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The Maysville Voice: Sentara Gifts Facility to County, More Than 260 Bags of Litter Picked Up, Town Hall Meeting Link, CenturyLink Update, Graduation 2021 and More

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.

News Links Regarding Coverage:

https://www.nbc29.com/2021/05/20/buckingham-county-taking-ownership-former-sentara-health-clinic/?fbclid=IwAR3_LDyKzcdRIxhsG4bxRLolPlH9jkL0MJfnTIcISCqLhCd2-C41w-_QRFI

Buckingham Roadway Clean Up Event Celebrated May 15th

From left are, Sherrie Holbrook, Chair of the Buckingham Anti-Litter Task Force (BATF), Brother Maximillian of the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, and Elizabeth Jones, Chair of the BATF Registration Committee. The Seminary won first place in the BATF Spring 2021 Roadside Clean-Up Event. The Seminary students filled 179 bags with trash and covered 50 miles of Buckingham County Roads.

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.

Contact Jordan

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 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.

Thomas “Jordan” Miles III

District Four/Maysville Supervisor

(434) 390-7023

13170 W. James Anderson Hwy.

PO Box 188

Buckingham, VA 23921

www.MilesForMaysville.com

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Town Hall Video Link, Additional Rescue Coverage, New Format For Public Hearings, Updated COVID-19 Information, Continuity of Learning For Our Students

Here is a link to our first town hall meeting which was held on Tuesday, just in case you missed it: https://www.facebook.com/MilesforMaysville/videos/561328897823149/. Our first town hall was loaded with lots of information! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Increasing Rescue Coverage In Response to COVID-19

Buckingham County Administration’s Office of Emergency Management will be placing into service an additional staffed ambulance for the duration of the COVID-19 growth and peak pandemic phases. This ambulance will be staffed by basic life support personnel, stationed at the Glenmore Rescue Squad station, beginning Monday, April 6, 2020.  

While this additional staffing is being put into service in anticipation of an excessive call volume due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge Buckingham citizens to only call 911 for true emergencies.

Remember that the most effective means of protecting yourself and those around you are;

• Hand and surface hygiene to include washing your hands

• Social distancing (6 feet or more)

• Avoiding close contact with groups of ten or more

• Avoiding touching your face,

• Avoiding others who are sick

• Respecting Virginia’s STAY HOME ORDER

We also encourage you to remain up to date on COVID-19 information by visiting the following websites:

• VDH COVID-19 website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus

• CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

• Contact the VDH Call Center at 1-877 ASK VDH3.

New Format For Public Hearings

The Board of Supervisors’ will hold four public hearings on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. They will regard the values of the reassessment of real property, the proposed tax rates, the proposed $57 million fiscal year 2020-2021 budget, and a USDA grant for equipment for the new library.

Additional Updates

Here are some articles from The Farmville Herald covering some of our actions.

— As you know, I am opposed to the effective tax rate increase. You can read more about my stance and full statement on the proposed tax rates and budget here: https://milesformaysville.com/2020/03/29/my-thoughts-on-the-proposed-effective-real-estate-tax-increase-and-school-funding-proposal/. *https://farmvilleherald.com/2020/04/10-effective-tax-rate-increase-proposed-for-buckingham/

— Please note that I voted against the motion to suspend all public comment during regularly-held Board meetings as the county has the means and technology to allow you to submit public comment during meetings. It is important to me that your voice be heard and part of the record of our meetings. This does not mean that public hearings are suspended. *https://farmvilleherald.com/2020/04/ordinance-passed-public-comments-suspended/

— This week, Cody Davis, our Emergency Manager for the county, offered this information during our Special Board Meeting. Please practice social distancing, stay home as much as possible, and keep your hands clean and don’t touch your face! *https://farmvilleherald.com/2020/04/buckingham-warned-of-rapid-community-spread-of-virus-within-72-hours/

Continuity of Learning For Our Students

In response to a constituent’s inquiry, please see the following from Division Superintendent Dr. Daisy Hicks regarding continuity of learning for Buckingham County Public Schools. Let me know if you have any questions.

I hope you are well. In response to your email, we are mailing distance learning packets to the students for continuity of learning during this early school closure.

