Supervisor Jim Holland, along with the rest of the Board of Supervisors, recognized World War II veterans and their families with a dinner on July 22, 2015 to honor their service to our nation and community. Earlier in the day, board members adopted a resolution recognizing Aug. 14 as the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.
Former Matoaca Supervisor Celebrates 100th Birthday
On May 21, 2014, former Chesterfield County Board of Supervisor Jesse Mayes celebrated his 100th birthday with former and current members of the board and county administration. Mayes served the Matoaca District from 1984-1991 and was the first African-American elected to the county’s board. Pictured from left are former Deputy County Administrator Pete Stith, former Dale District Supervisor Harry Daniel, Matoaca District Supervisor Steve Elswick, Chair and Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland, former Matoaca District Supervisor Dr. Freddie Nicholas, former County Attorney Steve Micas and former County Administrator Lane Ramsey.
Mayes entered the U.S. Army as a private in 1942, serving during World War II in the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, the first black airborne unit, and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. After the war, Col. Mayes served in the 555th PIB and the 82nd Airborne Division, achieved Master Parachutist rating and commanded Battery C of the 80th Airborne Artillery. Upon retiring from the U.S. Army in 1964, he achieved a master’s in mathematics from Virginia State College, and later became the director of computer centers at VSU, Federal City College, Washington Technical Institute and the University of the District of Columbia.
On April 23, 2014, the Board of Supervisors adopted the FY2015 budget. Budget highlights include:
- restoration of the teaching positions that were cut following the 2008 recession;
- funding for the rehabilitation of the schools that were included in the 2013 bond referendum;
- increasing the size of the Chesterfield County police force;
- funding for the opening of the new Harrowgate Fire Station; and
- funding for the completion of the new Reams-Gordon library.
The board voted to increase the real estate tax rate by $.01/$100 of assessed value. At the new tax rate of $.96/$100, the average homeowner in Chesterfield will pay the same amount of tax on their home that they paid in 2007.
- The Falling Creek Dam has been selected by the Virginia Lakes and Watershed Association, VLWA, for the 2013 Best Maintained Dam Award. The award ceremony was held on March 11 during the VLWA’s annual conference luncheon. For this 63-year-old dam, an aggressive monitoring and maintenance program is required by the county’s Department of Utilities. Improvements include the addition of a remote monitoring and control system for the dam gates through a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system. In 2004, Hurricane Gaston caused extensive damages to the dam that included destruction of the catwalk, stairs, fencing, guardrail, electrical service and the reservoir-level transmitter. These have all been repaired.
- In February, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Evonik Industries, one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies, will invest $15 million to relocate and expand its Business and Innovation Center in Chesterfield County. Virginia successfully competed against New Jersey and Indiana for the project, which will create 50 new jobs over five years and retain 130 jobs. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Chesterfield County and the Greater Richmond Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. Former Governor Bob McDonnell approved a $500,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Chesterfield County with the project. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment and training activities. The company will maintain its manufacturing operation in the City of Hopewell.
- Park Improvements: At Daniel Park, improvements to the fencing at the softball complex have been completed. Renovations to the infields will be completed this spring. Also, a replacement septic tank sewage system will be installed early this summer.
- Road Projects: The extension of the sidewalks on the south side of Cogbill Road, from Chesterwood Drive to Meadowbrook High School, is expected to begin construction this year. Revenue Sharing and Federal Enhancement funds will be used to construct a sidewalk on Cogbill Road from Howell Drive to Meadowbrook High School. Construction is expected to begin this summer. Cash proffers will be used to improve the curve on Celestial Lane, widening the pavement and adding shoulders. Construction is expected to begin this summer. The county was successful in obtaining Bike and Pedestrian Safety funds to construct the first phase of sidewalk on Salem Church Road between Sara Kay Drive and the school complex. Construction is expected to begin this summer. Revenue-sharing funds (50 percent state funds and 50 percent county funds) will be used to widen shoulders and widen the pavement on Newbys Bridge Road at Valencia Road. Construction is anticipated to begin next year.
- The Greater Richmond Aquatics Partnership will host two big swimming events in 2014. The first, the VHSL Group 5 & 6 State Swimming and Diving Championships, was held Feb. 20-22. The second, the Eastern Zone Long Course Championships, will be held in August. The Virginia High School League, VHSL, championships are of particular note, because VHSL has committed to hosting the next three championships at GRAP. Typically, this event has been held in Northern Virginia or the beach, but in moving it to Chesterfield County, it shows an effort on the part of GRAP and local swim programs to centralize this statewide event in Central Virginia. It is hoped that this will extend beyond three years to become an annual event at GRAP. Meadowdale High School, who is hosting the meet, does not yet have a swim team of its own. There are very few swim teams or clubs in Central Virginia, but through this facility, and the commitment of GRAP and its partners to teach all Richmond-area school children to swim, it is expected that swimming will continue to become widespread throughout youth athletic programs. Meadowdale is expecting to start its own team in the next few years.
- Integrated Global Services is moving from an Oak Lake site to a building in the airpark that will serve as its headquarters. Major renovations to the building are being completed at this time.