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Special Meeting of Board of Supervisors Scheduled
4/22/2014
The Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has called a special meeting of the Board for the purpose of allowing a quorum of the Board to attend the Route 29 Advisory Panel Meeting on April 24, 2014. The meeting will be held at 1pm at the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research, 530 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Albemarle PD Prepares for Foxfield Spring Races
4/22/2014
The Albemarle County Police Department is preparing for the Foxfield Spring Race and would like to share some information regarding this event. The Spring running of the Foxfield Races will be held on Saturday, April 26th, 2014. The Spring race has developed into a major event for thousands of college students and young adults. Attendance at the Spring race typically ranges from 15,000 – 25,000. This is the ninth year of intensified enforcement efforts surrounding the event. The gates open at 9:00 am and the first race is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm. The last race is at approximately 4:00 pm.

Traffic will be impacted by the influx of cars and buses traveling to and from the event. Expect delays the entire day, especially during peak travel times in the morning and late afternoon. Officers will be directing traffic along Barracks Road and Garth Road and also Free Union Road. If you are not attending the races, please avoid these areas.

The Albemarle County Police Department will work closely with local and state law enforcement, and several private partners, to ensure that this event is safe for spectators, guests and participants.


Upcoming Community Meetings Hosted by Board of Supervisors Members
4/21/2014
Albemarle County Supervisors Brad Sheffield (Rio District) and Diantha McKeel (Jack Jouett District) are co-hosting two community meetings to discuss planned transportation projects, ideas already developed for the US29 corridor, and to provide an update on the Route 29 Charlottesville Corridor Advisory Panel.
 
The first meeting will be held at the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) at 1000 East Rio Road in Charlottesville on Monday, April 28th from 7 – 9pm.
 
The second meeting will be held at the Jack Jouett Middle School Library at 210 Lambs Lane in Charlottesville on Monday, May 5th from 7 – 9pm.
 
Community members will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss areas of concern and interest related to these topics. All citizens are invited and strongly encouraged to attend these meetings.

Charlottesville Mayor, Albemarle County Planner Named To Prestigious College of Fellows
4/18/2014
The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) will induct Albemarle County planner Elaine Echols, AICP, and Charlottesville Mayor Satyendra Singh Huja, AICP, into the elite membership of AICP’s College of Fellows April 27 at a black-tie ceremony being held in conjunction with the American Planning Association’s (APA) 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta.

Stream Cleanup of Woodbrook Lagoons Stormwater Management Area
4/17/2014
As part of Rivanna Conservation Society’s (RCS) Go X-Stream Makeover project, Albemarle County is hosting a clean-up of a stormwater management area in the Woodbrook neighborhood at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 19.  A forested area south of the neighborhood is home to arecent stream restoration and water quality improvement project.

Persons interested can register at RCS’s website. Volunteers will meet at the site (adjacent to 2701 Idlewood Drive, Charlottesville) at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 19. The event will begin with a tour of the site and explanation of the improvements. RCS will provide trash bags, water, snacks, and some tools. Volunteers are asked to please wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, and closed-toed shoes; we also suggest wearing a hat.


Albemarle County Local Government Offices Closed on Monday
4/11/2014
Albemarle County Local Government offices will be closed on Monday, April 14, 2014 in observance of Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday.  

Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors Called for April 15
4/10/2014
The Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has called a special meeting of the Board for the purpose of allowing Board members to discuss and adopt the Calendar Year 2014 tax rates Resolution and discuss and adopt the FY 2014/15 Capital and Operating budgets. The meeting is called for Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., in the Lane Auditorium, Second Floor, of the County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia. 
 

Broadband Survey Now Available
4/9/2014
In an effort to determine how high-speed broadband Internet access might be extended to underserved parts of the County, a Broadband Task Force was established in October 2013. Among the action items identified by the Broadband Task Force is the need to identify and analyze demand. To that end, a survey has been created for citizens to weigh-in on their broadband desires. It is critical that all county residents and business owners, particularly those in rural areas, participate in the survey in order to establish important baseline data.

