Welcome to the May 2021 edition of The Maysville Voice! You’ll find lots of news, resources, and information below. Please contact me if you have any questions. Our next regularly scheduled Board of Supervisors meeting will be held on Monday, June 14, 2021. Find our board packet, meeting agenda, and live YouTube channel here: https://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Also, please consider attending the meeting.
Sentara Gifts Former Medical Practice to County
The Buckingham County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously during our regular, May 10 meeting to approve of the contract agreement for the donation of the building and land.
Our community should be so proud of this big, bold achievement!!! It took some time, but we got it done!!!
As I said last year to you, there is such a thing as corporate responsibility with private industry. Sentara owed it to the people of Buckingham County to compromise, to meet us halfway, AND THEY DID! Rural Virginia and rural America will NOT BE FORGOTTEN, and again, I stress corporate responsibility matters in our medically undeserved areas, such as Buckingham County — our home.
County staff were in negotiations with Sentara for a period of time that resulted in this successful and exciting opportunity. County Administrator Rebecca Carter and I stayed in close touch with Dr. Bruce Clemons, with Sentara, for months prior to this.
It is our intention to use the donated facility to incentivize a medical provider to locate or expand into Buckingham to offer affordable, reliable and accessible health care for our neighbors.
We’re going to be aggressive in our search and have already started that process. That’s the first step. There’s clearly a need for more medical and healthcare options in our county, so there is definitely a market for a provider.
The Chamber of Commerce, every member of the Board of Supervisors and every patient and staff member of Sentara/BFM were essential in seeing this through. We’re so pleased that Sentara stepped up to the plate for the county as we exit this terrible pandemic of COVID-19 and knocked the ball out of the park.
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Buckingham Roadway Clean Up Event Celebrated May 15th
The Buckingham Anti-Litter Task Force (BATF) held a Roadway Clean Up Event from April 22nd -May 13th with a celebration held Saturday May 15th at 11:30 am at the Buckingham County Library pavilion. A total of 265 bags of litter were collected.
Eddie Slagle, a BATF member was the master of ceremonies. He introduced the guest speaker, Roger Eitelman from Keep Virginia Beautiful. Sherrie Holbrook, the Chair of BATF introduced Elizabeth Jones, also a BATF member, who gave out the awards.
“I believe that the Anti-Litter Task Force did an amazing and outstanding job on the roadways in Buckingham County,” said District Three Supervisor and Board of Supervisors Chairman Don Matthews. “Thanks to the entire group that helped to organize and implement the total process from start to finish. It was a really great group to work with.”
“We are so proud of the hard work of our volunteers who picked up litter,” said District Four Supervisor and Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Thomas Jordan Miles III, who helped revamp the Anti-Litter Task Force. “We are so thankful too for those who served on the Task Force, who organized, promoted, registered, collected, and went above and beyond in their efforts to Keep Buckingham Beautiful.”
Miles and Matthews serve on the Anti-Litter Task Force.
The first place award went to The Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary, whose students collected 179 bags of trash. Second place went to the Buckingham Branch Railroad and third place went to Shawn Miller. There were three prizes for the most bags of trash collected. First place won $300, 2nd place won $200 and 3rd place won $100. There were 13 entrants.
A special recognition certificate was presented for Maggie Snoddy for her help with signage advertising the event. Kyanite Mining and Blue Rock Resources were also recognized as a community leader. Kyanite and Blue Rock hold an annual employee roadside litter pick-up in the spring.
“Our Buckingham neighbors saw a need, and put feet on the ground to improve a litter issue,” Holbrook stated. “They walked the walk in lieu of just talking the talk I, as one, can thank those who participated. Those who didn’t will have plenty of opportunities ahead. Get ready, get ready!”
High School and Pre-K Graduations
I was fortunate and blessed to be able to attend both the Pre-School Graduation and the Senior 2021 Graduation several days ago. I am so proud of our youngest graduating class headed to Kindergarten, and our 2021 BCHS graduates headed into the world to influence positive change and work hard and contribute to our society and economy. Congrats to the Class of 2021 and our Little Knights!
Link To Town Hall Meeting
Our most recent Town Hall meeting, held in person and via telephone and Zoom, was held several weeks ago. We had a large participation online and little in person. Here is a link to the video, which you can view at your pleasure. I welcome your questions, concerns, and any feedback. Link: https://www.facebook.com/356217581540939/videos/2894790637467995.
Redesigned County Website
If you have not noticed, our County Website at www.buckinghamcountyva.org has been totally overhauled and redesigned, thanks to our very talented county staff. The website offers greater transparency, access, and ease of navigation. You can view our meetings, agendas, minutes, documents, ordinances, staff contacts, and much more. Take a look and explore!
Meetings with CenturyLink
I very recently had a very informative meeting with CenturyLink last week. We had a very candid and healthy conversation, and will continue it.
A few updates regarding the outages and their service:
• CenturyLink is bringing another technician on board to help with the issues, maintenance and outages.
• Please report your outages: https://www.centurylink.com/…/internet-or-phone-not… Dont assume they will know your phone or internet are out. If you see a damaged telephone pole, wire, cable or pedestal, call them at 800-244-1111 to report the problem.• There is no common theme in the outages.
• Less than 10 percent of Americans today have a landline phone, which I find interesting. • Biggest issue is lightning hitting cards
• Regular maintenance is performed
• Adding pea gravel to bases of pedestals to keep moisture out Please contact CenturyLink if you’re having issues and I’m more than happy to help with that process if you have trouble.
Federal Broadband Benefit Program
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. Learn more here: https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.
PLEASE always feel more than welcome to call, email, text or visit me . 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 email@example.com, 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.
Thomas “Jordan” Miles III
District Four/Maysville Supervisor
13170 W. James Anderson Hwy.
PO Box 188
Buckingham, VA 23921