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Posted on: September 17, 2021

[ARCHIVED] County, School Officials Hosting Community Meeting on Public Infrastructure Projects

Sept. 21 Community Meeting

Board of Supervisors

Sept. 17, 2021

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — The Matoaca District’s representatives on the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors and School Board are co-hosting a community meeting Tuesday, Sept. 21 to discuss a proposed new middle school and other planned infrastructure improvements in the western U.S. Route 360 corridor.

Supervisor Kevin Carroll and School Board member Ryan Harter will participate in the community meeting from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center, 13900 Hull Street Road.

Following a brief presentation, the two elected officials will be available to answer questions and listen to county residents’ thoughts, concerns and suggestions. 

Attendees are required to wear face coverings due to a public health emergency order issued by the state health commissioner on Aug. 12 for all public school facilities in the state.

The meeting also will be streamed live on Chesterfield’s Facebook page for patrons who prefer to participate virtually. 

At its Sept. 14 business meeting, the School Board requested the Board of Supervisors to authorize the issuance of up to $135 million in general obligation school bonds for construction of two new middle schools – one in western Chesterfield to relieve capacity issues at Tomahawk Creek Middle and accommodate future student enrollment, and another to replace Falling Creek Middle with a larger, modern facility appropriate for 21st century education.

Chesterfield County Public Schools plans to open both middle schools by the start of the 2024-25 school year.

The Tomahawk Creek reliever school is expected to be constructed on part of the 2,057-acre Upper Magnolia Green tract, which was acquired by the Chesterfield Economic Development Authority last year. As many as three new schools could be built in that area to address residential development.

The Board of Supervisors will vote on the proposed bond issuance following a public hearing at its Sept. 22 business meeting.

The board previously approved funding for roadway improvements that will alleviate drainage issues on Otterdale Road at its crossings of Blackman Creek, Horsepen Creek and Otterdale Branch. All three tributaries of the Swift Creek Reservoir are prone to overflow their banks during significant rain events, causing hazards for both motorists and first responders.

Construction is scheduled to begin in December. Learn more about the planned improvements to Otterdale Road, including timetables and detailed project maps. 

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