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National Night Out August 5th, 2014
The Albemarle County Police Department would like to invite the community to join us for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 at Darden Towe Park on Pantops. The event is free for the public and will run from 5:30-8:30 pm.

National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie. The event compliments our efforts with Geographic-Based Policing and allows the Department to foster positive relationships with the citizens of Albemarle County. It is an opportunity to learn more about the Department and for us to hear from the citizens we serve.

VDOT Announces Request for Qualifications Issued for Rt. 29 Projects
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has advertised for a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from companies that may be interested in submitting bids for a design-build contract for three Route 29 (Seminole Trail) improvement projects.

Albemarle County Announces Several Important Changes to Ambulance Transportation Billing Program
Albemarle County Fire Rescue officials are announcing two important changes to the County’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Cost Recovery program related to ambulance transportation.

On August 1, 2014, Albemarle County will initiate a Residents Program that will eliminate billing of residents and will only bill their insurance companies and non County residents for ambulance transport. It has always been Albemarle County’s goal to only collect for ambulance transport from insurance companies and non-residents, and the County recently received approval from the Office of the Inspector General to implement this Residents Program.

Tourism to Shenandoah National Park creates $72.4 million in Economic Benefit
Report shows visitor spending supports 889 jobs in local economy

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.14 million visitors to Shenandoah National Park in 2013 spent $72.4 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 889 jobs in the local area.

Albemarle County Announces Upgrades to Audio System in Lane Auditorium to Enhance Quality
Albemarle County is pleased to announce that a new audio system installed in Lane Auditorium will increase the sound quality of meetings and live streaming for the Board of Supervisors, School Board, Planning Commission, and other groups that meet in that space. The new and improved system will improve the meeting experience for those in attendance and will provide better clarity for those listening on line.

New Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Forms and Process!
On July 1st Albemarle County became a state VSMP authority. Also, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) transferred administration of their “General VDPES Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities” (a.k.a. DEQ General Permit) to the County. You can find the new application form in the Engineering and WPO Forms Center. If you have a project in process or under construction, you may need to make an application with the County. You will need to provide the full Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).  More thorough instructions can be found in this letter.

Albemarle County Ranks Second in the Nation for Delivering Digital Services
For the twelfth year in a row, Albemarle County has been named among the top ten most technologically advanced, cutting edge county governments of its size in the U.S. by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) in their 2014 Digital Counties Survey. Albemarle County ranks second in the nation in utilizing information technology to deliver high quality service to its customers and citizens based on a population category of 150,000 or less, the highest ranking ever received by Albemarle.

Second Community Meeting Scheduled for Regional Firearms Training Center
Attendees will review schematic design concepts.

Albemarle County is working with regional partners to develop a regional firearms training center on Milton Road in eastern Albemarle. The center will provide unprecedented training and education in the use of firearms and will improve the safety and effectiveness of our local law enforcement agencies.  There will be a second community meeting regarding the new training center at the East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Company on Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 6 - 7:30 pm.   All interested citizens are encouraged to attend to receive an update on the project and to review schematic design concepts for the facility.   A third community meeting will be held in August to review results of a sound study being conducted as part of the project.

Finance Office Temporary Closures
Albemarle County Revenue and Taxation and Business Taxation Divisions of the Finance Department will be closed to the public on Friday, July 11, 2014, and Monday, July 14, 2014, due to a system conversion that will provide more efficient customer service to our citizens.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County Receive Accolades from Five Leading Media Outlets
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is proud to announce that Charlottesville and Albemarle County have received multiple accolades and recognitions in the past two weeks. The Central Virginia destination has ranked highly on multiple top-five and top-ten lists, as follows:

A Note from Dominion Virginia Regarding Severe Storm Warning in Effect Across Virginia
A series of severe weather events is expected across Virginia and North Carolina beginning with thunderstorms today and Hurricane Arthur’s arrival expected early Friday. Although our region is not in Arthur’s crosshairs severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, which could bring heavy lightning, rain and winds through the area.

