I hope everyone’s May is starting off well, despite COVID-19, and I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. And an early Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and those who serve in motherly roles!

We have a lot on our upcoming agenda for our Monday, May 11 meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the County Administration Building. Here is a link to the complete agenda packet: http://buckinghamcountyva.org/Board%20Packets/2020/may%2011,%202020%20bos%20pckt.pdf.

Remember that due to the virus, we are not allowing the general public attend the meeting out of public health concerns, but you can view the meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pitZvu4WpI.

During our meeting, we will be discussing many topics, which include two zoning matters being introduced (a proposed commercial garage and a proposed home health staffing agency), a request from the school division to revise their FY19-20 Fiscal Year Budget, a request from the sheriff to increase the Courthouse Security Fees from $10 to $20, and discussions regarding changes to the county’s solid waste management ordinance (regarding the issuance of county decals to vehicles not registered in Buckingham County, such as business or work-issued vehicles, and vehicles with Farm Use tags).

Regarding the county tags, I support allowing farmers to be allowed to have one additional county decal for one Farm Use vehicle. There will be discussion regarding those who drive work or business-issued vehicles in and out of the county having access to the gated solid waste sites. I would love to hear from you regarding both of these matters (and anything else on the agenda).

We also plan on holding discussions regarding the reinstatement of public comment during our regular Board of Supervisors Meetings (which I wholeheartedly support and voted against suspending public comment several weeks ago).

COVID-19 in Buckingham Update

The following is the latest information on COVID-19 from Cody Davis, our County Emergency Management Coordinator:

VDH’s numbers are now at 225. Dillwyn DOC advises of 217 cases and Buckingham DOC advises of 13. The math does not add up due to the fact that VDH is still processing the influx of positive test results from DOC, thus the VDH website is still behind.  Both DOC facilities are taking action to test all individuals at their facilities. With that said, we are likely to receive a large number of positive results. It is important to note that DOC’s large number of cases are due to their large number of testing and that almost all of their positive cases are asymptomatic at this time. Increased testing is directly related to increased positives. The positives are everywhere and most do not realize it, because they remain asymptomatic and do not get tested. The fact that DOC is administering large number of tests indicates nothing more than the fact that they are committed to being pro-active and maintaining a strong understanding of what they are being faced with. As DOC continues to test in large numbers, Buckingham County’s case count will continue to grow. This does not mean that we have large numbers of severely ill people, it just means that we have gained knowledge to something that often goes unknown (a positive person).

VDOT Six Year Improvement Plan

The scheduled public hearing for the VDOT Six Year County Secondary Road Improvement Plan has been cancelled by VDOT due to COVID-19.

PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL ME!

I’d like to think by now that you feel more than welcome to call, email, text or visit me (using social distancing for the time being). If you have any comments, ideas, criticisms, compliments, or anything to say regarding my representing you on the Buckingham Board of Supervisors, please get in touch with me. You can call/text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or come see me at 13170 W. James Anderson Highway in the court house village. I would be pleased and happy to hear from you anytime.

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