The survey is available on-line at http://www.wired.virginia.gov/broadband/broadband-survey. For citizens with limited access to the Internet, a physical copy of this survey will be distributed at various locations around the County. More details about where to find the physical copy of the survey and how to get it back in the appropriate hands upon completion will be shared in the coming weeks. Additionally, citizens may check the speed of their current Internet connection by clicking here.


Century Link Cellular and Landline Phone Service Interruptions in North Garden and Covesville Areas
4/7/2014
As the result of a crash this afternoon, the Century Link Fiber Optics box was hit impacting cellular and landline phone service in the southern portion of Albemarle County. There is currently no service in the North Garden and Covesville areas.

Century Link representatives are on scene but say the service will not be restored until at least 6:00 am tomorrow morning. If you have an emergency, attempt to call 911 first. If you cannot reach the Emergency Communications Center, the North Garden Fire Station will be staffed overnight. They will have radio contact with the ECC and can request appropriate services. The ACPD will have officers patrolling the area during evening and midnight shifts.

Any questions about the restoration of service should be directed to Century Link.


Charlottesville Marathon Tomorrow
4/4/2014
Tomorrow the Charlottesville Marathon will step off at 7 am from the intersection of Park and E. High Streets. This race will impact traffic movements in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The major impact will be in the downtown area where 7th St N.E. intersects with East Market St.  7th Street will be closed prohibiting East and West bound traffic movements. Drivers should consider utilizing routes to the east of this area along 9th St N.E. via Avon St. to avoid Market St.

7th Street N.E. by the Pavilion will close Friday, April 4th at 3 pm.

7th Street N.E.at East Market St. full closure will begin Saturday April 5th at 6 am until 2 pm   

In Albemarle County motorist can expect delays at the intersection of 250 / Ivy Road at the Belair Subdivision. Runner should begin arriving in this area at 7:45 am and runners should be clear of the area by 9:15 am. 


Upcoming Board of Supervisor's Meetings
4/4/2014
April 8, 2014: Budget Public Hearing
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will hold an adjourned meeting on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, starting at 6:00 p.m., in the Lane Auditorium, County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road. The following items are scheduled on the agenda:
  • Public Hearing to receive comments on Proposed Operating and Capital Budgets for FY 2014/2015.
  • Public Hearing on the Proposed Calendar Year 2014 Tax Rates.

April 9, 2014: Work Sessions
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will hold Work Sessions on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, starting at 4:00 p.m., in Room 241, County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road. The following work sessions are scheduled on the agenda:

  • Courts Projects
  • FY 2014/2015 Operating and Capital Budgets

Crozet Running Announces Inaugural Trail 5k to be Held May 10
4/3/2014
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation is pleased to be partnering with Crozet Running for the inaugural Trail 5k to be held at 8am on May 10, 2014, at Mint Springs Valley Park in Crozet, Virginia. The race is a community event meant to bring runners, walkers, and hikers of all ages and abilities out on the trails together.

Safety Day Event
4/3/2014
Please join the Albemarle County Police Department for Public Safety Day on Saturday, April 5th, 2013 at Target in the Hollymead Shopping Center. The event will last from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm and is meant to promote police-community partnerships and crime prevention. It allows the community to meet and interact with some of the officers from the Albemarle County Police Department.

Hatton Ferry 2014 Operating Season
4/2/2014
The Hatton Ferry will commence its 2014 operating season Saturday, April 19th. Come take a ride on the Hatton Ferry, a historic ferry across the James River and the only poled ferry still operating in the United States. The Hatton Ferry operates from April 19th until late October and is free; donations appreciated as the operation of the ferry relies solely on donations given to ride the ferry and from the kind generosity of other supporters.

Albemarle County Police Department Accepting Applications for Auxiliary Police Officers
4/1/2014
In a continuing effort to build capacity at the Albemarle County Police Department, the APCD will be accepting applications for two additional Auxiliary Police Officers or APOs. The volunteers would be a Level II Auxiliary Officer.

County to Break Ground on Crozet Streetscape Project at April 1 Ceremony
4/1/2014
Albemarle County officials, including Supervisor Ann Mallek, joined Crozet residents and business owners at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Crozet Streetscape project on Tuesday, April 1, at noon on Crozet Avenue in front of the new Crozet Library.