We mailed out the first learning packet on Monday, March 30, and we will plan to do a second mailing around mid-April. Teachers are making contact with students/families periodically to answer any questions they may have relating to the learning packets and to just check in with their students.

Unfortunately, like many other rural area school divisions, we were unable to provide online distance learning opportunities for our students since we have limited broadband/internet access. Even though there are some families who may have access to the internet, we had to continue to consider equity during this time.

We are continuing to provide weekly meals for students by distributing meals to students at three locations throughout the county (Centenary United Methodist Church, Gold Hill Elementary School, and Buckingham Middle School) twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays from 12noon-2pm.

For those who need to register for PreSchool, PreSchool applications can be printed from our website or parents may contact us at 434-969-6100 and we will mail them an application. We are asking that the completed application and a copy of the required documents are mailed back to us. We will use this same process for Kindergarten registration.

Employees are encouraged to work from home and many of us are coming to the office at least two days a week to take care of the business that we can not do from home.

We are continuing to follow all the guidelines that we are receiving by the State Superintendent, Dr. James Lane, CDC, and the Governor. 

‘Connected in the Challenge’ by Angela Patterson-Jones

Here is a poem regarding what we all are going through by Angela Patterson-Jones, who lives in the Maysville District and is a school principal. I hope it brings you as much peace as it has brought me.

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Who knew that COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, could make its presence known throughout the world and nation,

And, Oh! How it has caused great disruption and devastation!

Our normal schedules basically went away,

And all we could do was adjust and pray.

Businesses closed and as a result, some peoples’ jobs were gone and people could work no more,

What a shocking thing for everyone, especially for the low income and the extremely poor!

It is hard to believe that schools have closed for the rest of the academic year,

For parents, students, teachers, and administrators, this definitely created some anxiety and fear.

Divisions worked diligently to create a plan for students while they are out of school,

So they can still get meals, learn, and do creative things that are cool.

Sometimes in life, we are met with challenges that we may not understand,

It is during these times that we can come together and unite across this great land.

For if we already had a plan, would the result be the best?

There is tremendous growth and amazing results through each of life’s most difficult tests.

During this time, we are made to really reflect on our lives and the blessings we are given each day.

We should ask ourselves, “How will I be better from this crisis, when it all goes away?”

If we really are still, listen, and observe what is happening all around us each day,

Then, we would realize that, if we stay positive, we know that everything will be okay.

There is a repositioning that is taking place before our eyes,

Things are working out more than we can realize.

The family structure is being reconnected in an amazing pace,

And, we are being given such wonderful grace.

The nation is able to see just how much work teaching is all about,

Educators are to be appreciated frequently and they deserve a big shout out!

For our children, they are able to experience some interest-based projects like never before,

For those that don’t perform well on standardized testing, this may enable their learning to soar!

Everyone is learning to look at things differently, wherever they may be,

A great plan is at work in our nation, just wait and see!

Through it all, we must remember this:

Our love and compassion for one another must continue when the devastation has ended,

We will be a much better community, state, nation, and world that is truly blended.

The Maysville Voice: Our Upcoming August 9, 2021 Meeting

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.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 9, 2021 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://youtu.be/9lI-wnJjvc0.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packet: 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:

  1. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  2. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
  4. To appear virtually to the Board of Supervisors for comments please email
    publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. 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.

Work Begins at Dillwyn Recycling Center

As you can see in the image above, Pearson Construction Inc. has started renovation work of the Dillwyn Recycling Center as we modernize the center to mirror what others look like in terms of a secure, gated recycling center for the residents of Buckingham County. This is our last solid waste site that we are modernizing, hence saving our tax dollars in removing the out-of-county and commercial abuse at the sites. I ask our county residents to be patient as the project may result in uncomfortable traffic patterns and changes as the project progresses.

Public Hearings for the Purposes of Rezoning

The Board will hold two public hearings for the purposes of rezoning: One regarding a property on Route 15 South, rezoning it from A1 to B1 for non-retail office space and other permitted uses, and a second, A1 to Industrial-Heavy M-2 for the purpose of Zoning Consistency and Continuation of Mining. The first applicant is from Shelly Mays Couch, and the second is Kyanite Mining Corp.

