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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: Hearing in June for Mixed Use Housing and Business Development; Sawmill SUP Approved; 240 bags of litter picked up; Dominion Project Open House; Open House on Golding Mining Study, and More

The Maysville Voice: Hearing in June for Mixed Use Housing and Business Development; Sawmill SUP Approved; 240 bags of litter picked up; Dominion Project Open House; Open House on Golding Mining Study, and More

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those living in the Maysville District as to update those in and around our District as to actions voted on and being considered by the Buckingham Board of Supervisors.

We considered many items of interest, including voting on a public hearing on the potential sale of a large portion of the Industrial Park for the purposes of a mixed use housing and business development, approval of a Special Use Permit for a sawmill, the great success of the Buckingham Anti Litter Task Force, an upcoming Dominion Energy open house, and more.

Our latest Board of Supervisors regular meeting was held at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. If you were unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://youtu.be/TDuVuDWskvo.

Hearing to be Held on Monday, June 13 at 6 PM Regarding Sale of County Land for Mixed Use Project.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 to hold a public hearing on Monday, June 13, 2022 regarding the sale of a large portion of property of the County Industrial Park to Atlantic Investment Corp. for the purposes of a mixed use project that would include space for industry/business development and housing. I voted in favor of this action in order to hear from the public on this matter. The meeting begins at 6 PM and those who wish to speak need to sign up in person before 5:55 PM with the Clerk. You may sign up at and after 5:30 PM.

As the Board of Supervisors continues to consider the sale and potential development (by a private corporation, Atlantic Investment Corp. with Ted Lloyd as its principal) of 114 acres of the 136.438 acre county-owned industrial park, there has been a compromise/change in the number of single family dwellings and townhomes, which I was at the table for, bringing your concerns to the developer.

The developer is NOW seeking to see only around 67 town homes (about half what was originally proposed) constructed (opposed to 124 as earlier mentioned), 28 single family dwellings (1,800 sq. ft. minimum on half to 2.3 ac. Lots), and NEW 20 smaller (1,600 sq. ft. homes on 1.4 ac. Lots), which would replace the Third Phase (in the southern footprint of the original town home footprint) of the previously proposed town house development. Breaking this new proposal down:

  • The 67 town homes, selling at about $275,000-350,000 each, would add $16.75 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.
  • The 28 single family dwellings, selling at about $360,000 each, would add $10.8 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.
  • The 20 smaller single family homes, selling at about $345,000 each, would add $6.9 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.

This is a conservative total value added of $33.73 million to the county’s tax rolls. Again, this does not include sales tax revenue increases (more sales), personal property tax revenue (more vehicles, etc.) increases, and more investment by the business community in the county. This would equate to $175 thousand dollars in tax revenue increase, and, again, conservatively forecasting.

The value of that property recently with the Commissioner of the Revenue, and the 136 acres is assessed currently at $682,200. The land has been owned by the county for about 20 years and it has brought very little business to that property and has stayed off of the tax rolls. Something important to consider is that, based on how that 136 ac. park is currently zoned, a ConAgra industrial facility with massive lighting, smells, and other massive impacts to the community could locate in the industrial park by right, meaning that no special use permit nor public hearing would be necessary.

It is my intent, as the Maysville District Supervisor, to maintain our low real estate tax rate of $.52 cents per $100 of assessed value (which is less than half of the statewide average of $1.07 per $100 of assessed value), and grow our economic base as not to continue to burden the farmer, small parcel owner, and retiree and those on fixed incomes as prices continue to increase. Also, once our COVID-19 relief funding is depleted, along with the funding Dominion Energy allocated to the county, we are looking at essentially a $2 million per year need in new revenue to fund our rescue squad/Emergency Management Services, and, again, I do not intend to raise your taxes and it is my opinion that the county should be open minded to new avenues to take the tax burden off of those who own land in the county.

The developer wishes to also develop commercial and light industrial lots in the southwestern portion of the property. We are already seeing some interest and dialogue regarding this from prospects. There is some question as to how much it costs the local government to educate a school aged child, and that answer is roughly $3,400 per pupil per year. On top of that, our annual average daily membership (AADM) is down in terms of percentage per month and on a four year trend, especially at the middle and high schools, demonstrating we have space and will see more space in the lower level grades in our schools for more students.

There has also been concern about the price point for the homes. Looking at our April 2022 building permit report alone, we issued seven permits for homes valued conservatively at more than $210,000 – most of which are upwards of $300,000. In addition, I pulled permit values from January 2020-March 2022, and missed two months, and during that time frame the County issued 145 permits for new dwellings valued at $100,000 or more. The total value of those permits is $30 million, with the average home constructed at $207,000. This demonstrates a need for housing and the market meeting the price point.

Again, as to the county incentivizing the project, if $15 million of value is added to the tax base within five years from closing, the county will abate the $6,000 per acre sale of the property by $3,000 per acre. Taxes for five years on the developer will be the based taxes for the property without improvements. This will only be for the developer. As property is sold, the property will be taken at full assessed value. The developer expects to exceeds this forecast.

Also, there has been much discussion about the temporary tractor pull space off Wingo Road. The 2019 approved hotel on Wingo Road near the Rescue Squad building — which is a totally separate issue, is the reason for moving that tractor pull location, not this proposed mixed use development. The county is working with the Buckingham Fire Fighters Association on securing a new location for the pull.

Sawmill Permit Approved Unanimously

We held a public hearing regarding a Special Use Permit at 257 Sprouse’s Lane requesting use for a sawmill (this is off of Route 20 across from the Prison). The applicant/landowner agreed with all of the conditions, including a new and safer VDOT-recommended driveway entrance from Route 20 being installed per the VDOT Permit, with the driveway width to the sawmill being at least 15′ wide to accommodate proper ingress and egress of all traffic, to include emergency vehicles. Another condition included mandatory signage to alert the public of a Commercial Sawmill Entrance at the new entrance, and signage placed at Sprouse’s Lane to indicate No Truck Traffic.

Dominion Open House Regarding Economic Development Opportunity

Spring Anti-Litter Task Force Campaign Nets 240 bags of litter filled

Pictured are, from left, Anti Litter Task Force participants and supporters Mike Hart, Maggie Snoddy, Marie Flowers, Liz Jones, and Bro. George Deans. Team 602, led by Maggie Snoddy, took First Place during this year’s spring campaign.

The Buckingham Anti Litter Task Force recently celebrated its award winners during the annual Mayfest celebration in Buckingham.

“We are so impressed with the nearly 100 individuals who collected and filled 240 large bags of litter from along our roadways in Buckingham,” said Board Chairman and Maysville District Supervisor Thomas Jordan Miles III, who spearheaded the initiation of the Task Force. “We have some of the best and most community-minded people in the Commonwealth living here, and this is evidence of that. Litter along our roadways is a major issue and we are tackling it head on.”

First Place went to Team 602, led by Maggie Snoddy, which saw more than 35 volunteers who worked to clean up Buckingham’s roadways. They picked up 88 bags along Howardsville Road.

“I would like to thank all the wonderful participants who worked so hard the past two years in helping to keep our county and roads litter free,” said District Three Supervisor Don Matthews, who serves with Miles on the Task Force. Matthews also spearheaded the effort to revive the Task Force. “Thanks to all for a great job.”

Second Place went to St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, organized by Bro. George Dean, which had 14 participants picking up 37 bags along The Barn Road and Ranson Road.

Third Place went to the Buckingham County Democratic Committee, also organized by Snoddy, picking up 30 bags of trash with 11 participants in their individual neighborhoods.

This year, a total of 12 applications were submitted, and nearly 100 people picked up litter. 