GRACE Gang Assessment
4/1/2014
In an effort to address the issue of gangs in our community, Gang Reduction Through Active Community Engagement (GRACE) has conducted a comprehensive gang assessment. The results of this assessment will help us better understand what is occurring in our community. It will be beneficial as we move forward with a strategic plan of action. The conclusions of the study will be shared with the community in an upcoming presentation on Monday, April 14th at 1:30 p.m. at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) on East Rio Road.

March 25 Town Hall Meetings Rescheduled
3/31/2014
The final two town hall meetings to discuss the proposed FY 2014-15 Local Government and School Division budget, which were originally scheduled for March 25, 2014, have been rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Samuel Miller district representative, Liz Palmer, will hold her final town hall meeting on April 7, 2014 at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Cafeteria from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Rio district representative, Brad Sheffield, will hold his final town hall meeting on April 7, 2014 at the Woodbrook Elementary School Library from 6 – 9 pm.

Community members will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss areas of concern and interest. All citizens are invited and strongly encouraged to attend these meetings.


County to Break Ground on Crozet Streetscape Project at April 1 Ceremony
3/31/2014
Albemarle County officials including Supervisor Ann Mallek will join Crozet residents and business owners at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Crozet Streetscape project on Tuesday, April  1, at noon on Crozet Avenue in front of the new Crozet Library.  The new streetscape enhancements will improve Crozet Avenue to Tabor Street, including sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian/street lighting, crosswalks,  and  bio-filters. The streetscape project is an essential step in achieving the goals of the Crozet Master Plan by improving pedestrian connectivity within downtown Crozet, providing economic benefits and increased vitality for business owners, balancing the needs of all users including vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists, and aesthetically enhancing the entry way and main thoroughfare of downtown.

Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors Called for March 27
3/26/2014
The Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has called a special meeting of the Board for the purpose of allowing a quorum of the Board to attend the Rt. 29 Advisory Panel Meeting on March 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research, 530 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County Feature an Array of Festivals this Spring
3/26/2014
Virginia Festival of the Book, Dogwood Festival, Tom Tom Founders Festival, Taste of Monticello Wine Trail, Foxfield Spring Races, Historic Garden Week & Festival of Cultures getting ready to engage locals and visitors alike.

County of Albemarle Police Department Hosting Flag Football Tournament to Benefit the Special Olympics
3/26/2014
The Region 8 Law Enforcement Torch Run will be hosting a Flag Football Tournament on Sunday, April 13th. The tournament, benefitting the Special Olympics, will be played on the turf at Scott Stadium.

Tonight's Town Hall Meetings Postponed
3/25/2014
Two Albemarle County Supervisors Town Hall Meetings Scheduled for this Evening have been Postponed due to Inclement Weather.

POSTPONED MEETINGS:

  • Rio Representative Brad Sheffield's March 25 Town Hall meeting at Woodbrook has been rescheduled. The new date is Monday, April 7th in the school library from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Samuel Miller Representative Liz Palmer's March 25 Town Hall meeting at Meriwether Lewis is also postponed. A new date/time will be provided at a later time.

REMINDERS
Remaining Meetings this Week:

Ken Boyd, who represents the Rivanna District, is hosting two community meetings:

  • Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Hollymead Elementary School Auditorium
  • Saturday, March 29, 9:30 - 11:30 am at the Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Gordonsville Road in Keswick

ACPS After-School Student Activities Canceled this Afternoon
3/25/2014
Due to weather conditions, all after-school student activities have been canceled today. The EDEP after-school program will operate until 6 pm.

Important Notice to the Voters of the Town of Scottsville, Virginia
3/24/2014
A General Election for residents of the Town of Scottsville will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 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 St., Scottsville. Polls will close on Election Day at 7 pm.

Update on Upcoming Community Meetings Hosted by Board of Supervisors Members
3/21/2014
This month several Albemarle County Supervisors will host community meetings to discuss the proposed FY 2014-15 Local Government and School Division budgets and recent developments in their districts. Community members will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss areas of concern and interest. All citizens are invited and strongly encouraged to attend these meetings.

RESCHEDULED MEETING:
Scottsville Representative Jane Dittmar's March 17 meeting, which was postponed due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Monday, March 24, 2014 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm, at Victory Hall in the Scottsville Town Council Room.

