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2015 Annual Community Report

Commercial and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates Announced
Commercial Hazardous Waste Collection Day: March 6, 2015
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event: March 6 and 7, 2015

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Scottsville Observes the 150th Anniversary of General Sheridan's Campaign in Albemarle County
Commemorative Events to Take Place March 6 – 8, 2015 in Scottsville

On March 6 – 8, 2015, the Scottsville Museum will commemorate Sheridan's raid on the town of Scottsville, which took place in March, 1865. This Civil War moment for Scottsville will be observed with a procession of mounted Union soldiers riding through the town to Canal Basin Square, a new Civil War exhibit in the Museum, and many lectures on the raid, the canal, and the African-American community in Scottsville. There will also be a tour of important Civil War sites in Scottsville and the HistoryMobile will make an appearance.

Albemarle County’s FY16 Recommended Operating and Capital Budget Now Available
Albemarle County’s Recommended Operating and Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 is now available on the County website at County Executive Tom Foley presented the proposed budget to the Board of Supervisors on Thursday, February 19. During that discussion, Mr. Foley reviewed the economic challenges facing Local Government and Public Schools in the years ahead, introduced the proposed budget, provided details on impacts of the budget to the County Capital Program and Fire Rescue services, and highlighted community impacts and engagement opportunities. A video of that presentation is available for review here.

As Weather Breaks, Work to Begin on Rt. 29/250 Interchange
Motorists should be alert for equipment and workers near ramps

Construction work is set to begin Monday on improvements to the Route 29 / Route 250 Bypass interchange in Charlottesville. Weather permitting the first work will involve clearing and grading to construct a storm water management pond inside the loop ramp in the southwest quadrant of the interchange.

Public Information Meeting Regarding DEQ Permit Application for Waste Water Treatment Plant
On February 25th, starting at 6:15 PM, Albemarle County will have a public information meeting regarding a proposed Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) permit application for a waste water treatment plant associated with the Ryder Industries property on Route 250, east of the City of Charlottesville. The meeting will be held at the Albemarle County Office Building on 5th Street (1600 5th Street Ext., Charlottesville, VA 22902).

Regional Firearms Training Center Project Posted for Bidding
The Regional Firearms Training Center Project was posted for bidding on Wednesday, February 18th with a 30-day bid period. Bidding documents are available online through the County Purchasing webpage.

Albemarle County Announces Hiring of Economic Develoment Director
Albemarle County has named Faith McClintic as its new Economic Development Director effective April 1, 2015. McClintic will be the first director of the County’s newly established Economic Development Office. In this role, she will lead the County’s efforts to foster and encourage best practices in economic development activities that provide for quality job creation and sustainable employment opportunities, increased business tax base, and an improved quality of life for all citizens.

Jesse Matthew Albemarle County Court Date Set
Jesse Matthew appeared on charges of first degree murder, abduction, and reckless driving in Albemarle County Circuit Court via a video link from a location in Albemarle County at 11 a.m on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.  Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Higgins set the trial date for June 29 through July 17, 2015.  The matter was set for a jury trial at the request of Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford.  A grand jury indicted Matthew on the Albemarle County charges on February 2, 2015.  Matthew is being returned to jail in Fairfax County to await his trial on charges stemming from a 2005 rape case.

Transportation Board Awards Rt. 29 Solutions Contract
Engineering work will begin in early March

The Commonwealth Transportation Board today awarded Lane/Corman Joint Venture the $116.7 million design-build contract to improve the Route 29 corridor in Albemarle County. Lane/Corman will widen Route 29 between Polo Grounds Road and Towncenter Drive, extend Berkmar Drive from Hilton Heights Road to Towncenter Drive, and construct a grade-separated intersection at Route 29 and Rio Road.

Tonight’s Albemarle County Planning Commission Meeting Postponed
Due to inclement weather, tonight’s previously scheduled Planning Commission meeting has been postponed until next Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The meeting will be held at 6pm in the Lane Auditorium at the County Office Building on McIntire Road. The same agenda will be in place. For detailed agenda information, please visit /agenda.asp?department=pc&year=2015

Albemarle County Government Office Delay Opening due to Inclement Weather
Albemarle County Government offices will open at 11am this morning due to inclement weather.

Credit Card Fraud
In recent weeks, the Albemarle County Police Department has seen an increase in credit card theft and fraud. However, in these cases, the victims still have the credit cards in their possession but the suspects have the card information. The suspects are able to recreate cards with their name and photo identification but with the victim’s card information.