In addition, the Buckingham Branch Rail Road picked up 26 bags, Boxley Inc. picked up 15, The Arvonia/New Canton Group picked up 12, Rock Spring Hunt Club picked up 10, Cindy Cook picked up 10, and Buckingham Lions Club picked up 7.

Statewide Committee to hold Open House Regarding Gold Mining

Other Actions

The Board of Supervisors also took the following actions:

  • The Board recognized the Central Virginia Community Health Services Center and the Buckingham Office of the Virginia Department of Health for their response to COVID-19 in outreach, education, vaccinations, and testing.
  • Approved the VDOT Six Year Road Improvement Plan.
  • Set a June public hearing regarding zoning ordinance and sign placement for public hearings
  • Allocated $2,500 for the Commonwealth Regional Council’s application for a grant being sought for the creation of a Regional Economic Development Organization
  • Voted to continue with seeking bids regarding renovation and repair of the damaged portions of the old portion of the Courthouse.
  • Approved allocations from federal funds to the sheriff’s office.
  • Support to VDOT to work with the county in erecting speed limit detectors/readers in the Court House Village and Town of Dillwyn.
  • The Board directed staff to develop a policy that would regulate the amount of tires one can have on their property (this is an issue that I have been hearing about for years).

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors

District Four Supervisor (Maysville)

434-390-7023

13170 West James Anderson Highway

PO Box 188

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming Monday, May 9, 2022 BOS Meeting: NEW Updates on Proposed 114-acre Mixed Use (Housing and Business) Proposal, Presentations for COVID-19 Efforts, Local Appropriations, Proposed Policy on Excess Tires, Public Hearing on Special Use Permit for Saw Mill, and More

 

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information for our upcoming Monday, May 9, 2022 Board Meeting.

***Please note that this newsletter has much NEW information on
the proposed 114-acre mixed use housing and industrial development being
proposed on property owned by the county known as the county industrial park,
which lies behind Wingo Road, around the Central Virginia Christian School and
John Deere Store, and along LeSueur Street. I want to hear from you on this
issue so please give me your opinion on this matter!***

We also will be considering and possibly taking action and
considering the following items
: A public hearing regarding a Special
Use Permit at 257 Sprouse’s Lane requesting use for a sawmill (this is off of
Route 20 across from the Prison); potentially purchasing speed readers for both
ends of the Court House Village and the Town of Dillwyn; presentations of
appreciation and congratulations to the Buckingham Health Department, Central
Virginia Community Health Center, and the Women’s Varsity Basketball Team; a
public hearing on our Secondary Six Year Road Improvement Plan for VDOT-maintained roadways; several appropriations for the Sheriff’s Office and Emergency  Services; and consideration of continuing with the repair and restoration of the older, original portion of the courthouse, among other items. Staff will get the board’s direction on a policy that would regulate the amount of tires one can have on their property (this is an issue that I have been hearing about for years).

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6
p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2022, 
in the Peter Francisco Board Room in
the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to
learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If
you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://youtu.be/TDuVuDWskvo.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packethttps://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 by using the following method:  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.

When you speak, please state your name, district, address, and which hearing you are commenting on. The three (3) minute rule will apply to public comments.

AGAIN, I ask that you read this carefully and in its entirety. This information is according to the developer and county documents. Again, I REALLY want to hear from you on this proposal.

NEW Update on Proposed 114-acre Mixed Use (Housing and Business) Proposal

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As the Board of Supervisors continues to consider the sale and potential development (by a private corporation,
Atlantic Investment Corp. with Ted Lloyd as its principal) of 114 acres of the 136.438 acre county-owned industrial park, there has been a compromise/change in the number of single family dwellings and townhomes, which I was at the table for, bringing your concerns to the developer.

The developer is NOW seeking to see only around 67 town homes (about half what was originally proposed) constructed (opposed to 124 as earlier mentioned), 28 single family dwellings (1,800 sq. ft. minimum on half
to 2.3 ac. Lots), and NEW 20 smaller (1,600 sq. ft. homes on 1.4 ac. Lots), which would replace the Third Phase (in the southern footprint of the original town home footprint) of the previously proposed town house development. Breaking this new proposal down:

·        The 67 town homes, selling at about $275,000-350,000 each, would add $16.75 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.

·        The 28 single family dwellings, selling at about $360,000 each, would add $10.8 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.

·        The 20 smaller single family homes, selling at about $345,000 each, would add $6.9 million in value to the tax rolls of the county.

This is a conservative total value added of $33.73 million to the county’s tax rolls. Again, this does not include sales tax revenue increases (more sales), personal property tax revenue (more vehicles, etc.) increases, and more investment by the business community in the county. This would equate to $175 thousand dollars in tax revenue increase, and, again, conservatively forecasting.

As noted before, before anything substantial happens, the Board must hold a public hearing on the sale of the
property as it is owned by the County. If that passes, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors must also hold hearings on rezoning the property, so there is ample time for public comment. I want to hear from you on this matter during our hearing.

The value of that property recently with the Commissioner of the Revenue, and the 136 acres is assessed currently
at $682,200. The land has been owned by the county for about 20 years and it has brought very little business to that property and has stayed off of the tax rolls. Something important to consider is that, based on how that 136 ac. park is currently zoned, a ConAgra industrial facility with massive lighting, smells, and other massive impacts to the community could locate in the industrial park by right, meaning that no special use permit nor public hearing would be necessary.

It is my intent, as the Maysville District Supervisor, to maintain our low real estate tax rate of $.52 cents per
$100 of assessed value (which is less than half of the statewide average of $1.07 per $100 of assessed value), and grow our economic base as not to continue to burden the farmer, small parcel owner, and retiree and those on
fixed incomes as prices continue to increase. Also, once our COVID-19 relief funding is depleted, along with the funding Dominion Energy allocated to the county, we are looking at essentially a $2 million per year need in new revenue to fund our rescue squad/Emergency Management Services, and, again, I do not intend to raise your taxes and it is my opinion that the county should be open minded to new avenues to take the tax burden off of those who own land in the county.

The developer wishes to also develop commercial and light industrial lots in the southwestern portion of the
property. We are already seeing some interest and dialogue regarding this from prospects. There have been questions as to how much it costs the local government to educate a school aged child, and that answer is roughly $3,400 per pupil per year. The remainder is paid for by the Commonwealth. On top of that, our annual average daily membership (AADM) of students is down in terms of percentage per month and on a four year trend, especially at the middle and high schools, demonstrating we have space and will see more space in the lower level grades in our schools for more students.

There has also been concern about the price point for the homes. Looking at our April 2022 building permit report
alone, we issued seven permits for homes valued conservatively at more than $210,000 – most of which are upwards of $300,000. In addition, I pulled permit values from January 2020-March 2022, and missed two months, and during that time frame the County issued 145 permits for new dwellings valued at $100,000 or more. The total value of those permits is $30 million, with the average home constructed at $207,000. This demonstrates a need for housing and the market meeting the price point.

Again, as to the county incentivizing the project, if $15 million of value is added to the tax base within five years from closing, the county will abate the $6,000 per acre sale of the property by $3,000 per acre. Taxes for five years on the developer will be the based taxes for the property without improvements. This will only be for the developer, not those who purchase the lots. As property is sold, the property will be taken at full assessed value. The developer expects to exceeds this forecast.

Also, there has been much discussion  about the temporary tractor pull space off Wingo Road. The 2019 approved hotel on Wingo Road near the Rescue Squad building — which is a totally separate issue, is the reason for moving that tractor pull location, not this proposed mixed use development. The county is activley working with the Buckingham Fire Fighters Association on securing a new location for the pull.

Bridge Road and Red Road Update

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Red Road, which lies between Routes 60 and 15, is on schedule to be completed by June 1, and state crews should be working on surface treatment around the second or third week of this month. As for the culvert replacement project on Bridge road, about eight weeks remains until complete.