Survey, Geotech Crews to Begin Work Along Rt. 29
Subsurface borings, environmental investigations planned in multiple locations

Survey, geology, and environmental crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will soon begin working in several areas along Route 29 north of Charlottesville as preliminary engineering work begins on the Route 29 corridor improvement projects that were approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board in its annual update of the Six-Year Improvement Program.

July 4th Naturalization Ceremony at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
The Albemarle County Police Department would like to share some travel and planning information regarding the upcoming Naturalization Ceremony at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. The ceremony will begin at 9am on Friday, July 4th, 2014. The ACPD is working with representatives from Monticello to ensure that the event is a safe and enjoyable celebration for everyone attending.

“Solarize Charlottesville” Makes Solar Easy and Affordable Summer Deals for Homeowners to Add Rooftop Solar
Starting today and through September 2014, solar power for homes will be easier and more affordable than ever thanks to Solarize Charlottesville, a new program that offers bulk purchasing discounts and free solar site assessments. It is a limited-time, one-stop-shop for community members to learn more about solar power options for their homes and facilitate the installation and financing of their own project.

Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Applications Now Available for Non-profit Tourism Marketing Funding of Festivals & Cultural Events
Information session to be held at City Space on July 9

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) announced today that on Wednesday, July 9, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at CitySpace, it will provide an overview of its Non-Profit Tourism Marketing Funding for Festivals and Cultural Events program and walk-through with prospective applicants on the process. Reservations are not required to attend.

Albemarle County to Pilot New Ticketing Program for Zoning Violations
Albemarle County will begin a pilot program for ticketing zoning violations to allow for quicker resolution of certain types of zoning violations on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The new process is expected to reduce the amount of time that violations remain unaddressed in areas including illegal signage and inoperative vehicles.

Four Seasons Pond - Silt Removal Project
Albemarle County will be resuming construction activities related to the removal of accumulated sediment and debris in the Four Seasons Pond, located on Four Seasons Drive, adjacent ACAC Adventure Central and across from the North Woods at Four Seasons garden apartments and townhomes.The project involves the removal of accumulated sediment and debris in order to increase pond depth, reduce summer algae blooms, and generally improve the water quality and overall attractiveness of the pond. It will also help the County meet mandated reductions in pollutant discharges to State waters.

Police, Fire Departments Issue Guidelines for Safe and Legal Fireworks
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, public safety officials are advising citizens on guidelines for the safe and legal sale and use of fireworks. It is illegal for any person or business to transport, manufacture, store, sell, purchase or ignite any fireworks that explode, rise into the air or travel laterally, or fire projectiles into the air other than sparks. This law does not pertain to public or private displays conducted by qualified personnel operating under a valid permit issued by the County Fire/Rescue Division Office. Fireworks which are legal for public use include sparklers, fountains, pharaoh's serpents, and pinwheels, although these fireworks must be ignited on private property with the property owner's consent.

Save the Date: July 24 Community Input Session on Southern Development Area Master Plan
Albemarle County is updating our community's Comprehensive Plan, which guides decisions about land use, public projects like schools, parks, and libraries, transportation improvements and environmental and historic resource protection initiatives. The Comprehensive Plan update has been approved by the Planning Commission but is still under consideration by the Board of Supervisors.  Work will be completed sometime in the late fall.

Global Police Tweet-a-thon
The Albemarle County Police Department invites you to join us for a virtual ride-along. The ACPD will be joining law enforcement agencies around the world for a Global Police Tweet-a-thon on Friday, June 27th.

The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management Announces Lightning Safety Week
June 22nd through June 28th is Lightning Safety Week. So far this spring the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle region has experienced several severe thunderstorms and the Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to educate themselves about proper safety procedures when lightning is in the area.

CBIC to Focus on "Making it Local" During June 26 Tech Night Takeover
Local Manufacturing in the Spotlight for Area Innovation Council

Manufacturing in Charlottesville and Albemarle County will be front and center at the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC)’s June Tech Night Takeover when local company reps will talk about the challenges and opportunities of “making it local.” The panel discussion will be held on Thursday, June 26, beginning at 4:15 pm at Relay Foods’ new headquarters at 1317 Carlton Avenue – registration is available online, and early bird rates end June 24.

