Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you much information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor.
Here are some of the highlights from our Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 Board of Supervisors Meeting (which can be viewed on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA):
- We heard from many concerned citizens regarding the nearly 2,000 acre Riverstone solar facility being proposed by Apex Energy. You can find more information about the project here. Some inquiries I offered were regarding amending the 50 foot vegetative buffer to 100 feet in a universal manner, making pile driving only Monday-Friday, rather than Monday-Saturday, and storm water runoff considerations. I am confident Apex Energy will addresses these matters and those brought forth by concerned citizens.
- The Riverstone project would represent an investment of about $190 million in Buckingham, according to a presentation from the company. The project capacity would be 149.5 megawatts, resulting in about 482 FTE seasonal construction jobs, and would offset 277,709 metric tons per year of CO2. Up to 30,000 homes per year would see the results of the proposed electrical production.
- We approved the request for a 199’ cellular tower in northern Buckingham that would serve Verizon customers and, in the future, other cell providers.
- Chairman Matthews and I were appointed to the committee to oversee the construction of a new Animal Control Facility.
- We heard an exciting update from FireFly/Central Virginia Electric Cooperative. According to the presentation, 78 percent of the locations in the Tower Hill Substation have signed up for better broadband service, and construction and in home connections are underway. Regarding the Mt. Rush Substation, much of which covers our Maysville District, fiber construction is complete on the south and west circuits and will be completed soon north circuit up Howardsville Road. Fiber is being spliced to completed circuits and connections are underway along Union Church and Perkins Mill Road. About 49 percent of locations have signed up for service and FireFly expects that to increase as more connections become available.
- The Board approved a solar revenue sharing ordinance.
- We agreed to a contract for engineering with Architectural Partners for repairs to the old portion of the Courthouse for $74,105, originally $88,135, saving taxpayers around $14,000. This was a fiscally prudent and conservative approach, which I supported.
Our November meeting is usually held on the second Tuesday of the month, however, next month, our meeting will be held on the second Monday of the month, which is Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. I hope you will consider attending in person or joining us via YouTube.
Continued Outages with CenturyLink
As you know, I have been leaning in and fighting hard to get CenturyLink to restore telephone and internet outages that have been persistent in our county, but more so for the company to replace its failing infrastructure. Here are some links to media coverage of that effort.
Should you have any questions, concerns, ideas, or opinions about this newsletter, county government, services, opportunities, etc., please never hesitate to contact me. You can reach me at 434-390-7023 via text or phone, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write me at PO Box 188, Buckingham, Virginia 23921. You can also come see me at my house at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham, Virginia 23921.
Thomas Jordan Miles III
Vice-Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors
District Four Supervisor (Maysville)
13170 West James Anderson Highway
PO Box 188
Buckingham, Virginia 23921