Firefly Broadband Funding Request

On Monday, we will hear a funding request from Firefly, a subsidiary of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, in an effort to provide access to broadband internet to those who are underserved Dominion Energy customers. The Committee on Finance also met with Firefly regarding their request and coverage area they are set to provide broadband to.

I find this to be an exciting project to better connect underserved businesses, homes, and those in need of better internet to conduct business.

Other Items to be Discussed

The Board of Supervisors will also consider redistricting procedures and operations, budget adjustments from the sheriff’s office, a report from the Buckingham Fireman’s Association as to the success of the Tractor Pull, a potential appointment to the Piedmont Regional Jail Authority Board, an update on the Courthouse Renovation Committee, and other items, which can be found in our board packet/agenda.

Contact Me!

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 jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, 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.

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Vice-Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)
434-390-7023 

13170 West James Anderson Highway 

PO Box 188 

Buckingham, Virginia 23921 

www.MilesforMaysville.com

The Maysville Voice: Our Upcoming July 12, 2021 BOS Meeting at 6 PM, Town Hall Meeting, Crossroads CSB News

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.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 12, 2021 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://youtu.be/9lI-wnJjvc0.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packet: 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:

  1. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  2. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
  4. To appear virtually to the Board of Supervisors for comments please email
    publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. 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.

Upcoming Town Hall Meeting on July 17

Our second Maysville District Town Hall Meeting will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 9:30 AM. This will be a virtual event via Facebook live, Zoom, and telephone. I hope you can attend or view the Town Hall meeting recording. We will cover the actions of our July 12 Board Meeting, and many other county projects and informational items. Details are below:

Click here to join with video live: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84360463953, or call in at 1-301-715-8592, meeting ID is 843 6046 3953. You can also join us via Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/MilesforMaysville/.

Updates Regarding Crossroads Community Services Board (CSB)

If you’ve been following the news regarding Crossroads CSB, there has been a lot of coverage regarding actions of the agency, which I serve as a voting member of representing Buckingham County. Below are news links regarding the actions we have taken to better protect a segment of our most vulnerable population at risk — those dealing with substance abuse, mental health, intellectual and developmental disability issues.

Contact Me

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 jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, 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.

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Vice-Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)
434-390-7023 

13170 West James Anderson Highway 

PO Box 188 

Buckingham, Virginia 23921 

www.MilesforMaysville.com

Special Edition of The Maysville Voice: Karl Carter appointed County Administrator of Buckingham County

I am excited to announce that, effective July 1, 2021, Karl R. Carter will serve as County Administrator of Buckingham County.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Monday, June 14, 2021 to appoint Carter, our current Assistant County Administrator, to the top county position. The board also unanimously agreed to advertise for the soon-to-be vacant position of Finance Director.

Mr. Carter, who possesses a wealth of county government skills, knowledge and talents, has served with the county for 15 years, starting as Finance Director, transitioning to Assistant County Administrator approximately 8 years ago. He has played an integral role in many successful projects and transitions, notably his involvement in the county budget and county finances, and supervision of other departments outside of finance.

I am excited to work with Mr. Carter in his new role come July! Please join me in congratulating him.

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming June BOS Meeting, VDOT Six-Year Road Plan, July 17 Town Hall, EMS Job Opportunities, Library Debt Restructuring, DMV Select Closure & More Community Highlights!

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.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 14, 2021 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://youtu.be/9lI-wnJjvc0.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packet: 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:

  1. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  2. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
  4. To appear virtually to the Board of Supervisors for comments please email
    publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. 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.

VDOT Six Year Road Improvement Plan

On Monday, we will hold our annual public hearing on VDOT’s Secondary Six Year Road Improvement Plan. You can find a link to the proposed plan in our board packet.

The roads located in the Maysville District at the top of the list for surface treating are the second half of the Red Road (on the Route 60 end) and the Hunters Road. I proposed switching Hunters Road with Red Road, putting Red Road slightly ahead of Hunters Road, for the following reasons: The unpaved portion of Red Road has 18 homes (with more going in) on it while Hunters Road, a dead end road, has three. Half of Red Road is paved, and the other half gravel and narrow with a dangerous curve right at Route 60 that urgently needs attention. I spoke with every resident of Hunters Road and they are understanding of this change.

