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Albemarle County Fire Chief Named Career Fire Chief of the Year by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
Chief Eggleston to be recognized at the IAFC’s Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA on August 27

Albemarle County is proud to announce that Dan Eggleston, Chief of the Albemarle County Department of Fire Rescue, received the 2015 Career Fire Chief of the Year award. The award is presented annually by the IAFC and Pierce Manufacturing at the general session of Fire Rescue International (FRI), IAFC’s annual conference.

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Safety Project Under Way on Rt. 53
Construction of right-turn lane at Milton Rd. will require lane closure, flagging

This week the Virginia Department of Transportation begins work to construct a right-turn lane at the intersection of westbound Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway) and Route 729 (Milton Road) in Albemarle County, where limited sight distance is a safety concern. Excavation for the new lane will require a single lane closure on Route 53 with flaggers controlling traffic between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Motorists are asked to drive with caution through the work zone and stay alert for changes to the traffic pattern.

Planning Commission Public Hearing on the Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment Study
The Albemarle County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment under consideration to adjust the Development Area Boundary and associated land use designation(s). This public hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 6 PM the County Office Building at 5th Street, Room A, 1600 5th Street Extended, Charlottesville, VA.

Clarification of 2016 Revalidation Process of Albemarle County’s Land Use Assessment Program
Albemarle County is providing updated information to assist participants in the County’s Land Use Assessment Program in complying with the 2016 revalidation process. The 2016 process requires some additional information than has not been required in previous years. Some participants may find it difficult to provide all of the documentation by the September 1 deadline. It is important for those participants to realize that they can submit the initial application by the September 1 deadline, and then they have 90 days (until December 5) to submit the additional information required by this year’s revalidation process to avoid incurring any late fees.

Search Dog Organization of North America Conducting K9 Training Seminar at Chris Greene Lake this Weekend
Albemarle County is pleased to be hosting a Search Dog Organization of North America (SDONA) training seminar, Water Search for Human Remains Detection Dogs, at Chris Green Lake this weekend. SDONA, a national K9 Search and Rescue training organization, in conjunction with the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad (CARS) and the Lake Monticello Water Rescue and Dive Team, are conducting this seminar to train dogs and handlers the skills and techniques required to locate human remains in the water environment. All aspects of water search work will be addressed. Dogs and handlers will be familiarized to safely and comfortably search from both the shore and from boats.

Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center in Crozet Presents Second Event in Community Program Series
Cycling will be discussed at the August 15th event

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is happy to announce the second event in a series of programs offered at the brand new Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center located downtown Crozet.

Local Resident to be Recognized for Heroic Action During Fire
Albemarle County Fire Rescue is pleased to recognize Albemarle County citizen for her quick thinking and bravery during a fire at a family member’s home.

At 1 PM on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at the Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department, Dan Eggleston, Albemarle County Fire Rescue Chief, and Mike Rose, Battalion Chief of the Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department, will present local citizen, Ann Kashatus, with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of her quick thinking and bravery during a fire at a family member’s home.

The Thomas Jefferson Health District Awarded National Accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board
The Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD)* announced today that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of the nation’s Tribal, state, local and territorial public health departments. Staff at TJHD began working towards national accreditation standards in 2011, and as of Friday, August 7, 2015, is the second accredited health district in Virginia.

Carrsbrook Drive Update
The Carrsbrook Drive Pipe Replacement Project is currently on hold as access and right-of-way easements are secured and recorded. Once this is complete, a notice will be issued to the public at least seven days prior to commencing the work detailing the revised schedule for completion. It is anticipated that the work will take three to four weeks to complete.  Staff will work closely with the Schools Transportation Department to communicate to parents any temporary impacts to the school bus schedule and detour routes.

Albemarle County seeks public comment on Chesapeake Bay TMDL Action Plan
Albemarle County has prepared a draft Action Plan describing how the County has contributed and will continue to contribute towards the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay. The Plan – a relatively technical document – includes an accounting of pollution reduction requirements and an accounting of past and future capital projects and practices that will achieve these requirements. The draft Plan is now available for public review and comment through the month of August. The Plan can be found online at by clicking on TMDLs in the left navigation bar. The County will consider received comments prior to Plan finalization.

Albemarle County Releases 2015 Citizen Survey Results
Overall Quality of Life Rankings Remain High

Albemarle County is pleased to release the results of its 2015 Citizen Survey which indicates that citizens continue to rate overall quality of life in the County very high. 93% of survey respondents rated the quality of life in Albemarle County as excellent or good and 95% rated the County as an excellent or good place to live. Highlights of survey are listed below, and a complete copy of the survey results is available HERE. An overview of the survey findings will be presented to the Board of Supervisors during the September 2nd Board meeting.

