plan reopening
Help "Relaunch Chesterfield!" The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Chesterfield County Department of Economic Development and ChamberRVA, is seeking business leaders in the following industry sectors:
- Arts and Entertainment
- Health and Safety
- Healthcare Services
- K-12 Education, Childcare and Daycare
- Personal Care Service
Relaunch Chesterfield will work in conjunction with the recommendations released by Governor Northam’s COVID-19 Business Task Force to discuss plans and address issues in a phased reopening of businesses throughout the county.
Want to be be a part of the Relaunch Chesterfield team? Apply for an industry cluster workgroup.
Read the full news release at Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.
April 29, 2020 Update - 2:30 p.m.
Aging and Disability Services (ADS) Shares Important Program Information
ADS Manager Debra Preston discusses Citizen Information and Resources (CIR) Services
Debra Preston, Manager of Aging and Disability Services, speaks on 98.9 with Frank Hammond of K-Love about many of the programs offered through Chesterfield County’s Department of Citizen Information and Resources.
April 29, 2020 Update - 1 p.m.
An Update from Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS)
School Board to hold budget work session on Tuesday, May 5
The Chesterfield County School Board will hold a budget work session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5. The work session will take place electronically in accordance with the Continuity of County Government Ordinance adopted by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors on March 25, 2020 and confirmed by the School Board on April 14, 2020.
Citizens can access the electronic work session in the same manner as regular in-person board meetings, (live stream) http://chesterfieldschoolsva.swagit.com/live/ and (broadcast) Comcast Channel 28 and Verizon Channel 98.
For more information, visit the Chesterfield County Public Schools website.
April 29, 2020 Update - 10:30 a.m.
Central Virginia All Hazards Incident Management Team Video
Take a look inside the incident command post at Glen Allen High School
In this video, see how regional collaboration has helped the Central Virginia All Hazards Incident Management Team respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in the Greater Richmond area.
The leadership of the Counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Powhatan and the City of Richmond authorized the activation of the CVAHIMT to help guide the region’s preparations and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 27, 2020 Update - 2:30 p.m.
A Message from the Deputy County Administrator for Human Services
Sarah Snead discusses how the Human Services Division has adapted due to COVID-19
In this video, Deputy County Administrator for Human Services Sarah Snead gives an update on her division’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
April 24, 2020 Update - 5 p.m.
Governor Postpones Upcoming May Elections for Two Weeks
Encourage Virginians to vote absentee
With Executive Order Fifty-Nine, Governor Ralph Northam invoked his statutory authority to postpone the May General and Special Elections by two weeks, from May 5, 2020 to May 19, 2020. Elections are scheduled in 56 localities across the Commonwealth.
The Governor previously moved June primary elections from June 9, 2020 to June 23, 2020 with Executive Order Fifty-Six.
Chesterfield residents can find additional information at the Registrar’s webpage regarding absentee voting.
Request an Absentee Ballot (all Virginians):
Voters can request online that an absentee ballot be mailed to them by visiting elections.virginia.gov/voterinfo or by downloading and printing a request form at elections.virginia.gov/forms and returning the completed and signed form to their local General Registrar’s office by mail, fax or scanned attachment to an email. Contact information for General Registrar offices is on the form or at elections.virginia.gov/localGR.
April 24, 2020 Update - 3:30 p.m.
A Message from the Deputy County Administrator for Finance and Administration
Matt Harris discusses the changes to the FY2021 budget
In this video, Deputy County Administrator for Finance and Administration Matt Harris talks about changes to the FY2021 budget due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 24, 2020 Update - 10 a.m.
Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Adds COVID-19 Testing Sites Map
Searchable map allows citizens to find testing site locations closest to them
VDH clarifies, though, that: "This map/list is intended to help provide information of known locations of various COVID-19 test sampling sites and does not constitute endorsement by VDH. There may be additional sites that offer test sampling that are not included on the map and the status of listed sites are subject to change (may no longer perform COVID-19 testing services)."
Each COVID-19 testing site lists important information such as hours of operation and instructions for use. Citizens are encouraged to confirm the information for a specific site prior to traveling to the location.
April 21, 2020 Update - 2:30 p.m.
