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Rt. 795 Bridge to Close for Rehabilitation January 23
Once complete, bridge weight restriction will be removed

Beginning Jan. 23, the Virginia Department of Transportation will close the Route 795 (Blenheim Road) bridge over Hardware River in Albemarle County to replace the current timber deck truss structure. The bridge, located 2.7 miles south of Route 708 (Secretarys Road), will be closed through substantial completion of the project on or before the Oct. 30 contracted end date.

Albemarle County Acquisition of Conservation Easements Program Acquires Two New Properties
Permanently Protecting an Additional 292 Acres from Development

Albemarle County now boasts 9,284 acres of permanently protected land with its recent acquisition of two new easements: Brigish and Moon.  Both enrolled in the Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) program in October, 2015.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Winter/Spring Training
The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Office of Emergency Management is offering FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) emergency preparedness training beginning in January. The Level 1 orientation for the CERT program will be held on four evenings: Thursday, January 12 in Charlottesville; Tuesday, February 7 in Crozet; Thursday, February 23 in Keswick and Tuesday, March 7 in Scottsville from 6 to 9 pm. The Level 1 training orients citizens on regional hazards, personal preparedness, and elements of fire safety and medical operations.

Board Selects New Chair, Vice Chair
The Board of Supervisors conducted its first meeting of 2017 and as part of their organizational activities they elected Diantha McKeel, representative from the Jack Jouett District, to a one year term as Chair. Norman Dill, representative from the Rivanna District, was elected as Vice Chair.

Additionally, Claudette Borgersen and Travis Morris were appointed as Clerk to the Board of Supervisors and Senior Deputy Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, respectively.

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Asks Charlottesville City Council to Defer Action on Proposed Ordinance to Allow Biking at Ragged Mountain Natural Area
The Board of Supervisors today requested that City Council defer action on the proposed ordinance establishing the Ragged Mountain Natural Area (RMNA) Rules of Use that would allow biking at RMNA and ask its staff to provide the County with information related to the impacts of biking on the water supply. The County’s existing regulations applicable to RMNA do not allow biking with the express purpose of preventing pollution of the public water supply. The Board has asked for the deferment to allow for the possibility of more discussion and assessment regarding this issue.   Read on...