Under this plan, VDOT says that the Route 60 end of Red Road would be surface treated this summer/fall and Hunter Road would be surface treated next summer/fall. I am very appreciative of the understanding and patience of those living on both Red and Hunters Roads.

Also on the plan for future improvement are Fitzgerald Road, Hilltop Road and Plantation Road, all of which lie in the Maysville District.

Upcoming Town Hall Meeting

Our second Maysville District Town Hall Meeting will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 9:30 AM. This will be a virtual event via Facebook live, Zoom, and telephone. I hope you can attend or view the Town Hall meeting recording. Details are below:

Click here to join with video live: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84360463953, or call in at 1-301-715-8592, meeting ID is 843 6046 3953. You can also join us via Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/MilesforMaysville/.

Our EMS Department is Hiring!

Restructuring Library Debt Service, Saving TAXPAYER’S Money

Because of many factors, namely the low interest rates, the county has a great opportunity to restructure the debt service paid to renovate the former Dillwyn Primary School building into the current library and community center.

This action will save the tax payers more than $390,000. The current principle amount outstanding is about $5 million and our interest rate on the current Lease Revenue Bond is 2.87%, which certainly we will see a much improved, lower interest rate, saving the taxpayer’s money.

DMV Select Closing

As you have heard, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has made the decision to close the DMV Select that has been located at Foster Tire for many, many years, at the end of June. Please note that this was not a County decision, but one made solely by the DMV. The county exhausted many options, and it is imperative DMV must find a better way to offer much-needed services to communities like ours in rural Virginia.

Chamber Photo Contest

The Buckingham Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its annual Photo Contest. Anyone who has a smartphone and snaps photos in Buckingham may have the winning photo! See contest rules here: https://www.buckinghamchamberofcommerce.com/ScannedfromaXeroxMultifunctionPrinter.pdf.

Anti-Litter Task Force Needs YOU!

Though our newly established Anti-Litter Task Force spearheaded our first spring cleanup that saw more than 260 bags of litter collected, we need more volunteers to serve on Task Force to get more work done as a team. If you are interested in serving, please call/text me at 434-390-7023. Duties of Task Force members include serving on a sub committee, helping during pick up events, and attending regular meetings. Help us pick it up, rather than passing it!

Contact Me

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 jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, 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.

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Vice-Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)
434-390-7023 

13170 West James Anderson Highway 

PO Box 188 

Buckingham, Virginia 23921 

www.MilesforMaysville.com

The Maysville Voice: Video of Town Hall Meeting, Broadband Update, How You Can Engage in Our Upcoming Monday Meeting, and More

I hope this newsletter finds you with power, internet and phone service following the storms we had on Tuesday in Buckingham! Thankful for the volunteer firefighters, EMS staff, emergency responders, and law enforcement who responded to the downed trees and other emergency situations. We appreciate you all!

Board Meeting on Monday

Our regular monthly meeting will be held on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 6 PM in the Peter Francisco Auditorium at the County Administration Complex on Route 60. The address is 13380 West James Anderson Hwy, Buckingham, VA 23921. I hope you will consider attending.

Here is a link to our Agenda and Board Packet: https://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Also, you can watch our meetings live on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

As always, I would very much like to hear from you on any issue. You can call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or stop by and visit me at 13170 W. James Anderson Highway (my house is beside Herbert Maxey’s law office on Route 60).

In Case You Missed It: Our First In Person Town Hall Meeting

We held our first in-person Town Hall meeting in April! Many thanks to District Four School Board Representative Joii Goodman, Sen. Mark Peake, and Del. Matt Fariss for attending and updating us. I am thankful for the large digital turnout and for those who attended in person.

We discussed the adopted budget, unchanged tax rates, state legislation recently address and changed, broadband, the logging equipment tax exemption that is being studied, CenturyLink’s service, and much more!

Here is a link to the video in case you missed it; please take a look and listen: https://www.facebook.com/MilesforMaysville/videos/2894790637467995.

Broadband Update

Many thanks to Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, FireFly, and Dominion for all of their work in seeking to provide high-speed broadband internet access to residents of Buckingham County.