Exciting Anti-Litter Task Force Campaign Update – More than 120 bags filled!

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📌Anti-Litter News! 📌 So far, our Buckingham Anti-Litter Task Force
has seen 122 bags of litter collected, 85 participants, and 10 application of
organizations and participants wanting to join this great effort! With this
being only May 5, this is amazing as we still have about *A FEW* days to go! Here
is a photo of bags of litter picked up by Buckingham Branch Rail Road (BBRR), a
great partner in our efforts!

 

CenturyLink’s Continued Issues

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Here is what I am told from CenturyLink is the reason for the most recent massive county outage, which led to days of no telephone for many older adults and small businesses:

“The root cause of the power issue with the switch was due to a commercial power failure. In response to the event, we have submitted a battery replacement request to help power the switch in case of a local failure.” I ask, why was not a backup in place before?

It’s past time for reaction instead of proactive efforts for telephone and internet services in Rural Virginia! I will continue to advocate for those who continue to struggle with the telephone company.

Contact Me

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As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

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: Upcoming Monday, April 18, 2022 BOS Meeting: Update on Proposed 114-acre Mixed Use (Housing and Business) Proposal, Public Hearing on FY 22-23 $63 million Budget with NO Tax Rate Increases, Special Use Permit Consideration for Saw Mill, and More

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming Monday, April 18, 2022 BOS Meeting: Update on Proposed 114-acre Mixed Use (Housing and Business) Proposal, Public Hearing on FY 22-23 $63 million Budget with NO Tax Rate Increases, Special Use Permit Consideration for Saw Mill, and More

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information for our upcoming Monday, April 18, 2022 Board Meeting. This meeting is on the third Monday of the month instead of the second Monday because of the adopted budget calendar change.  

***Please note that this newsletter has much information on the proposed 114-acre mixed use housing and industrial development being proposed on property owned by the county known as the county industrial park, which lies behind Wingo Road, around the Central Virginia Christian School and John Deere Store, and along LeSueur Street. I want to hear from you on this issue so please give me your opinion on this matter!***

We also will be considering and possibly taking action and considering the following items: A public hearing on our upcoming $63 million 2022-23 Fiscal Year Operating Budget (no tax rate increases in proposed budget), introduction of a Special Use Permit at 257 Sprouse’s Lane requesting use for a sawmill (this is off of Route 20 across from the Prison), an appointment to the Planning Commission representing District Three, and scheduling a public hearing for the new VDOT Six Year Secondary Road Improvement Plan. We will also be hearing from our auditor, Architectural Partners regarding the Courthouse Project, Davenport and McGuire Woods regarding refunding two Rural Development Bonds, and a presentation of a resolution in memorial for the late Planning Commissioner and Commission Chairman Pat Bowe.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://youtu.be/TDuVuDWskvo.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packethttps://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 by using the following method:  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.

When you speak, please state your name, district, address, and which hearing you are commenting on. The three (3) minute rule will apply to public comments.

Update on Proposed 114-acre Mixed Use (Housing and Business) Proposal

First, I ask that you read this carefully and in its entirety. This information is according to the developer and county documents. Again, I REALLY want to hear from you on this proposal.

The Board of Supervisors is considering the sale and potential development (by a private corporation, Atlantic Investment Corp.) of 114 acres of the 136.438 acre county-owned industrial park. Before anything substantial happens, the Board must hold a public hearing on the sale of the property as it is owned by the County. If that passes, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors must also hold hearings on rezoning the property, so there is ample time for public comment. I checked the value of that property recently with the Commissioner of the Revenue, and the 136 acres is assessed currently at $682,200. The land has been owned by the county for about 20 years and it has brought very little business to that property and has stayed off of the tax rolls.

The developer wishes to develop the property for about 124 town homes and about 23 single family dwellings, along with commercial and light industrial lots in the southwestern portion of the property. There is some question as to how much it costs the local government to educate a school aged child and I am verifying those figures and will report back.

Ted Lloyd, Principal with Atlantic Investments Corp., invited the Board and Planning Commission, and the public, to an informational, informal meeting on Monday at the Community Center at 6 PM. There was much new information presented and many good questions from the public. I will touch on this later.

According to the developer, as the project stands, if approved, he notes he will add $30 million of value to the tax base within five years from closing on the property. This is, in part, according to the sale price of both the single family homes and town houses. As to the county incentivizing the project, if $15 million of value is added to the tax base within five years from closing, the county will abate the $6,000 per acre sale of the property by $3,000 per acre. Taxes for five years on the developer will be the based taxes for the property without improvements. This will only be for the developer. As property is sold, the property will be taken at full assessed value.

The developer will be responsible for building internal roads to state specifications and having them accepted into the VDOT system. The County will have VDOT accept the current road into the state system, and at the end of year five, all roads will be state maintained (VDOT) roads.

During Lloyd’s presentation on Monday, he noted that the single family houses would be built first. If this is not successful, he noted he would transition the project into an older adult/retirement community. If Phase One is successful, he noted he would move to Phase One of constructing the townhouses in the property closest to Central Virginia Christian School. Starting in this phase, roads built to state specs would be constructed, and the developer would be working on preparing the commercial areas of the project, as described above. If phases Two and Three of building the townhouses is successful, the developer would then move to developing the Home Owners Association-operated tennis course, pool, and recreation center — only if 50 percent of the housing capacity has been met.

No lots will be sold as speculative investments to individuals or builders. Performance criteria and deed restrictions will apple, including HOA restrictions. Strict building minimums and front elevation standards will apply to all homes.

“As a result of the Knights Valley subdivision, new businesses will emerge to serve the public at large. These include personal services, eating establishments … Current business establishments will see an increase in demand for their services or project lines.”

According to the developer, a townhome could be sold at a price point between $250,000-350,000. A home could sell at $425,000.

Regarding traffic, which I have concerns about, among many other ramifications of this project, there would be a new road coming out on Wingo Road with two access points along Route 15, and a road that currently is used by the Christian School. Another road, he noted, would be built to the left of the John Deere store potentially to allow for ease of traffic in and out of the area in question.

In terms of housing standards, there would be 1,800 minimum of livable square footage, excluding garages. No above ground pools would be permitted, and junk cars would be banned, again, all in accordance of Home Owners Association (HOA) rules. No mobile homes and doublewides are allowed. All homes must be built on a poured, permanent cement foundation. Block will only be accepted on a case by case basis. Gravel to the homes doors or garage will not be permitted, homes will have not less than a 25-foot poured concrete or paver driveway adjoining the home. Vinyl facades will be approved on a case by case basis—a consistent aesthetic appeal is desired throughout the proposed development. Brick and high-end composite facades are preferred. Façade colors will be limited by the HOA and approved before building. Also, modular homes will be scrutinized for quality and appeal and approved on a case by case basis.

There is ample room for water and sewer capacity to handle what is being proposed.

The developer provided the following during his presentation:

  • More than $30 million will be added to the real estate tax base.
  • Applying the money multiplier with the new residents, expenditures will generate $2.8 million in new business revenue within five miles of the new homes.
  • No subsidized housing or Section 8 Housing is being built at this location.
  • The development is a planned community with a HOA for governing and managing its own internal affairs.
  • The swimming pool, clubhouse, and possible tennis courts belonging to Knights Valley resident and managed by the Knights Valley HOA is a private facility.  A majority of residents can decided to allow public use of those facilities.
  • “Motor Vehicle flow will have enhanced throughways for ingress and egress upon completion of the project.”