Mental Health Support Services (MHSS) Shares Important Mental Health Tips
MHSS Director Kelly Fried shares advice on how to stay mentally healthy
Kelly Fried, Director of Mental Health Support Services for Chesterfield County, joined Stephanie Clark on WRWK 98.9 FM The Work on Monday, April 20, to talk about staying mentally healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 21, 2020 Update - 10:45 a.m.
Chesterfield Unveils Online Tax Payment Plan Application
Personal property taxes and first-half real estate taxes due June 5, 2020
The Chesterfield County Office of the Treasurer has launched an online application for taxpayers who are seeking payment plan options for personal property taxes and real estate taxes due Friday, June 5, 2020.
Those interested in applying for a tax payment plan may do so through the online application accessible via the Treasurer’s webpage, www.chesterfield.gov/Treasurer, or by calling the Treasurer’s Office at 804-748-1201.
Payment plans are available for both personal property and real estate tax payments, though the terms and conditions of the plans are determined on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should allow up to two business days for a representative from the Treasurer’s Office to respond to their online application submission.
As required by law, participating in a payment plan does not prevent additional interest and fees from accruing on a taxpayer’s account.
Tax statements were mailed by the Chesterfield Treasurer’s Office to applicable citizens and businesses beginning Friday, April 17. Tax balances may also be viewed through the Treasurer Office’s online payment portal using a tax account number, property address or map parcel number, all of which are listed on the tax statement.
Revenue generated by tax payments is used by Chesterfield County to fund a broad range of necessary and essential services, including health services, social services, public safety and more. Maintaining this revenue stream is especially vital during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the county is equipped to meet the evolving needs of community members.
However, in addition to applying for a tax payment plan, individuals and businesses unable to afford personal property tax and real estate tax payments may have local, state and federal options for relief:
Assistance for Individuals Affected Financially by COVID-19 Pandemic
- Chesterfield’s Office of Commissioner of the Revenue offers information on real estate tax relief to qualified elderly or disabled citizens, surviving spouses of first responders, surviving spouses of members of the armed forces killed in action, veterans and their surviving spouses. For more information, view the county’s Commissioner of the Revenue’s Real Estate Tax Relief webpage.
- The Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue also provides personal property tax relief information for members of the military and their spouses available on the Military Tax Relief webpage.
- The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), a state government agency, has published a guide for workers, COVID-19 Resources. Unemployed workers may also apply for unemployment insurance through the VEC website.
- Virginia Career Works Capital Region has compiled a resource guide for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please view their webpage, COVID-19 Related Resources, for more information.
Assistance for Businesses Affected Financially by COVID-19 Pandemic
- The United States Chamber of Commerce has developed a Coronavirus Small Business Guide that includes many resources for small business owners. In addition, view their Coronavirus Live Blog for the most up-to-date information.
- Virginia Career Works Capital Region has also complied a business-specific COVID-19 resource guide, Business Resources.
Tax Payment Options
Though the Treasurer’s Office is closed to the public and residents may not pay in person at this time, several tax payment options are available, including:
- Online Banking: The online bill payment software of a taxpayer’s bank may also be used to pay Chesterfield taxes. Please note that the payment-effective date will be the date that the Treasurer’s Office receives the bank’s payment. Please allow sufficient time for processing by your bank. This payment must include the tax account number located on the tax invoice. A separate payee account is required for each unique tax account number. Please use the following remittance address for processing:
Treasurer, Chesterfield County
P.O. Box 70
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0906
- Online: Payments may be made through the Treasurer’s online payment portal 24 hours a day. To complete the transaction, taxpayers will need their tax account number (located at the top-right corner of each tax statement) and a valid credit or debit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or VISA).
- Phone: Payment by phone is available 24 hours a day by calling 1-877-690-3729. To complete a transaction by phone, taxpayers will need their jurisdiction code (1005), the tax account number located on their invoice and a valid credit or debit card.
- Mail: Taxes may be paid by check through the mail using the return envelope enclosed in the tax statement. Checks should be made payable to “Treasurer, Chesterfield County.” Please include the coupon from the bottom of the tax invoice. Payments will not be considered late if postmarked on or before the tax due date.
