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Albemarle County Announces 29 Express Route Starting May 2
Albemarle County is pleased to announce the launch of its new 29 express commuter bus route. Starting Monday, May 2, 2016, the 29 Express commuter route will run from the Forest Lakes/Hollymead area to UVA and the Downtown Library. The fare will be free during May and June and will be $1.50 starting July 1, 2016. The route will begin at 7:00am and 8:00am and return at 4:40pm and 5:20pm. A full map and schedule can be found at the website -

2015 Annual Community Report

Virginia Cooperative Extension Announces its 2016 Drinking Water Clinic
This May, affordable water testing and information about water quality and well and spring care and maintenance will be offered for homeowners through the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in Albemarle County/Charlottesville City. The goal of the Virginia Household Water Quality Program is to improve the water quality and health of Virginians with private water supplies, including wells, springs and cisterns. Drinking water clinics are held to provide people with private water systems access to affordable water testing, help interpreting their water test results, and information about possible treatment options. For more information about the 2016 Drinking Water Clinic, click here.

Albemarle County Announces Appointment of County Attorney
Albemarle County has named Greg Kamptner as County Attorney effective June 1, 2016. Mr. Kamptner joined the Albemarle County Attorney’s Office in 1995, most recently serving as Deputy County Attorney. With over 20 years of experience with Albemarle County and an additional 12 years in other local governments, Mr. Kamptner brings to this role a broad knowledge of relevant statutes, regulations, and case law applicable to local governments including expertise in land use law; significant experience ranging from various elements of public finance to social services; and a thorough understanding of local governmental powers, the Dillon Rule, relevant Constitutional principles, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Conflict of Interests Act.

Albemarle County Announces Hiring of Assessor
After a rigorous recruitment and applicant screening process by the County, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has appointed Peter Lynch as County Assessor effective April 6, 2016. Prior to this promotion, Mr. Lynch has served as Albemarle’s Assistant County Assessor since 2015 where he directly managed the reorganization of the Land Use Application process and oversaw improvements to the organization and accounting of building permits. During his time with the County, Peter also worked very closely with an International Association of Assessment Officers (IAAO) consultant and staff to develop a field guide for appraisers, and has been an integral part of the team working on the County’s new Computer Aided Mass Appraisal (CAMA) System. He approaches his work always with an eye towards continuing to ensure uniformity and equity in the County’s real estate assessment process.

Albemarle County Local Government Offices Closed on Wednesday
Albemarle County Local Government offices will be closed on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in observance of Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday. However, the Board of Supervisors will be meeting at 3:00 PM in the Lane Auditorium of the County Office Building on McIntire Road, when they will finalize their Fiscal Year 2017 Budget discussions and conduct a work session on the Capital Improvement Program Bond Referendum. Click here for agenda information.

Albemarle County Finance Department Awarded Excellence in Financial Reporting Designation by GFOA
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to County of Albemarle by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. This marks the 21st consecutive year Albemarle has received this award.

Charlottesville & Albemarle County Feature an Array of Festivals Again this Spring
Charlottesville and Albemarle County will feature a great selection of local festivals in the upcoming weeks. These festivals will celebrate everything from innovation and wine to flowers, steeple chase races and gardens. Taste of Monticello Wine Trail, Dogwood Festival, Tom Tom Founders Festival, Foxfield Spring Races, Historic Garden Week, and the Festival of Cultures are getting ready to engage locals and visitors alike.

Share Your Input with VDOT on Transportation Project Funding
Comments invited in person on April 12, via correspondence by May 27

The Virginia Department of Transportation invites residents of central Virginia to weigh in on transportation projects recommended for funding through a data-driven prioritization process known as House Bill 2. A formal public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at the VDOT Culpeper District Office, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper. Comments are also welcomed by email to or by mail to VDOT Infrastructure Investment Director, 1401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219. The comment deadline is May 27.

Crozet Artisan Depot April Events
The Crozet Artisan Depot is proud to be featuring new artists this month! Many of their regular artists have new work as well, so please stop by and see their fresh look. In addition to all the new work, they will be hosting several events this month. All the events are FREE and open to everyone. They look forward to seeing you again, or for the first time! Click to learn more.

The Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center in Crozet to Host Special Program Featuring Shenandoah National Park Superintendent, Jim Northrup
A hike lead by Superintendent will follow presentation to be held on April 9th

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) announces a special program featuring Shenandoah National Park Superintendent, Jim Northup. As with other sessions in this series of free seasonal programs, it will be offered at the Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center located in downtown Crozet (5791 Three Notch’d Rd). On Saturday, April 9th starting promptly at 10:00 a.m., Superintendent Jim Northup will speak about his 36 years as a National Park Ranger, and all the wonderful things there are to see and do in Shenandoah National Park. He will also provide an update on recent happenings within the park, talk about the wide variety of events planned for the Centennial of the National Park Service and take questions. Following his talk, the Superintendent and attendees will caravan to Sugar Hollow for a hike on the North Fork Moormans River trail. Plans are to finish up by 2:00 p.m. that afternoon.

