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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: 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

The Maysville Voice: Sentara to Donate Medical Building to County Following Strong Advocacy

As you know, last summer, we learned that Sentara/Buckingham Family Medicine would be closing in October after the practice operated for decades, keeping generations of Buckingham residents healthy with trusted medical guidance.

Sentara agreed to delay the closure for two months, until December 23, but that was not enough for the people of Buckingham County.

On a weekly basis since then, we have worked with Sentara in requesting them to gift the County the building and land of the former medical practice.

As I said last summer, “Sentara owes it to the people of Buckingham County to compromise. That’s all we’re asking, compromise. Meet us halfway.”

Through our tireless negotiations with Sentara, namely with Dr. Bruce D. Clemon, whom we appreciate a great deal for his hard work, Sentara is set to donate the building of the former practice and property to the county for the purposes of enhancing our community, and we want to seek another medical provider in Buckingham to continue to take care of our friends, family, and neighbors. We are in the legal negotiations of this now.

As I said last summer, “the people of Buckingham deserve to have healthcare options in this county…to us, it’s a no-brainer that we need options here. There’s 17,000 some odd people in this county and we’re going to have one doctor’s office. In 1920, a hundred years ago, we had more doctor’s offices than we do now and it’s 2020.”

See: https://www.nbc29.com/2020/09/13/sentara-shut-down-clinic-buckingham-county-leaving-thousands-patients-without-accessible-healthcare/

This is huge step for all of us in Buckingham in attracting another medical provider to our county.

The Central Virginia Community Health Services is to be applauded and acknowledged for taking on so many new clients and expanding their services during this time of transition. We also thank Dr. Mueller and the staff at the facility for their hard work and dedication to our community.

Nearly 2,000 people signed the petitions we circulated to seek to keep the facility open. More than 50 people gathered in September for the Chamber of Commerce’s March for Medical Care.

Many are to be applauded for this great win for Buckingham, namely, the patients and those who have relied in Buckingham Family Medicine for so long, the staff and doctors there, Sentara and their leadership, the leaders of the Buckingham County Chamber of Commerce, and, finally, Rebecca S. Carter, our County Administrator, who suggested early on that Sentara gift the county the building and land.

The Maysville Voice: February 2021

I hope everyone enjoyed the big snow we had last weekend.

As we normally do, we have a great deal to consider and discuss on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021 during our 6 p.m. Board of Supervisors Meeting. We will be discussing many topics, including a wonderful and welcomed announcement from Dominion Energy, tax revenue impacts from COVID-19, a re-zoning case for a business expansion, bids for a roof at the high school, agency committee/board appointments, a broadband update, and much more.

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).

Here is a link to our agenda and supporting documents: https://buckinghamcountyva.org/Board%20Packets/2021/feb%208%202021%20bd%20pckt.pdf.

Here is a link to the YouTube channel to view our meeting live: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Everyone is anxious about receiving their COVID-19 Vaccination. You can find updated information at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/piedmont/ or call 434-969-4244. Visit the new #VaccinatePiedmont webpage at https://scvnn.org/vaccinatepiedmont/. Central Virginia Health Services is also offering vaccines, as is Central Health (for existing clients). Please continue to have patience with this unprecedented process.

NEW: Vaccination Update from the Governor’s Administration

The Vaccine Summary Dashboard shows Virginia’s significant progress in vaccinations. As of today, Virginia ranks 9th among all states for percent of the population that has received at least one dose, and 10th for percent of available doses administered. More than 8 in 10 available first doses have been administered. (It is important to note that the number of doses shown as being “received” by hospitals and local health districts does not account for the doses they then redistribute to other partners such as physicians and pharmacies.)
The federal government has increased Virginia’s allocation of vaccine by approximately 23%, from 105,000 to 129,000 new first doses per week. While this is good news, the increase for each of Virginia’s 35 health districts is still relatively small. All states rely on the federal government to distribute vaccine doses by population, and the pace of incoming doses is not expected to increase again until March.
As part of a federal retail pharmacy program, 36 CVS Pharmacy locations in Virginia will soon receive a total of 26,000 first dosesbeyond Virginia’s normal allocation. The Commonwealth is working with CVS to identify locations and registration processes that will help promote equitable distribution. The number of weekly doses and retail locations as part of this program are expected to increase in the coming weeks.

As your supervisor, I have been advocating for increased doses of vaccinations here in Buckingham and in the Piedmont Health District, and will continue to do that. I participated in a Regional Virtual Town Hall recently, and you can see that here: https://www.facebook.com/FarmvilleAreaChamberofCommerce/videos/253297966207536. The town hall offers insight into the vaccination process from the Health Department, along with information on the safety of the vaccine.

Governor Calls On Schools To Reopen

Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday called on all K-12 school divisions in the Commonwealth to make in-person learning options available by March 15, 2021 in accordance with the health guidance the Northam Administration put forward in January and new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For Buckingham County School Board’s reopening plan, visit www.bcpschools.org.