Also, there has been much discussion about the temporary tractor pull space off Wingo Road. The 2019 approved hotel on Wingo Road near the Rescue Squad building — which is a totally sperate issue, is the reason for moving that tractor pull location, not this proposed mixed use development. The county is working with the Buckingham Fire Fighters Association on securing a new location for the pull.

Red Road to be Hard Surfaced by June 1

According to VDOT, Red Road, which is not half hard surfaced, will ALL be fully hard surfaced by June 1. Much work, including widening and graveling and ditching has been completed on the road, which is seeing many new homes and families moving in. While the road is scheduled to be completed by June 1, next week VDOT crews will continue to work on stone and drainage.

Bridge Road (Route 644) is Temporarily Closed

Route 644 – Road closing. Motorists should expect d­elays due to a bridge rehab project on Route 644 in Buckingham County. Route 644 (Bridge Road) will be temporarily closed from Route 24 (Mt. Rush Hwy) to Route 638 (Dixie Hill Road). Road closure is scheduled to begin March 28, 2022 and is planned until May 06, 2022. VDOT says this bridge currently only has a rating of fair.  This project will fix deficiencies and ultimately keep the bridge from having to become posted with weight restrictions.

Anti-Litter Task Force Campaign Prepares to Kick-Off!

Please consider helping clean up OUR COMMUNITY!

Grant Opportunity for Houses of Worship

Houses of worship (churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, etc.) 

are invited by Virginia Department of Health to apply for 

·        up to $20,000 or as little at $1000 for program(s) that 

·        address social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19 health disparities, 

·        with special interest in applicants with programs that will serve racial and ethnic minority groups, and rural communities

The Virginia Partners in Prayer & Prevention (Virginia P3) programming made available through the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Health Equity facilitates partnerships between marginalized communities, faith and interfaith organizations and the state public health agency. This programming focuses on building a community infrastructure for wellness and health equity. VAP3 collaborative approach supports the establishment and strengthening of faith and interfaith consortia in engaging upstream prevention (the social determinants of health) as well as primary and secondary prevention activities to better the health of their respective congregations and communities.* Virginia Partners in Prayer & Prevention programming serves to broaden the scope of prevention on several key public health issues disproportionately impacting underserved and marginalized communities.

*What does ‘upstream prevention’ and ‘social determinants of health’ mean?  

These are needs in the community that are not being met, or not being met completely, that can lead to poor health including Covid infections.  There are many ‘upstream’ issues and ‘social determinants’.  Some examples might be:

low literacy: so  a faith group might consider seeking funding to offer literacy programs in their congregation (perhaps as part of a summer Bible School, or a family reading program, etc)

·        lack of empowerment to seek better health: so a faith group might consider seeking funding to have a series to learn how their faith tradition promotes concern for health, family health, community health

·        poor access to health information: so a faith group might consider seeking funding to bring health providers – e.g. a series of Sabbath suppers, etc –  into the congregation to talk about health issues

·        and many more ideas.   The best ideas are the ones you know are needed or can work well in your faith community and local community! 

Learn more at the website linked – 

Visit eva.virginia.gov to review 

RFA 2022-02-OHE 

and find additional guidance for applicants.

If any prospective applicant has questions about the specifications or other application documents, the prospective applicant should contact the Program officer indicated below no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2022 (COB).  

Veronica Cosby, VAP3 Program Manager, Email: Veronica.cosby@vdh.virginia.gov, Phone:(804) 864-7361

If any prospective applicant has questions about the specifications or other application documents, the prospective applicant should contact the Program officer indicated below no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2022 (COB).  

Taxes due on Friday, and Please get your County Sticker!

Please don’t forget to file your federal and state income taxes, and to purchase your $25 county sticker, which is purple this year. This sticker allows you unlimited access into all of our solid waste sites to dispose of household waste, along with recyclables and construction debris and donated clothing in the blue boxes.

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming Monday, April 18, 2022 BOS Meeting: Update on Proposed 114-acre Mixed Use (Housing and Business) Proposal, Public Hearing on FY 22-23 $63 million Budget with NO Tax Rate Increases, Special Use Permit Consideration for Saw Mill, and More

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming Monday, March 14, 2022 BOS Meeting: Public Hearing on Transfer of Building to Centra Health, Hearings, Budget Requests, Carter G. Woodson Day, Vaccination Clinic, Holding CenturyLink Accountable, Bridge Road Closure

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming Monday, March 14, 2022 BOS Meeting: Public Hearing on Transfer of Building to Centra Health, Hearings, Budget Requests, Carter G. Woodson Day, Vaccination Clinic, Holding CenturyLink Accountable, Bridge Road Closure

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information from our upcoming Monday, March 14, 2022 Board Meeting. We are meeting with the Virginia Department of Transportation at 5 PM to review and amend the Six Year Improvement Plan for state maintained roads, and I have several issues to bring up after hearing from you about many concerns on many roads in our District.

We will be considering and possibly taking action on the following items: Action following a 6 PM public hearing of the transfer of the former Sentara Buckingham Family Medicine Building to Centra Health (which I am thrilled and very excited about that we potentially are seeing a new doctor’s office in Dillwyn); several budget request presentations; a presentation from the Commonwealth Regional Council regarding a repayment due to their excess of revenues; a 6 PM hearing regarding adoption of a solid waste fee ordinance; tire day appropriation; considering an appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals and to the Planning Commission to replace former District Three Commissioner Pat Bowe, who passed away last month.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packethttps://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.  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.
  2. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  4. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
  5. 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.

Bridge Road (Route 644) to Temporarily Close

Route 644 – Road closing. Motorists should expect d­elays due to a bridge rehab project on Route 644 in Buckingham County. Route 644 (Bridge Road) will be temporarily closed from Route 24 (Mt. Rush Hwy) to Route 638 (Dixie Hill Road). Road closure is scheduled to begin March 28, 2022 and is planned until May 06, 2022. VDOT says this bridge currently only has a rating of fair.  This project will fix deficiencies and ultimately keep the bridge from having to become posted with weight restrictions.

CenturyLink’s Ongoing Infrastructure Issues

Last night (Tuesday, March 8) we had the slightest bit of rain, which resulted in many neighborhoods losing their telephone dial tones and internet. I continue to work with their representatives on repairing these outages and investing in their infrastructure. I am also working with many other localities on being a voice for Rural Virginia as the State Corporation Commission considers the transfer of control of the parent company to a new firm. I promise I will continue to work to hold CenturyLink accountable to the people of Buckingham and Rural Virginia.

Carter G. Woodson Day Approaching in April

I was pleased to meet with the Forward 2020 and other representatives regarding Carter G. Woodson Day, which will be held in April at Historic Buckingham Inc. at Lee Wayside off of Route 60. See below for details!

Vaccine Clinic Coming to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Glenmore, Co-Sponsored by Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

The Maysville Voice: Upcoming Monday, March 14, 2022 BOS Meeting: Public Hearing on Transfer of Building to Centra Health, Hearings, Budget Requests, Carter G. Woodson Day, Vaccination Clinic, Holding CenturyLink Accountable, Bridge Road Closure

Special Edition of The Maysville Voice: Facts about the Proposed Riverstone Solar Facility–Public Hearing on Monday at 6 PM

Friends and neighbors:

This is a Special Edition of The Maysville Voice relating to facts about the Proposed Riverstone Solar Project Special Use Permit.

We will take up the proposed 149.5 mega watt solar facility as an introduction from staff for a Special Use Permit and Siting Agreement on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 during a joint hearing with the Planning Commission on this matter at 6 PM in the Peter Francisco Auditorium in the County Administration Complex.


This newsletter will serve as a recap and update of the status of the Riverstone application for a special use permit (SUP) in Buckingham County.