Construction Begins Monday on Rt. 29/250 Interchange
Motorists should be alert for equipment and workers near ramps

Construction work will begin Monday on improvements to the Route 29 / Route 250 Bypass interchange in Charlottesville. The first work will involve clearing and grading to construct a storm water management pond inside the loop ramp in the southwest quadrant of the interchange.

Local Government Office Closed on Monday, February 16
Albemarle County Local Government offices, Albemarle County Courts, the Commonwealth Attorney Office and Sheriff’s Office will all be closed on Monday February 16, 2014, in observance of President's Day.

Albemarle County Local Government Announces 2015 Annual Report to the Community
Celebrating Progress During a Year of Opportunity and Challenge

Albemarle County local government is pleased to present you with our 2015 Annual Report to the Community, “Celebrating Progress During a Year of Opportunity and Challenge” which outlines our work and accomplishments from last year. The Report will be included as an insert in the February 22, 2015 edition of the Daily Progress and is currently available for download at

Two Albemarle County Hotel Properties Among the 2015 Forbes Travel Guide Star Award Winners
Keswick Hall and Golf Club & The Clifton Inn make the short list of honored Virginia properties

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) congratulates the two local hotel properties who made the exclusive list of Virginia honorees for the 2015 Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards.

Temporary Driveway Closure
The driveway leading from McIntire Road to the upper parking lot of the County office Building at 401 McIntire Road will be closed Thursday, February 12th from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in order for Virginia Dominion Power to continue installation of their underground utility lines. Please be mindful of the work and any barricades and warning signs that may be placed in the area.

Press Conference Regarding Jesse Matthew Case in Albemarle County, Virginia
Please find, below, statements from the Albemarle County Police Department and the Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office from this morning’s press conference regarding the Jesse Matthew case, along with a copy of the indictments. Additionally, there is a link to a video of the full press conference. The case has transitioned to the Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office for prosecution, and no additional information will be released at this time.

Neighborhood Open House: Route 29/250 Interchange “Best Buy Ramp” Project
On Thursday, February 12, Albemarle County Supervisor Diantha McKeel and Charlottesville officials will host a Neighborhood Open House on the Route 29/250 Interchange project (also known as the Best Buy Ramp), from 7 - 9 pm in the fellowship hall of Meadows Presbyterian Church.

Clarification on Format of Reassessment Notices Mailed Last Week
As mentioned in the letter that accompanied the recent reassessment notices, a new State legislative mandate required us to change the format of the notice. We would like to provide additional clarification about that changed format beyond what was provided in the cover letter sent with your notice. The line titled “% increase to 2015” represents the percent change from previous years (either 2013 or 2014) compared to 2015, based on the current tax rate. The decimal point for the figures in that line should be moved two places to the right to show the correct percentage. For example, a figure expressed as .0227% should be converted to 2.27%. Below please find two graphics that demonstrate how to calculate the proper percentage and the tax year comparison explained above.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Spring Training
The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management is offering FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) emergency preparedness training beginning in March. This 9-week course, held from 6:30pm – 9:00pm each Thursday from March 12 through May 7, educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the Charlottesville/Albemarle area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Albemarle County Office of Management and Budget Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
Albemarle County Office of Management and Budget has been awarded The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014. To receive this award, the budget document must receive top ratings as a policy document, a financial plan, an operation guide, and as a communication device. This marks the 9th year that Albemarle County has received this honor. Documents submitted to the Budget Awards Program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting.

Signal Work Will Affect Rt. 29 Intersections Overnight This Week
Police officers will direct traffic during installation of new signal control equipment

A contractor for the Virginia Department of Transportation will install new traffic signal control equipment at the Route 29 intersections from Hydraulic Road to Rio Road in Albemarle County beginning at 10 p.m. Wednesday. The new equipment will improve communications between the controllers and signals and allow remote monitoring of signal operations from VDOT’s regional Traffic Operations Center.

Reassessment Notices Mailed by January 31st
Albemarle County is sending 2015 reassessment notices to taxpayers this week reflecting changes in property values resulting from the County's recently completed annual reassessment. Property owners will notice changes in the assessment notice to meet requirements of recent State Code amendments. The notice will now show not only the change in value, but will include the County’s tax rate and a history of changes in tax dollars. Any questions regarding the new assessment notice should be directed to the Office of the County Assessor at 434-296-5856.

