In case you missed the Jan. 24 Board of Supervisors meeting, here is a brief recap of items from the board’s work session and business meeting:
The board authorized county staff to proceed with a series of transportation projects, including Phase I of the Powhite Parkway Extension from its current terminus near Charter Colony Parkway to Woolridge Road.
Chesterfield’s fiscal year 2024 budget and capital improvement plan include the appropriation of Central Virginia Transportation Authority (CVTA) funds for the first section of the Powhite Extension, as well as the following projects:
The Board approved the following actions for the aforementioned projects:
The annual Valor Awards is a signature regional event celebrating the selfless acts of our area’s first responders. The awards honor local law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel who have performed exceptional acts of courage, putting themselves at risk and personal injury. The Board recognized Chesterfield's most recent Valor Awards recipients. Watch the presentation in its entirety by clicking the image below.
The board approved and appropriated an Operation Ceasefire grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.
On Dec. 8, 2023, the Chesterfield Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office was awarded a grant in the amount of $496,986 to cover a three-year period that began Jan. 1, 2024.
The purpose of the grant to fund a new prosecutor position that will focus on violent crimes in the county involving a firearm. The grant will also fund a victim/witness advocate position to assist the victims and witnesses of these violent crimes with working through their trauma and testifying during court proceedings.
By assigning a prosecutor to handle violent, firearm-related crimes, the community will benefit through increased public safety, accountability of offenders and enforcement of prosecutorial strategies that combat and prevent gun violence.
Local funding support of $101,028 for salary supplements commensurate with the county’s pay plan has been identified in conjunction with receipt of the grant.
Missy Vera, Chesterfield’s general registrar, provided the board with an update on early voting for Virginia’s 2024 presidential primaries, which continues through March 2, as well as preparations for November’s general election. You can view her presentation below.
Following a public hearing, the board approved a new license agreement with EventMakers USA for the 2024 Chesterfield After Hours Concert Series.
The contract, which permits EventMakers USA to continue holding concerts at River City Sportsplex, takes effect Jan. 25 and runs through Oct. 15. While most terms remain the same as in the 2023 agreement, a few details have changed -- including the cost structure.
The company’s flat fee for using the facility falls from $7,200 per event to $4,000, but the per-ticket fee it must pay the county increases from $1 to $1.50 for the first 1,500 tickets sold at each show. The fee falls to $1 for every ticket sold thereafter.
During their evening business meeting, the board and County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey held a special recognition for the service dogs and their handlers who are employed by Chesterfield’s public safety agencies. Watch the presentation in its entirety below.
Following a public hearing, the board amended county code to change the polling location for the Midlothian North voting precinct from Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church to Midlothian High School.
Such a change became necessary because Mt. Pisgah UMC, which was established as the polling place for Midlothian North Precinct 518 in 2023, has declined to allow the location to continue being used in that regard.
The general registrar proposed to relocate the polling place to Midlothian High School, rather than return Midlothian North to the previous polling place, Lifelong Learning Institute, which is too small to accommodate the number of registered voters in the precinct.
Midlothian High School is the current polling place for Midlothian Precinct 503, meaning that the Midlothian and Midlothian North precincts will now be co-located at that site.