Governor McAuliffe Announces The V Foundation for Cancer Research, Virginia Wine Partnership To Fund Major Cancer Research Initiative
“Virginia Vine: The Commonwealth Crushes Cancer” to take place April 2015; Kick-off Event Today at Executive Mansion

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia will partner with The V Foundation for Cancer Research to host “Virginia Vine: The Commonwealth Crushes Cancer,” a weekend event to be held in April 2015 at Trump Winery and other locations in Charlottesville. The V Foundation, one of the nation’s leading cancer research foundations, is partnering with the Virginia wine industry, the University of Virginia (UVA) Cancer Center and the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to raise critical funds for cancer research. Governor McAuliffe will host a kick-off event tonight at the Executive Mansion.

This Summer: Stay Local, Play Local
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is inviting this area’s residents to “Stay Local, Play Local” again this summer. This initiative aims at inspiring citizens to discover and experience the wide variety of free and low cost activities appealing to all age ranges and interests that our area has to offer.

In addition, the CACVB is calling for creative blog entries that highlight our area as a fantastic place for locals to “play” this summer. Three winners will each receive a $150 Visa gift card, be featured on the CACVB blog and Facebook page, AND have the opportunity to become a regular contributor to the blog! Submissions will be posted on the CACVB website, and linked to our Experience Charlottesville Facebook page. At the conclusion of the summer, the three entries with the most engagement (likes, comments, shares) will be determined the winners. The deadline for entries is August 15, 2014, but participants are urged to submit blog posts as soon as possible, as the CACVB will be posting the blog entries throughout the summer.

Charlottesville and Albemarle County Feature an Array of Festivals this Summer
It's all about the arts and agriculture with LOOKbetween, the Heritage Theatre Festival (HTF), Ash Lawn Opera Festival, and Albemarle County Fair getting ready to engage locals and visitors alike!

Albemarle County Invites Online Engagement and Asks Citizens to Take Part in Planning for Community's Future
Albemarle County is pleased to announce the launch of Engage Albemarle, a new comprehensive community engagement website where citizens can connect, communicate and collaborate with community decision makers and other residents on the future of our community.

The purpose of Engage Albemarle is to provide an accessible and transparent way for the community to get involved in the decision-making processes. Along the way, Engage Albemarle will be used as an interactive platform to generate new ideas and feedback from citizens. Feedback from the site will be used by decision makers throughout the County in order to lay out plans on a variety of projects.

Shenandoah National Park Expands Neighbor Appreciation Day
Each year Shenandoah National Park staff invite community neighbors to enjoy a fee-free day in the park in celebration of Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day. On June 21, 2014, Shenandoah will waive entrance fees for those residents living in counties bordering the park, including: Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham, and Warren. Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day is an annual event held on the third Saturday of each June.

Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run this Thursday, June 5th.
The Albemarle County Police Department is pleased to be joining our regional law enforcement partners and participating in the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run this Thursday, June 5th.

Officers with the ACPD will join officers from all across Virginia as they carry the Flame of Hope on part of a 1,900 mile journey to the Special Olympics Virginia Summer Games Opening Ceremony in Richmond. The seven-day Torch Run involves more than 2,000 law enforcement officers and personnel representing more than 200 agencies across Virginia.

Crozet Library Awarded LEED Silver Certification
Albemarle County is proud to announce that the Crozet Library has been awarded LEED® Silver Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The Crozet Library achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified building save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

Featured Events
Planning Commission Meeting
7/29/2014, 6:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Board of Supervisors Day Meeting
8/6/2014, 9:00 AM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Property Committee
8/6/2014, 8:15 AM
County Office Building - McIntire
Long Range Solid Waste Solutions Advisory Committee Meeting
8/12/2014, 1:00 PM
County Office Building - McIntire
Board of Supervisors Night Meeting
8/13/2014, 5:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)

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