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Bids Received for Rt. 29 / Rt. 250 Interchange Improvements
Two construction companies submitted bids to build the improvements to the Route 29 / Route 250 interchange in Charlottesville. That project is the first roadway improvement in the Route 29 Solutions package to advance to construction.

Online Tracking of Private Property
The Albemarle County Police Department would like to share some valuable information about how you can document and protect your personal belongings. Should you become the victim of theft or fraud, it is incredibly important to have an inventory of your valuables. This is especially relevant around the holidays when many people are buying new electronics and gifts.

Improving Citizen and Police Relationships
A groundbreaking breakfast was held Thursday morning to address the issue of police and community relations. The three police chiefs, Chief Tim Longo with the Charlottesville Police Department, Chief Michael Gibson with the University of Virginia Police Department and Colonel Steve Sellers with the Albemarle County Police Department, met with Pastors Alvin Edwards, Lehman Bates, Hodari Hamilton, and Xavier Jackson. The meeting was a crucial step in addressing concerns and developing real strategies to achieve specific goals.

Voter Registration Office Closed December 15
The Albemarle County Department of Voter Registration and Elections will be closed, on Monday, December 15, 2014, for a staff development day.

Shenandoah National Park Proposes Revised Fee Structure
In compliance with a nation-wide review being conducted by the National Park Service, officials at Shenandoah National Park are inviting the public to comment on proposed entrance fee increases for the park. No increase in camping fees is currently proposed. Fees collected at the park are critical to the park’s operation. Eighty percent of fees collected stay in the park for visitor related projects and services. The other twenty percent are distributed to other national parks that
do not collect fees.

County Offices Close for Thanksgiving
In recognition of Thanksgiving, County offices will be closed beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Offices will reopen on the usual schedule on Monday, December 1, 2014.

Board of Supervisors' December Town Hall Meeting Dates
Board members are continuing to host town hall meetings in December to inform the public about the Five-Year Plan process and to receive constituent feedback. The Five-Year Plan brings together the three major components of the County budget - schools, general government, and capital improvements - and seeks to balance anticipated revenues and expenditures for the next five years to inform annual budget development.

ACPD Announces Operation Safe Shopper
During the holiday shopping season, the Albemarle County Police Department will be increasing patrols at shopping centers for Operation Safe Shopper. This grant-funded community safety initiative will begin on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27th and will conclude on Friday, December 26th.

Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department Celebrates Completion of New Station at November 23 Ceremony
On Sunday, November 23, Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department officials were joined by members of their Board of Directors and Albemarle County officials at a grand opening and dedication ceremony celebrating the completion of the new station. The celebration began at the station at 1pm, followed by an open house from 1:45 – 4:00 pm.

Canít get to DMV? DMV is coming to you!
DMV 2 GO will be at the Albemarle County Administration Building on McIntire Road on December 4th and 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. With the latest technology, the wireless DMV office on wheels will offer all of the following DMV services during these two days:

County Tax Bills are Due Friday, December 5th
Albemarle County tax bills for personal property and real estate are due Friday December 5, 2014. If you have any questions or have not received your Personal Property or Real Property tax bill(s), or if you have a vehicle, trailer, boat or airplane located in Albemarle County that is not listed on your bill please contact the Finance Department at (434) 296-5851 or before the deadline.

County Celebrates Completion of Crozet Streetscape Project at November 20 Ceremony
Albemarle County officials joined Crozet residents and business owners at a dedication ceremony for the completion of the Crozet Streetscape project on Thursday, November 20. The celebration began at noon in front of the Mudhouse in The Square. A short walking tour began at the Mudhouse shortly after noon and ended on Crozet Avenue in front of the new Crozet Library where Supervisor Ann Mallek, County Executive Tom Foley, and project team representatives addressed the crowd.

Shenandoah National Park Announces Fall and Winter Visitor Center Hours
The Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and the Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) in Shenandoah National Park will both be open on Thanksgiving Day. Both visitor centers will continue to be open for the season through Sunday, November 30. Dickey Ridge Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except Tuesday and Wednesday) and Byrd Visitor Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Virginia Cider Week Kicks off November 14
Today marks the beginning of Virginia Cider Week 2014. The 10 day celebration, which runs through November 23, marks the importance of the industry to Virginia’s local culture and economy. 

Cider enthusiasts are looking forward to this year’s celebration which will include events all over the state such as cider tastings, food pairings, brewing classes, and more. Local events will kick off with the Virginia Cider Harvest Tasting in Charlottesville and will end with the Cider Fest in Keswick.

Board Members to Host Town Hall Meetings
Board members are holding a series of town hall meetings to inform the public about the Five-Year Plan process and to receive constituent feedback. The Five-Year Plan brings together the three major components of the County budget - schools, general government, and capital improvements - and seeks to balance anticipated revenues and expenditures for the next five years to inform annual budget development.

Advertisement for Route 29/250 Interchange Kicks Off Construction of the Route 29 Solutions Package
Improvement project bids are due to VDOT on December 17

The first project in the Route 29 Solutions package advanced toward construction today. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on Monday advertised for construction bids to improve the Route 29/250 interchange in Charlottesville.

Whatís Happening at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society This Week: November 10-16
Click to read more about current displays and events.

Shenandoah National Park Seeks Public Input on Proposed Chronic Wasting Disease Management Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking to amend the approved 2013 Chronic Wasting Disease Detection/Assessment Plan, Shenandoah National Park to include response actions necessary to address chronic wasting disease (CWD) within five miles of or within the park. CWD is a self-propagating neurological disease that affects deer and related species, causing brain lesions that result in progressive weight loss, behavioral changes, and eventually death. If left unmanaged, National Park Service biologists believe CWD could progress rapidly through the park and very significantly impact deer populations inside and outside the park. Although CWD has not been detected in the park, the spread of the disease into the park appears imminent, and park staff has determined that a plan for managing the disease is needed. The proposed plan amendment calls for the lethal removal of deer within specific developed areas of Shenandoah National Park to reduce the likelihood of CWD establishment and decrease the disease’s progression within the park.

Holiday Safety Tips
Across the country, Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires caused by cooking equipment. As family and friends come together to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, Albemarle County Fire Rescue would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to make safety one of your top priorities.

Project R.I.S.K. (Residential. Inspections. Smoke Alarms. Knowledge.)
Project R.I.S.K. is an initiative that is part of an overall community risk reduction strategy which was made possible through a FEMA Fire and Public Safety grant. The initiative involved analyzing data specific to Albemarle County and using the results of that data to establish targeted messaging and programs. The data showed that in Albemarle County poverty is the number one indicator for risk of civilian injury and residential fire loss. The data also demonstrated that a lack of escape planning and working smoke alarms were the main factors leading to those injuries and residential losses.

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings Hosted by Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Members
Albemarle County Supervisors will host town hall meetings during the months of November and December. The purpose of the meetings is to inform the public about the Five-Year Plan process and to receive constituent feedback. The Five-Year Plan is a process that brings together the three major components of the County budget – schools, general government, and capital improvements – that seeks to balance anticipated revenues and expenditures for the next five years in order to create a framework for the annual budget development. All citizens are invited and encouraged to attend these meetings.

Featured Events
County Offices Closed
12/24/2014, 8:00 AM
Various Locations
Board of Supervisors Day Meeting
1/7/2015, 1:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Board of Supervisors Work Session: Comp Plan
1/13/2015, 5:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Board of Supervisors Night Meeting
1/14/2015, 6:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Village of Rivanna Community Advisory Council
1/19/2015, 7:15 PM

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