NEWLY ADDED MEETING:
Ken Boyd, who represents the Rivanna District, is hosting a community meeting at the Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Gordonsville Road in Keswick on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 9:30 - 11:30 am.

REMINDERS:
Ken Boyd, who represents the Rivanna District, is hosting a community meeting at the Hollymead Elementary School Auditorium on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

Liz Palmer, who represents the Samuel Miller District, will host three community meetings:

  • Saturday, March 22, 10:00 - 11:30 am at the B.F. Yancey Elementary School Cafeteria
  • Monday, March 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Red Hill Elementary School Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Cafeteria

Diantha McKeel, who represents the Jack Jouett District, is hosting a community meeting on Saturday, March 22, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at The Senior Center. Ms. McKeel will be joined by Supervisor Brad Sheffield.

Brad Sheffield, who represents the Rio District, is hosting the following community meetings:

  • Saturday, March 22, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at The Senior Center, joined by Supervisor Diantha McKeel
  • Tuesday, March 25, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at the Woodbrook Elementary School Cafeteria
    (at this meeting the developer of Northfield Greene is expected to present some revised drawing concepts for his proposed development along Old Brook Rd.)

Crozet Streetscape Traffic Update
3/19/2014
The closure of Tabor Street, which was previously advertised to begin on Monday, March 17th, has been postponed due to inclement weather. The new closure start date is Thursday, March 20th. The closure will occur between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday for approximately two weeks.

Update on Upcoming Board of Supervisors Hosted Community Meetings
3/18/2014
This month several Albemarle County Supervisors will host community meetings to discuss the proposed 2014-15 Local Government and School Division budgets and recent developments in their districts. Community members will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss areas of concern and interest. All citizens are invited and strongly encouraged to attend these meetings.

RESCHEDULED MEETING:

  • Jane Dittmar’s March 17 meeting in Scottsville, which was postponed due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Monday, March 24, 2014 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm, at Victory Hall in the Scottsville Town Council Room.

REMINDERS:

  • Jane Dittmar and Liz Palmer’s March 18th meeting will be held as planned: 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Monticello High School Forum.
     
  • Ken Boyd, who represents the Rivanna District, is hosting two community meetings:
    • Thursday, March 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Stony Point Elementary School Cafeteria
    • Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Hollymead Elementary School Auditorium 
    • Saturday, March 29, 9:30 - 11:30 am at Grace Episcopal Church in Keswick
       
  • Liz Palmer, who represents the Samuel Miller District, will host three community meetings:
    • Saturday, March 22, 10:00 - 11:30 am at the B.F. Yancey Elementary School Cafeteria
    • Monday, March 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Red Hill Elementary School Cafeteria
    • Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Cafeteria
       
  • Diantha McKeel, who represents the Jack Jouett District, is hosting the following meeting:
    • Saturday, March 22, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at The Senior Center, joined by Supervisor Brad Sheffield 
       
  • Brad Sheffield, who represents the Rio District, is hosting four community meetings:
    • Tuesday, March 18, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at the Agnor-Hurt Elementary School Gym
    • Thursday, March 20, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at the CATEC Auditorium
    • Saturday, March 22, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at The Senior Center, joined by Supervisor Diantha McKeel
    • Tuesday, March 25, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at the Woodbrook Elementary School Cafeteria
      (at this meeting the developer of Northfield Greene is expected to present some revised drawing concepts for his proposed development along Old Brook Rd.)

Tonight's Town Hall Meeting Postponed Due to Inclement Weather
3/17/2014
Jane Dittmar’s Town Hall meeting scheduled for this evening in Scottsville has been postponed due to weather, a new date will be announced as soon as it is scheduled.  The status of tomorrow night’s meetings at Monticello High School (Supervisors Dittmar and Palmer) and Agnor Hurt Elementary School (Supervisor Sheffield) will be announced as soon as further information is available.

Inclement Weather Delays Opening of Government Offices
3/17/2014
Albemarle County Government will open at 10:00 am this morning due to inclement weather. Additionally, the GRACE Gang Assessment presentation scheduled for today at 11am has been postponed. 