- Automatic Payment Services: The Chesterfield Treasurer’s Office offers convenient automatic payment services (APS) that allow payments to be automatically debited from a bank account on the tax due date. For information on how to sign up, visit the Treasurer’s Office webpage. Please be advised that it may take 30-45 days to activate this service for a taxpayer.
- Drop Box: A drive-thru payment drop box is located in the parking lot of the Chesterfield Administration Building, 9901 Lori Road, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832. No postage is necessary for payments made at the drop box, but payments must be made by check or money order. Payments must include the coupon from the bottom of the tax invoice. Envelopes are available at the drop box, and payments dropped by 11:59 p.m. are considered to be received that same day.
The Treasurer’s Office is responsible for the dissemination of tax invoices and the collection of tax payments. Taxpayers with questions regarding the assessment of taxes should contact:
- For personal property tax assessment questions, call the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue at 804-748-1281.
- For real estate tax assessment questions, call the Real Estate Assessor’s Office, 804-748-1321.
- If taxpayers have questions about paying their taxes, they may contact the Treasurer’s Office, 804-748-1201.
Please note that personal property taxes and first-half real estate taxes not paid on or before the upcoming June 5 deadline may be subject to a late payment penalty, interest and an administrative fee.
April 20, 2020 Update - 4:45 p.m.
Update from the Social Security Administration
Action Needed for Social Security Beneficiaries with Dependents and Who Do Not File Tax Returns to Receive $500 Per Child Payment
Social Security retirement, survivors and disability insurance beneficiaries with dependent children and who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes need to act by Wednesday, April 22, in order to receive additional Economic Income Payments for their eligible children.
Immediately go to the IRS’s webpage at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here and visit the "Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here" section to provide their information.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients need to take this action by later this month; a specific date will be available soon.
By taking this proactive step to enter information on the IRS website about themselves and their qualifying children, Social Security retirement, survivors and disability insurance beneficiaries with dependent children will also receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. If beneficiaries in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, their payment at this time will be $1,200. They would then be required to file a tax year 2020 tax return to obtain the additional $500 per eligible child.
April 20, 2020 Update - 11:30 a.m.
Citizen Information and Resources (CIR) - Letters of Love and Telephone Reassurance Program
CIR Director Emily Ashley shares important information
Chesterfield County’s Director of Citizen Information and Resources Emily Ashley talks to John Reid on WRVA’s Richmond’s Morning News program about the Letters of Love campaign and the Telephone Reassurance Program.
Join Chesterfield County and the Citizen Information and Resources Department in sending Letters of Love, as they collect drawings, cards and letters for residents in senior living facilities. Receiving these notes and pictures are meant to remind residents that our community cares about them. Parents and older children are encouraged to participate by writing letters.
Additionally, Letters of Love provides parents and guardians with an opportunity to talk with their children about the importance of caring for our community, especially during this difficult time, and engaging them in how they can give back.
Please send your Letters of Love to:
Citizen Information and Resources
9800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Questions? Contact Ellen Costlow, community engagement coordinator - Youth Services, via email at email@example.com.
Sign-up and Get a Call! The Telephone Reassurance Program enables volunteers to verify the well-being of county adults who are disabled, live alone or feel isolated. The volunteers, who have been screened and trained, call program participants daily or weekly. Respite calls are also available upon request.
To learn more about becoming a volunteer or a participant, or to gather information for a loved one contact the office of Aging and Disability Services by phone at 804-768-7878 or email Aging & Disability Services.
April 17, 2020 Update - 1 p.m.
Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) to Launch Call Center
Call CCPS will support families with academic, technology and social and emotional questions
Update from Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS):
Chesterfield County Public Schools will launch Call CCPS in an effort to continue to support Chesterfield County students and families with their needs related to academics, technology and social and emotional questions. The new call center will also help connect families with community resources they may need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Call CCPS will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Friday, June 12. The call center officially opens on Monday, April 20.
Chesterfield County Public Schools families can call 804-639-8689 for support. Translation support will be available immediately in Spanish, or within a short period of time in other languages through the school division’s language line support program.
“Since in-person, onsite teaching stopped four weeks ago, Team Chesterfield staff members have been working diligently to reinvent the school day so that learning continues and students are prepared for next year,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “Reinventing the school day also means reinventing the way that we support our students and their families. Many are navigating this distance learning world for the first time, and we want to make sure that we are there to provide assistance.”