Shenandoah National Park Announces 2016 Seminar Series
The Shenandoah National Park Association is sponsoring the 2016 Resource Seminars in Shenandoah National Park. These seminars provide participants with the opportunity to get to know their national park a little more personally through in-depth, hands-on experiences. The seminars will highlight the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 to celebrate national parks as places for inspiration, recreation, and renewal.

Important Notice to the Residents of the Town of Scottsville, Virginia
A General Election for residents of the Town of Scottsville will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, to elect the Scottsville Town offices of Mayor and the six-member Scottsville Town Council. Polls will open at 6 am at the Scottsville Municipal Building, located at 401 Valley Street, Scottsville, and will close on Election Day at 7 pm.

Deadline Approaching for Tax Relief Applicants
Albemarle County offers real estate tax relief for certain elderly and permanently disabled persons. If you received tax relief last year, the renewal application filing deadline is April 1, 2016.  Though the deadline for first-time applicants is October 31, 2016, all applicants are encouraged to apply by April 1st, in time to determine eligibility prior to the June 5, 2016 tax bills.

Shenandoah National Park Plans Prescribed Burn
Shenandoah National Park Fire Managers plan to burn 88 acres of Big Meadows sometime between Monday, March 21 and Friday, April 8, 2016, weather permitting.  A portion of Big Meadows (milepost 51), the open area across from Byrd Visitor Center, is burned each year for the purpose of maintaining the open vista by preventing encroachment by trees and shrubs.

The Albemarle Tourism & Adventure Center in Crozet Joins Festival of the Book for Special Saturday Program Series in Crozet
An interactive musical program for children will be hosted on March 19th

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is excited to announce its participation in the Virginia Festival of the Book as part of CACVB's free Saturday programs to feature local artists and authors, Emily Gary and Tom Proutt.  This program will be held at the Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center, located in downtown Crozet at the historic train depot.

CenturyLink Service Outage
UPDATE 4:35 PM: Technicians will work through the night to restore all service by Tuesday morning

Repair crews from CenturyLink are working to repair damage to an underground cable that carries telephone and data service for the company’s customers in the Charlottesville region. Technicians will work through the night to restore service and CenturyLink anticipates that service will be restored to all customers by Tuesday morning. The cable was damaged early this morning by a construction crew working on the Route 29-Rio Road grade-separated intersection project. The Virginia Department of Transportation and its contractor, Lane-Corman Joint Venture, are providing resources, including equipment and traffic control, to CenturyLink’s repair technicians.

CenturyLink technicians are working to repair voice and DSL services in Northern, Eastern, and Western Albemarle County area due to a significant cable cut in the Route 29 and Rio Road area. CenturyLink representatives are on scene. Restoration estimates are unknown at this time. If you have an emergency, attempt to call 911 first. If you cannot reach the Emergency Communications Center, go to the nearest fire station to report emergencies. Fire stations in the likely affected area are:

  • Station 4 (Earlysville)—282 Reas Ford Road, Earlysville, VA 22936
  • Station 6 (Stony Point)—3827 Stony Point Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911
  • Station 8 (Seminole Trail)—3055 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • Station 12 (Hollymead)—3575 Innovation Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911

The fire stations will be staffed until service is restored and will have radio contact with the ECC to request appropriate services. Any questions about the restoration of service should be directed to CenturyLink.

Albemarle County Fire Rescue Conducting Rapid Intervention Training
Specialized Training Designed to Teach Firefighters how to Save Firefighters

Thanks to a thoughtful donation of resources, Albemarle County Fire Rescue will be conducting training over the next two weeks in Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge (WCBR) cottages marked for demolition. The exercise will focus on Rapid Intervention Training (RIT), a specialized training designed to teach firefighters how to save firefighters. During the drill, ACFR personnel will undergo orientation to their RIT equipment; learn how to assess and extract a firefighter in distress; experience a wall breech, entanglement hazards, collapsed spaces, and limited access obstacles; and in-service a new piece of equipment designed to aid in rescue efforts.

Media Coverage Logistics: Jesse L. Matthew Jr., Plea Hearing
Recognizing the significant media attendance and coverage of the scheduled plea hearing for Jesse L. Matthew Jr., the following Media Plan has been established by the Albemarle County, City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County Circuit Court, Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office, Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Albemarle County Police Department and Virginia State Police. Please click to read more. We appreciate your cooperation and compliance.

Featured Events
Board of Supervisors Day Meeting
5/4/2016, 1:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Economic Development Authority
5/10/2016, 4:00 PM
Board Room (COB Room 241)
Board of Supervisors Adjourned Meeting
5/11/2016, 3:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Pantops Public Safety Station Stakeholder Work Group
5/12/2016, 8:00 AM
Board of Supervisors Adjourned Meeting (Strategic Priority Session)
5/17/2016, 2:00 PM
Board Room (COB Room 241)

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