There is a great deal of activity going in here in Buckingham regarding broadband expansion, and I am proud to support that. Click below to find an update from CVEC regarding their FireFly expansion: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gOWZq2819nZ-FjDCuA_AVbf4R5zMdzTz/view?usp=sharing.

COVID-19 Vaccine on Friday, May 14 (Moderna)

There will be opportunities for first and second doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday, May 14 at the new Buckingham Community Center at the former Dillwyn Primary School on Route 15 in Dillwyn!

It is very important, if you are willing and able, to get your COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccinations are safe and clinically proven to stop the spread of the COVID-19 infection. I had my shots in January, and I had very little side affects from both the first and second shots. If you have questions, please consult with a medical provider.

To register for your vaccination, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov, or call 1-866-VAX-IN-VA. If you know of an older adult who needs transportation to the clinic, call Piedmont Senior Resources at 434-394-0609 or 434-767-5588.

Tire Day is Saturday, May 15 @ Gene Dixon Ball Park

Cleaning Up Our Roadways

The Buckingham County Anti-Litter Task Force is working hard with volunteers to clean up Buckingham’s roads of litter and other debris. Many bags of trash have been collected, and we are appreciative of your hard work in doing your part in picking it up, not passing it up. Our celebration event will be held Saturday, May 15 from 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at the Community Pavilion behind the General Dollar in Dillwyn on Main Street to hand out prizes and commend those who have picked up litter in our county! Come join us!

VDOT Projects — REMINDER

There are two VDOT projects going ahead at full steam on U.S. Route 60 within a rock’s throw of each other. The first one is west of the Courthouse Village after the old Jessie Davis garage. This will be VDOT’s central Buckingham Area Headquarters for their equipment. In time, and Andersonville Headquarters in Andersonville on 640 will close. This new project will take roughly one year, allowing time to build the new location on 60. The Manteo Headquarters has been closed for some time, though people still park there and some equipment is there; no employees are assigned there. This new location on 60 will serve as Buckingham’s Headquarters for VDOT.

The second project is VDOT’s installation of turning lanes off of 60 at the approaches to 56 at Duck’s Corner. Please use caution when traveling through this area and the project east of this on on Route 60. The second project is VDOT’s installation of turning lanes off of 60 at the approaches to 56 at Duck’s Corner.

Contact Jordan

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 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.

Thomas “Jordan” Miles III

District Four/Maysville Supervisor

(434) 390-7023

13170 W. James Anderson Hwy.

PO Box 188

Buckingham, VA 23921

www.MilesForMaysville.com

The Maysville Voice: Our April Newsletter — Dissecting the Proposed Operating Budget With No Tax Increases, VDOT Projects; Anti-Litter Update, Vaccination Clinics; and More

I hope this edition of The Maysville Voice finds everyone well and in hopes of a great spring! It’s great to be able to get outside and do yard work, run, and enjoy the sunshine. There is a lot of information in this edition of our newsletter — most notably the proposed 2021-2022 Fiscal Year Operating Budget and proposed tax rates, which are set to remain unchanged. We will have a public hearing on our budget shortly after the Chairman calls our meeting to order at 6 p.m. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about the proposed budget.

Upcoming Monday Meeting Information

Our regular monthly meeting will be held on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 6 PM in the Peter Francisco Auditorium at the County Administration Complex on Route 60. The address is 13380 West James Anderson Hwy, Buckingham, VA 23921. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is limited access to seating due to social distancing.

Here is a link to our Board Packet: https://cms9files.revize.com/buckinghamcounty/april%2012%202021%20bd%20pckt.pdf. Also, you can watch our meetings live on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

As always, I would very much like to hear from you on any issue. You can call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or stop by and visit me at 13170 W. James Anderson Highway (my house is beside Herbert Maxey’s law office on Route 60).

A Dive into the Proposed Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Operating Budget — It’s Balanced with No Tax Increases

First, I am proud to say the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-2022 Budget is not only balanced, but maintains the 3-cent real estate tax rate reduction (we dropped the tax rate from .55 cents to .52 cents last year). There are NO tax increases incorporated into this proposed budget.