Please read the facts below and visit links below for the proposed Siting Agreement, Erosion and Sediment Control Factsheet, Special Use Permit Conditions, and more.
WHAT IS IT?
Riverstone is applying to establish a utility scale solar farm in Buckingham County. The size of the solar farm is 149.5 MW. The footprint of the entire project is limited to 1,765 acres.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Riverstone Solar, LLC (Riverstone) is a company associated with Apex. Apex is the project developer.
Weyerhaeuser is a corporation and the land owner on which the project will be built.
Weyerhaeuser has as part of its business timberlands and wood products.
No individual property owners are involved in the footprint of the project. There are, of course, adjoining landowners who are individuals.
Buckingham County is involved because Apex/Riverstone is seeking a special use permit from the County to build this project. The County Zoning Ordinance requires a special use permit for this use.
IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM THE PREVIOUS SUP THAT WAS APPROVED?
This is a new application totally separate from the earlier SUP relating to Apex/Riverstone approved by the Board of Supervisors.
This project is for a larger area (35 acres) that is involved only for parking and storage. The decision on this SUP does not change the County’s approval of the earlier Apex/Riverstone SUP.
WHAT WILL BE THE COUNTY’S ROLE IN THE PROJECT?
If the project is approved, there are extensive conditions in the special use permit.
The County has responsibility for making sure there is compliance with the conditions and permits. This will be accomplished by review, monitoring and enforcement.
The County has also negotiated a siting agreement with the applicant that will relate to this project. The siting also has requirements and conditions independent of the SUP conditions.
The County will also negotiate a decommissioning agreement with the applicant that controls the closure of the project.
If the project is approved, the County will be involved in the application and approval of the sediment – erosion control permit. The County will be engaging professional services to help with this. That will be at no expense to the County.
The County will have to issue a building permit for this project and will have to approve the construction as it progresses. Additional inspectors will be hired, again at no expense to the County.
The County will hire professionals to make sure that the permit relating to erosion and sediment control is implemented correctly; that there is compliance and appropriate response to any issue that may result. This includes stop orders. Again, these experts will be hired by the County at no expense to the County.
WHY IS THIS PROJECT IN THIS AREA OF THE COUNTY?
Weyerhaeuser is a corporation that manages and timbers land. It owns the property where this project will be constructed. Commercial solar projects, such as the one proposed by Apex/Riverstone, require transmission lines and need to locate in proximity to those transmission lines. There are two major transmission lines in Buckingham. Generally, one runs from the Scottsville area to the power station at Bear Garden. The other runs from Bear Garden south, crossing US Route 60 near the Cumberland County line. The proximity to the transmission is why this project is being constructed in this area of the County.
ARE SOLAR PROJECTS SAFE?
Solar projects of this size exist throughout the State of Virginia, throughout the United States, and throughout the world.
Solar is recognized as one of the safest forms of producing energy. There are no air emissions and are no medical/health hazards associated with the production of electricity from solar.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR THE COUNTY?
The county will receive significant financial benefits from this project. Those benefits will come to the county in multiple ways.
First, Buckingham County will receive payments authorized by the State of Virginia for each megawatt of capacity of this site. This payment will increase every 5 years as authorized by law. In about 2 years, if this project goes on line, the payments will be $1450 per megawatt. That means each year Buckingham County will receive more than $200,000 per annum from the solar revenue share. That amount will increase in future years. $200,000 is approximately a penny and a half on real estate tax.
Second, Buckingham County will receive additional real estate taxes from the increased value of the land involved in this project. It is expected that the value of the land involved inside the fence on this project will be taxed at a value of $10,000-$12,000 per acre. The current assessment of this land is substantially less than that. So the project will generate additional tax revenue.
Third, the siting agreement provides for additional payments to Buckingham County. If approved, Apex/Riverstone, will pay to Buckingham County $1,750,000, $250,000 for a building permit, and $400,000 for the county to use for evaluating, monitoring, inspecting, and compliance assurance concerns relating to this project.
In total, the expected financial benefit to Buckingham County is expected to exceed $14 million over the life of the project.
This will help stabilize and reduce the pressure on the need to increase real estate and personal property taxes.
WHAT DEMANDS WILL THIS PROJECT MAKE ON THE SERVICES OFFERED BY BUCKINGHAM COUNTY?
This project will not increase the demand for services from Buckingham County.
The demands on law enforcement will not be significantly increased.
The demands on emergency services will not be increased significantly.
The developer will be working with EMS and the fire department to make sure if a response is needed it will be appropriate.
No new infrastructure will be required from the County.
WHAT ABOUT THE IMPACT ON THE PROPERTY VALUES ADJOINING OR NEAR THE PROJECT?
Studies that have been conducted show that there is no significant decrease in property values in the counties where these projects are built.
WILL YOU BE ABLE TO SEE THIS PROJECT AFTER IT IS CONSTRUCTED?
After the project is constructed and the buffering has grown you will not be able to see the solar panels or the substation of this project.
If the project is approved, the conditions of the special use permit require a buffering around the project so that the visibility of the panels etc. will be obscured.
WILL THE TREES BE CUT DURING THIS PROJECT?
Weyerhaeuser is a corporation in the timber business. The trees will be timbered on this land regardless of whether this project is built or not. If the project is built, there will be a natural built required to be built around the project so that the visibility of the solar panels etc. are obscured.
WILL THE ENTIRE PROPERTY BE GRADED?
No. Only certain areas.
WHAT ABOUT EROSION AND WATER RUNOFF DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT?
This project may seem large, but the County is requiring that it be developed built in phases. The project, in terms of the erosion and sediment control issue, will involve four phases. Certain things need to happen with each phase before the next phase can be begin. Thus, it a becomes a more manageable project.
Also, it is helpful to understand how the permitting process works to answer this question: At this point, the County only has preliminary drawings dealing with erosion and sediment control and runoff. With the current status of the application, neither DEQ or other state agencies will comment specifically on the requirements of this project. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA is not involved in this project and will not be if the SUP is approved and the project moves forward.
DEQ will only become involved if the project goes forward, after approval.
The County will be actively involved in this. The County, in the siting agreement, is having the applicant pay Buckingham County for costs that may be incurred by the County to review the application for the settlement and erosion control permit so that the county will be able to have input on that permit. The county will be
able to hire its own engineers and consultants to do this. It will not be relying on the engineers of the applicant.
The County, in the siting agreement, is having the applicant pay Buckingham County for the costs that may be incurred by the County to monitor the project as it is constructed. If there are violations of the project the County has the ability and the proper circumstances to issue stop orders until the problems are solved. DEQ also has enforcement authority with this project.
WHAT ABOUT TRAFFIC DURING CONSTRUCTION?
Buckingham County recognizes that there will be increased traffic during construction.
The County is addressing this by requiring a traffic management plan. It will also work with VDOT to ensure proper speed limits and construction zone signs.
Law enforcement, the Sheriff’s Department and the Virginia State police, will participate in the enforcement of these restrictions.
ARE THE ROADS ABLE TO HANDLE THIS TYPE OF TRAFFIC?
The roads that serve this project currently have no restrictions placed on them by the Virginia Department of Transportation. That suggested that the roads are able to handle the traffic. Any concerns will be addressed in the traffic management plan to ensure the safety of these roads.
WHERE WILL ALL THE WORKERS STAY?
Workers will stay in various accommodations around the area, including hotels and motels in Buckingham County and other jurisdictions.
The County will not allow camping or trailers, etc. on the property being developed. Camping facilities and mobile home parks in Buckingham County must be approved by the County before they can operate.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE SOLAR FARM IS NO LONGER OPERATING?
When the solar farm is no longer operating, it will be decommissioned and disassembled. The County will have a decommissioning agreement to insure that happens. The cost of decommissioning will be assured by a bond with surety. Salvage value will not be included in the estimated cost of decommissioning. The cost is reviewed and revised periodically, every five (5) years, and the cost and bond and surety are adjusted accordingly.
ARE THERE OTHER THINGS THAT ARE BEING DONE TO MAKE SURE?
The County has added substantial conditions to the SUP to make sure this project is appropriate.