Team Chesterfield staff members will be available to answer questions about the school division’s online learning plan, provide support for navigating the school division’s learning management system (Canvas) and connect families to resources that can address mental and social well-being during this time of uncertainty. Special education teams also will be available to provide support for students during this unprecedented transition from in-school services.
Specific questions about school-based assignments may be referred back to the student’s teacher. If a call-center support staff member cannot answer the question immediately, the caller will receive a call back within 24 hours from a school division specialist more familiar with the specific inquiry.
Call CCPS is one of several ways that Chesterfield County Public Schools continues to provide support to families while students are away from school for the remainder of the academic year:
MEALS FOR STUDENTS
To meet the needs of students during COVID-19 school closures, Chesterfield County Public Schools continues provide meals for students for pick-up without charge and regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and without discrimination. Meals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note these important pieces of information related to the distribution of meals:
- Children do not have to be present to pick up meals. To pick up meals without a student present, please tell the staff member your student’s first and last names and age.
- On Mondays and Wednesdays, two lunches and two breakfasts will be provided for each child.
- On Fridays, three lunches and three breakfasts will be provided for each child.
- No meal service is available on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Visit mychesterfieldschools.com to learn more about locations and distribution dates/times.
Chesterfield County Public Schools continues to provide support for school division-issued Chromebooks during this extended school closure:
- Every Tuesday at Thomas Dale and Matoaca high schools from 9 a.m. until noon
- Every Thursday at CTC@Hull and Robious Middle from 1-4 p.m.
A parent and/or student will need to provide their student ID number in order to adjust the school division’s inventory records. Support is limited to students in grades 5-12, who already are participating in the Chromebook take-home program.
Appropriate social distancing protocol will be followed to protect students and staff.
For clarification purposes: While the CCPS Internet network is available to families while in the parking lot, the school division is not giving out free hotspot devices at these repair stations.
April 16, 2020 Update - 4 p.m.
April 22 Board of Supervisors Meeting to Be Held Virtually
Meeting will be held remotely in accordance with COVID-19 health precautions
Next week’s Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, April 22 will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams as an effort to decrease the spread of COVID-19. The changes are designed to accommodate public input while encouraging the public to continue self-quarantining and practicing social distancing, as recommended by health officials.
The virtual meeting will begin at 6 p.m. rather than 2 p.m., as previously scheduled, and will be available for viewing on Comcast Channel 98, Verizon Channel 28, and live streamed on www.chesterfield.gov and the County’s YouTube channel.
Citizens who wish to make comments on the portion of the Board’s agenda known as "Citizen Comment Period on Unscheduled Matters" can submit comments via the online form; or call in comments and leave a message at 804-748-1808. A maximum of 15 citizens may leave comments for this meeting in accordance with the Board’s procedures on “Citizen Comment Period on Unscheduled Matters.” The portal will close at 5 p.m. on the day prior to the scheduled board meeting in order to prepare comments for the public and the board to see in a timely manner; prior to the Board meeting.
Citizens who wish to provide input on any and all of the public hearing items before the board are encouraged to submit comments via the online form. Citizens without internet access may call in comments and leave a message at 804-748-1808.
There are no limits on the number of citizens that can comment on each public hearing item; however, each citizen may submit only one comment per public hearing topic. The allotted comment space is equivalent to the 3-minute allotted time of in-person board meetings. At the end of each day through April 21, the clerk will post all public hearing comments received that day for the public to view. Public hearing comments will be received until 10 a.m. on April 22 in order to prepare comments for the public and the board to see in a timely manner; prior to the board meeting.
All comments received will be distributed to the board and posted online for the public to view in advance of the meeting and will be made a part of the board’s official public record within the rules of procedure adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
- The online public comment form may be accessed directly at www.chesterfield.gov/BOScomments.
- The public comment voicemail phone number is 804-748-1808
April 15, 2020 Update - 6 p.m.
