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 lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information from our latest Board Meeting held on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022.
There is lots in this newsletter, including information on a VDOT Project on Fanny White Road, COVID-19 information and resources, winter storm preparation, and more.
During the Board Meeting, we took the following actions:
- The Board elected me as Board Chairman, and District Six Supervisor Joe Chambers Jr. as Vice-Chairman.
- We considered committee assignments: I will continue to serve on the Committees on Finance, COVID-Relief Funds, and Water and Wastewater. I also represent the Board on the Commonwealth Regional Council and the Crossroad Community Services Board.
- The Board denied a Special Use Permit for a commercial sawmill on Allen’s Lake Road. I voted in favor of denying the permit for many reasons, namely because the road is narrow, the area is residential, and there is a troublesome culvert pipe under a portion of the road that would be used. Additionally, there was an issue with the use of an existing driveway not on the applicant’s property.
- The Board scheduled four public hearings for our Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 meeting, which include three special use permits for an Air BnB Bed and Breakfast, campsites, and one with an event center.
- We also tabled two small scale solar projects (2 MGW) as we finalize our Solar Policy.
- We approved a rezoning request for Rock Wood Products on U.S. Route 15 North as the business seeks to expand its operations and conform with existing uses. With their expansion, the owner anticipates 10-13 new jobs. Currently Rock Wood employs 57 people.
- The Board also appointed an ad hoc committee of two supervisors to work with school leaders on a request from Interim Division Superintendent Dr. John Keeler regarding using space in the Community Center for Alternative Education.
- We also approved a Transient Occupancy Tax Ordinance Amendment and an Ordinance Regulating or Prohibiting the Making of Fires following public hearings on both ordinances.
VDOT Work on Fanny White Road/665
Fanny White Road will be closed from Feb. 14-March 11, 2022. According to VDOT, motorists should expect delays due to a culvert replacement project. Route 665 (Fanny White Road) will be temporarily closed from Route 631 (Troublesome Creek Road) to Route 60 (James Anderson Hwy). Road closure is scheduled to begin February 14, 2022 and is planned until March 11, 2022.
As we all know, COVID-19 cases have been skyrocketing. On Wednesday of this week, there were 600 public school students out of school and 59 instructional staff absent due to COVID exposures and infections. Please remember to keep your distance, get vaccinated and boosted if you are able, and wear a mask while in public spaces indoors. Our hospitals and health care facilities are over stressed because of the ongoing pandemic.
Here are some resources regarding COVID-19:
- CVHS Buckingham will do testing for anyone in the community, and as a FQHC have received sufficient tests to likely meet the county needs. Call them at 434-581-3271.
- You can order free COVID-19 tests at www.covidtests.gov. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order FOUR free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.
- There will be free PCR Testing on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 from 12 noon-3 PM at the Buckingham Community Center on U.S. Route 15 across from FasMart. Another testing site will be held at the PEFYA Building on Layne Street (across from Davis Pontiac off of West Third Street) in Farmville from 1-4 PM.
- A vaccination clinic will take place from 2-5 PM at Piedmont Senior Resources at The Shoppes at College Park at 1413 S. Main St. in the parking lot in front of Buffalo Wild Wings. Please bring your vaccination card, if able.
Winter Storm Preparation Resources
For more information on how to prepare for a winter storm, click this link: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-preparedness/winter-weather-preparedness/.
Our next Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.
A link to our agenda and full Board Packet will be uploaded mid-week before the Monday of our meeting: https://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the
packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.
Public Comments may be made in person or by using the following methods:
- In person Public Comments must sign up to speak. Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.
- Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
- Emailed comments may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit word count to 500 words.
- Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
- To appear virtually to the Board of Supervisors for comments please email email@example.com. You will receive notice with the link and/or telephone number necessary to connect virtually during the meeting.
Please note: Please state your name, district, address, and which hearing you are commenting on. The three (3) minute rule will apply to public comments. All correspondence must be received only by the methods above, and are due by 12:00 PM the day of the meeting.
As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60. If there is an issue I can work on on your behalf, a question, or concern, please contact me.
Humbly serving you,
Thomas Jordan Miles III
Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors
District Four Supervisor (Maysville)
13170 West James Anderson Highway
PO Box 188
Buckingham, Virginia 23921