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Utility Work Begins Next Week on Rt. 29
9/30/2014
Excavation will require closure of Emmet St. crossovers between Hydraulic Rd. and Rt. 29/250 Bypass

Relocation of underground utilities in the median of Route 29 (Emmet Street) will require the closure of crossovers between Hydraulic Road and the Route 29/Route 250 Bypass beginning next week. The work involves excavation to move a duct bank that carries multiple utility cables and is being done in advance of the Route 29/Route 250 interchange improvement project that will get under way early next year.


ACE Applications Accepted Now Through October 31
9/29/2014
Albemarle County is accepting applications now through October 31, 2014 for the current round of the Acquisition of Conservation Easements Program (ACE), a powerful tool for rural land protection. Any landowner in Albemarle County whose land is worthy of protection according to the County’s Comprehensive Plan is eligible to participate in ACE. An evaluation system has been established to help rank properties in order of their conservation value to the program, with the final determination to be made by the Board of Supervisors. The Program will pay up to 100% of easement value depending on an applicant’s average adjusted gross income.

County Crime Prevention Council Hosting Town Hall to Discuss Implications of Ferguson on Albemarle County
9/25/2014
The Albemarle County Crime Prevention Council (CPC) is hosting a town hall meeting on Ferguson and its implications in Albemarle County. The CPC is a diverse group which works directly with the Albemarle County Chief of Police to discuss difficult issues and provide feedback. The CPC is hosting the event to get community input regarding this very important topic. It is imperative that we learn from Ferguson, receive feedback and work to improve police and community relations.

Rt. 29 Advisory Panel Meets Thursday at VCTIR
9/24/2014
Meeting will be live streamed on the Internet; agenda now posted on web site

The Route 29 Project Delivery Advisory Panel will hold its sixth meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research, 530 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903. The meeting agenda is available on the Route 29 Solutions page on VDOT’s web site. The presentation that will be used during the meeting will also be posted on the web page before the meeting begins.


Albemarle County Public Schools Students Increase On-Time Graduation Rate to 94.8 Percent; Drop-Out Rate Falls Again
9/24/2014
The on-time graduation rate for Albemarle County public high school students, already among the highest for all Virginia school divisions, increased for the fourth time in the past five years, reaching 94.8 percent in 2014. The school division’s drop-out rate, which was 40 percent better than the state average, declined again, by nearly half, and now is 2.3 percent.

September 23 is National Voter Registration Day
9/23/2014
The City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle Offices of Voter Registration plans an event to register voters in time for the 2014 midterm elections.

Upcoming Community Meetings Hosted by Albemarle County Board of Supervisors
9/22/2014
Albemarle County Supervisors are hosting town hall meetings to discuss the Route 29 Solutions Package. The intent of these meetings is to provide the public with an understanding of the projects, the impact they will have on the larger transportation network, and an opportunity to ask questions. Details on the concept recommendation package can be found on the Virginia Department of Transportation's website.

Ballards Mill Road Closes September 22 for Bridge Work
9/17/2014
Beginning Sept. 22, the Virginia Department of Transportation will close Route 671 (Ballards Mill Road) in Albemarle County for two weeks for a bridge project.

From Sept. 22 to Oct. 3, a VDOT bridge crew will work on the Wards Creek bridge, located approximately one half-mile south of Route 609 (Wesley Chapel Road) in Free Union. The current steel-beam, timber-deck bridge is posted with a 15-ton weight limit. In its place VDOT will install a concrete bridge that is three feet wider and can carry all legal loads.


Share Your Ideas and Comments on Road, Rail, and Transit Projects and Improvements
9/10/2014
Public meetings take place Sept. 23 to Oct. 22

Virginia residents are invited to attend public meetings to be held across the state this fall to learn more about transportation improvements funded in the Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP). The program allocates funding to a wide range of projects, including road, bridges, sidewalks, bike paths, rail and transit improvements across the state.


Tourism Revenue Grew in Albemarle County and Charlottesville in 2013
9/10/2014
All Virginia localities saw increased tourism revenue while Virginia topped $21 billion.

Tourism was again an important contributor to the local economy in 2013. Tourism revenue for Charlottesville and Albemarle County reached $523.7 million, a 4.3% percent increase over 2012. Local tourism-supported jobs totaled 5,218 while local tourism-related taxes were $17.7 million. All data was received by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) from USTA and is based on domestic visitor spending (travelers from within the United States) from per person trips taken 50 miles or more away from home.


Albemarle County Police Department Report on Incident at Albemarle High School on September 8
9/8/2014
The Albemarle County Police Department responded to Albemarle High School at 8:30 this morning for a report of an individual who was armed with a knife. Officers arrived within two minutes and the individual was detained without incident.

Important Notice to Albemarle County Voters: November 4, 2014 General and Special Election Information
9/8/2014
A General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, for the offices of: Member of the United States Senate, and Member of the United States House of Representatives, 5th District of Virginia. In addition, a Special Election will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, to determine whether the Constitution of Virginia shall be amended to allow the General Assembly to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried.

Albemarle County Wins 1st Place at COVITS for IT as Efficiency Driver
9/4/2014
Albemarle County is proud to have won 1st place in the Information Technology (IT) as Efficiency Driver – Government to Government category at the 17th annual Commonwealth of Virginia Innovation Technology Symposium (COVITS) in Richmond on September 3, 2014.

Batesville Community Meeting - September 8th
9/3/2014
Due to both reported crimes and non reported incidents over the past few months in the Batesville area there will be a meeting on Monday, September 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Batesville to discuss community concerns. The church is in downtown Batesville at 6670 Plank Rd.

 
Featured Events
Board of Supervisors Day Meeting
10/1/2014, 1:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
BOS Town Hall Meeting
10/2/2014, 6:00 PM
Board of Supervisors Work Session: Comp Plan
10/7/2014, 5:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Board of Supervisors Night Meeting
10/8/2014, 6:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Planning Commission Meeting
10/14/2014, 6:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)

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