April 21 Planning Commission Meeting to Be Held Remotely
Meeting will be conducted via Microsoft Teams in an effort to decrease the spread of COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the April 21 Planning Commission Meeting will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams as an effort to decrease the spread of the virus. The changes are designed to accommodate public input while encouraging the public to continue self-quarantining and practicing social distancing, as recommended by health officials. The Public Meeting Room, located at 10001 Ironbridge Road, will be closed.
Citizens are encouraged to use the online comment form at www.chesterfield.gov/cpccomments to provide comment on public hearings regarding zoning cases. Those wishing to comment must submit a new online form for each public hearing they want to comment on. Only one comment per person per public hearing will be accepted. The online form can also be used to comment on unscheduled matters. In addition to the form, comments can also be received by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 804-748-1050.
Although the Planning Commission will make every effort to accept comments up to the start of the meeting, citizens are encouraged to submit comments or calls no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, April 20 to ensure the comments are provided to the Planning Commission prior to the 6 p.m. meeting for their consideration.
The agenda, staff reports, and PowerPoint presentations for the April 21 Planning Commission Meeting can be found on www.chesterfield.gov.
The Chesterfield Planning Commission Meeting will be livestreamed on WCCT Chesterfield Community Television, including Comcast channel 98 and Verizon channel 28, and on the Chesterfield County YouTube Channel.
April 15, 2020 Update - 4:45 p.m.
Governor Extends Executive Order 53 to Friday, May 8
Two-week extension added to statewide closure of certain non-essential businesses, ban on gatherings of more than 10 people
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that he will extend Executive Order Fifty-Three for two weeks, through Friday, May 8, 2020. The order, originally signed on March 24, bans crowds of more than 10 people; closes recreation, entertainment and personal care businesses; and limits restaurants to offering takeout and delivery services only.
“As we have seen from our data and models, social distancing is working, and we are slowing the spread of this virus,” said Governor Northam. “But it is too early to let up. By extending this order to keep certain businesses closed or restricted, we can continue to evaluate the situation and plan for how to eventually ease restrictions so that our businesses may operate without endangering public health.”
Governor Northam’s Executive Order Fifty-Five, which directs Virginians to stay home unless they must leave for essential services, remains in effect until Wednesday, June 10. A Frequently Asked Questions guide about Virginia’s Stay at Home order addresses common Stay at Home Order concerns.
For assistance, resources from across state government and up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Virginia, please visit virginia.gov/coronavirus.
April 14, 2020 Update - 9 a.m.
Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First Extends Diaper Drive Through May 4
Agency seeking more organizations to help collect new children’s diapers, pull-ups and wipes during COVID-19 pandemic
Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First is extending its 7th annual Diaper Drive through Monday, May 4 to collect more children’s diapers, pull-ups and wipes for its families facing financial strain because of the coronavirus known as COVID-19 pandemic.
The Diaper Drive, which launched in March, collects new, unopened packages of diapers and wipes to assist hundreds of families across the county and the City of Colonial Heights enrolled with Families First – a nationally accredited program of Healthy Families Virginia, which provides family support services to first-time parents to ensure their children are healthy, well-adjusted individuals ready to start school by age 5.
Out of an abundance of caution, and to adhere to state and federal orders and health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Diaper Drive has suspended all individual diaper donations at drop-off stations at all branches of the county Library and the Chesterfield County government complex.
“We are truly grateful for those that have been able to contribute individually,” said Family First Program Coordinator Ashley Rogers. “But with the libraries closed, and containment of COVID-19 a priority, we must think of the safety of people wanting to help.”
Therefore, Families First is calling on community partners, such as neighborhood associations, local businesses, churches and fraternity and sorority organizations to help collect a variety of children’s diapers and wipes.
While all donated children’s diapers, pull-ups and wipes will be accepted, there is high demand for size 4, 5 and 6 diapers and baby wipes.
“As you can imagine, this has been a very stressful ordeal for everyone, but more so for several of our families who are trying their best to financially maintain and keep their children healthy,” Rogers said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to get your neighborhood, coworkers or civic group to help our families during these uncertain times.”
Since launching the Diaper Drive in March, 15,389 children’s diapers have been collected – topping 14,070 diapers donated last year during the drive.
But more is needed to help families enrolled in the program navigate the murky financial and sheltering-at-home outlooks because of COVID-19.