Recognizing significant learning losses over the past year, Governor Northam also encouraged school divisions to offer classroom instruction during the summer months for those who choose. Governor Northam joined Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. James Lane, and State Health Commissioner Dr. Norm Oliver, MD, MA in applauding educators for their dedication to navigating a challenging and uncertain year, and highlighting data that show in-person learning is safe with proper mitigation measures in place. The governor, along with top state education and public health officials, communicated this goal to school superintendents on a call this morning and in a letter available here.

Changes at Library and New Mural

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the library is only doing curbside services. Please click here for more information: https://cvrl.net/.

Maysville District Resident Cris Arbo recently completed a beautiful mural in the new library space. Click this link to see a video of her awesome work: https://youtu.be/7YvqIVF52K0.

Please 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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information, New Drug Drop Box, Links to Coffee with Your Supervisor

Good evening everyone! 


I hope this email finds you and your family well and ready for February. 


I am writing to you to share resources regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. Vaccines are in short supply, and so is manpower at the Health Department. We just entered into Phase 1B, and it’s obviously taking a tremendous amount of time to reach the point we want to be at. Know that the Health Department is ready and willing to partner with agencies and counties, and the department is working very hard to get this done. I will continue to work hard to help and advocate for additional vaccines and manpower, not only for Buckingham, but our region. 


COVID-19 Information
Tomorrow, I will participate in a Regional Virtual Town Hall at 7 p.m. that will include the Virginia Department of Health to discuss vaccinations and their availability. You can watch this from the comfort of your home, using your phone or computer. Here is a link to the event: https://fb.me/e/cPfjchErZ. There will be much information shared during this town hall.

Central Virginia Health Services–Buckingham is pleased to announce that beginning Monday, 1/25, we will begin vaccinating our patients and community members under Phase 1B (those ages 65+ and essential employees). If you wonder if you are eligible for vaccination, please visit https://vdh.jebbit.com/amkwk6m1?L=Owned+Web&JC=Vaccine. Vaccines will be given on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, starting at 1:00 PM. There are limited vaccine spots, so appointments are required. You can also call 434-581-3271.

Centra Health is also offering vaccines per the phased approach. See more information here: https://www.centrahealth.com/SCH


New Prescription Drug Drop Off Box

Buckingham County has a new prescription drug drop off box, thanks to the work of the Sheriff’s Office. Click here for more information: https://www.farmvilleherald.com/2021/01/drug-drop-box-available/.
Links to Coffee with Your Supervisor Video
In case you missed our Coffee with Your Supervisor, here are links to the videos. There are two videos as there was an interruption with my feed. Video 1: https://www.facebook.com/MilesforMaysville/videos/502972867353007 2: https://www.facebook.com/MilesforMaysville/videos/132541695353650
As always, if you have any issue you’d like to discuss or for me to work on, please contact me anytime. 

Jordan


Thomas Jordan Miles III

Supervisor, Maysville District

13170 W. James Anderson Hwy.

PO Box 188

Buckingham, VA 23921

www.MilesforMaysville.com 

(434) 390-7023

Statement on Commercial Core Drilling

The action we took as the result of the motion I offered does not mean a gold mine is coming to Buckingham County. Let’s make that clear. My motion was a compromise to protect private property and environmental rights while remaining business-friendly. 

Our action was to amend the Zoning Ordinance to allow a common activity to be permitted — core drilling for commercial purposes. We heard from numerous experts from state agencies and groups, including the Department of Mines, Mineral and Energy and the Department of Environmental Quality, that stated this is a common and safe practice. I’ve seen core samples and they’re about three inches in diameter, and can vary in depth depending on the exploration. My motion was to define commercial core drilling as the exploration for the material, including but not limited to, mineral, stone, gas or rock, for commercial purposes, by core sampling/drilling and allow it as a by-right activity in the A-1, A-C, M-1, and M-2 Zoning Districts. We also defined “use” and “accessory use.”  


Rest assured that mining, of any kind, is a special-permitted use in the A-1 District that would have to go through public hearings, vetting, testimony, permitting, and potential conditions to protect human health and the environment if, in fact, a special use permit application were to be submitted, which has not taken place. Mining is a highly regulated process at the state and federal level. And, again, the Board of Supervisors would hear from the Planning Commission and the Board would vote on that permit. 

I very much enjoyed hearing from our citizens and those concerned about this very important topic. It’s important the public have a voice in this process. Many of the comments were geared toward the assumption that if the Board of Supervisors were to allow commercial core drilling to be a by-right use, then a gold mine would automatically be allowed to operate in the county. That’s not the case.   


What this action means is that essentially one has the right to sample what’s under the ground on their property to determine its mineral characteristics. In theory, it’s really no different than core sampling, say for a silo, road, or a garage. It’s my opinion that the government doesn’t have an interest in regulating core sampling. That’s a personal property right and should be by-right.

The Maysville Voice: Happy 2021! A Look at Our Meeting on Monday and looking back on 2020’s successes

Friends and neighbors,

Happy New Year! I pray you and your family are having a healthy, safe, and blessed 2021.

We’ve got a busy meeting coming up on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 at 6 p.m. in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on U.S. Route 60. I hope you will consider attending virtually, calling in, or writing us (there are restrictions on the number of people who can attend), via phone, or via YouTube.