The total budget for this upcoming fiscal year is $67 million dollars. This is a big jump from the existing fiscal year due to the fact that we are receiving federal stimulus monies ($3.3 million), $961,000 for EMS fund, federal stimulus aid funds for the school division, and receiving $1.5 million from Dominion Energy to help support our Emergency Medical Services department.

I am proud to support this fiscally-conservative budget that very responsively spends your tax dollars. I ran on a platform of keeping your taxes low, and this budget does just that.

This proposed budget includes a 5-percent salary increase for a vast majority of school employees (which is mostly state-supported) including teachers, support staff, and many contracted staff. The school division is proposing to shore up those non-state supported contracted positions, which I support. Those non-contracted staff, who are not eligible for the 5-percent state-funded pay raise, such as dishwashers, will see their wages adjusted to a more equitable rate so no one is left behind.

This budget also allows for a 5-percent pay raise for our county staff, and adjusted increases for the salaries of our law enforcement officers in assisting in attracting talented, experienced candidates seeking to serve our community in such a noble professional role as our Sheriff’s Deputies. This was very important to me in creating the proposed budget in that our existing law enforcement officers deserve more equitable wages, and we need to shore up what we offer our newly-hired deputies to attract talented candidates.

More budget details

In the proposed budget, we are maintaining more than $7 million in our total beginning year balance and total reserves. This is due, in large part, to the fiscal responsibility of County Administrator Rebecca S. Carter, and Assistant County Administrator and Finance Director Karl R. Carter, along with department heads and staff.

Here is a link to the proposed budget: https://cms9files.revize.com/buckinghamcounty/Document_Center/Departments/Finance/PROPOSED%20BUDGET%20%202021-2022%20paper.pdf.

Help Get the Trash off of our Roads!

Pictured are members of the Anti-Litter Task Force.

During our Anti-Litter Meeting tonight (Thursday), we learned more about how members of several churches, individuals, businesses, Boy Scouts, and many other neighbors have gotten a head start on our 2021 Anti Litter Task Force Clean Up Campaign, which is wonderful. Lots of bags have already been picked up across the county, and we need your help!

Anti-Litter will provide orange bags. Prizes for those who pick up the most litter are eligible for Wal-Mart Gift Cards and other awards and prizes. VDOT will pick the bags up. To get bags, visit this website: https://www.buckinghamcountyva.org/Document_Center/Departments/Solid%20Waste/Buckingham%20Roadside%20Cleanup%20Application.pdf or email batf@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or you can call me at 434-390-7023.

This is the new and amended flyer for the Anti-Litter Task Force.

We are proud to see our community taking a stand to clean up Buckingham’s roadways. We are going to work hard to keep all ends of our county beautiful while protecting our environment. Once the clean up momentum started, it has been contagious, as we see in photos.

The Buckingham Anti-Litter Task Force (BATF) is committed to help all citizens in Buckingham County take the roadside litter issue seriously and has initiated a Spring 2021 Roadway Cleanup Event, starting April 22nd.

The Roadside Cleanup Event participation registration form will be available to print off the website below, or you can send an email request to batf@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov .

Registered pick up starts on April 22 and runs through May 13th.  There will be a Celebration Event on Saturday, May 15. More details will be found at: https://www.buckinghamcountyva.org/services/recycling_solid_waste/index.php

Two VDOT Projects along Route 60

There are two VDOT projects going ahead at full steam on U.S. Route 60 within a rock’s throw of each other. The first one is west of the Courthouse Village after the old Jessie Davis garage. This will be VDOT’s central Buckingham Area Headquarters for their equipment. In time, and Andersonville Headquarters in Andersonville on 640 will close. This new project will take roughly one year, allowing time to build the new location on 60. The Manteo Headquarters has been closed for some time, though people still park there and some equipment is there; no employees are assigned there. This new location on 60 will serve as Buckingham’s Headquarters for VDOT.

The second project is VDOT’s installation of turning lanes off of 60 at the approaches to 56 at Duck’s Corner. This project, much like the one at Sheppard’s Corner on 15, will take many months to complete. Please use caution when traveling through this area and the project east of this on on Route 60.