“I have absolutely been amazed at the generosity of our community pulling together to help those that need it the most during these times,” Rogers said. “It has brought tears to my eyes to see so many take an interest in their community and our families’ well-being.”
Interested associations, organizations or businesses should contact Ashley Rogers at 804-318-8648 or at email@example.com to set up appointments to drop-off their donations in bulk.
April 10, 2020 Update - 4:45 p.m.
ChamberRVA hosts CARES Act and SBA Disaster Loans Virtual Town Hall
Free Tuesday, April 14 Zoom meeting will include regional experts
This event is free for both members and non-members, but there is limited space - admission will be on a first come-first serve basis.
Upon signing up for the meeting, you will receive a confirmation email that contains the link to the Zoom Webinar for next week’s meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 11 a.m. to noon.
Panelists will include:
- Carl Knoblock, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration - Richmond District
- Bruce Whitehurst, President and CEO, Virginia Bankers Association
- Steven Yeakel, President and CEO, Virginia Association of Community Banks
- John Sarvay, Owner, Floricane LLC
April 10, 2020 Update - 9:30 a.m.
CCPS School Board to Hold Electronic Meeting on April 14
Previously scheduled business meeting format changed due to COVID-19
Update from Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS):
The previously announced Chesterfield County School Board business meeting at 6 p.m. April 14 will not take place in the county government’s Public Meeting Room, located at 10001 Iron Bridge Road in Chesterfield, as originally scheduled.
The April 14 School Board in-person business meeting has been changed to an electronic meeting, where School Board members are not assembled in one location to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.
The April 14 School Board business meeting will take place electronically in accordance with Continuity of County Government Ordinance adopted by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors on March 25 and the adoption of the Resolution of the School Board confirming the County ordinance that will take place during the business meeting. The April 14 business meeting agenda starts at 6:30 p.m.
The change will ensure the continuity of School Board operations, and allow for public input while encouraging residents to continue to stay at home and practice social distancing, as ordered by the Governor and state health officials.
- Citizens can access the electronic meeting in the same manner as regular in-person board meetings, (live stream) http://chesterfieldschoolsva.swagit.com/live/ and (broadcast) Comcast Channel 28 and Verizon Channel
- Citizens wishing to comment on Agenda and Non-Agenda Items must submit their comments using the online form found here: https://tinyurl.com/CCPSComment. Citizens may submit their online comments in advance of the School Board meeting until 2 p.m. on April 14. All electronic comments will be distributed to School Board members prior to the beginning of the meeting.
- A general synopsis of the comments submitted via the online form will be recorded in the minutes of the
Prior to the adjournment of the business meeting, the School Board will adjourn into closed session in accordance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act for the discussion and consideration of employee matters. After exiting the closed session, the School Board will enter into Open Session for the purposes of certifying the closed session, voting on matters discussed in closed session, and adjourning the business meeting. There will be no discussion of other public matters after the Board adjourns into closed session.
April 9, 2020 Update - 5:15 p.m.
Chesterfield Launches E-Filing System for Development Plans
Planning Department adapts to meet community needs during COVID-19 pandemic
The Chesterfield County Department of Planning unveiled a new online system for the submission and review of development plans to accommodate social distancing guidelines in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A comprehensive guide explaining the online submission process, E-filing of Development Plans to Chesterfield County, is available on the Department of Planning webpage.
The new system is vital to ensuring development can continue throughout Chesterfield while development consultants, developers and county employees remain safe while teleworking.
“When the threat of the COVID-19 outbreak became clear, Chesterfield’s Community Development Division worked rapidly alongside the Virginia Department of Transportation to implement this online system, providing safe means for consultants, developers and county and state staff to get plans approved and keep the construction industry active,” said Greg Allen, Chesterfield County’s planning manager. “Ultimately, it is about saving lots of jobs across a very dynamic industry. During this public health crisis, our ability to review plans online will help save those jobs.”
In addition to helping the county abide by health-safety guidelines, online processing offers several key benefits including improved communication between those who submit development plans and reviewers. For instance, the electronic submission system allows consultants and developers to receive a series of emails detailing what step of the review process their plans are in as well as view comments made on their plans as they are entered by state and county departments.