Tabor Street Detour Confirmed for Monday, March 17
3/13/2014
Detour signals major milestone in the Crozet Streetscape Project

The closure of Tabor Street is confirmed for Monday, March 17th. As previously advertised, the closure will occur between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday for approximately two weeks. Signage has been in place since Monday, March 10, notifying motorists of the closure.


Upcoming Community Meetings Hosted by Board of Supervisors Members
3/12/2014
Several Albemarle County Supervisors will host community meetings for their constituents during the month of March. All citizens are invited and strongly encouraged to attend these meetings.

New Meetings:

Ken Boyd

  • Thursday, March 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Stony Point Elementary School Cafeteria
  • Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Hollymead Elementary School Auditorium

Liz Palmer

  • Saturday, March 22, 10:00 - 11:30 am at the B.F. Yancey Elementary School Cafeteria
  • Monday, March 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Red Hill Elementary School Cafeteria
  • Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Cafeteria

Brad Sheffield

  • Saturday, March 15, 9:00 - 11:00 am, at the Hollymead Fire Station
  • Tuesday, March 18, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at the Agnor-Hurt Elementary School Gym
  • Thursday, March 20, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at the CATEC Auditorium
  • Saturday, March 22, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at The Senior Center, joined by Supervisor Diantha McKeel
  • Tuesday, March 25, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at the Woodbrook Elementary School Cafeteria

Reminders:

Jane Dittmar

  • Monday, March 17, 5:00pm - 6:30 pm at Victory Hall in the Scottsville Town Council Room

Jane Dittmar and Liz Palmer

  • Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Monticello High School Forum

The Albemarle County Police Department Announces the Return of the Citizen’s Police Academy
3/10/2014
The Albemarle County Police Department is pleased to announce the return of the Citizen’s Police Academy which provides citizens with the opportunity to learn about the Albemarle County Police Department and the role the department plays in our community. The incoming class will complete the eight week course which starts on Tuesday, March 11 and ends in May.

Practice your Tornado Shelter Plan – Register for the March 11 Statewide Tornado Drill
3/10/2014
The Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, at 9:45 a.m. The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management encourages every home, business, organization, and school to participate in the annual statewide tornado drill.

Since 2011, 67 tornadoes have struck Virginia, affecting nearly every part of the state. Tornadoes are common in Virginia, so it is critical that everyone knows what to do when a tornado warning is issued.

To alert the community, the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management will send out a test alert through the Community Emergency Alert system. Additionally, the National Weather Service will send a test tornado warning through all NOAA Weather Radios. This will prompt local radio and TV stations to broadcast a test message.


Info Re: Board's Considerations of Recommended FY15 Budget Posted
3/7/2014
Information regarding the Board’s considerations of the Recommended FY 2015 Operating and Capital Budget, including impacts of the advertised tax rate, has been posted to the Budget page – www.albemarle.org/budget.

County Government Offices Closed due to Winter Storm
3/3/2014
Due to winter storm, Albemarle County Government Offices are closed today.

Inclement Weather Delays Opening of Government Offices
3/3/2014
Due to inclement weather, Albemarle County's government offices will open at 10:00 A.M. today.

BOS Budget Work Session Postponed
3/2/2014
The Board of Supervisors' budget work session originally scheduled for Monday, March 3, 2014, will be postponed until Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM due to impending weather. A decision on the status of local government operations will be announced tomorrow morning, March 3, by 6:30 AM.

 
Featured Events
Places 29 Community Advisory Council
4/24/2014, 5:00 PM
Chris Green (COB Room 246)
Village of Rivanna Advisory Council
4/24/2014, 7:00 PM
Special Meeting of the Board of Supervisors
4/24/2014, 1:00 PM
Historic Preservation Committee
4/28/2014, 4:30 PM
Board Room (COB Room 241)
Pantops Community Advisory Council (PCAC)
4/28/2014, 5:30 PM
Rio and Jack Jouett District Joint Community Meetings
4/28/2014, 7:00 PM
Rio and Jack Jouett District Joint Community Meetings
5/5/2014, 7:00 PM
Various Locations
Board of Supervisors Day Meeting
5/7/2014, 9:00 AM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Board of Supervisors Night Meeting
5/14/2014, 6:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)

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