Second Vaccination Clinic is Next Friday, April 16 at Community Center

Buckingham’s 2nd COVID-19 vaccination clinic will take place on Friday, April 16th at the Community Center (former Dillwyn Primary School on U.S. Route 15 across from FasMart) from 8am-5pm. VDH is stressing the “appointment only”, so please have folks pre-register at https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/ or by calling 1-877-829-4682. If you know of an older adult in need of transportation to the clinic to become vaccinated, call Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging at 434-767-5588.

Contact Jordan

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 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.

Thomas “Jordan” Miles III

District Four/Maysville Supervisor

(434) 390-7023

13170 W. James Anderson Hwy.

PO Box 188

Buckingham, VA 23921

www.MilesForMaysville.com

Anti-Litter Task Force Announces Spring Clean Up; Orange Bags Available To Those Who Pick Up

Gift Cards and Other Awards Will Be Given To Registrants Who Pick Up Most Trash

There is no “fooling” around on April 1, or any day in April and May this year when it comes to litter along Buckingham’s roadways.

The Buckingham Anti-Litter Task Force (BATF) is committed to help all citizens in Buckingham County take the roadside litter issue seriously and has initiated a Spring 2021 Roadway Cleanup Event, starting April 22nd.

The new Anti Litter Task Force has been meeting for months to prepare for the 2021 Spring Clean Up.

“’Don’t pass it up. Pick it up.’ I couldn’t express it any better,” said, Sherrie Holbrook, Committee Chairperson. “Our BATF committee, county citizens and government see a local and statewide issue and has chosen to ramp-up a pick-up initiative.”

Anti-Litter will provide orange bags. Prizes for those who pick up the most litter are eligible for Wal-Mart Gift Cards and other awards and prizes. VDOT will pick up the bags once filled.

“We are proud to see the community taking a stand to clean up Buckingham’s roadways,” said Maysville District Supervisor and Board of Supervisors’ Vice-Chairman Thomas Jordan Miles III, who also serves on the Anti-Litter Task Force. “We are going to work hard to keep all ends of our county beautiful while protecting our environment. Once the clean up momentum starts, I hope it will be contagious.”

Whether it is on social media or friendly hometown chit chat, the need to clean up county road side litter has been heard and soon there will be feet on the ground walking the roadways of Buckingham County with those famous VDOT orange bags in hand.

“We’re calling on all of our neighbors, churches, hunt clubs, friends, social clubs, and everyone who wants to see a cleaner Buckingham to grab a bag and pick up trash near them,” Miles said.

The Roadside Cleanup Event participation registration form will be available to print off the website below, or you can send an email request to batf@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov . Registered pick up starts on April 22 and runs through May 13th.  There will be a Celebration Event on Saturday, May 15. More details will be found at: https://www.buckinghamcountyva.org/services/recycling_solid_waste/index.php

The Anti-Litter Task Force is committed to help all citizens in Buckingham County have the opportunity to participate and have ownership in the attractiveness of their community. Feel free to contact committee members via emails listed on the online or printed brochure.

Contact Me

Thomas Jordan Miles III

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)
jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov
434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

Buckingham, Virginia 23921

www.MilesforMaysville.com

The Maysville Voice: Budget Work Session on Wednesday, COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, and Anti-Litter Task Force Needs Your Help to Clean Up Buckingham!

We had a great Board of Supervisors Meeting on last Monday, March 8. You can view the meeting recording here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

Following are some updates and highlights from our meeting.

  • We approved a re-zoning request to allow Des Raj, owner of Route 20 Market, to expand his business.
  • We allocated $1,000 in support of the Buckingham Cattlemen’s Association request for support for their Local Beef Hub Project. They are applying for grant funds from the Virginia Tobacco Commission, USDA Rural Business Enterprise, and a Agricultural and Forestry Industry Development Planning Grant to resolve the local issues of limited beef processors’ capacity to increase local beef availability in the region and provide a wholesome safe beef product to our communities.
  • Many of you have asked about an update as to the FireFly Broadband Project that Central Virginia Electric Electric is undertaking. Below are updates.
  • Buckingham will have its first COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Community Center on Thursday. This is not an event folks can simply show up to. You must be pre-registered with the Virginia Department of Health by calling (877) 829-4682, or by visiting https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/. It is important that you check the list online, according to the Commonwealth.
  • Our Fiscal Year 2021-22 Budget Work Session is on Wednesday at 6 PM, after our joint meeting with the School Board at 5 PM. You can watch the meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

Let’s Clean Up Our County! We need your help!