Once uploaded, you can access the full Board Packet by clicking here: www.buckinghamcountyva.org.

You can click here to watch our meeting live: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA you can email publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov to submit public comment, or call 434-969-5039 to offer verbal public comment.

As always, I would love to hear from you on any issue important to you, including any issue in this newsletter. 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 Look Back at 2020’s Successes for Buckingham

The year 2020 was my first year to have the honor to serve and represent you on the Board of Supervisors. Overall, this has been one of the best experiences I have ever had or will have in my life, and I hope to continue it for many years to come.

Though 2020 was not the best year to remember, your Board of Supervisors was able to complete many projects and tasks for all of our citizens and taxpayers, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Reducing the Real Estate Tax Rate by three cents with many large projects going on. In addition, we were and will continue to be fiscally responsible stewards of your tax dollars and conservative in our spending. Much of our budgetary success is because of the work of County Administrator Rebecca S. Carter and her staff.
  • Having FireFly (via CVEC) Broadband begin their five-year roll out of high speed internet in Buckingham. Many have already been connected.
  • Strengthening and assuming control of our County’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations by investing and creating a better, more professional infrastructure — again without increasing tax rates.
  • Selling the former Gold Hill Elementary School to David and Ramona Christian, bringing in several hundred thousand dollars to our county, which will bring jobs to Buckingham through their business innovation.
  • Giving bonuses to our public school employees, along with our county staff.
  • Creation of the new Anti-Litter Task Force Committee to clean up our roadways.
  • Created the Economic Development Committee to bring more jobs into Buckingham.
  • Supporting our public schools in many ways, including investing about $100,000 for hundreds of hot spots for school students to use for remote learning.
  • Allotting at least $180,000 in CARES Act Funds to small businesses and nonprofits who demonstrated losses due to COVID-19.
  • Distributing hundreds of Health Equity Packages to residents, which included masks and hand sanitizer.
  • Our appointment to the Virginia Tobacco Commission, giving Buckingham a strong seat at the table.
  • And last but not least, the completion of the state-of-the-art, beautiful Library and Community Center which, again came in without increasing taxes rates.

These accomplishments came in large part due to the hard work of Mrs. Carter and her staff, along with the vision of our Board of Supervisors.

BeWellVA

BeWellVA, in conjunction with PAPSA, or Piedmont Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse, under the Crossroads Community Services Board, of which I am proud to represent Buckingham on, is promoting a positivity campaign during the struggles of COVID-19, which has been tied to vast increases in substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Please let me know if you’d like a yard sign to encourage positive messages for your neighbors.

If you have any questions about Crossroads CSB, visit our website here: http://www.crossroadscsb.org/.

How to Engage With Your Board of Supervisors During Our Meetings

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, our meeting will be live streamed on YouTube. Public Hearing Comments for our hearings will be received either in person at the meeting using social distancing guidelines 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 (Monday).

Update on Commercial Prospecting Matter

As I said last month, I maintain that we need to continue to be business-friendly to draw more commerce and private enterprise in Buckingham while protecting the rights of private property owners.

On Monday, we will hold a Joint Public Hearing with the Planning Commission regarding an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to do the following:

  1. Add “Registered Commercial Prospecting” as a Use by Right to A1, M1, and M2 Zoning Districts. 
  2. Define “Registered Commercial Prospecting” as the exploration for the material, including but not limited to, mineral, stone, gas, or rock for commercial purposes, by drilling, excavating, or other land disturbing activity for commercial purposes by an entity that has provided the following information to the Zoning Administrator:  name, contact information, location of prospecting, method of prospecting and length of time for the activity etc.

This proposal would leave mining as a special permitted use in Agricultural District, meaning that several public hearings, ample opportunity for public and other input, and scrutinizing conditions should a permit be recommended by the Planning Commission and ultimately approved by the Board of Supervisors.

I have reservations about the information that is needed (which will be public) regarding this “register” for commercial prospecting as it could very well allow for proprietary information to be disseminated, which could lead to a negative outcome for a business or enterprise seeking to locate in Buckingham. I welcome your thoughts on this. As a note, most every other county in the Commonwealth allows for core sampling as a by-right use, meaning no permit is required of the use.

The Board and Planning Commission have been discussing commercial core sampling/prospecting with regards to the previous commercial core sampling conducted by Aston Bay near Warminster Church Road, along with the potential for a mining operation for gold by Aston Bay.

Last month, we met with the Planning Commission to add “commercial prospecting” as a special use in the A-1 and M-1 districts, and making it by right in M-2; defining “commercial prospecting;” and adding that definition to the Zoning Ordinance; and leaving mining in A-1 as a special use permitted use in A-1 and M-1, hence why we are in the posture we are today with the pending hearing.

GO Virginia in Southern Virginia

I am proud to represent Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward counties, along with others in Southside Virginia, on the GO Virginia Region 3 Project Review Committee. GO Virginia is a business-led economic development initiative with funding to invest in collaborative projects that bring more business and opportunities to the commonwealth and lead to high-paying jobs in the region. For more information, click here: https://govirginia3.org/.

Please 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

http://www.MilesForMaysville.com