Albemarle Supervisors Respond to Proposed Legislation
A state budget amendment that could significantly impact the planned Route 29 Solutions infrastructure investment in Albemarle County was introduced this week in the General Assembly by Delegate Rob Bell. This proposed legislation has not been presented to or ever discussed with the Albemarle County Board, and the Board has not requested this legislation. Because of the importance of this issue to our community, and our responsibility as the locally elected governing body for decision making regarding major infrastructure projects in the County, we would like to take this opportunity to clearly state the Board’s adopted position on the Route 29 Solutions Package.

VDOT Issues Notice of Intent to Award Rt. 29 Solutions Design-Build Contract
Transportation board will consider recommendation for award at Feb. 18 meeting

The Virginia Department of Transportation this morning informed Lane-Corman Joint Venture of its intent to award the contract to design and construct three Route 29 Solutions design-build projects to the team.

3 Firms Submit Price Proposals for Route 29 Solutions Projects
Final ranking, notice of intent to award contract will be posted on VDOT’s website

Three design-build teams submitted price proposals to design and construct the three projects included in the Route 29 Solutions design-build package. Those proposals were opened this morning at the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Central Office in Richmond. VDOT sought proposals to build the three projects using a two-phase, best value Design-Build project delivery process.

AWARE Symposium
Monticello High School, with Help Save the Next Girl and the Albemarle County Police Department, will be hosting its first AWARE (Always Watch and Recognize (your) Environment) – Help Save the Next Girl Symposium.

Design Public Hearing
Hydraulic Rd. & Barracks Rd. Sidewalk Improvements | Project Number: 9999-002-R45 (UPC: 102886)

A Design Public Hearing will take place on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the Jack Jouett Middle School cafeteria. The purpose of this event is to provide information and receive public comments related to the Hydraulic/Barracks Road Sidewalk Improvement project. A brief presentation on the project will be made at 6:45 pm and 7:45 pm (the same presentation will be given each time). The public will be provided an opportunity to review the preliminary engineering design plans, the schedule, and right-of-way acquisition information. Project engineers and County staff will be available to receive and respond to questions about the projects.

Dick Woods Rd. Bridge Over Ivy Creek Closes Jan. 26
VDOT will detour traffic using Routes 250 and 677 while replacement bridge is constructed

Next Monday, Jan. 26, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Fairfield-Echols LLC of Fishersville will begin work to replace the Route 637 (Dick Woods Road) bridge over Ivy Creek in Albemarle County, weather permitting. The bridge is located one half-mile south of Route 250 (Ivy Road).

County Offices Closed in Observance of Lee-Jackson Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Albemarle County Local Government offices, including Albemarle County Courts, the Commonwealth Attorney's Office, and Sheriff's Office will be closed on Friday, January 16, 2015 in observance of Lee-Jackson Day, and on Monday, January 19, 2015 in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The School Division will also be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015.

Black Cat Road in Keswick Closes Jan. 19 for Bridge Replacement
VDOT project will replace aged railroad bridge; detour established for motorists

Next Monday, Jan. 19 the Virginia Department of Transportation and contractor Fairfield-Echols LLC of Fishersville will begin work to replace the Route 616 (Black Cat Road) bridge over Buckingham Branch Railroad in Albemarle County, weather permitting. The bridge is located approximately 0.4 mile south of Route 22 (Keswick Road).

Auxiliary Police Officers Ceremony
As we mark the one year anniversary of the Auxiliary Police Officers Program, the Albemarle County Police Department is pleased to recognize the service of our Auxiliary Police Officers (APOs). Since graduating from the program last January, the six Level III APOs have worked 2,355.25 hours. Their time volunteering for the department equals a cost savings of $57,680.07.

Featured Events
BOS Budget Work Session
2/26/2015, 3:00 PM
Board Room (COB Room 241)
Village of Rivanna Community Advisory Council
3/2/2015, 7:15 PM
BOS Budget Work Session
3/3/2015, 3:00 PM
Board Room (COB Room 241)
Board of Supervisors Day Meeting
3/4/2015, 1:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Board of Supervisors Work Session: Comp Plan
3/10/2015, 5:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
BOS Budget Work Session
3/11/2015, 3:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Board of Supervisors Night Meeting
3/11/2015, 6:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)

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