Public Comments may be made in person or by using the following methods:

  1. In person Public Comments must sign up to speak. Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.
  2. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  4. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434‐969‐5039
  5. 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.

Riverstone Solar Farm Update and Fact Sheet
Riverstone Solar Proposed Special Use Permit Conditions
Riverstone Solar Siting Agreement
Riverstone Solar ES and SWM Summary
Communication Methods for the Public Hearing

Special Edition of The Maysville Voice: Facts about the Proposed Riverstone Solar Facility–Public Hearing on Monday at 6 PM

The Maysville Voice: A Recap of Our Valentine’s Day Meeting on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022

The Maysville Voice: A Recap of Our Valentine’s Day Meeting on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022

Welcome to the Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who live and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor.

First off, I participated virtually during our Monday, Feb. 14. 2022 meeting due to the fact that I had a direct exposure to a serious case of COVID-19. As I have said, if you are able, please get vaccinated and boosted. See below for two upcoming clinics in our community.

We held four public hearings, including the following: a special use permit to consider an AirBnB and event center on Route 24. As this SUP contains a portion of property in my district, I have been in constant communication with the applicant since and prior to our Monday meeting. We amended the advertised conditions to reflect the following, which I discussed with the applicant prior to our meeting: No more than 2,000 guests rather than 3,500, a max of 200 people in planned in attendance before law enforcement is notified three weeks prior to any event (rather than 300), notifying adjoining landowners before any large event, and no music between 9 PM and 11 AM (rather than 9 PM and 8 AM). While I was not in support of the original project conditions, I voted in favor of the amended conditions.

We also approved an AirBnB and Breakfast, campsites, and an event center; continuing the agricultural use that has been consistent with the existing Special Use Permit at the BARN on Route 60; and a Special Use Permit for an AirBnB on Belle Meade Lane.

We also took up two small-scale solar facilities, which were approved. Both, which will be located on Gravel Hill Road and Route 20, are 2 megawatts and on small parcels.

We honored former longtime Planning Commissioner Dabney Crews, who served on the Buckingham County Planning Commission for many years, and offered leadership, guidance, and sound planning advice to the Commission and Board. J.D. Crews has been appointed to represent the Maysville District.

We also heard from the school division regarding budget updates (mostly federal monetary changes), which we approved; reaffirmed our vote for the incentive package for the proposed new hotel—which is a go; agreed to explore refinancing two holder high rate loans; discussed consideration of joining a new regional economic development organization the CRC is working on; accepted a $17,000 donation from Kyanite Mining Corp. to the Buckingham County Department of Emergency Service; accepted $15,000 back from the County Extension Office, approved an lease agreement with the Buckingham County Youth League for the use of Gene Dixon Memorial Park; agreed to hold a public hearing in March regarding our Solid Waste Ordinance; among other business.

Second Public Hearing Coming for Solar Facility on Feb. 28 – A Joint Hearing

We will soon take up, again, the 149.5 mega watt solar facility as an introduction from staff for a Special Use Permit. We scheduled to set a Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 joint hearing with the Planning Commission on this matter. In November, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-2, following a very lengthy public hearing, to approve of this facility that would be sited on roughly 2,000 acres in northeastern Buckingham County.

The solar panels would encompass about 900 acres of the 2,000. Last year, I intently listened to and read all submitted comments from the public during the meeting, and engaged with landowners and those with concerns and supporters of the project. The numerous conditions and rules we have approved and the siting agreement for Riverstone go above and beyond in ensuring that this project will ensure the protection of the environment and the well-being of those who live near the project’s footprint. These include a 350-foot setback from existing residences, buffers within and around the entire project, strict erosion and storm water control measures, wildlife corridors, numerous runoff basins, and third party, professional consultants to review all plans before construction. Additionally, this is clean, green energy and Buckingham will benefit from this project. Solar energy is clean, safe, and ecologically beneficial. The project will emit no carbon pollution, release no heavy metals, acid gases or small particles, and require no water to operate.

Riverstone Solar represents an initial capital investment of about $190 million. Based on the county’s adoption of the revenue share ordinance option, it is estimated that the project will initially contribute about $209,000 per year. This amount will escalate by 10 percent every five years, with the total county revenue under the revenue share anticipated to be about $12.7 million over the project’s 40 year life. Additionally, the project will contribute real estate taxes that are estimated to be around $2.1 million over the project’s 40 year life. In November, we also voted 4-2 on the siting agreement, which we will also hold a public hearing on Feb. 28. This memorializes many of the financial benefits of the project, including professional, third party reviews of the project.

Riverstone will create about 480 full-time equivalent positions during construction, many positions of which will be targeted for Buckingham County residents, representing about $24.3 million in wages in our county’s construction sector. Once operational, Riverstone will provide more than 355,400 megawatts of clean, green energy to the local transmission grid, which is enough to power about 30,000 homes annually. Several full time jobs will be created after construction, which, again, will be targeted toward hiring Buckingham residents.

VDOT Projects

Route 24/60 – Installing centerline markings on Route 24. See photo below.

Route 665 – Road closing. Motorists should expect delays due to a culvert replacement project. Route 665 (Fanny White Road) will be temporarily closed from Route 631 (Troublesome Creek Road) to Route 60 (James Anderson Hwy). Road closure is planned until March 11, 2022. 

Piedmont Health District Offers Five COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

in Prince Edward, Buckingham Counties

FARMVILLE, Va. – The Piedmont Health District will offer five additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics next week in Prince Edward and Buckingham counties. The clinic will offer first, second, additional primary and booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccines at no cost to the public.

The times and locations of the clinics are:

Monday, February 21               9 to 11 a.m.               Farmville Farmer’s Market, 213 North St., Farmville

Monday, February 21               2 to 5:30 p.m.            Dollar General, 8255 Patrick Henry Highway, Green Bay

Wednesday, February 23         11 a.m. to 1 p.m.       Farmville Farmer’s Market, 213 North St., Farmville

Friday, February 25                  10 to 11:30 a.m.        The Crystal Cathedral, 16764 Oak St., Dillwyn

Friday, February 25                  2 to 5:30 p.m.            Dollar General, 4814 Penlan Road, New Canton

These clinics are all outdoors. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Our next Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. This will serve as our Joint Public Hearing with the Planning Commission with regards to the large solar project. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

Here is a link to where our agenda and full Board Packet will be posted: https://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the

packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.

Public Comments may be made in person or by using the following methods:

 In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.

Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.

Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.

Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039

To appear virtually to the Board of Supervisors for comments please email 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.

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

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 Feb. 14, 2022 BOS meeting

Welcome to the Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who live and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information from our upcoming Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 Board Meeting.

What’s Coming Up Monday Night

We have four public hearings scheduled to address the following: a special use permit to consider an AirBnB and event center on Route 24; an AirBnB and Breakfast, campsites, and an event center; continuing the agricultural use that has been consistent with the existing Special Use Permit at the BARN on Route 60; and a Special Use Permit for an AirBnB on Belle Meade Lane. We will also take up two small-scale solar facilities, honor former longtime Planning Commissioner Dabney Crews, hear from the school division regarding budget updates, discuss the proposed new hotel, discuss refinancing two holder high rate loans, discuss consideration of joining a new regional economic development organization the CRC is working on, and more.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packethttps://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.  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.
  2. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  4. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
  5. 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.

