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Board Receives FY15 Preliminary Unaudited End of Year Financial Report
The Board of Supervisors today received the Unaudited Annual Financial Report for FY15. While the external audit of the County’s FY15 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is still a work in progress, staff believes that the information presented today is materially correct and accurate.

Albemarle County Ranks Seventh in the Nation for Delivering Digital Services
For the thirteenth 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 2015 Digital Counties Survey. Albemarle County, which competed with over 400 counties nationwide, ranks seventh 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 Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center and Crozet Artisan Depot Hosts Joint Opening Celebration on October 9
This family-friendly event will feature local artisan exhibits, live music, and art activities for children

The community is cordially invited to join in the celebration on Friday, October 9th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., as the new Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center and Crozet Artisan Depot will host a grand opening extravaganza. Kicking off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and press conference, the grand opening festivities will include local artisan exhibits, live music, and art activities for children, compliments of Torn Paper Collage of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Chiles Peach Orchard will provide apple cider donuts, and Generations 102.3 FM will broadcast live from the event. Starr Hill Brewery is proud to join in the celebration by providing a discount all day on pint beers, at their tasting room located just down the road. Following the opening celebration will be an after-party with the Artisans, concluding at 8:00 p.m.

Albemarle County Announces Application Deadline for ACE Program
Applications accepted through October 31

Albemarle County is accepting applications through October 31, 2015 for the upcoming round of the Acquisition of Conservation Easements Program (ACE), a voluntary, non-regulatory program established to protect land and working farms in the rural area. Any landowner in the County whose land is worthy of protection after an ACE evaluation is eligible. This evaluation process system scores and ranks properties by 17 different criteria that measure conservation value including: 1) open space resources (such as size of parcel and whether it joins a permanently protected area); 2) threat of conversion to development and; 3) natural, cultural, historical or scenic resources (such as mountaintops, working family farms, important viewsheds, scenic highways and rivers, watersheds, productive soils and historically significant properties). Any property that scores a minimum of 20 points is eligible for consideration, however, properties in the applicant pool with the highest point total have the highest priority. The Program will pay up to 100% of easement value depending on an applicant’s average adjusted gross income over the previous 3 years.

Introducing the Inns of Charlottesville
The newly formed group of bed & breakfasts and inns offer a wonderful lodging experience in Jefferson’s wine country

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is proud to introduce the “Inns of Charlottesville”. This group of area bed & breakfast inns recently formed to promote themselves and the B&B segment of the local lodging industry. All members are inspected, licensed, approved, pay taxes, and conform to high standards of conduct and quality. “Inns of Charlottesville” currently has eleven members and most of them have been local innkeepers for more than five years.

Albemarle County Police Department Hosting Two Town Hall Meetings
The Albemarle County Police Department is hosting two upcoming Town Hall meetings. Colonel Steve Sellers will be providing an update on our Geographic Based Policing Program, improving police-community relations, training initiatives for officers and the Five-Year Strategic Plan for the Albemarle County Police Department. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. The first town hall meeting is on Wednesday, October 7th at 6:30 p.m. at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Northside Branch (705 W. Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901). The second town hall meeting is on Wednesday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the Monticello High School Auditorium (1400 Independence Way, Charlottesville, VA 22902).

County Receives Reaffirmed AAA Ratings from All Three Credit Rating Agencies
Albemarle County continues to be a member of an elite group of counties nationwide after receiving an affirmation of AAA issuer credit ratings from Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s following a comprehensive assessment by the rating agencies. All three agencies noted the county’s strong financial management track record, revenue stability, healthy economic profile, and low debt burden in affirming the AAA assignment. In addition to the AAA ratings, each rating agency provided a "stable outlook" indicator, which means, provided the County maintains its solid financial position, sound fiscal practices and its growing tax base over the next several years, there is no reason to believe the rating will be reduced over the near term.

Proposed Increase in Application and Permit Fees
The County Board of Supervisors will be considering proposed fee increases of 7.5% for the Building, Subdivision, and Zoning fees at their October 14, 2015 meeting. The fee increases will apply to applications and permits required by the Building Regulations, Subdivision, and Zoning Ordinances. In advance of the Board's public hearing, the Planning Commission will provide a recommendation for Subdivision and Zoning fees at their September 22nd meeting. Both the Board and Planning Commission meetings will be public hearings where comments will be received from the public and considered before any decisions are made.