There will be a Team Roadway Pickup April 22 –May 15, 2021 and a Specified Area Volunteer Pickup and Celebration (with awards) to end the event May 15, 2021. We will be creating sub-committees for registration, publicizing / marketing, fundraising, resource distribution, logistics planning and scheduling, and event day celebration festivities. And we need your help!

There is momentum to clean up our county roadways in Buckingham, and we need your help.

The Buckingham Anti-Litter Task Force (BATF) had a preliminary meeting February 12, 2021 and an in-person working meeting Feb 25 (our fourth BATF) with a full training presentation by Roger Eitelman, Keep Virginia Beautiful Central Region Team Leader.

He will also be helping BATF coordinate events with VDOT as well as Keep Virginia Beautiful / Adopt-a-Highway programs. The committee expedited a schedule to have a Spring Event and later a Fall Event.

There will be a Team Roadway Pickup April 22 –May 15, 2021 and a Specified Area Volunteer Pickup and Celebration (with awards) to end the event May 15, 2021. We will be creating sub-committees for registration, publicizing / marketing, fundraising, resource distribution, logistics planning and scheduling, and event day celebration festivities. And we need your help!

Consider attending our meeting on Thursday. See below:

Anti-litter Task Force ZOOM meeting

WHEN: Thur., March 18, 2021 Time: 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87559289607?pwd=UkhxQkNJOTNad1ZyVEVoVHRjdlRldz09

Meeting ID: 875 5928 9607

Passcode: 421899

One tap mobile

+13017158592,,87559289607#,,,,*421899# US (Washington DC)

For more info please contact Sherrie Holbrook 270-759-5100.

Contact Me

PLEASE always 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.

Thomas “Jordan” Miles III

District Four/Maysville Supervisor

(434) 390-7023

13170 W. James Anderson Hwy.

PO Box 188

Buckingham, VA 23921

www.MilesForMaysville.com

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming March 8, 2021 Board Meeting, COVID-19 Resources, Pre School Enrollment, and More

Let’s say hello to Spring and goodbye to winter this month! It’s been a sunny week and hopefully it will remain that way for a while.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors’ Meeting is Monday, March 8, 2021 at 6 p.m. in the Peter Francisco Board Room at the County Administration Complex. Here is a link to our Board Packet: https://buckinghamcountyva.org/Board%20Packets/2021/march%208%202021%20bos%20pckt.pdf.

Also, you can watch our meetings live on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

As always, I would love to hear from you on any issue. You can call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or stop by and visit me at 13170 W. James Anderson Highway (my house is beside Herbert Maxey’s law office on Route 60).

COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

The Statewide Pre-Registration System for the COVID-19 vaccine is live!  Please visit vaccinate.virginia.gov to pre-register for a FREE COVID-19 vaccine.

All individuals who have previously filled out a survey or form or signed up for a waitlist to be vaccinated through their local health district will be automatically imported into the new statewide system. Individuals will maintain their current status in the queue, and will be able to search that they are in the new system.

More information on the COVID-19 Vaccination: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/.

Attention Graduates! Talent Attraction Program is Open

The Virginia Tobacco Commission’s Talent Attraction Program (student loan repayment) is now accepting applications through April 30th for eligible graduates. Please take a look at our TAP program page for more info.

BCPS Preschool Registration For 2021-2022

Preschool applications for the 2021-2022 school year are available at the link below.  To ensure safety, registration will be by appointment only.  Please call 434-969-4490 to schedule your appointment.  Please click on the Buckingham Preschool Registration Flyer link for the dates and the requirements for applying.

Buckingham Preschool Application Form
Buckingham Preschool Registration Flyer

Make sure and follow updates and resources offered to students, parents, teachers and staff by visiting https://www.bcpschools.org/.

Contact Me

PLEASE always 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.

Thomas “Jordan” Miles III

District Four/Maysville Supervisor

(434) 390-7023

13170 W. James Anderson Hwy.

PO Box 188

Buckingham, VA 23921

www.MilesForMaysville.com