Second Public Hearing Coming for Solar Facility

We will also soon take up, again, the 149.5 mega watt solar facility as an introduction from staff for a Special Use Permit. We are scheduled to set a Monday, Feb. 28, 2022 joint hearing with the Planning Commission on this matter. In November, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-2, following a very lengthy public hearing, to approve of this facility that would be sited on roughly 2,000 acres in northeastern Buckingham County.

The solar panels would encompass about 900 acres of the 2,000. Last year, I intently listened to and read all submitted comments from the public during the meeting, and engaged with landowners and those with concerns and supporters of the project. The numerous conditions and rules we have approved and the siting agreement for Riverstone go above and beyond in ensuring that this project will ensure the protection of the environment and the well-being of those who live near the project’s footprint. These include a 350-foot setback from existing residences, buffers within and around the entire project, strict erosion and storm water control measures, wildlife corridors, numerous runoff basins, and third party, professional consultants to review all plans before construction. Additionally, this is clean, green energy and Buckingham will benefit from this project. Solar energy is clean, safe, and ecologically beneficial. The project will emit no carbon pollution, release no heavy metals, acid gases or small particles, and require no water to operate.

Riverstone Solar represents an initial capital investment of about $190 million. Based on the county’s adoption of the revenue share ordinance option, it is estimated that the project will initially contribute about $209,000 per year. This amount will escalate by 10 percent every five years, with the total county revenue under the revenue share anticipated to be about $12.7 million over the project’s 40 year life. Additionally, the project will contribute real estate taxes that are estimated to be around $2.1 million over the project’s 40 year life. In November, we also voted 4-2 on the siting agreement, which memorializes many of the financial benefits of the project, including professional, third party reviews of the project.

Riverstone will create about 480 full-time equivalent positions during construction, many positions of which will be targeted for Buckingham County residents, representing about $24.3 million in wages in our county’s construction sector. Once operational, Riverstone will provide more than 355,400 megawatts of clean, green energy to the local transmission grid, which is enough to power about 30,000 homes annually. Several full time jobs will be created after construction, which, again, will be targeted toward hiring Buckingham residents.

As you know, you all and our community have been experiencing severe problems with outages with CenturyLink, causing health and safety issues for many. At the same time, CenturyLink wants permission from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to transfer its assets to Connect Holding, LLC. (It is case number PUR-2021-00246). The official SCC filing is attached to this email. Please consider forwarding this to anyone who has had issues with CenturyLink.

This is a great opportunity for our community to reach out and offer comments on the lack of service, lack of maintenance, and lack of investment in the infrastructure in Buckingham and Rural Virginia. The deadline is Feb. 16, so please act quickly!

There are a number of ways you can do this: 

  1. You can complete this form: https://www.scc.virginia.gov/getattachment/1691e052-07da-4e8e-9c4d-532694e5f9ed/PW-2021-00246.pdf.
  2. You may also register by one of the following methods: From the SCC website: https://scc.virginia.gov/pages/Public-Witness By Telephone: (804) 371-9141 (weekdays between 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m.) 

Here is a copy of the SCC filing: https://www.scc.virginia.gov/getattachment/0321f393-2e55-4b18-8246-4eed3ce4efe7/nr210246.PDF.

More information:

A public evidentiary hearing on the Petition shall be convened at 10 a.m. on February 24, 2022, either in the Commission’s second floor courtroom located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or by electronic means, to receive testimony and evidence offered by the Petitioners, respondents, and the Staff on the Petition. Further details on this hearing will be provided by subsequent Commission Order or Hearing Examiner’s Ruling.

A hearing for the receipt of testimony from public witnesses on the Petition shall be convened telephonically at 10 a.m. on February 23, 2022, with no public witness present in the Commission’s courtroom.

To promote fairness for all public witnesses, each witness will be allotted five minutes to provide testimony. On or before February 16, 2022, any person desiring to offer testimony as a public witness shall provide to the Commission (a) your name, and (b) the telephone number that you wish the Commission to call during the hearing to receive your testimony. This information may be provided to the Commission in three ways: (i) by filling out a form on the Commission’s website at see www.Virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting; (ii) by completing and emailing the PDF version of this form to SCCInfo@scc.virginia.gov; or (iii) by calling (804) 371-9141. 

Beginning at 10 a.m. on February 23, 2022, the Commission will telephone each person who has signed up to testify as provided above. 

This public witness hearing will be webcast at scc.virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting.   

PUBLIC WITNESS NOTICE OF INTENT TO COMMENT Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 Case Number: PUR-2021-00246 Joint petition of Lumen Technologies, Inc., Embarq Corp., United Telephone Southeast LLC d/b/a CenturyLink, Central Telephone Co. of Virginia d/b/a CenturyLink, CenturyTel Broadband Services, LLC, and Connect Holding, LLC for approval of transfer of control.

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

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: Offering Comment to the SCC Regarding Transfer of CenturyLink

Friends and neighbors,

As you know, you all and our community have been experiencing severe problems with outages with CenturyLink, causing health and safety issues for many. At the same time, CenturyLink wants permission from the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to transfer its assets to Connect Holding, LLC. (It is case number PUR-2021-00246). The official SCC filing is attached to this email. Please consider forwarding this to anyone who has had issues with CenturyLink.

This is a great opportunity for our community to reach out and offer comments on the lack of service, lack of maintenance, and lack of investment in the infrastructure in Buckingham and Rural Virginia. The deadline is Feb. 16, so please act quickly!

There are a number of ways you can do this: 

  1. You can complete this form: https://www.scc.virginia.gov/getattachment/1691e052-07da-4e8e-9c4d-532694e5f9ed/PW-2021-00246.pdf.
  2. You may also register by one of the following methods: From the SCC website: https://scc.virginia.gov/pages/Public-Witness By Telephone: (804) 371-9141 (weekdays between 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m.) 

Here is a copy of the SCC filing: https://www.scc.virginia.gov/getattachment/0321f393-2e55-4b18-8246-4eed3ce4efe7/nr210246.PDF.

More information:

A public evidentiary hearing on the Petition shall be convened at 10 a.m. on February 24, 2022, either in the Commission’s second floor courtroom located in the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or by electronic means, to receive testimony and evidence offered by the Petitioners, respondents, and the Staff on the Petition. Further details on this hearing will be provided by subsequent Commission Order or Hearing Examiner’s Ruling.

A hearing for the receipt of testimony from public witnesses on the Petition shall be convened telephonically at 10 a.m. on February 23, 2022, with no public witness present in the Commission’s courtroom.

To promote fairness for all public witnesses, each witness will be allotted five minutes to provide testimony. On or before February 16, 2022, any person desiring to offer testimony as a public witness shall provide to the Commission (a) your name, and (b) the telephone number that you wish the Commission to call during the hearing to receive your testimony. This information may be provided to the Commission in three ways: (i) by filling out a form on the Commission’s website at see www.Virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting; (ii) by completing and emailing the PDF version of this form to SCCInfo@scc.virginia.gov; or (iii) by calling (804) 371-9141. 

Beginning at 10 a.m. on February 23, 2022, the Commission will telephone each person who has signed up to testify as provided above. 

This public witness hearing will be webcast at scc.virginia.gov/pages/Webcasting.   

PUBLIC WITNESS NOTICE OF INTENT TO COMMENT Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 Case Number: PUR-2021-00246 Joint petition of Lumen Technologies, Inc., Embarq Corp., United Telephone Southeast LLC d/b/a CenturyLink, Central Telephone Co. of Virginia d/b/a CenturyLink, CenturyTel Broadband Services, LLC, and Connect Holding, LLC for approval of transfer of control.

As always, please contact me with any issue that is important to you, or if I can be of any service to you, please do not hesitate to contact me. A reminder you can keep up with what is going on in our District and with the Board at https://milesformaysville.com/newsandupdates/.