The Brand New Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center in Crozet to Launch Series of Community Programs
The series kicks off on August 1st with a session on water activities, courtesy of Rivanna River Company

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is proud to announce the launch of a series of programs offered at the brand new Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center located downtown Crozet.

Sales Tax Holiday for Qualified School Supplies, Clothing & Footwear, August 7-9
The Virginia General Assembly has again approved a state sales tax holiday for purchases of school supplies, clothing and footwear for students who will begin the new school year on Wednesday, August 19. School supplies that are $20 or less per item are eligible for the exemption, as are clothing and footwear that are less than $100 per item.

Rt. 20 Paving Continues next Week
Smaller work area, shorter hours should help with motorist delays

The Virginia Department of Transportation has made adjustments to reduce delays on Route 20 (Scottsville Road) in Albemarle County as paving operations continue next week. Work will occur from just north of Route 6 (Irish Road) to Route 708 (Red Hill Road), with the roadway limited to one lane through the work zone. Shorter segments of roadway will be paved at a time to minimize impacts to traffic, which will be controlled by flaggers.

Albemarle Artist Opportunity!
This December, the holiday tree at Virginia’s Executive Mansion in Richmond will be adorned with ornaments handmade by artisans/artists from communities all over Virginia! Albemarle County is excited to invite our local artist population to participate in a juried competition whereby one ornament reflecting the quality of life and attributes of Albemarle County will be selected to represent our County on the tree. The jury committee will be looking for a one-of-a-kind, handmade ornament that uniquely represents Albemarle County.

Traffic Alert
The Virginia Department of Transportation is paving along Scottsville Road this week. The road will be closed to one lane from Red Hill Road (Rt. 708) to the area of Keene. The paving will take place from 8am to 8pm each day through Friday, July 24th. Expect delays while VDOT conducts this paving project.

Re-Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment
Thomas Hanson, Executive Director of the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) announced today that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive Monday, August 10, 2015 to examine all aspects of the ECC’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

Construction and Temporary Closure of Carrsbrook Drive
The Board of Supervisors has approved a construction project along Carrsbrook Drive to replace a failing underground pipe between the upper and lower lakes along Carrsbrook Drive. The Virginia Department of Transportation and Albemarle County’s Office of Facilities Development will begin construction in the next several weeks. Construction is anticipated to last 4 to 5 weeks.

Albemarle County Announces Establishment of Citizen Resource Advisory Committees
The Board of Supervisors has appointed eight members to serve on the County’s newly created Citizens Resource Advisory Committee. The Board approved the concept of this Advisory Committee during the most recent budget process as they discussed the challenges faced by the County in funding future services, identifying the committee as an important way to involve citizens in determining the best ways to address this challenge.

Albemarle Names New Director of Social Services
Albemarle County announced the appointment of Phyllis Savides to Director of the Department of Social Services effective July 8, 2015. Savides is replacing Kathy Ralston, who retired on June 30, 2015 after 39 years with Albemarle County. Savides will lead the workplace in serving residents with her over 17 years of experience in the Department of Social Services. Savides will oversee numerous programs that promote self-sufficiency, individual and family safety, and provide support to the most vulnerable members of the community.

VDOT, Albemarle Co. to Jointly Host Community Meeting on Tree Trimming
The Virginia Department of Transportation and Albemarle County are partnering to host a town hall meeting on tree-trimming work needed along the Route 22/Route 231 corridor from Shadwell to Gordonsville. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 at Grace Episcopal Church, 5607 Gordonsville Road, Keswick.

Albemarle County Offices Closed in Observance of Independence Day
Albemarle County offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Offices will reopen Monday, July 6, 2015 on regular schedule.

Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau Announce Applications Now Available for Non-Profit Tourism Marketing Funding of Festivals & Cultural Events
Information orientation session to be held at City Space on July 6

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) announced today that the popular Non-Profit Tourism Marketing Funding Program is now open. The CACVB will hold an information orientation at City Space on July 6, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. and invites all interested organizations to attend and learn more about the application process, followed by time for questions and answers.

Albemarle County Seeking Members for 5th & Avon Community Advisory Committees
Albemarle County is eager to establish the 5th & Avon Community Advisory Committee following adoption of the Southern & Western Neighborhoods Master Plan by the Board of Supervisors on June 10. The 5th & Avon Community Advisory Committee currently has 12-15 vacancies. Residents and business owners of Albemarle County are encouraged to apply to serve on the Committee, to represent residential neighborhoods, businesses, institutions, developers, industries, Southwood Village, Woolen Mills, trails and parks, and community groups. To learn more about the 5th & Avon Community Advisory Committee, please visit our webpage.