Carrsbrook Drive Pipe Replacement Project Update
The Carrsbrook Drive Pipe Replacement Project is getting ready to begin. All access and right-of-way easements have been secured/recorded and the County/VDOT agreement has been executed. A pre-construction meeting will be held with the VDOT contractor in the next few weeks to confirm the work schedule, at which point a public notice will be issued with road closure details. The road closure will affect all traffic for approximately 3-4 weeks as crews complete open-cutting of the road, pipe replacement, and road repair work. Staff will work closely with the Schools Transportation Department to communicate to parents any temporary impacts to the school bus schedule and detour routes.

Important Notice to Albemarle County Voters
November 3, 2015 General and Special Election Information

A General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, for the offices of:
• Member of the Virginia Senate (17th and 25th districts)
• Member of the Virginia House of Delegates (25th, 57th, 58th and 59th Districts)
• Albemarle County Clerk of the Circuit Court
• Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney
• Albemarle County Sheriff
• Albemarle County Soil and Water Conservation District Director
• Albemarle County Board of Supervisors (Rivanna, Scottsville, and White Hall Districts)
• Albemarle County School Board (At-Large, Rivanna, Scottsville, White Hall, and Samuel Miller Districts)

Click here to see the choices that will be on your ballot on November 3.

Community Forum on the use of Body Cameras
Like many police departments across the country, the Albemarle County Police Department is considering the use of mandatory body cameras for officers. This decision is not being made lightly and the department is doing its due diligence to research the pros and cons of the new technology. To that end, the Albemarle County Crime Prevention Council, which represents the community and works directly with the Chief, is hosting an open town hall meeting to discuss body cameras. A panel of experts as well as a professional facilitator will be on hand to help guide the conversation. This is a complicated issue and one with lasting implications. We ask that you join us for this important discussion. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 15th at 7pm in Room A at the Albemarle County Police Department on 5th Street.

Northside Library to be included in the American Librariesí 2015 Design Showcase!
Albemarle County is proud to announce that the new Northside Library has been included in the American Libraries’ 2015 Design Showcase!

As the northern region of the County continues to develop, the need for a larger library facility was identified to support growth. Previously, the Northside Library was located in leased space at Albemarle Square, and the County warehouse/storage space was located in leased space at the former Comdial building on Seminole Trail. The new facility eliminated the need for those two leased spaces, providing a permanent location for the Northside Library as well as long-term County warehouse and storage space at a significant cost savings to the County. HBM Architects transformed the steel structure built in 1988 using warm colors and bright accents disguise the space’s former use, and new skylights and a glass wall bring natural light and transparency to the facility.

County Offices Will Close in Observance of Labor Day
All Albemarle County Offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015 in obvservance of the Labor Day holiday. Offices will re-open on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 as scheduled.

Albemarle County Neighborhood Leadership Learning Series
Albemarle County is hosting the inaugural Neighborhood Leadership Learning Series on Thursday, October 1, from 5:30-7:30 pm at the County Office Building (401 McIntire Road), 2nd Floor. The Neighborhood Learning Series is a program for county residents to learn about local issues, connect with staff, and understand how to effect change in the community.
The topic of this first session will be “Transportation in Albemarle County.” Click here to register.

Fall Commercial and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates Announced
Commercial Hazardous Waste Collection Day: October 2, 2015
The next special commercial hazardous waste collection day is Friday, October 2, 2015 from 10am – 12pm. This special collection is only open to qualifying businesses and commercial establishments – not households.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event: October 2 and 3, 2015
The next Household Hazardous Waste Special Collection event will be held on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 2pm - 6pm and Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9am - 2pm.

Citizen Fire Rescue Academy
Albemarle County Fire Rescue is pleased to announce that we are hosting our 5th Annual Citizen Fire Rescue Academy at the East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Company this October. This class is five nights with fire rescue staff providing an overview of the Fire Rescue system in Albemarle County. Topics will include administration, budget, operations, training, and community risk reduction.

September is National Preparedness Month
September 2015 marks the 12th annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Charlottesville-UVA- Albemarle Office of Emergency Management encourages citizens to take action during the month of September to become prepared for emergencies and disasters. Being prepared includes creating an emergency kit, developing and practicing a family emergency plan, and becoming involved in local disaster volunteer groups.

Featured Events
Grand Opening: Albemarle Tourism & Adventure Center
10/9/2015, 2:00 PM
Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) Committee
10/12/2015, 5:00 PM
Board Room (COB Room 241)
Planning Commission Meeting
10/13/2015, 6:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Economic Development Authority
10/13/2015, 4:00 PM
Board Room (COB Room 241)
Board of Supervisors Joint Meeting w/ School Board & Night Meeting
10/14/2015, 6:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Community Town Hall Meeting with ACPD
10/14/2015, 6:30 PM

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