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

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: A Recap of Our January Meeting, Fanny White Road Work Planned, COVID-19 Resources, and More

Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information from our latest Board Meeting held on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022.

There is lots in this newsletter, including information on a VDOT Project on Fanny White Road, COVID-19 information and resources, winter storm preparation, and more.

During the Board Meeting, we took the following actions:

  • The Board elected me as Board Chairman, and District Six Supervisor Joe Chambers Jr. as Vice-Chairman.
  • We considered committee assignments: I will continue to serve on the Committees on Finance, COVID-Relief Funds, and Water and Wastewater. I also represent the Board on the Commonwealth Regional Council and the Crossroad Community Services Board.
  • The Board denied a Special Use Permit for a commercial sawmill on Allen’s Lake Road. I voted in favor of denying the permit for many reasons, namely because the road is narrow, the area is residential, and there is a troublesome culvert pipe under a portion of the road that would be used. Additionally, there was an issue with the use of an existing driveway not on the applicant’s property.
  • The Board scheduled four public hearings for our Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 meeting, which include three special use permits for an Air BnB Bed and Breakfast, campsites, and one with an event center.
  • We also tabled two small scale solar projects (2 MGW) as we finalize our Solar Policy.
  • We approved a rezoning request for Rock Wood Products on U.S. Route 15 North as the business seeks to expand its operations and conform with existing uses. With their expansion, the owner anticipates 10-13 new jobs. Currently Rock Wood employs 57 people.
  • The Board also appointed an ad hoc committee of two supervisors to work with school leaders on a request from Interim Division Superintendent Dr. John Keeler regarding using space in the Community Center for Alternative Education.
  • We also approved a Transient Occupancy Tax Ordinance Amendment and an Ordinance Regulating or Prohibiting the Making of Fires following public hearings on both ordinances.

VDOT Work on Fanny White Road/665

Fanny White Road will be closed from Feb. 14-March 11, 2022. According to VDOT, motorists should expect delays due to a culvert replacement project. Route 665 (Fanny White Road) will be temporarily closed from Route 631 (Troublesome Creek Road) to Route 60 (James Anderson Hwy). Road closure is scheduled to begin February 14, 2022 and is planned until March 11, 2022.

COVID-19 Resources

As we all know, COVID-19 cases have been skyrocketing. On Wednesday of this week, there were 600 public school students out of school and 59 instructional staff absent due to COVID exposures and infections. Please remember to keep your distance, get vaccinated and boosted if you are able, and wear a mask while in public spaces indoors. Our hospitals and health care facilities are over stressed because of the ongoing pandemic.

Here are some resources regarding COVID-19:

  • CVHS Buckingham will do testing for anyone in the community, and as a FQHC have received sufficient tests to likely meet the county needs. Call them at 434-581-3271.
  • You can order free COVID-19 tests at www.covidtests.gov. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order FOUR free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.
  • There will be free PCR Testing on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 from 12 noon-3 PM at the Buckingham Community Center on U.S. Route 15 across from FasMart. Another testing site will be held at the PEFYA Building on Layne Street (across from Davis Pontiac off of West Third Street) in Farmville from 1-4 PM.
  • A vaccination clinic will take place from 2-5 PM at Piedmont Senior Resources at The Shoppes at College Park at 1413 S. Main St. in the parking lot in front of Buffalo Wild Wings. Please bring your vaccination card, if able.

Winter Storm Preparation Resources

For more information on how to prepare for a winter storm, click this link: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-preparedness/winter-weather-preparedness/.

February Meeting

Our next Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

A link to our agenda and full Board Packet will be uploaded mid-week before the Monday of our meetinghttps://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.  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.
  2. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  4. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
  5. 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.

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60. If there is an issue I can work on on your behalf, a question, or concern, please contact me.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan

Thomas Jordan Miles III

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 Jan. 10 2022 BOS 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 lots of information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor. This newsletter is filled with lots of resources and information from our upcoming Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 Board Meeting.

We have four public hearings to hold Monday, a rezoning matter introduction (regarding Rock Wood Products), a special use permit introduction (regarding a commercial sawmill), a Burn Ban Ordinance/Emergency Ban on Burning, and a Transient Occupancy Tax Ordinance Amendment. We also will be reorganizing our Chairman/Vice Chairman leadership and our committees, among taking up various other matters.

Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 10, 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://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.

Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packethttps://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.  In person Public Comments must sign up to speak.  Sign up times are 5:30 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.
  2. Written comments may be mailed to the Board of Supervisors at PO Box 252 Buckingham, VA 23921. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  3. Emailed comments may be sent to publiccomments@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov. Please limit word count to 500 words.
  4. Telephone voicemail comments may be left to be played to the board by calling 434-969-5039
  5. 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.

Power Outages

As of this evening, Dominion Energy Reports there are 1,360 outages with 45 work projects currently going on in the County. More winter weather is expected tomorrow, so now is the time to prepare if you have not done so. In addition to stocking up on necessities, please check on your neighbors. Snow is expected to begin tonight and end tomorrow, Friday, early.

More from Dominion:

Dominion Energy has restored power to over 87% of the nearly 400,000 customers affected by Monday’s winter storm. As of 2:00 p.m., just over 43,300 customers remain without power. As our restoration and assessment efforts have progressed, we have identified significant additional damages and access challenges that will extend our restoration efforts in some areas. As a result, and despite around-the-clock work by 4,800 of our crews and 900 additional mutual aid workers, our restoration will extend beyond our original estimate in areas in and around Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, and some smaller pockets where damage was particularly severe. We are now committing that nearly all customers affected by Monday’s storm will be restored by Friday evening. We are proactively communicating with customers whose restoration estimate is being extended.

We are also closely monitoring and making preparations for more winter weather overnight and into tomorrow morning. Any weakened trees or broken limbs from Monday’s storm may also cause trouble during tonight’s snow. In advance of the new storm, we are ensuring we continue to have enough equipment and manpower on-hand to handle impacts and will keep all crews currently engaged until we have restored all customers.

CVEC reports more than 250 outages in Buckingham. Out of the more than 38,000 CVEC customers, just under 7,000 remain out in their footprint.

For more information on how to prepare for a winter storm, click this link: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-preparedness/winter-weather-preparedness/.

VDOT’s Lynchburg District reports primary roads are clear and secondary roads have been cleared from Sunday/Monday’s storm – with the exception of a few isolated locations with minor traffic implications still being handled.
The focus has now shifted to tonight’s storm, which will run into tomorrow morning. The highest impact and biggest snowfall amounts are expected to the north and west within the district. The storm is expected to move out of the area sometime between midnight and 2 a.m. Peak snowfall rates could reach as high as 3/4“ per hour.
We are also expecting fairly strong winds with this event, with gusts up to 25 miles per hour. That means downed trees and power lines could once again make roads treacherous. The advice remains, if you do not need to be on the roads during a storm event, please stay off of them and allow work crews to plow.
Primary and major secondary roads will be cleared first, to aid in emergency services and allow vital public agencies to continue to function.
If you must drive:
• Postpone travel as long as possible to give crews time to treat roads
• Before you leave, check road conditions and traffic cameras along your route on VDOT’s traffic and travel website, http://www.511Virginia.org
• Allow plenty of time to reach your destination
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind the vehicle ahead of you
• Brake lightly to keep your tires from slipping on slick pavement
• Do not pass snowplows
• Keep an emergency winter weather kit in your vehicle which includes food, water, first aid materials, tools and blankets – in the event of a breakdown or stoppage.
VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards. Call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) or contact us online at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov.

Contact Me

As always, if I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at jmiles@buckinghamcounty.virginia.gov, or visit me at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham Court House Village on Route 60.

Humbly serving you,

Jordan