Furthermore, many meetings between consultants, developers and reviewers that had previously been required to take place in-person may now be held virtually, eliminating the need for travel and allowing for a more efficient use of time.
Other benefits of the system include:
- Reduced printing costs: Under manual submission, consultants had to print out and submit 13 sets of plans which could total over 1,300 sheets of paper. Often, a resubmittal of previous plans would require even more sheets. Though consultants and developers are still required to send hard-copy plans to the Department of Planning for a detailed review, the online submission system reduces the number required to five sets, or two if the plans are being resubmitted.
- No limitation of submission days: Previously, the manual submission process required that new plans be submitted by Tuesday each week to allow county teams time to perform an initial review that same week. Now, consultants can submit new plans electronically at any time and on any day, and those plans will be routed for review the morning of the next business day.
- More frequent Table Reviews: Table Reviews, the last step before many site plans receive approval, no longer require in-person meetings to reconcile outstanding, often minor, issues. Whereas scheduling a Table Review under the manual system could take up to two weeks, they are now completed within five days under the online system.
According to Allen, the Department of Planning hopes the online submission system will remain an option for consultants and developers even after the threat of COVID-19 fades.
“Based upon the benefits we have outlined above, the county will likely maintain the electronic submittal and review system and make continuous improvements to it as we grow in experience.”
Beyond managing the county’s comprehensive planning and development review process, the Department of Planning is also responsible for general planning assistance for the public, analysis of growth and development trends and inspections for zoning code compliance. For more information, visit the Department of Planning’s webpage.
April 8, 2020 Update - 3 p.m. (Updated on April 13 with Executive Order 56.)
Governor Announces Plans to Postpone Upcoming Virginia Elections in Response to COVID-19
June primary delayed by two weeks; General Assembly asked to move May elections to November
Governor Ralph Northam today exercised his statutory authority (§ 24.2-603.1 of the Code of Virginia) to move the June primary elections from Tuesday, June 9, 2020 to Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
Read Executive Order 56 here. (Updated April 13, 2020.)
The Governor has also requested the General Assembly move the May General Election and all special elections scheduled for May 5, 2020 to the November 3, 2020 General Election date to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Moving the upcoming May elections requires action by the General Assembly. The plan the Governor is proposing includes the following measures:
- There will be one ballot in November.
- Voters who are qualified in November will be able to vote in November. An individual who was not qualified in May but is qualified in November will be able to vote.
- All absentee ballots already cast will be discarded. Virginians will have an opportunity to vote for local elected officials in November.
- Those officials whose terms are to expire as of June 30, 2020 will continue in office until their successors have been elected on the November 3, 2020 and have been qualified to serve.
Read the full news release.
For additional resources and information about Virginia’s COVID-19 response, please visit virginia.gov/coronavirus.
April 8, 2020 Update - 11:45 a.m.
Mental Health Support Services (MHSS) Shares Important Mental Health Tips
MHSS Director Kelly Fried shares advice for yourself and others
Kelly Fried, Director of Mental Health Support Services for Chesterfield County, shared important information and tips for staying mentally healthy during her Tuesday, April 7 interview with John Reid of WRVA. If you or a loved one has a mental health emergency, please call 804-748-6356.
April 7, 2020 Update - 3 p.m.
Citizen Information and Resources Launches Letters of Love
Collected materials will be given to residents of senior living facilities
Chesterfield’s Citizen Information and Resources department is launching Chesterfield’s Letters of Love campaign, which collects drawings, cards and letters for residents in senior living facilities*. Receiving these notes and pictures will brighten the residents’ days and remind them that our community cares about them.
Additionally, this gives parents an opportunity to talk with their children about the importance of caring for our community during this difficult time and engage children in giving back. Parents and older students are encouraged to participate by writing letters to residents.
If you are interested in participating please send all items to:
Citizen Information and Resources
9800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield, VA 23832
If you have any questions regarding this project please reach out to Ellen Costlow, community engagement coordinator - Youth Services. If you’re interested in more ways to engage your child follow @CfieldYouthServices on Instagram for weekly kid kindness challenges.
*Please note: All items will be held for at least 72 hours prior to processing and distribution.
April 6, 2020 Update - 4:45 p.m.
Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Takes Additional Measure to Protect Park Users
Starting Tuesday, April 7, all public restrooms in county parks will be closed
The Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department will be implementing additional efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in its park system, while protecting the health of county residents and employees.
While the department has implemented several protective measures in our parks, such as removing goals and nets from basketball and tennis courts, effective Tuesday, April 7, all public restrooms will be closed. The closures include permanent restrooms as well as portable toilets.
Closure of the county’s restroom facilities are being made out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of park patrons and staff.
While county parks remain open, many amenities are closed to the public. Park visitors should come prepared to experience the park without expectation of toilets, hand washing stations and sanitation stations being available.
To learn more about the measures Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, visit the county’s Parks and Recreation Department page.
April 6, 2020 Update - 3 p.m.
CDC and Governor Highlight Use of Cloth Face Coverings
Cloth face coverings will help to slow the spread of COVID-19
Following recommendations recently updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today Governor Ralph Northam mentioned his support of Virginians utilizing cloth face coverings when in public settings.
From the CDC:
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
April 3, 2020 Update - 5 p.m.
County Releases Revised FY2021 Budget Proposal
Sets virtual meetings to engage public on changes caused by pandemic
As Chesterfield County navigates the economic uncertainties related to the coronavirus known as COVID-19 pandemic, county leaders have revised the FY2021 proposed budget and announced plans to continue engaging virtually with the public on the spending plan in accordance with health precautions aimed at preventing the spread of illness.
The revised budget is available for review at blueprint.chesterfield.gov.
The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors has rescheduled its vote on the budget from April 8 to April 22. The board will still meet virtually on April 8 to vote on the proposed tax rate for FY2021 and hear an update on the pandemic and a presentation on the revised FY2021 spending plan. The meeting will be livestreamed on chesterfield.gov, on the Chesterfield County YouTube page, and WCCT Chesterfield Community Television, available on Comcast channel 98 and Verizon channel 28.
Similar to recent community meetings on the proposed budget, the county will use Facebook Live to stream newly scheduled community meetings Thursday, April 9, and Monday, April 13, each at 7 p.m. Citizens may participate on the Chesterfield County Facebook page.
The Facebook Live sessions will follow a presentation on the budget revisions to the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, April 8, which will also be livestreamed on the county website at Chesterfield.gov and WCCT Chesterfield Community Television (Comcast channel 98, Verizon channel 28).
Citizens may submit questions or comments about the revised FY2021 budget at any time using an online form available at blueprint.chesterfield.gov or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They also may submit their questions or input by commenting during the Facebook Live sessions. All comments received will be provided to the Board of Supervisors, which is expected to adopt the revised budget on April 22.
The county took immediate and necessary action to revise the proposed FY2021 budget due to deteriorating local, state and federal economic outlooks related to the pandemic, which has also impacted the current fiscal year that ends June 30. Dr. Joe Casey, county administrator, presented the original FY2021 budget proposal in early March.
“Rapidly changing economic conditions because of COVID-19 are prompting the county to readjust our outlooks and revise the overall FY2021 proposed budget,” Dr. Casey said. “These are unprecedented times for our county and nation, but being good stewards of taxpayer money remains a top priority as we revise the budget and adapt daily to how we provide services. The revised FY2021 budget maintains Chesterfield County’s focus on customer service while prioritizing the needs of residents and businesses.”
Like most businesses facing the economic uncertainty created by the pandemic, Chesterfield has had to make very difficult but necessary decisions regarding personnel. County leaders have also put holds on discretionary spending, reprioritized spending in nearly all areas of operation, and are delaying many planned projects.
April 3, 2020 Update - 3 p.m.
Greater Richmond Region COVID-19 Business Survey
Business Owners and Leaders are Asked to Complete Survey by April 10
Calling all business owners and leaders! ChamberRVA is working with localities and economic development organizations in the Greater Richmond Region to collect data so that, as a region, we can identify financial resources and develop financial programs to support our business community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The survey is available at Greater Richmond Region COVID-19 Business Survey.
We value your time and understand that you may have been asked to complete other surveys. This will take only a few minutes and will allow us to identify and deploy much needed financial resources to our business community. Please also forward to other business owners and leaders.
The survey will be open through 5 p.m., Friday, April 10, 2020.