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Art on Fire: Call for Artists
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, Charlottesville Mural Project, Albemarle County Service Authority, and the County of Albemarle seek submissions for the artistic design of fire hydrants. This initial pilot program seeks to hire up to 5 artists to creatively paint 5 hydrants in Albemarle County. Each artist awarded will receive $300 for the design and painting of the hydrant. Approved paint as well as brushes and tarps will be provided to the chosen artists.

Swimming Lake at Mint Springs Park closed to swimming for the season due to algae bloom
We are sorry to announce that the swimming lake at Mint Springs Park in Crozet will be closed for the remainder of the swim season . We will continue to treat, test, and monitor the swimming lake. Please obey all posted signage at the lake - your safety is our highest priority. Mint Springs Park has one of three swimming lakes operated by Albemarle County Parks and Recreation. Chris Greene Lake and Walnut Creek Park are being actively monitored and tested, and remain open for swimming through Labor Day

Albemarle County names Director of Community Development
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors named Jodie Filardo the new Director of Community Development this evening. The Community Development Department stewards natural resources and the built environment by facilitating land use planning and by developing, administering, and enforcing ordinances and policies to achieve Albemarle County’s Comprehensive Plan and corresponding development goals. As Director, Ms. Filardo will provide leadership for the department’s five divisions - Planning, Zoning, Building, Engineering and GIS.

Albemarle Broadband Authority, Partners Celebrate Midway Broadband Project
Albemarle Broadband Authority, Albemarle County, Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, and Department of Housing and Community Development celebrated the start of the Midway project, which will provide fiber broadband internet service to the Midway area on Thursday. The project will be complete by summer 2020.

Fire Incident at County Office Building
At 10:14 this morning, a County employee called 911 to report observing flames coming from a rooftop HVAC unit at the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road. Charlottesville Fire Department arrived on-scene within one minute of dispatch and extinguished the fire quickly. No injuries were reported and the building was successfully evacuated. The building was cleared for re-occupancy at 10:44 am. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Albemarle County Fire Marshall Office.

AVNU, the first public autonomous shuttle operating in Virginia on public roads, launches in Albemarle County
Albemarle County, Perrone Robotics, Inc., JAUNT, Inc., and Smart Mobility, Inc. today celebrated the first day of service for their autonomous shuttle transit service, the f irst autonomous shuttle operating in Virginia on public roads. AVNU (pronounced, “Avenue”, an acronym for Autonomous Vehicle, Neighborhood Use), is based on Perrone Robotics’ TONY autonomous shuttle platform. The pilot will operate for three months, with routes shifting to different areas of Crozet. The first route will be within the Old Trail Village neighborhood and the second route will run between Old Trail Village and downtown Crozet.

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors name Rio Mills Bridge
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted today to name the bridge that carries the extension of Berkmar Drive over the South Fork Rivanna River as the Rio Mills Bridge.